For me nothing beats some good old comfort food when the nights start to fraw in and the weather turns colder.  I think it’s pretty clear that colder, and darker days are on their way.  I don’t know about you but there is just no fun in working all day and then having to start preparing a meal especially when it’s cold and dark outside and all you want to do is wrap up warm with a blanket in front of the fire and watch tv.  It’s this time of year that my slow cooker gets it’s most use. A…

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Steak and Kidney Pie has to be one of my favourite savoury dishes to make.  If I’m being honest its one of my favourite to eat too.  Big chunks of meat cooked in stock and Guinness topped with golden puff pastry.  My mouth is watering at the very thought of it! When I am making steak and kidney pie I always purchase my steak and kidney from a butcher.  I purchase most of my meat from my local butcher.  I love how knowledgeable they are.  How they have such great quality and a much better range of cuts available.  they…

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On Saturday I was invited along to The Bier Keller on Broad Street in Birmingham to a Reggae Brunch; 5 hours of reggae music, cocktails, a lovely 3 course meal and plenty of fun!  The party started at 1pm wherer we were greated with unlimited rum punch for the first hour.  The punch was really nice and like any good cocktail didn’t taste of alcohol just an amazing mix of fruit juices.  From the moment you walked in to the event the music was playing and there was a real party atmosphere. Just after 1pm the starter of the 3…

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There is nothing more warming on a cold autumn day that a bowl of piping hot homemade soup. Even more delicious is when it has a little warm kick of chili and is served with warm homemade bread. We love homemade soup and eat it quite often. It’s the sort of meal where you just grab any vegetables you have to hand and can be very economical to make too. This recipe is so easy and you will soon have a nutritious family meal. I also find homemade soups are a great way of getting vegetables in to the children.…

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I work from home and my daily luch usually consists of a sandwich and some fruit.  Every now and then I like something a little different and a easy tasty salad fits the bill perfectly.  this salmon sald with new potatoes and a poached egg is also quick an easy lunch to make for all the family and also when guests come over. Ingredients Packet of flaked salmon Packet of mixed salad leaves Red onion New potaotos, about 2/3 per person 1 egg per person 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar Salt and black pepper What I love about this…

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I have always loved soda bread.  I remember visited Ireland as a child and having soda bread for breakfast served with a runny boiled egg for breakfast every morning.  It’s the simplicity of the meal that I liked and how the soda bread had a denser texture to it than a ordinary loaf had.  I used to make soda bread with my Nan whenever I went to visit and it’s something I remember fondly of the times I spent with her; making soda bread then a picnic tea with cheese, ham, real butter and thickly sliced soda bread. Soda bread…

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