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.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Jam Filled Thumb Print Cookies



I have a special friend who is celebrating a birthday today and I wanted to bake her something special to help mark the day and celebrate it in a special way.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Beetroot & Goats Cheese Salad w/Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette


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I just adore beetroots.   I picked up a couple of nice bunches when we were in town the other day at the Green Grocers . . . a bunch of regular ruby coloured ones  and a beautiful bunch of golden globes.  Call them heirloom if you must . . . but . . . they're beetroot and they're tasty, and they're pretty to look at.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes with Honey & Vanilla Butter


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We are getting down to the end of our strawberries for this year.   We are only getting about a handful a day now.  Not quite enough to make jam or a pie, but good enough for tasty little treats like these fabulous pancakes that I made for our breakfast.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Cooking At The Manor

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As most of you will know, I worked and cooked on a beautiful Manor Estate down in Kent for a number of years.   This was a wonderful experience for me and I learned a lot while I was working there.  I got to cook with the finest equipment and ingredients in one of the most beautiful environments anyone could ever want to work in.

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From simple every day meals, to beautiful luncheons with the ladies, to silverservice dinner parties and everything in between, I did it all, and never had any complaints from either my employers or the guests, especially the guests.  It was a job I really loved.   I have been asked for many years would I do a booklet about my experiences there and I have finally finished Volume one of my experiences as a Manor chef.  There was far too much to put into one cook-booklet alone!

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In this one you will find the menus and recipes for the very first Dinner Party which  I cooked for them,along with their Thanksgiving Menu, several ladies luncheons,  every day suppers, a special brunch, a Birthday Dinner for the Mr, and a lot of other bits and bobs, including the roll recipe which I used for every party, some favourite nibbles, etc.  49 pages of recipes and antedotes, including photographs of the Manor Grounds, a few of the rooms, table settings, etc.  I think this is a booklet everyone will enjoy . . .  a small peek into how the other half lives.

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Some of the secrets to success are right here, and it's available to you now for the same low price as all of my others at only £5. ($6.58/American Dollars or $8.59 Canadian Dollars)  This will be delivered to your e-mail as a downloadable PDF file, ready to print or store on your computer as you desire within 24 hours of your payment clearing. If ordering please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader enabled, and that my e-mail address is in your safe folder! Also as the file is rather large make sure you have enough room to receive it!

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Bistro Potato Salad

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I am just loving this summer heat wave we are having.  We have had several really poor summers in a row here in the UK, so this sunny warm weather is lovely to see! 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

History You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

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The world’s largest Original Newspaper archive, Historic - Newspapers.co.uk has launched a new range of Vintage Recipe Cookbooks, showcasing recipes & cookery ideas throughout history.

These newspaper books are perfect for any food lover, or for those who want a slice of history with a more niche focus. The contents include landmark food news, such as the implementation of rationing, recipes and popular food options from selected decades as well the appearance of famous celebrity faces who are still followed today.

A Croque Madame


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This isn't a supper dish for the faint of heart . . . it is loaded with calories, but once in a blue moon it's nice to treat yourself to something special like a Croque Madame.  And just what is a Croque Madame?  Well . . . it's a Croque Monsieur with a fried egg on top . . .

Monday, 18 July 2016

Apricot and Raisin Bran Loaf

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Todd is a real fan of this fruit loaf we can buy in the shops over here, it's low in fat and kind of squidgy.  I forget what it is called.  I buy it because I recognise the packaging.  Myself, I am not too, too fond of it, but he loves it, especially cut and spread with butter.  This recipe today is one that I had been eyeing up in a baking book of mine for a very long time now.  The book is a little chunky food book by Murdoch books entitled Sweet Food, and it's filled with lots of lovely bakes, including this lovely Apricot &Raisin Bran Loaf.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Summer Berry Cordial

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Our soft fruit is going great guns in the garden at the moment.   It  all seems to be ripening at once.   We have never gotten so many strawberries as the bumper crop we are enjoying this year!   We  moved them into large pots on the patio, which seems to have agreed with them.  Trust me when I say that  I am not complaining! 


Saturday, 16 July 2016

A Simple Cherry Tarte


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I freely admit that I can be rather lazy when it comes to cooking.  I know, it's hard to believe but it's true.  I got enough of having to cook fussy complicated recipes when I worked as a personal chef.  Now that I am retired I like to do simple things as much as possible.