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.
"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon, the two most beautiful words in the English language"
~Henry James

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hot Dog Roll Ups

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I confess . . .  I put my hand up.  I like hot dogs, and not what passes for hotdogs over here in the UK . . . I mean the frankfurter type of hot dog . . .  smoked and from the chiller cabinet, not a tin.  Nothing grosser than a tinned hot dog.  Trust me on this.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Chow Mein

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 We're usually starving when we get home from church on Sundays.  If I've been smart I will have gotten up early enough to get something into the slow cooker, but if I haven't we have to resort to whatever I can come up with at short notice, because . . . we are absolutely famished by that time!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Cupcakes Galore!

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Today marks the beginning of National Cupcake Week, September 15 to 21st, 2014.  This week people all over the UK will be baking up a storm of cupcakes in their  quest to become the cupcake baking champion of the UK.  Be prepared for oodles of cupcake deliciousness!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Fresh Blackberry Tart with Spiked Creme Anglaise


Today I baked a Fresh Blackberry Tart with Spiked Creme Anglaise recipe from a cookery book I have had for a while by Kelly Jaggers, called Not so Humble Pies.  This is blackberry season here in the UK at the moment and they are something that I have a lot of and that I love to use in the autumn.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

White Chocolate and Ginger Curd Cheesecake

He's cheeky.  He's handsome.  He's one of my favourite Princes.  He's a ginger . . .  and he's turning 30 on Monday, the 15th September.  Happy Birthday Prince Harry! 

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The totally unique and indulgently delicious Luxury Ginger Curd is perfect for celebrating the birthday of our own favourite ginger-haired Royal!  Prince Harry will no doubt be celebrating his 30th birthday on Monday with the best and most luxurious food and drink so enjoy a little luxury  of your own with The English Provinder Co. Luxury Ginger Curd.

Perfect drizzled over lemon sponge cake or swirled through ice cream, the Ginger Curd is simply heavenly with creamy vanilla cheesecake or meringue.  Create your own delicious dessert  using the following recipe for a fabulous English Provender's White Chocolate and Ginger Curd Cheesecake  It's a winner/winner!

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*White Chocolate and Ginger Curd Cheesecake*
Serves 8

Delicious!  Very easy to make as well.  Do plan ahead as it need to chill for one to two hours.  

75g of butter (1/3 cup)
150g of plain chocolate digestive biscuits crushed (can use 1 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs)
200g good quality white chocolate (7 ounces)
500g marcarpone cheese ( 2 cups)
315g jar The English Provender Co. Luxury Ginger Curd (1 1/2 cups)
grated white chocolate or chocolate curls to decorate  

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and stir in the biscuits.  Press into the base of an 8 inch diameter loose bottomed round cake tin.  CHill whilst preparing the filling.

Place the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water and heat gently, stirring occasionally until melted.

Place the mascarpone in a bowl and whisk in the ginger curd until smooth.   Whisk in the melted chocolate.  Spoon over the base and chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Carefully loosen and remove from the tin and decorate with grated chocolate or chocolate curls.  Cut into slices to serve.


RRP:  £2.49 and available from The English Provender Co.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Squares

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The two young Missionary Sisters who are serving in the Chester Ward at the moment came over today to do some service in our garden.   We just love our Missionaries, we really do.  I did them some grilled cheese sandwiches for their lunch which I served them along with some potato chips and some of my cherished sweet pickles from home that I hoard.   They were really happy with that, but when I cracked open my Chocolate and Peanut Butter Squares, they were just thrilled!

Friday, 12 September 2014

French Onion Panini

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I can still remember the first time I tasted French Onion Soup.  It was 1974 and I was attending Acadia University with my then husband.  We had a friend named Geoff and he had a girlfriend named Julia who was from Quebec City and who loved to cook.  She had a fancy dinner party one night for the four of us,  and the first course she served was French Onion Soup.  I couldn't tell you what anything else was that she served, but the French Onion Soup bowled me over completely.  (No pun intended!)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

One Dish Chicken and Spanish Rice

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Rice was not something which my mother ever cooked when I was growing up.  I came to love it as an adult and it was something which I used at least once or twice a week when my own family was growing up . . .  steamed and as a side dish, or as a delicious main.  My children love, loved my Quick and Easy Chicken Fried Rice.  And they were oftly fond of Spanish rice as well.  

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Really "Grate" Meal

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I was sent a really nice piece of kitchen kit a few months back from the people at Eddingtons.

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The PL8 Gourmet Slicer.   I've been really putting it through it's paces over the weeks and wanted to tell you all about it today.   Since I've been using it for all sorts, I've kind of thrown together a meal for your viewing pleasure . . .  some really delicious marinated lamb chops with a potato side dish, a deliciously fruity slaw and a tasty dessert, most of which (with the exception of the lamb) I have been able to use this handy piece of kitchen kit for!  In other words . . .  a really "Grate" meal, every pun intended!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk, Cardamom, Vanilla and Manuka Honey

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It doesn't take much to mak the Toddster incredibly happy.   He's a simple man with simple tastes.   Rice pudding does it for him every time.  I am one of those cooks who can't leave well enough alone however  . . .  and today I just about outdid myself with this lovely version of rice pudding I created just for him.  I had been sent a lovely jar of Manuka Honey a while back and I decided that it would be perfect for both sweetening and flavouring this delicious dessert.