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Elderflower cordial is one of the first true tastes of summer and you can make it yourself just by foraging for the flowers and adding the cost of some sugar and citrus fruits. It’s a great pleasure to prepare and very easy… just follw these simple steps. All credit for her recipe to Carrie-Jean Walker, Southern […]
Summer time and the living is easy…time to get out the barbecue and enjoy the long hot days in your garden. You don’t need a huge garden to make the most of your outdoor room, even a small balcony or patio is more than enough. It’s not about size and it’s about what you do […]
How to make beautiful meringues and produce an impressive teatable presentation in next to no time at all
Why wait for Christmas to organise a winter feast? Here are our tips for planning a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve got some great recipes and a few new twists, ideas for decorating your dining table, as well as some history. There’s something for everyone – whether you’ve been doing it for years or are a […]
Strawberries are the very essence of summer. There’s nothing nicer than sitting in the garden eating freshly picked strawberries with cream. As the strawberry season is usually quite short we need to make the most of them while they’re fresh so you can keep the taste of summer going, even into the winter. Here are […]
Easter tradition focuses heavily on chocolate these days. In the Christian world, it’s a deeply religious time, though it’s likely Easter’s ‘egg’ symbolism has been around far longer as a symbol of fertility and new beginnings after the end of winter. One story even points to an old Saxon festival called Eostre, named after the […]
Our delicious recipe for hot cross buns includes step-by-step images and easy to follow instructions. Have a go!
My first go at making handmade chocolates was somewhat inspired by my mother’s chocolate Christmas trees. This chocolate gift is less expensive, quicker to prepare, vegan and, most importantly, its consumption is not restricted to one holiday of the year! You need 100g of the cheapest dark chocolate I could find 50-75g almonds 50-75g dried […]
Hand made chocolates are all the rage – if rather expensive. These lovely chocolate Christmas trees look festive, taste great, are simple and relatively cheap to create and make lovely gifts. You don’t need special moulds. Just follow the pictures and our step-by-step instructions. You’ll need Dark chocolate White chocolate Nuts or dried fruits (that […]
This recipe, cooked in a pressure cooker, makes absolutely delicious and moist spare ribs – and in just 45 minutes for medium sized ribs (plus marinating). MIAMI loves pressure cookers because they save fuel, they save time and really importantly, they save flavour and nutrients. They’re a sustainable way to cook. What you need Serves […]
I love the taste of blackberries, but the pips can be really annoying – this delicious jelly gives you all the taste without the pips. The jelly is perfect smeared on hot toast with lashings of butter – made with your own homemade sourdough bread . You will need 2lbs/8 cups/900g blackberries (you can use […]
Who doesn’t love a British Victoria sponge cake? It’s one of the easiest recipes if you’re new to baking – a classic that tests baking expertise in country shows everywhere (and on TV now) and it’s probably the most delicious tea-time treat ever invented. Here we have a small twist – mini- Victoria sponge cakes, […]
A recipe and instructions for making delicious individual cheese and bacon tarts.
These cheesecakes look beautiful, are perfectly proportioned and are deliciously light and zingy. They’re fast and very easy to make, especially with Lakeland’s 12 Cup Mini Sandwich Tin. If you can’t get hold of one of these, use loose rings on baking trays or make a single cheesecake in a 20cm springform tin. It’s important […]
These small lemon tarts will really pep up your tea table and you may even want to include them in a kind of pudding mezze with cupcakes, chocolate crispies, fresh fruit and cheese… The tarts are made simply with just shortcrust tart cases and a generous teaspoonful of zingy lemon curd.
Perfect jam tarts rely on perfect shortcrust pastry. Follow our step-by-steps and master the art of perfect pastry making for tarts, pies and turnovers.
There’s nothing wrong with a book and a beach but why not combine this year’s holiday with acquiring a new skill? And what could be nicer than learning to cook like a local? Here are our top tips for finding and booking a cookery holiday abroad. A word of advice before booking You can book […]
There are plenty of ways to save water in the kitchen. Not only is this eco friendly but it can also cut your metred water bills. Choose A or A+ appliances A or A+ rated washing machines and dishwashers use less energy and water than lower-rated ones. This helps cut carbon emissions and save water […]
There are a number of television ads at the moment trying to kid you that fish is difficult to cook and takes ages to prepare. Hah! Try our simple and highly adaptable recipe – that works for all sorts of fish and with a range of tasty sauce options. And make those advertisers eat their […]
Back away from those fad diet books! – there’s nothing to see there. You don’t need to fork our lots of money on the latest books and DVDs to lose weight. We all know in our heart of hearts that crash diets never work and the only way to lose weight is to readjust our […]
Not all of us have an allotment. Not all of us have a garden. But even a single solitary window ledge can produce an astonishing array of vegetables – particularly during the colder winter months. Here are some simple window sill ideas that can be turned into fantastic warming soups in minutes. A few year’s […]
One of the nicest parts of Christmas is sitting down with your children to make decorations. We’ve rounded up loads of really simple ideas that you can do together – some for free! Scroll down for baking, sewing, felting, sticking, painting… and even folding projects (like the junk mail Christmas tree shown here). Don’t forget – imperfections […]
Nothing conjures up the feeling of Christmas like the smell of mulled wine and this easy recipe means you can whip up mulled wine or cider in a matter of minutes. It also makes a great Christmas gift. One reason why mulled wine takes time is because dried spices need to warm and soften before […]
A recipe for a savoury wild rice casserole to serves with at a Thanksgiving dinner
A recipe for a delicious sage and butternut squash tart – the perfect accompaniment to a Thanksgiving meal
A recipe for delicious Thanksgiving style mashed potatoes with onion.
If you haven’t baked it before, traditional Christmas cake is worth the surprising small effort it takes. Not everyone thinks they like Christmas cake, but then maybe they’ve not tasted one you’ve made. They also make special gifts. This recipe is one I’ve adapted over the years and the rich stickiness of the dates is […]