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Blue Cheese, Fig and Parma Ham Tear ‘n’ Share Bread

Blue cheese, Fig, Parma ham Tear 'n' Share Bread

Blue Cheese, Fig, Parma Ham Tear ‘n’ Share Bread This super easy to make, yet mind-blowingly good tear ‘n’ share bread makes a perfect addition to any party buffet, and it’s also just the ticket for a cosy Friday night-in with a good bottle of red wine, some pizza, and your favourite box-set. Now whilst I’ve gone for my favourite fillings of blue cheese, fig and Parma ham, you could use whatever you like. Just ensure to pick one ‘melting’ ingredient. To begin with, just slice up a tiger loaf in criss-cross cuts (cutting only halfway down).   Next, stuff your loaf to the…

10 Health Benefits of drinking Goats milk

  I was recently asked to try some Goats milk products from St Helens Farm and frankly, I was so impressed by the taste of everything that they sent over, that I wanted to find out and share with you some of the health benefits of going Goat. I am always interested in learning about improving our health through the food that we eat and was therefore well overdue a little lesson in Goats products. When you consider that goats milk is biologically closer to human milk than that of cows, and that its completely safe and nutritionally sound to give to your…

How to Make Your Own Perfect Sloe Gin

Before we begin with How to make the perfect Sloe Gin, check out this article  which includes information on how to identify Sloes and when to harvest them. Some say that you should not pick your Sloes until after the first frost of the season, but if picking before fear not, because you can trick your berries into optimum condition with a quick 2 day stint in the freezer. What you will need to make Sloe Gin: 700ml Gin (Just the cheap stuff will do because you’re pimping it up. I used the Sainsbury’s Basics one) 200g Caster Sugar 400g Ripe Sloe Berries (if…

Calorie Conspiracy: Are you being misled by government guidelines?

    Government guidelines suggest the following guidelines for our daily calorie intake: Men: 2500 calories per day Woman: 2000 Children: 1800 We know this stuff, right? Right. But what are we actually burning each day? I mean, really? Take me for example – I have just had my results back following a private health screening whereby I had my own personal metabolic biometrics assessed. Now, I am pretty fit these days. and because I workout 3-5 times per week I have a higher than average muscle mass for a woman. Aside from my workouts or set aside exercise, I…

Smoked Mackerel, Beetroot and Horseradish Jackets.

  If you’ve not tried this foodie threesome of marital bliss before, then I urge you to give it a whirl. Its the quickest and simplest dish to knock together, too. So it makes an ideal late night supper. To make enough filling for 2 jacket potatoes, you will need: 3 x Smoked Mackerel fillets. 4 large beets. Ideally freshly cooked. 1 jar of Horseradish. Simply mix the three ingredients together in a bowl, adding the Horseradish to taste (Personally, I like to go heavy on the Horseradish … even though it does go right up your nose!) You can add whichever…

Ditching the Carbs and Sugar for one week.

    Well, I did it. I survived. (it was hit and miss for a bit there, though!) I may have cheated a tiny bit. Maybe once or twice. Ok three times in total, but you know what? I’m really glad I did it and plan to carry it forward. Having read about a super inspiring food plan in Red Magazine this month, devised by the nutritionists at Grayshott spa no less, to fully nourish and rest the body’s digestive system, I decided to give it a try. I had got to that stage in my diet where my once…

{Other-Worldly} Chocolate-Orange Brownies

Chocolate is taken very seriously in my house. You cant just make any-old Brownies round here, you know. Expectations are high. And these feisty little slice-ets pack such a chocolaty punch that they never fail to keep the troops happy. And best of all – quiet! {OTHER- WORLDLY} CHOCOLATE-ORANGE BROWNIES 165g/5½oz butter, plus extra for greasing 200g/7oz dark chocolate, grated or finely chopped 3 free-range eggs 2 free-range egg yolks 1 vanilla pod, seeds only (or alternatively 2 tsp vanilla extract) 165g/5½ oz soft light brown sugar 2 tbsp plain flour 1 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp. Seville orange extract (I get mine…

6 Carat Cake

If you’re a fan of the humble Carrot cake, then I uurrrrrge you to try this recipe. It. Is. sublime! It slices easily into 6 fat, hearty wedges. Each containing a whole carrot per slice. So I say – if you’re going to treat your family to an iced, sugar laden, big ol’ slice of moist cake, then why not make it a vegetable packed one and make it one of their ‘5 a day’… You can really trust in this recipe – It’s one that will never fail to leave you looking like a baking legend. So print this…