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Keep the cooking homemade and hassle-free this Summer!

Summer holidays are here and the weather has thankfully reflected the holiday mood! The sun is out - the days and nights are perfect for being outdoors so let’s take full advantage. Hosting a BBQ or garden party is a great way to enjoy the sunshine and catch up with friends and family. If you’re thinking of hosting a get-together this summer why not make it one to remember with food made by yourself instead ...

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7 herbs and spices that keep you healthy

Herbs and spices have more disease-fighting antioxidants than most fruit and vegetables. Stock up to improve flavours and your health!   Ginger Contains anti-inflammatory compounds and has both antiviral and painkilling properties, meaning it works in a similar way to how an aspirin would work in your body. GOOD FOR: Travel sickness, fighting colds and viruses, and (even better) curing hangovers! It ma ...

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Enjoy healthy, delicious food this summer with half the effort!

England may have had an untimely exit from the World Cup but that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy getting together and watching some quality football. Weather you’re a football fanatic or are just watching to be sociable, this has turned out to be an exciting tournament with already over 100 goals being scored. Don’t miss any of the action – the incredible goals, the nail biting penalties or the unbelieva ...

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A BBQ in the comfort of your own kitchen? That’s just what you’ll need this May Bank Holiday!

Are you ready for the upcoming May Bank Holiday? Fingers crossed for some sunny weather. Maybe you can relax with a picnic in the park or host a BBQ with friends in the garden?  If we are to believe the weather reports though, it looks like the sunny, hot weather was only around for last weekend.  But that is surely no surprise - we really haven’t had the best track record when it comes to sunny long weeken ...

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Whip up some tasty treats this Easter!

The long weekend is finally here, and what better time to whip up a few Easter treats for all the family to enjoy.  If you are visiting family this year or having them visit you it’s the perfect opportunity to show off your skills. Perhaps you can go the traditional route with a simnel cake or hot cross buns or get the kids involved and have them help decorate some Easter themed cookies or cupcakes. Maybe  ...

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It’s time to start growing your own

Whether it’s because you like to know where your food comes from or because it’s economic and sustainable or whether it’s a fun and educational thing to do with the kids, nothing quite compares to the satisfaction you get growing your own vegetables.  And even if you have little or no actual garden, there are still ways you can cultivate your very own year round feast just by using container gardening. Herb ...

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Juice it up this Spring!

As the Daffodils are blooming and the days are becoming longer, you know Spring has arrived! As your thoughts turn to Spring Cleaning your home after the winter, why not take a moment and think about giving yourself a spring clean?   Through hectic lifestyles - looking after the kids, working long hours - it’s easy to neglect your health. Snacking and fast food may seem like a good idea when you don’t ...

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Make this Spring a jam-tastic one!

It’s fair to say that jam has a rich history, likely to have originated in the Middle East where cane sugar grew naturally. Records see references to jam appearing in first century Rome in the earliest known Recipe book, and later enjoyed as a delicacy by royalty. In Europe, jam-making can be traced back to the 16th century following the arrival of the Spanish in the West Indies, who had been preserving fru ...

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How to make… delicious Spring lamb and fresh fruit pavlova

Try this super lamb recipe followed by a delicious fresh fruit pavlova. We’re a little way off spring yet but this will be the perfect way to wow your family around the Easter table.   Super Spring Lamb (serves 4-6) You will need: Leg of Spring Lamb (2kg) 200g plain flour 2 litres lamb stock (from lamb bones or stock cubes) 200ml vegetable oil 1 pint tomato concasse 4 cloves of garlic Fresh rosemary, o ...

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Get your sweet tooth under control with these tops tips to having a sugar free week

Put simply, if we eat more sugar than our bodies can efficiently process, the pancreas is prompted to release insulin on a way too regular basis to keep blood sugar levels in the safe zone. Much of the excess glucose is stored as fat, we gain weight and the more we weigh, the greater the risk for such health conditions as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, this week we are going to tackle the often-tric ...

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