Food & Drink: Healthy kick-start for a new year diet

If December is the month of indulgence and excess, January is doubtless the month for cutting it all right back. I’m not about to talk diets, comfort is still very much a necessity during the cold Winter months. Besides I’m nowhere near ready to give up the hearty stew quite yet. However many of us…

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Baking: Last minute Christmas party bakes

Well, this year has gone fast, hasn’t it! I can’t believe that it is now just a few days before Christmas. Are you all prepared?  I for one am not and it’s going to be the usual rush to get it all done.  If you are anything like me then I am sure you will…

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Christmas leftover recipes: Vegetable tart

Do something yummy with all that leftover veg from Christmas lunch with this delicious tart.  Planning Preparation time: 20 minutes + cooling and chilling Cooking time: 1 hour 5 minutes Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes + cooling and chilling Serves: 6 – 8 Ingredients 500g block shortcrust pastry Plain flour, for dusting 350g mixed cooked…

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How to get the kids involved with cooking this Christmas

Cooking is a valuable skill that will help your kids throughout their entire lives, and Christmas is an excellent time to start teaching them. That’s a fact known all too well by mum-of-one Jane Rylands, who has been working at award-winning cooker manufacturer Belling for the past 15 years. Here, she explains how you can…

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Recipes: Sticky clementine puddings

Christmas recipes: These puddings not only taste good with some citrus zing, they also look so tempting. Preparation time:15 minutes Cooking time:30-35 minutes Total time:40-45 minutes Serves: 8 Ingredients 175g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 5 easy peelers clementines 3 tbsp Lyle’s golden syrup 175g golden caster sugar 3 medium free range eggs, beaten 85g…

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Sunday lunch: Roast beef with pink peppercorns, peas & basil

Your family will love this roast beef recipe. The addition of pink peppercorns, peas and basil give it a zingy twist! Preparation time: 10 minutes + resting Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes + resting Serves: 4 – 6 Ingredients 1kg Aberdeen Angus beef topside  1 tbsp pink peppercorns 2…

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