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Sticky Gingerbread

A traditional teatime or picnic treat. This cake should be moist and delicious, but not heavy.   Ingredients 175g/6oz dark brown sugar 2tbsp black treacle 2tbsp golden syrup 2 eggs 150g/5oz butter or lard 250ml/0.5pt water 275g/10oz self raising flour Pinch of salt 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 1tsp ground nutmeg 1tsp ground cinnamon 2tsp ground

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Rosemary Potato Wedges

Tasty, crisp potato wedges. Perfect as an accompaniment to a BBQ or summer party.   Ingredients 1lg/2lb potatoes 1 tbsp olive oil Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Rosemary, chopped, to taste Crushed garlic, to taste   Preparation Time 30 minutes   Cooking Instructions Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Wash and

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Guacamole

Homemade guacamole is so much tastier than shop bought varieties, so why not having a go at this delicious, cool dip for yourself.   Ingredients 2 ripe avocados 1 ripe tomato, roughly chopped 0.5 small onion, roughly chopped 1 clove of garlic, crushed Chilli to taste (fresh or powder) Fresh coriander, chopped Juice of lemon

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Mini Pitta Pizza

A perfect snack or teatime treat to make with the kids.   Ingredients 2 x pitta pockets 2 tbsp tomato puree 2 – 3 tbsp grated cheese A few sliced mushrooms, diced pieces of ham or whatever toppings you like.   Preparation Time 5 minutes preparation, 15 minutes cooking   Cooking Instructions From experience, toddlers,

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Cheesy Biscuits

Make a great party or picnic food, and simple for cooking with the children too.   Ingredients 100g/4oz mature cheddar cheese, grated 100g/4oz plain flour 100g/4oz butter, softened   Preparation Time 10 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F/Gas mark 5. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a dough.

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Nail Care

Soak your nails in a mixture of water and lemon juice for 5 minutes to leave them sparkly and white.

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Treat for Dry Skin

As a once a week treat for your dry, sensitive skin, apply a mask made with one beaten egg yolk and a teaspoon of olive oil.  Allow to sit and nourish your skin for 15 minutes then remove with a cotton ball dipped in tepid milk.  Your skin will be re-hydrated and nourished.

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Shiny Hair

For shiny, squeaky clean hair, use a small amount of white vinegar in the rinse cycle after shampooing.

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Refreshing Face Mask

For a refreshing, wake up face mask, mix the pulp of one orange with 2 tsps of honey.  Apply to the skin and allow to sit for 20 minutes.  Rinse with clean, tepid water and enjoy your soft, velvet-like skin!

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Pink Complexion

For pretty pink complexion, add lily and rose petals (dried or fresh) to a bowl of boiling water.  Allow to infuse and steep for 15 minutes.  Strain the water, allow to cool and use the water to wash your face and leave a healthy complexion.

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Masks for Oily Skin

Oily skin types should use fruits as the base for their face masks, rather than cream or egg.  Use a mask of half milk and half strawberry juice, mixed with one egg white to lighten skin and open pores, encouraging the skin to release the oil so they may be wiped away.

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Beauty Uses for Dairy

In the absence of good quality beauty creams, application of dairy products will do more good than poor quality creams!  Use cows milk as a make-up remover and fresh whole cream as a nourishing moisturiser.

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Yogurt Body Mask

Puree some cooked carrots or pumpkin in a blender and aim to end up with 3tsbp of puree.  Add to a bowl containing 60ml/2fl oz of natural, Greek style yoghurt and 3tbsp runny honey.  Combine thoroughly.  Run a warm, not hot bath, and slather your face and body with the mask.  Relax in the bath

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Lavender Salt Scrub

In a large bowl blend together 150g/5oz coarse sea salt with 100h/3.5oz dried lavender and 25 drops of lavender essential oil.  Ensure the mixture is evenly distributed and transfer t an airtight jar (Kilner or similar).  Pour over 375ml/0.5pt sweet almond oil (or whatever oil you have available) and mix through. Apply the salt scrub

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Coffee Ground Body Scrub

Brew a fresh pot of coffee – you can even drink a cup if you like!  Pout the coffee grounds (approx 3tbsp) in a bowl and add 1tbsp coarse sea salt.  Use the body scrub within 30 minutes of brewing for best results. Use the body scrub in the shower to remove dead, dry skin

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Citrus Body Scrub

Choose a few of your favourite citrus fruits – lemons, limes, oranges etc.  Finely grate the rind off and discard the fruits, or use in one of our recipes!  Put the rind on some kitchen paper towel and leave out to dry naturally. In an airtight jar (Kilner or similar) fill it 3/4s full of coarse

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Honey and Lemon Sugar Scrub

In a large bowl mix 500g/1lb caster or granulated sugar with 120ml/0.25pt sweet almond oil (or whatever oil you have available).  Mix thoroughly and add 4tsp of lemon juice.  Mix again and add 4tbsp runny honey and 4 drops of lemon essential oil (if desired).  Store in an airtight jar (Kilner or similar). Apply to

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Tender Feet

For a natural way to soothe tender feet, mix equal parts methylated spirits with olive oil and  rub well into your feet, at least twice a week before going ot bed.  As an extra soother add a pair of fluffy soaks over the top, to allow the mixture to really soak in well.

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Skin Toner

In days gone by people didn’t have all the expensive face toners we have available today.  Instead, our grandmothers used to splash ice cold water on their faces to tone and tighten the skin – and it still works well today!

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Satin Pillowcases

Sleeping on satin pillowcases has many benefits over cotton pillowcases.  It helps to reduce friction and therefore flyaway hair, as well as reducing the development of early wrinkles and dust allergies too.

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Rough Fingertips

To soothe and soften rough fingertips from too much housework, soak your hands in a bowl of warm water and Epsom salts for 15 minutes or so.

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Refreshing Bath Soak

If you are lucky enough to live near some pine trees, a handful of pine needles boiled in a pint of water and allowed to steep for 30 minutes makes a wonderfully refreshing and invigorating bath tonic – drain off the pine needles before adding to the bath!

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Rag Curls

Our grandmothers used to use this tip, and it still works wonderfully today.  To get gorgeous curls without the need for electrical appliances or harmful chemicals, simply tear strips of rag materials and roll your hair tightly around them.  Use the rags to tie up your hair and secure with pins if needed.  Sleep in

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Dark Circles

An age-old, tried and trusted remedy for battling dark circles under the eyes is to apply a mixture of tomato juice and lemon juice or slices of raw potato.

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Blistered Heels

Use the white of an egg into your blistered heels to take away the immediate soreness.  Prevent a re-occurrence by rubbing your feet every night with methylated spirits, which will help to harden the feet against further blisters.

