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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I’m fully aware that pate is not to everybody’s taste.  As a family we love pate but its often shop brought.  Having made smoked trout pate I wondered how simple other type of pate’s would be to make.  This recipe for chicken liver pate was so easy. ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 slices of rindless bacon, chopped 250g chicken livers, trimmed 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons cream 1 tablespoon brandy 30g butter, extra,melted Here in UK the best place to find chicken livers was at a butchers.  Chicken livers don’t seem…

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I love cooking and baking.  I really enjoy making homemade food for my family and friends.  I enjoy spending an afternoon in the kitchen preparing a tasty meal but there are also time when I want and quick and easy dish that hits the taste buds just right.  I adore making both sweet and savoury meals.  When I am entertaining I want to give my guests a quick and easy starter that I can prepare in advance.  There are also other times when I want a quick, easy and tasty meal.  A meal that is light yet tasty.  A meal…

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I’m always looking for an easy to prepare meal which is tasty and filling.  One of my families favourite beef meals in slow cooker beef stroganoff.  This is a great recipe as I can start it before I go to work and its already when I return from home.  Slow cooking the beef mans it is always tender and melts in the mouth.  It also means you can buy cheaper cuts of meats from your butcher as the beef is cooked slowly meaning it isn’t tough. This beef stroganoff is a very filling meal and the paprika gives a lovely…

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It’s the season to be outside as much as possible and naturally we’re not going to want to starve. But will throwing a few sausages on the bbq and opening a couple of beers really tip us over into bliss this summer? Or is it time to freshen up the eating out experience and steal a few ideas from others who (admit it) do everything with a whole lot more élan than we seem to manage most of the time? From long, lazy Sunday lunch on the terrace to the art of aperitif and proper afternoon tea, here are some…

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This beetroot chutney is a homemade one that I love to keep at hand for adding to burgers and cold meat platters or as a simple dip for raw vegetables.   To make the beetroot chutney you need: 500g fresh beetroot (not ready peeled and pickled), peeled and finely chopped 1kg cooking apples, peeled and chopped. 275g of red onion, finely chopped 2cm piece of fresh ginger, grated, 50g crystallised stem ginger, finely chopped. 375g soft light brown sugar 1 tsp table salt 1tsp Ground allspice 750ml red wine vinegar. Place the beetroot, apple, red onion, gingers, sugar, salt and…

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