When the weather is getting warmer there is something about serving a nice side salad alongside your chicken or BBQ foods.  This is my recipe for quick and easy home-made potato salad that is a firm family favourite.  A dish that is so simple any non cook could easily prepare it! Ingredients A packet of salad potatoes One red onion Four slices of streaky bacon 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise 2 tablespoons of crème fraîche Coarsely ground black pepper Method Cut the new potatoes into four and boil in salted water until cooked. Place a bacon in a dry frying pan…

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My earliest memories of being in the kitchen were with my grandmother making her amazing apple pie.  She was a brilliant sweet pastry cook but oh my you NEVER ate her savory pastry.  She passed away aged 88 and it all that time she never mastered a savory pastry but her sweet pastry really was to die for.  Today I still use her recipe and although its not as flaky as hers its not far off.  Relatives, friends and neighbours would flock to her door at Christmas for her amazing mince pies.  I still have her 1920’s hand written recipe book,…

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We love chicken and pasta in our family.  I find chicken and pasta meals suit our busy lives and are very quick to prepare.  Even quicker when I have batched cooked the chicken in advance and just need to defrost and warm through then cook pasta, rice or jacket potatoes.  I regularly cook two or three family sized portions and freze the extra portions for another meal later in the month. Ingredients To feed family of 4 you will need: 3 chicken breasts – diced or 8 boneless chicken thighs for a budget version 6 rashers of bacon – diced Tin…

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Life, it’s a strange old thing.  One minute you think you have everything sussed and the next, you have had your whole world turned upside down.  This past year really has been one of those things for me and the last few months of 2016 were taken up with DIY on my home, something that has taken a little back seat these past months due to not being well.  I’m not going to say that I haven’t cooked the past 16 months because I have, it’s just it’s been a case of quickly eating and not messing around with styling…

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As we head into the autumn months, our eating habits will begin to shift towards dishes that provide comfort and warmth. This is a fantastic season for food so be sure to have some winning recipes under your belt for each mealtime. Getting the children involved in making dinner for themselves and the family is also very important. Learning to cook is one of the most vital life lessons your child will learn and this knowledge will serve them well for a lifetime. The key is to start them young and ease them into it. Expose your children to the…

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