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Scalp Massage

For hair to be strong and healthy the scalp needs to be supple and well maintained with good blood supply.  Help improve blood supply by applying olive or almond oil along the part line and massage into the hair with firm, regular, circular motions for 5 minutes or so.  Wrap hair in a shower cap and

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Nourish Dry Damaged Hair

Hair that has been coloured or uses a lot of styling tools and products can become dry and brittle.  Help add nourishment to the hair by applying a rich conditioner to damp hair and pin up or wear a shower cap.  Relax in a bath for 10-15 minutes and allow the steam to help the

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Mouthwash for Dandruff

Dilute 1 part antiseptic mouthwash with 9 parts warm water and apply to hair with mild dandruff and allow to sit and soak in for 10 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and use several times a week.

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Help Regenerate Hair

A mixture made of mashed over-ripe banana, honey, low fat milk and natural yogurt makes a great hair mask that helps to nourish and regenerate hair follicles.  Apply to damp hair and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off.  Apply several times a week.

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Hair Static

If your hair is prone to static build up, rub a dryer sheet across the hair to prevent the formation of static.

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Dandruff Hair Mask

An effective hair mask for help with mild dandruff can be made by adding 2 tsp cider vinegar to 2 whole eggs.  Beat together and apply to the scalp and hair roots.  Allow to soak in for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

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Clean Brushes

To keep hair brushes and combs squeaky clean sprinkle with a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and spray with vinegar.  The mixture will form and deep clean the brushes.  Leave to work for 5-10 minutes and rinse well with warm water.

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Weed Killer

Strong neat vinegar makes a great natural weed killer.

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Scorched Plants

Water your plants in the morning to help reduce heat stress and scorching of the plants in the sun.

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Repelling Flies

Plant carrots and onions close together – they repel onion fly and carrot fly respectively!

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Care for Roses

Dig a few tea bags into the soil around your rose bushes to nourish them.

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Banana Peel for Roses

Banana peels in the soil around rose bushes release potassium, which feeds the plants.

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Aphid Repellent

Boil up the leaves of wild garlic and use the resulting water as a natural insect repellent – particularly good for aphids, reducing tomato plight and mildew on cucumbers.

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Adding Iron to Water

Add some rusty nails to your watering can water – these release iron into the water and nourishes your plants.

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When to Water

Watering your garden in the morning is the most effective time of day as the temperatures are generally lower and less of the water will evaporate straight off.

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Mulch

Adding mulch to your soil helps it to naturally retain moisture.  Ensure the soil is moist before applying the mulch to it.  Either use pre-bagged mulch from a garden centre, or grass clippings and dry leaves work well as a free alternative!

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Grow Native

Plants that are native to your home country and environment will naturally require less watering and maintenance.  Use the internet to help find plants which will be naturally suitable to your environment and will thrive the best on the minimum of care and water.

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Deep Roots

Research shows that small frequent watering does not encourage plants to develop deep root systems, but to grow roots closer to the surface.  A good soaking less frequently will do your plants more good in the long run by developing a deep, strong root system.

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Weeds on Gravel

Weeds on a gravel walkway can be eliminated and deterred from growing again by a liberal sprinkling of salt.  Use once early in the season and additional applications as needed, when the weeds are small.

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Protect Cabbages

For the less squeamish, if you already have caterpillars on your cabbages, pick them off and put in a blender.  Spraying the resultant liquid back on the cabbages will deter any further eggs being laid.  Just remember to wash your blender and cabbages before use!

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Deterrent for Slugs

Crushed eggshells will deter slugs and snails – they don’t like to slither across the jagged surface.  For particular plants that need a barrier, make a border out of the crushed shells around the base.

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Deterrent for Cabbage Whites

Larger pieces of eggshells around vegetables such as cabbages and cauliflowers will keep away cabbage white butterflies.  It deters them from laying their eggs as they think a butterfly is already there!

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Caterpillar Deterrant

Potato plant leaves and stems, well boiled, make a great natural weed killer.  The water, once cooled, can be spayed directly onto plants affected by caterpillars, gnats, black and green flies.  It is not harmful to the plants and the residual odour acts as a deterrent for the insects returning.

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Add Nitrogen to Soil

Coffee grounds worked into the soil adds useful extra nitrogen.  If you don’t have enough from your own coffee machine, be brave and ask at your local coffee shop!  I bet you won’t have been re first person to ask.

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Seed Starter Trays

Reuse the plastic containers you get fresh muffins and cakes in from the supermarket as starter trays for your seedlings.  Each individual “hole” makes a great bed for a new sproutling.  Add the plastic lid to turn the whole tray into a propagator too.

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Reuse an Old Cot

Reuse an old baby cot as a planter for the garden.  Cut the legs off, if it has them, fill with a waterproof liner or tarpaulin and fill with earth and compost.  This would make a great pot for climbing plants, as they could use the bars of the cot like trellis

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Recycled Bird Feeder

Use a plastic 2 litre drinks bottle as a bird feeder.  Cut off the bottom half, make a few holes of various sixes around the sides and fill with different bird food – seeds, nuts etc.  hang on a tree or over your porch and watch the birds enjoy your handiwork

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Compost

If you find you don’t have enough fruit and vegetable waste to make your compost pile worthwhile, why not contact your local florist and ask if they would mind you collecting their green waste to add to your pile.

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Walking Boards

Use any scraps of wood – fence plans etc – as walking boards between you flower beds and rows.  They will help keep your feet out of the mud and inhibit the growth of weeds and grass.

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Pot Drainage

If you accidentally break a pot or a plate, smash it into smaller pieces and add to the bottom of a plant pot to help improve the drainage.

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Removing Ants

Pesky ants can be removed from your garden by pouring a kettle full of boiling water into their nest or around the base of walls.

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Chocolate Cornflake Cakes

A very simple recipe to make with even the youngest children.   Ingredients 100g/3.5oz milk chocolate 2tbsp golden syrup 50g/1.75oz butter or margarine 75g/2.5oz cornflakes Sprinkles, silver balls etc for decorating (optional)   Preparation Time 1 hour chilling   Cooking Instructions Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter together in a saucepan and mix thoroughly.

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Gingerbread Men

Moist, yet crispy gingerbread shapes, perfect for decorating with the children! This recipe makes approximately 12 gingerbread men.   Ingredients 350g/12oz plain flour, sifted 175g/6oz soft brown sugar 100g/3.5oz butter 1 large egg, beaten 4 tbsp golden syrup 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1/4 tsp ground ginger Icing pens, icing and sweets to decorate  

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Fairy Cakes

Light and airy fruit sponge cakes, great for cooking with the kids. This recipe makes approximately 20 cakes. Ingredients 170g/6oz self raising flour, sifted 115g/4oz butter/margarine 115g/4oz sugar (caster or granulated) 2 large eggs, beaten 140g/5oz dried mixed fruit A little milk, if needed   Preparation Time 20 Minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat oven to

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Fruit and Nut Muesli Bars

A healthy and satisfying snack treat.   Ingredients 200g/7oz unsalted butter 80g/3oz golden syrup 75g/2.5oz sift brown sugar 40g/1.5oz clear honey 300g/10.5oz rolled porridge oats 50g/1.75oz dried mixed berry fruits 40g/1.5oz dried apricots, chopped 25g/1oz hazelnuts, roughly chopped 25g/1oz pecan nuts, roughly chopped 75g/2.5oz mixed seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, sesame etc   Preparation Time

