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Chocolate Mug Cake

  Ingredients 3 tablespoons all purpose flour 3 tablespoons of sugar 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt, optional 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Splash vanilla extract 3 tablspoons chocolate chips   Method Put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder... 

Classic French Onion Soup

Ingredients: 1/2 cup of unsalted butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cups of sliced onions 4 cans of beef broth 2 tablespoons of dry sherry 1 teaspoon dried thyme salt and pepper to taste 4 slices of french bread 4 slices of provolone cheese 2 slices swiss chesse, sliced 1/4 cup of grated paremsan cheese Method Melt... 

Creamy Sundried Tomatoe Pasta

Ingredients 2 Tbsp butter 2 cloves garlic 2 cups chicken broth 1.5 cups whole milk 8oz. fettuccine 12 pieces sun dried tomatoes Freshly cracked pepper ¼ cup grated Parmesan Optional: Add a tbsp of wholegrain mustard Method Cut the sun dried tomatoes into small pieces and set aside. Mince the garlic... 

Tarragon Crusted Seabass

Ingredients 4 sea bass fillets, skin on 40g/1½oz butter 60g/2¼oz panko breadcrumbs 1 unwaxed lemon, finely grated zest 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon 40g/1½oz Parmesan, coarsely grated salt and freshly ground black pepper For the sauce 200g/7oz crème fraîche dash caster sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice Method Preheat... 

Maple Pulled Pork

Ingredients 200g sea salt 300g light muscovado sugar 2kg/4lb 8oz piece pork shoulder 100ml maple syrup 100g wholegrain mustard 2 tbsp English mustard powder Method Mix the sea salt and 200g of the sugar in a large food bag, add the pork and coat it well. (If you don’t have a bag, rub over the... 

7 Best Hayfever Remedies

  Herbal Tea Teas such as chamomile, ginger, green, peppermint and butterbar are highly effective in reducing inflammation, itchy eyes, sinus congestion and headaches. Honey It is believed that by eating local raw honey can creat immunity to the allergens. The bee pollen is transfered from flower... 

Easter Lamb

Ingredients: Serves 6 For the lamb: 1 leg of lamb, on the bone (roughly 2½ kg to serve 6-8) 4-5 garlic cloves, sliced into slivers 3 sprigs of rosemary, leaves finely chopped 3 tbsp of rapeseed oil Sea salt and ground black pepper For the wild garlic pesto: (optional) 100g of wild garlic, washed and... 

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients: ½ cup olive oil ½ cup all natural honey 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup plain flour 1 ½ cups oatmeal 2 tbsp cinnamon ½ Tsp baking soda ½ Tsp salt ½ Tsp baking powder ½ Tsp nutmeg ½ Cup of one or more of the following; dried fruit, dark chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, Method: 1. Combine... 

Quad Adventures

What to do when you have been stuck inside for too long? Feel the need to get outdoors and challenge yourself? Tired of seeing a grey, windswept and rainy city? At least with grey, windswept and rainy country days the wind and weather recharges my energy rather than dragging me down.  If the answer... 

6 Ingredient Swedish Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:   135 grams/4.75 ounces salted butter 55 grams/2 ounces cocoa powder (unsweetened), plus extra for sprinkling 350 grams/12 ounces sugar 110 grams/3.75 ounces plain flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 eggs, lightly whisked Method: Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F. Line the bottom of... 

Delicious Carrot Cake Recipe

Ingredients: Carrot Cake 200 grams light brown sugar 180 ml vegetable oil 60 grams greek yogurt 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 250 grams all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 260 grams very finely grated carrots 3/4... 

Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients Serves: 12  175ml (6 fl oz) warm water (45 C) 50g (2 oz) butter 1 tablespoon dried milk powder 50g (2 oz) caster sugar 3/8 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 egg white 375g (13 oz) plain flour 1 tablespoon dried active baking yeast 100g (4 oz) dried currants 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 egg yolk 2... 

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Ingredients: For the Cake 250 ml guinness 250 grams unsalted butter 75 grams cocoa powder 400 grams caster sugar 142 ml sour cream 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 275 grams plain flour 2½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda For the Topping 300 grams cream cheese 150 grams icing sugar 125 ml... 

Classic Dublin Coddle

Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 6 slices of thick streaky bacon rashers, roughly chopped (800g) 2-3 large waxy potatoes, peeled and cut in 1cm slices 8 butchers sausages 500ml chicken stock 1 bay leaf 100g pearl barley A good handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped Sea salt and ground black pepper A... 

Mothers Day Gift Guide

  The Book of Mum A fun and fabulously original personalised book all about your mum. This is a special edition, created just for mum: original, touching and entertaining. It’s fast to make and free to preview. With a special cover design, beautifully crafted artwork, unique customisable... 

Create Your Own Easter Eggs

Ingredients: 300g dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate icing for piping Easter eggs Egg moulds (You can pick these up in Dealz, Euroshop, Lidl & M&S) Method Polish the inside of each mould with a piece of paper kitchen towel. Then dampen a piece of kitchen towel with a little... 

Easy Basil Pesto Recipe

Ingredients ½ a clove garlic 1 big bunch of fresh basil 1 handful of pine nuts 1 good handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon , optional Method Peel the garlic, then pound in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of sea salt. Pick, roughly chop and add the basil... 

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Ingredients 450g (1lb) white flour, preferably unbleached 1 level teaspoon salt 1 level teaspoon breadsoda sour milk or buttermilk to mix – 350-400ml (12-14fl oz) approx.   Method First fully preheat your oven to 230ºC/450ºF/Gas Mark 8. Sieve the dry ingredients. Make a well in the centre. ... 

1st Day of Spring

  When daffodils come out on show Along margins everywhere And make us feel so joyful That spring is in the air And crocuses surround the trees Like rainbows on the ground They bring a joy within our hearts That spring is now around And on the farms the little lambs Are playing gleefully Jumping... 

Beef & Guinness Stew

Serves 6 Ingredients 1-2 tbsp of rapeseed oil 1kg shoulder of beef, cut into one inch chunks 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, roughly chopped 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced 150ml beef stock 500ml of Guinness Sea salt and ground black pepper 1 bay leaf 30g of plain flour Method Heat... 
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