13 Aug 2017

Cream Tea Cupcakes Recipe

Cream Tea Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a lighter alternative to the usual scones, possibly not lighter in calories though I'm afraid, but at least there is an element of portion control!

It's very rare that I buy clotted cream but I made an exception for these cupcakes and I'm really pleased that I did.

The cupcakes are really easy to make and can be made in a food processor, food mixer or Thermomix.

5 Aug 2017

Thermomix Berries and Cherries Smoothie Recipe

Berries and Cherries Smoothie

I made this smoothie a couple of weeks ago when the sun was shining non stop here in the West Midlands, unfortunately this last week it's been rain, sunshine, rain, sunshine.

Redcurrants from my garden, a mixture of cherries and blueberries from the freezer and the last orange from the fruit bowl all make a delicious and refreshing smoothie.

23 Jul 2017

White Bloomer Bread Recipe

White Bloomer Bread

I've never made so much bread since owning my Thermomix. It takes only a few minutes to make the most amazing bread dough. I don't think I've bought bread for many a year, this isn't entirely due to my newest kitchen gadget because previously I used my bread maker to make complete loaves of bread or just using the dough function. Even now I can be found mixing bread in the Thermie and the bread maker is on the work surface making dough or a complete loaf of bread.

2 Jul 2017

Mini Strawberry Pavlova

Mini Strawberry Pavlova

One of my favourite desserts has to be pavlova. Fortunately I had a few egg whites in the freezer waiting to be used and hey presto an almost instant summer dessert.

The strawberries were shop bought, the ones in my garden aren't doing very well and need replacing but I managed to pick just enough to make the strawberry sauce.

I've received a few emails from readers who struggle to make pavlova and a couple of years ago I wrote a step by step blog post Summer Berries Pavlova which should ensure a stress free bake.

9 Jun 2017

Instant Pot Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe

Instant Pot Mixed Vegetable Soup

This is a soup recipe that I adapt, and mostly cook in a large pan, but now the electric pressure cooker has made an appearance in my kitchen, the very least it can do is to somehow pay for it's keep.  I store it away in a cupboard - the pressure cooker that is - I had to empty my cupboard of baking tins and move them to a cupboard which is already heaving with baking paraphernalia, there is absolutely no room on my work surface for any more gadgets.

Anyway back to the soup, it's ridiculously easy to make and can be bulked out with borlotti beans and small pieces of broken spaghetti to give a more filling version of a family friendly minestrone.

Chopped parsley added to the soup after cooking lifts the flavours, and a grating of Parmesan cheese is perfect.

1 Jun 2017

Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cakes

Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cakes


These little cakes came about because I made a chocolate cake and one of the layers didn't rise as much as I would have liked due to a heavy hand when adding the cocoa powder! I use Green and Black's cocoa powder and it's a must for these little choccie cakes.

It's a wasteful method but I cut out tiny rounds to make these little cakes and the leftover sponge cake is the cooks treat!

The filling is simply seedless raspberry jam and a few fresh raspberries crushed . I served my little cakes with vanilla ice cream.