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Victoria Sponge Sandwich

A classic British sandwich cake incorporating light sponge and sweet jam. Perfect for afternoon or high tea!   Ingredients 175g/6oz softened butter 175g/6oz caster sugar 3 large eggs 175g/6oz self-raising flour 1 ½ tsp baking powder 2 x 18cm (7in) greased and lined sandwich tins 4 tbsp jam of your choice for the filling Icing

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Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Dense and moist muffins, cooked in one stage, so perfect for cooking with the kids! This recipe makes approximately 12 large muffins.   Ingredients 2 large eggs 125g/4.5oz light muscovado sugar 125g/4.5oz butter, melted 230ml/1/2 pint milk 225g/8oz plain flour 50g/1.5oz cocoa powder 1/4 tsp baking powder 200g/7oz good quality plain or milk chocolate, cut

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Sugar Cookies

Really simple cookies to make with even the smallest of children.   Ingredients 125g/4.5oz unsalted butter 125g/4.5oz caster sugar 1 medium egg, lightly beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 250g/9oz plain flour   Preparation Time 20 minutes   Cooking Instructions In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar using a hand whisk or an

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Blueberry Oat Muffins

A light and tasty treat, perfect with a afternoon cuppa.   Ingredients 100g/3.5oz self raising flour, white 100g/3.5oz self raising flour, brown 0.5tsp bicarbonate of soda 0.5tsp baking powder 90g/3oz oats, plus extra for sprinkling 180g/6.5oz fresh blueberries 60g/2oz golden caster sugar 2 medium eggs 284ml carton of soured cream 6tbsp runny honey 6tbsp sunflower

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Oaty Banana Muffins

A delicious, moist muffin, ideal for using up any over-ripe bananas.   Ingredients 200g/7oz plain flour 80g/3oz porridge oats 3 bananas, mashed 100g/3.5oz caster sugar 2tsp baking powder 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 0.5tsp salt 1 egg 175ml/6fl oz milk 75ml/3.5floz vegetable oil   Preparation Time 35 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F/Gas

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Treacle Flapjacks

A tasty treat perfect for with a cup of tea or lunchboxes.   Ingredients 250g/8oz butter 250g.8oz soft brown sugar 175g/6oz black treacle 500g/1lb rolled oats   Preparation Time 50 minutes   Cooking Instructions Line a 18cm x 28cm (7in x 11in) baking tray with baking paper.  Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4 Dice

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

A moist, chocolatey treat, perfect for with a cup of tea or coffee.   Ingredients 250g/plain flour 125g/4.5oz caster sugar 1tsp baking powder 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 150ml/5fl oz milk 3tbsp vegetable oil 1 medium egg 100g/3.5oz chocolate chips   Preparation Time 30 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to ts highest setting –

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Easy Choc Chip Muffins

A light, chocolatey treat, perfect for with a cup of tea or coffee, or in lunchboxes.   Ingredients 250g/9oz plain flour 125g/4.5oz caster sugar 3tsp baking powder 0.5tsp salt 175ml/6fl oz milk 75ml/2.5fl oz vegetable oil 1 medium egg 100g/3.5oz chocolate chips   Preparation Time 25 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas

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Banana Bread

Simple to make, moist banana bread perfect for high tea or a weekend breakfast.   Ingredients 3-4 over-ripe bananas, mashed 250g/9oz plain flour 1tsp bicarbonate of soda Pinch of salt 115g/4oz butter, softened 115g/4oz light brown soft sugar 2 eggs, beaten   Preparation Time 55 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark

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Lemon Drizzle Biscuits

Easy, crisp, zesty biscuits perfect for spring and summer.   Ingredients 300g/10.5oz plain flour 200g/7oz butter, softened 100g/3.5oz caster sugar Grated zest of 2 small lemons Lemon juice from 2 small lemons 100g/3.5oz icing sugar   Preparation Time 12 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 175°C/360°F/Gas mark 4.  Grease 2 large baking sheets.

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Scotch Broth

This traditional Scottish soup is both sustaining and very tasty. A firm favourite in the winter months.   Ingredients 900g/2lb lean neck of lamb, diced into even chunks 1.75l/3pt water 1 large onion, chopped 50g/2oz pearl barley Bouquet garni 1 large carrot, chopped 1 small swede/turnip chopped 3 leeks, chopped ½ small white cabbage, chopped

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Country Vegetable Soup

A fresh, nutritious and filling soup.   Ingredients 50g/2oz/4tbsp butter 1 onion, chopped 2 leeks, sliced 2 celery sticks, sliced 2 carrots, sliced 2 small turnips, chopped 4 ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped 1l/1.75pt chicken or vegetable stock 115g/4oz green beans Bouquet garni Salt and ground black pepper. Chopped fresh herbs such as tarragon, thyme,

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Spiced Parsnip Soup

A warming, mildly spicy, creamy textured soup. Perfect for bonfire night and chilly autumn evenings   Ingredients 40g/1.5oz/butter 1 onion, chopped 675g/1.5lb parsnips, diced 5ml/1tsp ground coriander 2.5ml/0.5tsp ground cumin 2.5ml/0/5tsp ground turmeric 1.5ml/0.25tsp chilli powder 1.2litres/2pt chicken stock 150ml/0.25pt single cream 15ml/1tbsp sunflower oil Salt and ground black pepper   Preparation Time 45 minutes

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Broccoli & Stilton Soup

A simple, rich, full flavoured soup, perfect for a dinner party.   Ingredients 350g/12oz broccoli florets 2tbsp1oz/ butter 1 onion, chopped 1 leek, white part only, chopped 1 small potato, diced 600ml/1pt hot chicken stock 300ml/0.5pt milk 45ml/3tbsp double cream 115g/4oz stilton, rind removed, crumbled Salt and ground black pepper   Preparation Time 25 minutes

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Leek and Potato Soup

A traditional autumnal soup, hearty and filling.   Ingredients 25g/2oz butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 leeks, chopped 350g/12oz potatoes, chopped 900ml/1.5pt chicken or vegetable stock Salt and ground black pepper   Preparation Time 40 minutes   Cooking Instructions Heat half the butter in a large pan and gently cook the leeks and onions

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Pea and Ham Soup

An easy, tasty way to make a traditional, wholesome soup for all the family.   Ingredients 25g/1oz butter 1 onion, chopped 2 leeks, quartered lengthways, chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 280g/8oz frozen peas 100g/3.5oz smoked ham, shredded 750ml/1.25pt hot chicken stock   Preparation Time 20 minutes   Cooking Instructions Melt the butter in a

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Summer Chicken and Vegetable Soup

A light and tasty way to eat your favourite chicken soup during the warmer months.   Ingredients 1tbsp vegetable oil 1 leek, sliced 450g/7lb carrots, peeled and sliced 75g/3oz pearl barley 1.2lt/2pt chicken stock 175g/6oz cooked chicken, chopped 175g/6oz cooked potatoes, chopped 100g/4oz seasonal vegetables – e.g. peas, green beans, sweetcorn etc, cooked   Preparation

