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.
Spring is Natures way of saying "Let's Party!"
~Robin Williams

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Raisin Sauce (for with Gammon or Ham)

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This old, old recipe is the perfect accompaniment to serve with your Easter Ham or Gammon.   Its a bit old fashioned, but it's also very good.  Fruit goes really well with the smoky saltiness of Gammon/Ham and this sauce proves that it doesn't have to be pineapple.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Immune Booster Smoothie.

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I was recently sent a jar of Steens Raw 15+ Manuka Honey and challenged to try one of the recipes that Amber Rose has written which are not only healthy but very easy to make.

I chose to make the Immune Booster Super Berrie Smoothies.   Not only was it easy to make but it was incredibly delicious.  Especially the Banana part!  (and I am not normally fond of bananas)

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*The Immune Booster Smoothie*
For two
This is a recipe created by Amber Rose.   It's a delicious smoothie containing loads of antioxidants from the blueberries, fibre and potassium from the banana, a brain power boost from the coconut oil and beneficial enzymes from the raw Steens Manuka Honey, with sperior antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

1 large banana, previously sliced and frozen
300ml of milk ( any kind), plus a little extra (about 1 1/3 cup)
1 tsp raw virgin coconut oil
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
2 tsp raw Steens 20+ raw Manuka Honey
150g of frozen, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries (any or all) (1 1/2 cups)

Place your banana, milk, coconut oil, vanilla powder and 1 tsp of honey into a high powered blender.  Blitz until completely smooth.  Pour into a jug.

Place the berried into the blender along with 1 tsp honey and 1 or 2 TBS of milk.  Blitz until you have a smooth thick mix.

Take two large glasses.  Spoon the berry mix into the bottom of the glasses.  Use a spoon to run it up and around the sides.  Pour the creamy banana mix into the glasses and enjoy straight away.   Delicious!

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 Steens is the industry leader in Manuka Honey.   Raw Steens Manuka honey contains a huge amount of beneficial enzymes.  The high NPA level means that the Manuka honey has superior antibacterial and antimicrobial properties,  giving it great health credentials.

Steens cold processed honey is 100% pure and sets in it's own natural crystal with all the advantages of natures health benefits.

The rich golden colour, texture, distinct aromas and flavours are testament to the natural processes, freshness and purity of the honey.  Unique processing means enhanced health benefits; enzymes and bee pollen are retained in this honey.

Produced by nature  in New Zeland and completely natural, each jar is traceable right back to the producer and hive.  Their sustainable methods and environmentally friendly production practices have resulted in a quality product which is not only good for you, but ethical and sustainable.   To find out more do check out their webpage.

Many thanks to Steens for sending me this.  Any opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Milkshakes and the Original Steam Free Milk Frother, Aerolatte

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I was recently sent the popular Aerolatte steam free milk frother to try out.

"When aerolatte founders Alan and Gary realised that even their expensive steam based espresso machines couldn’t make decent frothed milk, they decided to create a solution . . .  now globally known as the aerolatte. 

Created with a passion for great coffee and frothy milk drinks, the aerolatte “the original steam free milk frother” is a huge success and a firm favourite among top chefs, keen foodies and coffee lovers alike. The aerolatte truly changed the way we are now able to enjoy cappuccino, caffĂ© latte, milkshakes and hot chocolates at home." 

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The version I was sent was their most popular item, the black aerolatte.   Compact and portable, it comes with it's very own sleep storage tube, designed for extra protection.

Do you want to enjoy great frothy milk on the go . . . who doesn’t? That’s why each of the aerolatte® original steam free milk frothers comes with its own storage tube. The hard wearing storage tube means that aerolatte® owners can enjoy great frothy milk drinks and fabulously creamy coffee no matter where they are, with no worries about bangs, drops or breakage.   You simply place it in the  storage tube, pack it away and bring it with you, enabling you to be able to enjoy the wonders of this little tool no matter where you go.

You can use it for Cappuccino, Caffe Latte, Hot Chocolate, Milk Shakes, Iced Chocolates, and Frappe.  Directions for all of these are included with an insert that comes with the aerolatte tool.

There are also a variety of recipes to be found on their website.

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I've been using it to create simple low fat milk shakes for us.   You simply fill a large mug to one third full of cold milk, add a teaspoon of your favourite jam, or syrup and then froth away.

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Within seconds you have a lovely frothy shake that is not only very low in fat and calories, but also  quite delicious.

To find out more about this handy too check out their website at

Many thanks to Hava and Aerolatte for sending me this.

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Iced Buns

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I was thinking of the lovely Easter Breads my Aunt Thelma used to bake and send over to us when I was a girl.  They were so sweet and light . . .  slathered in icing with candied cherries on top.   They were just gorgeous.   I remembered these beautiful Iced Buns in the cookery book I was recently sent,  Tea & Cake by Lisa Faulkner.  They have been on my list of things to bake and so today I did just that and they turned out just lovely!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Brown Batter Bread

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When I was growing up in Canada, weekends  would often bring Baked Bean Suppers. These would be held at Church Halls, Volunteer Fire Dept Halls and Community Centers all through the beautiful Annapolis Valley where I lived. There were not too many people who could resist the temptation of a Baked Bean Supper, cooked by all the best cooks in the community.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Blueberry Cake with a Brown Sugar Sauce

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Do you know how much I love blueberries?   If you've been reading my blog for any time at all now, you will know it is an awful lot.   We have our own bushes in the garden . . .  a good half dozen now, and they are great producers . . .  but of course they aren't producing this time of year.  I do have quite a few frozen however, which is never a bad thing!  ☺

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Coconut Caramel Slices

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Do you love coconut as much as I do?   Buttery coconut cakes?   Macaroons?   Do you love Caramel?  As much as I do?  If you do then this is YOUR bake.  You really must bake these delicious squares.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Rhubarb Clafoutis

Well, folks, what with having an early spring and such a lovely March, quite a bit of the rhubarb in our garden is ready to begin harvesting now. Not bundles and bundles of it, but enough for me to indulge in a few rhubarb treats.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Glazed Gammon and Farmer's Choice

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Farmer’s Choice are an online butchers, green grocers and deli that deliver completely free range, British meats and produce to homes across the UK.  As a guest author on their page today I am offering up a delicious recipe just in time for Easter. 

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Glazed Gammon is a simple recipe which results in a delicious roast for your Easter Dinner that you can serve either hot or warm.   Besides being delicious on the day, it also affords you some pretty tasty lefotvers that you can enjoy in sandwiches, casseroles, fried along with some eggs, eggs.  Not only is it delicious but it's really simple to make and of course you can purchase almost all of your ingredients from the people at Farmer's Choice.   

 You will find this and many other recipes on the Farmer's Choice site.   All the convenience of online grocery shopping with the added pleasure of supporting your local farmers.  Quality ingredients at a good price, British sourced and home grown.  You can't get much better than that!

Pot Roasted Pork Loin with Leeks

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If you are looking for something a little bit special for the weekend, or maybe even for Easter (albeit not a traditional Easter Roast) look no further.  This Pot Roasted Pork Loin will fit the bill perfectly.   Simple enough that just about anyone will be able to easily throw it together, and yet at the same time special enough that people will think you put a whole lot of effort into it.  Nobody would guess that you hadn't spent all day in kitchen!