Fit for a Queen: Fruit tart recipe

This week marks the Queen’s official 90th birthday. To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with Kitchenways to make a Royal Bake that is Fit For A Queen. Royal Fruit Bouquet I have been doing quite a bit of baking with the girls lately, and there is more to come as birthday season is still in full swing. As a result, I decided it was time for a change from cake, so I decided to make a pie instead. The Queen is often given flowers and she wears lovely bright colours, often opting for flowers on her outfits as well. So that was the…

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British Sandwich Week: a recipe

As a child, sandwiches always meant some Marmite or a piece of cheese between some soggy slices of bread. It wasn’t until I got older and discovered the joys of home made bread and exciting fillings that I realised just how exciting sandwiches could be. So in honour of British Sandwich Week (8th to 14th May 2016), Central England Co-Operative have asked me to come up with a great sandwich combination and explain how to make it. Never one for taking things lightly, I’ve made my sandwich from scratch. Cheese and herb bread recipe I don’t have a bread maker, so I…

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UK Coffee Week – and why it matters

If you read my blog regularly, you are probably bored of me telling you how passionate I am about ethical shopping. In my humble opinion, voting with our wallets is one of the most important things consumers can do to change the world for the better. As a parent, coffee is an essential part of my diet. I can’t really function without it, but I’m also a bit of a coffee snob. It’s got to be good, strong, black coffee from a coffee machine or a cafetiere for me. I love a café that serves good coffee too. UK coffee week brings…

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Co-op Easter treats: Review & recipe

Much as I loved Easter as a child, it’s been a long time since I had an Easter egg of my own. My family don’t buy them, my husband and I don’t buy them for each other and his family just buy one for the children. So when Central England Co-Operative asked me to review a few items from their Easter range, I jumped at the chance. I have literally years of Easters to make up for. I chose two fabulous looking, huge Easter eggs. The first egg I chose was the Brushed Gold Milk Chocolate Egg with Dark Chocolate…

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3 Simple Cocktails

Whether you’re having a cosy night in with a partner or hosting a dinner party, cocktails are a must. But they can be so complicated! Many recipes have a plethora of ingredients that I can’t find in the supermarket, let alone the cupboard. So, I drafted in some help. I’m neither a cocktail maker nor a photographer. Luckily, we have a family friend who is both. These 3 simple cocktails – both recipes and photographs – are courtesy of Scott Stockwell Photography. But I’m happy to say, I did drink them. And they’re fabulous! Cocktail 1: Raspberry Mojito Ingredients White rum…

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Simple Christmas survival cake recipe

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, a time for remembering those less fortunate than you and spending time with your nearest and dearest. Meanwhile back in the real world, we’re rapidly approaching the time of year where we eat too much, overdose on sherry, argue with the in-laws and count down the god-forsaken minutes until we can go back to work. This simple Christmas survival cake recipe won’t change anything, but it tastes good and there’s enough brandy in it to make sure you’re half-soaked until New Year’s day. Ingredients To soak in advance:  3 x 500g bags of…

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Rescuing a rainy day

Today, we had grand plans for a walk in the sunshine and a picnic. Guess who didn’t look at the weather forecast?  So, our plans for the day went down the pan. But not as much Jamer’s – but more of that later.  The problem was, we really needed to get out of the house. Mainly due to the fact that our bathroom currently looks like this.  So, we headed off to the Guild Brewer’s Fayre in Bromsgrove where they have soft play and activity mornings during half term.  Much as both girls love being outside, Libby would probably spend…

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