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Low Fat Chunky Vegetable Soup

A light and tasty summer soup that is as healthy as it is tasty   Ingredients 1tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 parsnips, peeled and diced 2 leeks, peeled and sliced into rings 50g/2oz red lentils 400ml/0.75pt vegetable stock 100g/3.5oz green beans, trimmed and sliced 1tbsp cornflour 750ml/1.25pt milk  

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Pumpkin Soup

A delicious way of using up the inside of carved pumpkins.   Ingredients 1 medim onion, chopped 1tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 700g/1lb 6oz pumpkin flesh 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped 1.2l/2pint water or vegetable stock 200ml/0.5pint milk 4tbsp cream   Preparation Time 1 hour 5 minutes   Cooking Instructions Heat the

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Cream of Tomato Soup

A tasty, quick and easy meal for when time is at a premium. You can also batch cook this and freeze in portions.   Ingredients 1 onion, chopped 25g/1oz butter 1 garlic clove, crushed 1tbsp tomato puree 1tsp paprika 1kg/2.2lb tomatoes, chopped 2tsp sugar 1 bay leaf 600ml/1pt chicken or vegetable stock 140ml/0.25 tub double

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Pineapple Upside Down cake

A quick and easy mid week family pudding recipe, to be cooked in the microwave.   Ingredients 115g/4oz butter 115g/4oz plain flour 115g/4oz caster sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp milk 1 small can of pineapple rings A little butter for greasing   Preparation Time Approx

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Healthy Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

A lower fat version of the popular sweet treat   Ingredients 300ml/0.5pt milk 1 vanilla pod 4 medium egg yolks 150g/5oz granulated sweetener suitable for cooking 300ml/0.5pt natural yoghurt 150g/5oz raspberries   Preparation Time Overnight for chilling and freezing   Cooking Instructions Pour the milk into a saucepan. Split the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape

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Keylime Pie

An irresistible American classic dessert. Fresh and zingy.   Ingredients 125g/4oz butter 250g/8oz Digestive biscuits, crushed 3 large egg yolks 5 limes, juiced plus the zest of 4 400g tin condensed milk   Preparation Time 30 minutes plus chilling   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 360°F/180°C/Gas mark 4. Melt the butter in a pan,

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Queen of Puddings

A recipe originally developed for Queen Victoria by her chefs at Buckingham Palace!   Ingredients 75g/3oz fresh breadcrumbs 50g/2oz caster sugar 1 tsp grated lemon rind 600ml/1pt milk 4 eggs 3 tbsp raspberry jam, warmed   Preparation Time 1 hour 20 minutes   Cooking Instructions Stir the breadcrumbs, 25g of the sugar and the lemon

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Easy Chocolate Brownies

A simple but delicious, basic chocolate brownie recipe.   Ingredients 200g/7oz milk or dark chocolate 175g/6oz butter 325g/11.5oz caster sugar 130g/4.5oz plain flour 3 eggs   Preparation Time 35 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl over a simmering saucepan of

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Pumpkin Shake

A tasty and easy option for a shake, a dessert or to use up leftover pumpkin flesh.   Ingredients 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt 100g/3.5oz pureed pumpkin flesh (fresh or canned) 75ml milk 0.5tbsp maple syrup Pinch of cinnamon   Preparation Time 5 minutes   Cooking Instructions Place all the ingredients into

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Bread Pudding

A traditional, English pudding, ideal for using up leftover stale bread.   Ingredients 300g/10.5oz stale bread, cut roughly into chunks 50g/2oz soft brown sugar 250g/9oz mixed dried fruit 1tbsp black treacle 50g/2oz butter 1 egg, lightly beaten 1tsp mixed spice   Preparation Time 1 hour   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4

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Baked Apple Dumplings

An easy, warming dessert, perfect for cold autumn nights.   Ingredients 225g/8oz shortcrust pastry (ready made or from scratch) 4 small cooking apples, peeled and cored but left whole 25g/1oz sultanas or raisins 25g/1oz light soft brown sugar 25g/1oz butter 0.25tsp ground cinnamon   Preparation Time 25 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to

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Simple Chocolate Brownies

A simple, one stage recipe for making delicious, gooey brownies.   Ingredients 200g/7oz butter 165g/6oz cocoa powder 350g/12oz soft brown sugar 125g/4.5oz plain flour 2 eggs 100g/3.5oz chocolate chips, chunks or chopped walnuts (optional)   Preparation Time 30 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F/Gas mark 4.  Grease and line a 12 cm

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Chocolate Fondant

A very impressive but deceptively simple chocolate dessert, perfect for dinner parties or a weekend treat.   Ingredients 50g/1.5oz melted butter for brushing Cocoa powder for dusting 200g/7oz butter, diced 200g/7oz good quality dark chocolate, broken into small pieces 200g/7oz golden caster sugar 4 whole eggs 4 egg yolks 200g/7oz plain flour Icing sugar for

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Shepherds Pie

A traditional, wholesome meal – minced lamb or beef with a tasty cheese and potato topping – a family favourite!   Ingredients For the meat mixture 450g/1lb minced lamb, or beef 1 medium onion 1 can chopped tomatoes 80g/3oz carrots 1 tsp dried mixed herbs 1 stock cube or powdered gravy mix For the topping

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Beef in Guinness

A warming, wholesome meal – tender beef cooked in a rich, thick sauce – pure comfort food!   Ingredients 2 1/2 lb/1kg shin of beef 2 large onions 6 medium carrots 2 tbsp seasoned flour a little fat or beef dripping 125ml/1/4pt dry cider 250ml/1/2pt Guinness with water   Preparation Time 15 minutes preparation, approx

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Steak, Kidney and Mushroom Pie

A hearty and tasty pie. The kidneys can be removed and replaced with more steak if desired.   Ingredients 30ml/2tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion, chopped 115g/4oz bacon, finely chopped 500g/1.25lb stewing steak, diced 25g/2tbsp plain flour 115g/4oz lamb’s kidneysan be replaced with more steak if desired) 400ml/0.75pt beef stock Large bouquet garni 115g/4oz button mushrooms

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Roast Beef & Yorkshire Puddings

A classic, traditional British dish best served with crispy roast potatoes, seasonal veg and gravy.   Ingredients For the beef:   1.75kg/4lb joint of beef 30-60ml/2-4tbsp dripping or oil 300ml/0.5pint vegetable stock, wine or water Salt and ground black pepper.   For the Yorkshire puddings:   50g/2oz plain flour, sifted 1 egg, beaten 150ml/0.25pt water

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Cottage Pie

A classic, traditional dish which is well loved by adults and children alike.   Ingredients 30ml/2tbsp oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 115g/4oz mushrooms, chopped 500g/1.25lb lean minced beef 300ml/0.5pt beef or veal stock or water 15g/1tbsp plain flour 1 bay leaf 10-15ml/2-3tsp Worcestershire sauce 15ml/1tbsp tomato puree 675g/1.5lb white potatoes, boiled

