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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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There’s a barista in every kitchen

A cup of coffee in the morning isn’t just a treat for caffeine heads: it’s a necessity.  The average coffee drinker spends £393 a year* from getting their caffeine fix in shops alone. So how are domestic machines stepping up to the mark? Britain is experiencing a coffee revolution. Getting your caffeine hit in the morning now means far more than just sipping the bitter flavour of any old dried bean. The day ...

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The secret to cooking tasty, guilt free chips!

As a nation, it's no secret that we Brits love our chips. In fact more than 1.6 million tonnes of potatoes are made into chips every year in the UK – weighing the same as over 14,000 blue whales or 4,000 jumbo jets* Those hot, tasty morsels, which are light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, are a pleasure which is hard to resist. However, with last year’s over indulging still fresh in our ...

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Try this berry special Valentine’s Day cake

Seasonal Berries have created some stunning new Valentine’s recipes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients!  Nothing says I love you like chocolate cake. Treat your other half this Valentine's Day, with a special homemade desert. There’s no need to buy a special cake tin use, a large Swiss roll tin or roasting tin will work fine with a homemade paper template.  Cuts into 8 slices Prep: 40 minutes Cook: 15-18 ...

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Healthy eating made easy

January signifies a new start and a chance to look back on the past year. All the resolutions and promises to be healthier were long forgotten in December when the party season was in full swing. Now is the time when we think about how we are living our life and what we want to change. Losing weight and exercising more are usually at the top of most people’s list but it can be tough to stick at it. Over ind ...

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