Cupboard contents ginger cake with Opies ginger

This is a collaborative post.  We had a bit of a rude awakening last week in terms of our finances. Every few months, we review how much we’re earning and spending and where it’s going. It’s so easy to just let direct debits roll and end up paying for things you don’t really need. And we were aware that we were generally more skint than we should be. So where on earth was it all going? The ‘just popping to the shop’ disaster Well it turns out, our money wasn’t going on direct debits we’d forgotten to cancel. It wasn’t…

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An indoor picnic with Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes

This is a collaborative post.  Lia has been desperate for a picnic all week, but the weather and work have conspired against us. So yesterday, I was determined to do something about it. Despite the rain, I made up an indoor picnic. Complete with picnic basket and picnic blanket. I also made a fabulous potato salad with Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes and natural yoghurt instead of mayonnaise. Potato salad recipe When I was younger, I disliked mayonnaise. These days, I quite like it on some things but still much prefer natural yoghurt in potato salad. It makes a healthy,…

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Globe artichokes with potato cakes and a lemon butter dip

This is a collaborative post. It is a wonder of modern times that we can purchase any produce at any time. Need apples in April or fresh cucumber in December? No problem. Avocados from Mexico, cauliflower from Spain. The list goes on. And yet, for the best flavour and nutrition we should look no further than delicious British produce. Irresistible Mashing Potatoes The Co-op recently launched their Irresistible Mashing Potatoes, containing the Lilly potato variety. This is a British potato, grown by a few specially selected growers and it is exclusive to the Co-op. I was asked to create a…

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How to make healthy Easter egg nests: Recipe

Earlier in the week, Lia and I decided to put her fabulous apron from Arty apple through its paces. There’s nothing better than chocolate to test out an apron and with Easter coming up we thought we’d make Easter egg nests. When I was browsing Pinterest, I found this healthy chocolate recipe from Eats Amazing. We decided we’d give this a go and make healthy Easter egg nests. And I have to say, it was a resounding success! Here’s the video of how we did it and the written recipe is below. Healthy Easter egg nests – Ingredients Coconut oil (100g) Cocoa…

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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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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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