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Minced Beef and Onion Pie

A very tasty classic pie using shortcrust pastry and minced beef.   Ingredients For the filling 1 tbsp sunflower oil 450g/1lb lean minced beef 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1 tsp mixed herbs Salt and ground black pepper to taste 3 x beef stock cubes   For the shortcrust pastry 225g/8oz

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Steak Surprise Parcel

An effortless way to get a deliciously tender steak dish at the end of a hard day.   Ingredients 5 small onions or a handful of shallots 150g/1lb baby carrots 1kg/2lb braising steak Dripping, lard or butter 225g/8oz small or cheery tomatoes, halved Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1tsp mixed herbs 300ml/0.5pt beef stock

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Farmhouse Beef Casserole

A foolproof warming meal to serve after a day out of doors or as a hearty family supper.   Ingredients 50g/2oz butter 100g/4oz bacon, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 615g/1.5lb stewing steak 1tbsp flour 1 beef stock cube 1tbsp tomato puree 1tbsp Demerara sugar 300ml/0.5pt boiling water 300ml/0.5pt Guinness or other stout

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Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

A simple, tasty family meal that everyone is bound to enjoy.   Ingredients For the meatballs:   500g/1lb lean minced beef 1 egg 1 clove of garlic, crushed 2 tbsp fresh parsley, shopped 3 tbsp breadcrumbs 2 tbsp grated cheese Salt and freshly ground black pepper   For the tomato sauce:   1 onion, chopped

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Homemade Beef Burgers

A simple, easy way to make some homemade burgers for the BBQ, or to shallow fry if the British weather fails!   Ingredients 500g/1lb minced beef 1tsp oregano 1tsp salt Freshly ground black pepper Handful of fresh or dried breadcrumbs 1 egg, lightly beaten Loaf of ciabatta bread or rolls Iceberg lettuce Tomatoes, sliced  

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Beef Bourguignon

A classic, warming dish, perfect for leaving to simmer in the slow cooker all day.   Ingredients 4 rashers of streaky bacon, chopped 750g/1lb 10oz stewing steak, diced 4tbsp plain flour 12 baby onions or shallots, peeled 4tbsp vegetable oil 1 carrot, peeled and chopped 225g/8oz muchrooms, washed and quartered 400ml/14fl oz boiling water 1

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Baked Ham and Cheese Pasta

A simple but very tasty mid week supper for all the family.   Ingredients 15g/1tbsp salted butter 300g/10.5oz cooked ham, cubed 300g/10.5oz dried macaroni or penne pasta 250ml/0.5pt double cream 100g/3.5oz red Leicester cheese, grated 100g/3.5oz mature Cheddar cheese, grated 100g/3.5oz Gorgonzola cheese, chopped into small chunks 1/4tsp freshly grated nutmeg 2 balls of mozzarella

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Spaghetti Carbonara

A traditional, creamy Roman pasta dish,   Ingredients 450g/1lb spaghetti or tagliatelle 15ml/1tbsp olive oil 225g/8oz ham, pancetta or bacon cut into sticks 115g/4oz button mushrooms, sliced 4 eggs, lightly beaten 75ml/4tbsp single cream 30ml/2tbsp parmesan, finely grated Salt and ground black pepper   Preparation Time 20 minutes   Cooking Instructions Cook the spaghetti or

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Cheesy Pasta Bolognese

If you like lasagne you will love this dish!   Ingredients 30ml/2tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 carrot, diced 2 celery sticks, chopped 2 rashers streaky bacon, finely chopped 5 button mushrooms, chopped 450g/1lb lean minced beef 120ml/0.25pt red wine 15ml/1tbsp tomato puree 200g/7oz can chopped tomatoes sprig of fresh

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Macaroni Cheese

A classic, wholesome pasta dish. A foolproof, family favourite.   Ingredients 350g/12oz dry macaroni 1-2tbsp white breadcrumbs 1-2tbsp grated Parmesan 600ml/1pt milk 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 bay leaf 50g/2oz butter 50g/2oz plain flour Salt and freshly ground black pepper 250g/8oz strong Cheddar cheese, grated 1tsp English mustard, optional   Preparation Time 60 minutes  

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Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake

A tasty, easy pasta bake to feed the family. Replace the vegetables in the recipe with your favourites, if you prefer.   Ingredients 300g/10oz cooked, skinless chicken 200g/7oz broccoli florets 200g/7oz dry pasta (e,g, penne, fusili) Knob of butter 100g/3.5oz white mushrooms, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1tsp dried mixed herbs 25g/1oz plain flour

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Tuna Pasta Bake

A classic family favourite that is as easy as it is tasty.   Ingredients 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 5 medium-sized mushrooms, chopped 150g/5oz sweetcorn, canned or frozen 400g can of chopped tomatoes 3tbsp tomato puree 300g/10.5oz dried pasta, e.g. penne 185g can of tuna chunks in brine, drained 100g/3.5oz mature cheddar cheese, grated  

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Easy Tomato Sauce for Pasta

This easy one pot sauce makes a delicious, nutritious sauce to add to pasta. A family favourite sure to rival any jar sauce.   Ingredients 1tbsp olive oil 400g can of chopped tomatoes 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1tsp dried Italian seasoning 4 or 5 closed cap white mushrooms, finely chopped 1

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Tagliatelle with Broccoli & Salmon

A tasty and healthy mid week pasta dish for all the family.   Ingredients 200g/7oz broccoli 305g/12oz tagliatellei 225g/8oz skinned, boned salmon fillets 150ml/0.25pt vegetable stock 25g/1oz butter 300ml/0.5pt single cream Salt and freshly ground black pepper   Preparation Time 20 minutes   Cooking Instructions Cook the tagliatelli as per the packet instructions, in a

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Meatball Pasta Bake

A tasty and simple way to feed the family for a mid week supper.   Ingredients For the meatballs: 300g/11oz dried pasta 500g/1lb 2oz beef or pork mince 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 1tsp dried oregano 2tsp Dijon mustard 1tbsp tomato ketchup 100g/3.5oz Cheddar cheese, grated Salt and freshly ground black pepper   For

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Egg Fried Rice

A classic Chinese side dish – perfect for Chinese New Year.   Ingredients 200g/7oz long-grain rice (dry weight), cooked and allowed to go cold 1 egg 2tsp sesame oil 2tbsp vegetable oil 100g/4oz frozen peas, defrosted 100g/4oz beansprouts 4 spring onions, finely chopped 2tsp soy sauce Ground white pepper   Preparation Time 30 minutes  

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Sweet & Spicy Prawns

A delicious, simple and tasty Chinese main dish.   Ingredients 335g/12oz cooked king prawns, cooled and shelled 4tbsp water 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 2tbsp tomato ketchup 1tbsp soy sauce 2tsp corn flour 1tsp runny honey 0.5tsp cayenne pepper 0.25tsp ground ginger 1tbsp vegetable oil 2 spring onions, finely sliced   Preparation Time 20 minutes

