Recipe – Steak Pie

Well the end of Summer is close here in the UK and what better time than this to make a heart warming Steak pie for dinner?  You will need some nice steak for this pie, I used a stewing steak that was on special offer at the local butcher. I usually use braising steak which …

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Autumn is Here & We Love Chai Tea!

Chai...now doesn’t that sound like a good ring to your ears? You should know that it brings a good ring to your mouth. In several parts of the world, it’s what they call tea! But for many of us, we think of it as a spiced drink. Chai is usually made with black teas (Assam …

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Recipe – Strawberry Pavlova

This dessert is relatively easy to make but does take some time to cook.  You will need the oven very low, I did some cake baking and then put the oven down to 100 degrees C.  The Pavlova was first made in New Zealand for the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova who, I am told, …

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Recipe – Chocolate + Pecan Brownies

Last year when I started writing this blog someone asked me for a foolproof brownie recipe but I did not have one because brownies were not that popular in our house.  There are a lot of boxes out there for Brownies to add the odd ingredient to and bake yourself at home but recently I …

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Tea Cake & Tarts

Recently I discussed tea biscuits, but today I wanted to delve into another topic that is popular among Afternoon Tea: Cake! As much as biscuits are enjoyed during a nice cup of tea, sometimes a nice little cake or tart is fancied as something a little different. Battenburg/Battenberg Cake: However you spell it, it’s still …

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Recipe – Strawberries & Cream Cheesecake

We are coming to the end of the strawberry season now but you can use raspberries or in fact any fruit you want to top this delicious cheesecake.  Plus it is a no bake cheesecake so you can make it even if the weather is hot! For the base you can either make one with …

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Electric Kettles

For quite some time now, tea drinkers have been able to purchase electric kettles and boil their water using electricity, saving on their gas bills. Electric tea kettles have added extra convenience to the tea drinker’s life, adding space on the range top (or stove). The advantage to an electric kettle is that it helps …

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Recipe – Cornish Pasty

Have you tried the Piccalilli yet?  Not sure what to eat it with?  Well here we have a traditional recipe for Cornish Pasties which you can eat hot or cold with or without Piccalilli and they are delicious. You will need approximately 8 oz of  shortcrust pastry, either home made or bought.  I used Braising …

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