Recipes that are delicious and that always work!

You know these recipes are delicious because if I didn't think that they were fabulous . . . I wouldn't be showing them to you. You can also be sure that these recipes work for the same reason! The rest is simply a matter of taste.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Crusty Lasagna Buns

Generally speaking, I like to cook simple and easy things for dinners here in our house.  I had more than my fill of fancy cooking when I cooked at the Manor, enough to last me a lifetime.  Todd and I are simple folk with simple tastes.  Ordinary food suits us just fine!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Creamy Lemon Rice

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This may not look like much  . . . its just rice after all, but don't let the simplicity of it fool you into thinking it isn't very special!  This is a fabulous side dish!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Spanish Cake

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 I have no idea at all why this is called Spanish Cake.   There doesn't seem to be anything particularly Spanish about it.  I only know that it has always been called Spanish Cake.   Flavoured with lots of cinnamon and topped with a Maple Icing, I would think that it should be called Canada cake, but its not.  Its quite simply Spanish cake.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Apple Pie Cake with a Brown Sugar Sauce

We had some people over for dinner tonight, and I cooked a pretty nice meal I guess. I did Chicken Savoyarde and Lemon Rice.   I also cooked carrots, and some green beans, a pea salad and some crusty french bread on the side.  I think everyone was pretty happy with the meal.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Nan's Sugar Scones

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I adapted this delicious recipe from one in the April issue of Delicious magazine.  From the moment I saw it, I knew it was something I wanted to bake.   A fairly ordinary buttermilk scone recipe which have lemon soaked sugar cubes pushed into their centres!

Friday, 29 April 2016

British Bangers with Buttermilk and Chive Mash

Todd just loves his Banger's and Mash. If I want to make him happy, that's all I have to cook up. He could very easily  eat them more than once every week!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Garlic Lamb Cutlets with a Mint & Sun Blush Tomato Sauce

If you are looking for a delicious way to cook some lovely spring lamb cutlets look no further!  I adapted this delicious recipe from  a cookery book of mine entitled,  "Secrets from a Country Kitchen" by Lucy Young. The original recipe called for studding two 7 chop rack of lamb with garlic and roasting them for about 25 minutes in a hot oven. I didn't have a rack of lamb, but the recipe looked so tasty that I really wanted to try it, and so I did what any good cook does . . .  I switched it out for what I did have which was  . . . 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

That's one Sharp Cookie Mrs Crimbles!

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Mrs Crimble’s – Britain’s best-loved gluten free bakery brand – has created some deliciously zesty NEW Lemon Cookies. The cookies are both wheat and gluten free and are made with golden oats, tangy lemon curd and studded with lemon zest.

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They come individually wrapped, with  two cookies per pack.   These Lemon Cookies are sure to jazz up a cup of tea or coffee, and make the perfect treat whether you are at home or on the move.

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They are nice and crumbly with a moreish lemon bite!  We really enjoyed them. Its nice to know that coeliacs don't have to do without tasty treats!  We have a Missionary serving in our Ward area at the moment who is a Coeliac and I was able to pick up some of these and a few more goodies to have in the house for when he comes over.  As you know I do love to spoil the Missionaries!

  Thanks Mrs Crimbles!

Mrs Crimble’s was founded over 30 years ago and today their products can be found in all good independent farm shops, health stores, delicatessens and supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose, Morrisons, Co-op, and Tesco. Mrs Crimble’s can also be found in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. ·

Mrs Crimble’s entire range can be viewed at

 · One of Mrs Crimble’s best-selling Choc Macaroons is eaten every second worldwide!
· The company is the Official Free From Sponsor of the England Netball team who recently won the Bronze medal in the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
 · Mrs Crimble’s was recently ranked 7th best-selling cake brand (The Grocer Top 20 Cakes, 17 Dec 2015) · Mrs Crimble’s have launched a fresh, new sub-brand – Gluten Free… and Good For Me, combining convenient meal solutions with positive health benefits.
· Mrs Crimble’s are also proud sponsors of the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now

These tasty new Lemon Cookies sell for 69p a pack.  To check out more about them and Mrs Crimbles other products do take a look at the Mrs Crimbles Website.  (I always have their macaroons in the house.   We are quite addicted to them! They are fabulous!)

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Persian Cucumber Salad

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This is a fresh and simple salad that you will find yourself using a lot over these next few months.  I know it feels a bit like Winter here this week, but it won't be too long before temperatures will be soaring and you will be popping out the grills and BBQ season will be upon us!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Mushroom Sauced Turkey Tenderloins

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I know it might not seem  like it sometimes, but I do try to eat healthy.  All the cake recipes etc. you see on here, I didn't bake them all at the same time.  I try to only bake two things a week and those I bake at the weekend.  The rest of the week I eat other things.  As a type 2 diabetic with diverticulitis and IBS, and severe exema,   finding a healthy balance can be really difficult, and a bit of a mine field, if not down right depressing from time to time.