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Prawn Toast

A classic Chinese dim sum starter, easy to make at home.   Ingredients 200g/7oz cooked, peeled prawns 1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped 1 egg white 3tsp hot pepper sauce Pinch of salt 1tbsp corn flour 2 spring onions, chopped 8 slices of white bread Sesame seeds Cooking oil for deep frying   Preparation

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Fortune Cookies

A fun addition to any Chinese New Year party   Ingredients 1/8tsp vanilla extract 1 egg shite 4tbsp plain flour 4tbsp caster sugar Pinch of salt   Preparation Time 5 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.  Write your own personalised fortunes on strips of white paper about 10cm (4inch) long

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Crispy Seaweed

An easy way to make your favourite Chinese side dish, every bit as good as from the takeaway.   Ingredients 300g/10.5oz kale or any other dark greenspring cabbage, washed and dried thoroughly 200ml/6.5fl oz groundnut oil or similar, for frying 0.5tsp Chinese five spice powder 0.5tsp sugar 0.25tsp salt   Preparation Time 15 minutes  

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Crab & Sweetcorn Soup

An easy and light starter for a Chinise inspired meal.   Ingredients 170g/6oz cooked crab meat, canned or fresh 2 spring onions, sliced 1tsp rice cooking wine 200g/6.5oz cooked sweetcorn, canned, fresh or frozen (defrosted) 2 eggs, beaten 1tsp salt A little corn flour   Preparation Time 30 minutes   Cooking Instructions In a bowl mix

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Asian Noodle Soup

A comforting, light and tasty Asian-inspired noodle soup.   Ingredients 4tbsp vegetable oil 12 shallotts, sliced thinly 175g/6oz egg noodles 60g/2oz beansprouts 500g/1.25lb chicken breast, cooked and chopped 2.5L/4pint chicken stock 3 spring onions, sliced Soy sauce, to taste   Preparation Time 25 minutes   Cooking Instructions Cook the sliced shallots in the vegetable oil in a

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Beef Wontons

A delicious and simply way to cook one of your favourite Chinese takeaway dishes.   Ingredients 1 head of cabbage, finely shredded 300g/10.5oz beansprouts 3 stalks of celery, chopped 2 spring onions, chopped 400g/14oz prawns cooked, peeled and chopped 500g/1.25 lean beef mince 5tbsp soy sauce 3tbsp oyster sauce 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 packet

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Hearty Chicken Casserole

A traditional, warming winter meal. Tender chicken with seasonal vegetables in a rich stock. Ideal as a warming lunchtime treat, or as a filling meal when served with fresh, warm crusty bread or fluffy potatoes. A family favourite!   Ingredients 4 medium – large chicken breasts, diced 1 pack sage & onion stuffing mix 450g/1lb

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Duck with Cumberland Sauce

A sophisticated, rich and tasty dish perfect for a dinner party.   Ingredients 4 duck portions Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon Grated rind and juice of 1 large orange 60ml/4tbsp redcurrant jelly 60ml/4tbsp port Pinch of ground mace or ginger 15ml/1tbsp brandy Salt and ground black pepper. Orange slices to garnish   Preparation

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Lemon and Rosemary Chicken

A very simple, tasty one-pot chicken recipe thats perfect for a mid week supper.   Ingredients 8 chicken portions (legs, breasts or thighs) 500g/1.1lb new potatoes, halved 2 lemons, sliced into wedges 4 rosemary sprigs A glass of white wine 4tbsp olive oil   Preparation Time 50 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to

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Chicken, Leek and Bacon Pie

A creamy, hearty farmhouse supper. This pie can be made in advance and frozen, if required.   Ingredients 1 large chicken (approx 1.7kg/3.5lb) 2 carrots, chopped 3 onions, sliced into wedges 1 bouquet garni (1 celery stick, 2 bay leaves, handful of lemon thyme, parsley tied together with string) A few leaves of lemon thyme

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Chicken and Broccoli Pie

A perfect way to use up leftover chicken from a roast or other dish.   Ingredients 400g/14oz cooked chicken, cut into bite sized chunks 75g/2.5oz butter 1 large onion, thinly sliced 1 head of broccoli (approx 200g/7oz), broken into florets Bowl of iced water 2tbsp plain flour 350ml/0.5pt hot chicken stock 1tsp English mustard 150ml/0.25pt

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Cowboy Chicken

A great option for parties and picnics. Children especially love to eat chicken legs and thighs with their fingers.   Ingredients 8 chicken thighs, legs or drumsticks 2 lemons 2 or more cloves of garlic, crushed Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste   Preparation Time 40 minutes plus marinating time   Cooking Instructions

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Fish Pie with Crunchy Topping

A luxurious, healthy but simple to make fish pie.   Ingredients 350g/12oz haddock fillet, skinned 30ml/2tbsp cornflour 115g/4oz cooked prawns (defrosted if frozen) 200g/7oz can sweetcorn, drained 75g/3oz frozen peas 150ml/0.25pt skimmed milk 150ml/0.25pt low-fat fromage frais 75g/3oz wholemeal breadcrumbs 40g/1.5oz reduced fat cheddar cheese Salt and ground black pepper.   Preparation Time 30 minutes

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Filo Fish Pie

A light and tasty fish pie with a crumpled filo pastry topping.   Ingredients 675g/1.5lb white fish fillets 300ml/0.5pt milk Onion slices, bay leaves and black peppercorns to flavour the poaching milk 115g/4oz cooked, peeled prawns (defrost if frozen) 115g/4oz butter 50g/2oz plain flower 300ml/0.5pt single cream 75g/3oz grated Gruyere cheese 1 bunch watercress, leaves

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Crunchy Topped Cod

A simple but incredibly tasty mid week supper.   Ingredients 4 cod fillets (approx 115g/4oz each), skinned 2 tomatoes, sliced 50g/2oz wholemeal breadcrumbs 30ml/2tbsp chopped fresh parsley Finely grated rind and juice of ½ lemon 5ml/1tsp sunflower oil Salt and ground black pepper.   Preparation Time 20 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas

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Traditional Fish and Chips

A British traditional classic. Battered fish and thick cut chips, the perfect Friday night supper!   Ingredients 4 cod fillets (approx 115g/4oz each), skinned 2 tomatoes, sliced 50g/2oz wholemeal breadcrumbs 30ml/2tbsp chopped fresh parsley Finely grated rind and juice of ½ lemon 5ml/1tsp sunflower oil Salt and ground black pepper.   Preparation Time 35 minutes

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Mini Tuna Fishcakes

A modern take on the traditional fishcake, which would also make an easy, tasty starter.   Ingredients For the fishcakes: 675g/1.5lb potatoes Knob of butter 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped 3 spring onions, chopped Grated rind of ½ lemon 5ml/1tsp lemon juice 30ml/2tbsp chopped fresh parsley 200g/7oz can of tuna in oil, drained 10ml/2tsp capers, chopped

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Tagliatelle with Broccoli & Salmon

A tasty and healthy mid week pasta dish for all the family.   Ingredients 200g/7oz broccoli 305g/12oz tagliatellei 225g/8oz skinned, boned salmon fillets 150ml/0.25pt vegetable stock 25g/1oz butter 300ml/0.5pt single cream Salt and freshly ground black pepper   Preparation Time 20 minutes   Cooking Instructions Cook the tagliatelli as per the packet instructions, in a

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Easy Cod Fishcakes

A great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, or an easy mid-week supper made from scratch.   Ingredients 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced 450g/1lb cod fillets, cubed 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp grated onion 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped 1 egg 3 tbsp oil for frying   Preparation Time 30 minutes   Cooking

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Toffee Apples

A sweet treat perfect for Halloween, Bonfire Night or any party.   Ingredients 500g/1lb Demerera sugar 75g/2.5oz unsalted butter 8 medium eating apples, cleaned nd dried 2tsp balt vinegar 225g/8oz golden syrup 150ml/0.25pint wate Lollipop sticks for serving   Preparation Time 30 minutes   Cooking Instructions Put the sugar, butter, syrup, water and vinegar into

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Spiderweb Rocky Road

A spooky twist on the classic fridge cake recipe.   Ingredients 225g/8oz milk or dark chocolate, broken into pieces 115g/4oz butter 397g can of condensed milk 275g/10oz digestive biscuits, crushed 25g/1oz raisins Royal icing for decorating   Preparation Time 1 hour   Cooking Instructions Line a baking tin (approx 18cm x 28cm) with tin foil. Place

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Scary Pizza

A fun addition to any spooky Halloween party.   Ingredients 290g/10oz packet pizza base mix 6tbsp tomato puree or pizza topping sauce 2tsp olive oil 240g/8.5oz Edam cheese slices   Preparation Time 35 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7. Make up the pizza base mix according to the packet instructions. 

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Pumpkin Soup

A delicious way of using up the inside of carved pumpkins.   Ingredients 1 medim onion, chopped 1tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 700g/1lb 6oz pumpkin flesh 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped 1.2l/2pint water or vegetable stock 200ml/0.5pint milk 4tbsp cream   Preparation Time 1 hour 5 minutes   Cooking Instructions Heat the

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Pumpkin Shake

A tasty and easy option for a shake, a dessert or to use up leftover pumpkin flesh.   Ingredients 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt 100g/3.5oz pureed pumpkin flesh (fresh or canned) 75ml milk 0.5tbsp maple syrup Pinch of cinnamon   Preparation Time 5 minutes   Cooking Instructions Place all the ingredients into

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Rhubarb and Lemon Cooler

A refreshing and zingy drink for a hot day.   Ingredients 4 sticks of rhubarb 2 lemons 4.5l/8pt water 450g/1lb sugar   Preparation Time Overnight for chilling   Cooking Instructions Wash and chop the rhubarb sticks. Wash and slice the lemons and place all the fruit together in a large bowl. Boil the water and

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Blood Bath Cocktail

A spooky treat strictly for adults.   Ingredients 100ml pomegranate juice 50ml vodka Dash of raspberry syrup Dash of lemon juice   Preparation Time 5 minutes   Cooking Instructions Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Serve chilled in a martini style glass, or in a tumbler over ice.   Servings

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Somerset Pork with Apples

A rich and tasty supper dish combining a creamy sauce, tender pork and apple slices.   Ingredients 25g/2tbsp butter 500g/1.25lb pork loin, chopped into bite-sized pieces 12 baby onions, peeled 10ml/2tsp grated lemon rind 300ml/0.5pint dry cider 150ml/0.25pt pork or vegetable stock 2 crisp eating apples such as granny smith, cored and sliced 45ml/3tbsp chopped

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Ham Hock & Cider Pie

A traditional, farmhouse supper. A perfect, comforting treat on a cold evening. Can be made in advance and frozen if required.   Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, roughly chopped 2 leeks, sliced thickly 3 carrots, sliced thickly Handful of fresh herbs – fresh thyme, chopped parsley etc 4 tbsp plain flour 500ml/1pt

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Sausage Loaf

Somewhere between a meatloaf and a pork and egg gala pie. Ideal for leisurely picnics and casual weekend lunches in the garden.   Ingredients 450g/1lb pork sausage meat 1 large onion, finely chopped 5 rashers streaky bacon, finely chopped 1tbsp parsley, finely chopped 2tbsp rolled oats Salt and freshly ground black pepper 150/0.25pt stock (any

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Mixed grill

A meat lovers paradise.A traditional meal in Britain which can be served for breakfast, brunch or supper!.   Ingredients 6 beef sausages, grilled for 10-15 minutes until cooked through 6 lamb chops, grilled for 6-7 minutes per side 6 100g beef steaks – rib eye fillet, sirloin or rump, grilled for 3-4 minutes per side

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Scotch Eggs

A British classic, perfect for picnics, parties or lazy summer lunches.   Ingredients 8 medium eggs 250g/9oz sausage meat 100g/3.5oz dried breadcrumbs 1tsp paprika Salt and freshly ground black pepper   Preparation Time 30 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas mark 7. Combine the sausage meat with the paprika and season well.

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Homemade Sausage Rolls

Nothing compares to warm, homemade sausage rolls when it comes to old fashioned picnic and party food favourites.   Ingredients 450g/1lb ready to roll puff pastry 450/1lb good quality sausagemeat Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 egg, beaten   Preparation Time 20 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Put

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Mulled Cranberry Punch

A spicy, warming drink for cold autumn and winter nights.   Ingredients 2l/3.25pint cranberry juice 2 oranges, zested 14 whole cloves 175g/6oz dried cranberries 1tsp vanilla extract 300g/11oz honey 2 whole cinnamon sticks   Preparation Time 25 minutes   Cooking Instructions Pour the cranberry juice into a large saucepan on the hob and heat on

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Best Ever Hot Chocolate

A luxurious version of hot chocolate, perfect for cold winter nights.   Ingredients 125ml/4.5fl oz double cream 125ml/4.5fl oz milk 100g/4oz plan or milk chocolate   Preparation Time 5 minutes   Cooking Instructions Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan on the hob

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Mulled Wine

A spicy, warming red wine drink perfect for Christmas or any winter parties.   Ingredients 250ml/0.5pint water 5tbsp demerara sugar 500ml1pint pineapple juice 200ml/0.5pint orange juice 6 cloves 3 allspice berries 2 cinnamon sticks 1l/1.75pint red wine 2 oranges 8 cinnamon sticks for garnish   Preparation Time 30 minutes   Cooking Instructions In a large

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Apple & Cinnamon Warmer

A warming, spicy drink to be enjoyed indoors or outdoors at chilly times.   Ingredients 10cm/4inch stick of cinnamon 6 cloves 1l/1.75pint fresh, unsweetened apple juice 2tsbp clear, runny honey 25g/1oz raisins 1 dessert apple 2tbsp lemon juice   Preparation Time 1.5 hours   Cooking Instructions Make a small piece of muslin into a spice bag

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Lancashire Hot Pot

A slightly more luxurious version of this classic, traditional British dish   Ingredients 45ml/3tbsp dripping or oil 900g/2lb neck lamb chops (approximately 8 chops) 175G/6oz lamb’s kidneys, chopped into large pieces 900g/2lb potatoes, thinly sliced 3 carrots, thickly sliced 450g/1lb leeks, sliced 3 celery sticks, sliced 15ml/1tbsp fresh thyme, chopped 30ml/2tbsp fresh parsley, chopped Small

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Shepherds Pie

A classic, traditional dish which is well loved by adults and children alike.   Ingredients 30ml/2tbsp oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 115g/4oz mushrooms, chopped 500g/1.25lb lean minced lamb 300ml/0.5pt beef or veal stock or water 15g/1tbsp plain flour 1 bay leaf 10-15ml/2-3tsp Worcestershire sauce 15ml/1tbsp tomato puree 675g/1.5lb white potatoes, boiled

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Slow Cooked Lamb Pot Roast

A slow roasted leg of lamb, the perfect treat for all the family. Can also be cooked in a slow cooker.   Ingredients 2kg/4.5lb part bone leg of lamb Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2tbsp olive oil A few bay leaves 200ml/7fl oz dry white wine 600ml/1pt lamb or vegetable stock 400g/14oz shallots, peeled

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Mixed Grill

A meat lovers paradise.A traditional meal in Britain which can be served for breakfast, brunch or supper!.   Ingredients 6 beef sausages, grilled for 10-15 minutes until cooked through 6 lamb chops, grilled for 6-7 minutes per side 6 100g beef steaks – rib eye fillet, sirloin or rump, grilled for 3-4 minutes per side

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Soothe Razor Burn

Swipe a wet but cold tea bag over razor-burned skin to help reduce the sting.

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Remove Stubborn Odours

Use bicarbonate of soda as a soap to remove stubborn smells like onion and garlic.

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Hand and Foot Warmer

Fill a small cotton bag with oats and sew shut.  When heated in the microwave you now have a cosy hand or foot warmer (heat for 1 minute and shake to distribute heat before placing on skin)! Make 2 and add them to the inside of shoes before putting on on chilly morning dog walks

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De-odorising Shoes

To de-odorise shoes, fill an old pair of socks with dried herbs – such as rosemary, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, orange peel, lemon peel, thyme, lavender, pine needles etc – tie a knot in the top of each sock and leave them inside the shoes before wearing.

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Tired Eyes

For tired eyes, apply warm (not hot) chamomile tea bags to each eye. Take a warm bath and leave the bags on for 20 minutes.  You should see a noticeable difference when you remove them.

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Foot Soother

For sore, achy feet, soak in a bowl of hot water and fresh mint leaves.

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Diarhoea Remedy

For a safe, stomach friendly diarrhea remedy mix 1-5 teaspoons of corn flour with half a glass of milk, add vanilla and/or sugar for flavour and take 3-5 times a day.

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Arthritis Soother

As a natural easer for arthritic joints and hands, boil some large cabbage leaves, cool slightly and wrap tightly round the affected joints and wrap with a towel to keep the heat in.

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Tender Feet

For a natural way to soothe tender feet, mix equal parts methylated spirits with olive oil and  rub well into your feet, at least twice a week before going to bed.  As an extra soother add a pair of fluffy soaks over the top, to allow the mixture to really soak in well.

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Puffy Eyes

A couple of slices of cucumber, straight from the fridge, is one of the best known and effective remedies for puffy eyes.  The cold temperature and active ingredients in the cucumber help to instantly soothe eyes and reduce puffiness caused by lack of sleep, sinus pressure or simply getting older!

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Muscle Soother

If your muscles and stiff and sore after working out, add a cupful of white vinegar to your bath water, which will make for a relaxing and soothing soak.

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Blistered Heels

Use the white of an egg into your blistered heels to take away the immediate soreness.  Prevent a re-occurrence by rubbing your feet every night with methylated spirits, which will help to harden the feet against further blisters.

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Easter Biscuits

Light and crispy biscuits with added fruit and spice – perfect for making with the children and decorating over the Easter holidays!   Ingredients 100g/3.5oz unsalted butter 100g/3.5oz caster sugar 1 medium egg, separated 225g/8oz plain flour ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground cinnamon 50g/1.5oz currants or raisins 25g/0.75oz candied or dried peel 3

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Easter Chocolate Nests

A traditional treat to make with the children over the Easter holidays!   Ingredients 225g/8oz plain or milk chocolate, broken into pieces 2 tbsp golden syrup 50g/1.5oz unsalted butter 75g/2.5oz cornflakes or shredded wheat or bran type cereal A bag of crispy shelled, mini chocolate eggs   Preparation Time 1 hour 15 minutes, with 1

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Hot Cross Buns

A traditional sweet treat for Easter – packed full of moist fruit and warm spices.   Ingredients For the buns 450g/16oz strong white bread flour 7g packet of dried yeast 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp allspice 100g/3.5oz raisins Zest of 1 orange 100g/3.5oz caster sugar 50g/1.5oz butter 250ml/0.5 pint milk 1 egg, lightly beaten

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Streak-free Window Cleaning

To clean glass and windows and leave a streak-free finish, use newspaper instead of cloths or paper towels.

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Prevent Tarnish on Brass and Copper

To prevent further tarnishing to your items, rub a little olive oil into them after cleaning.

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Cleaning Brass Using Tomato Sauce

Brass can be polished using tomato sauce!  Apply to the piece, rub with a cloth, rinse in clean water and buff dry.

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Cleaning Brass and Copper Using Vinegar

Make a paste using bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and white vinegar.  Apply to the piece and rub with a soft cloth.  Rinse with clean water and buff with a clean, soft cloth.

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Cleaning Brass and Copper Using Lemon

To clean your brass and copper the natural way, cut a lemon in half and pour salt over it.  Use the salt encrusted lemon to clean your piece, rinse in clean water and buff dry.

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Cleaning Brass and Copper Using Bicarbonate of Soda

Make a paste of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and lemon juice, massage into all the grooves and surfaces of your item, rinse with clean water and buff dry with a clean, soft cloth.

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Cleaning Jewellery Using an Old Toothbrush

Electric toothbrush heads make great cleaners for jewellery as they use gentle agitation.  Keep an old head specifically for the purpose and switch out when needed.

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Cleaning Windows

You don’t always need expensive, brand name products to clean your home.  Simple, everyday washing up liquid once diluted makes a great window cleaning solution.  A few drops in a bowl of warm water, applied to the windows with a damp cloth and buffed dry with a separate cloth leaves beautiful streak-free windows.

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Burger Buns

A simple way to make homemade burger buns for your family BBQs.   Ingredients 300g/10.5 strong white bread flour 60g/2oz butter 1tsp salt 7g sachet quick-action dried yeast 1 egg, beaten 2tsp sesame seeds   Preparation Time 1.5 hours   Cooking Instructions Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and run in the butter

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Banana Bread

Simple to make, moist banana bread perfect for high tea or a weekend breakfast.   Ingredients 3-4 over-ripe bananas, mashed 250g/9oz plain flour 1tsp bicarbonate of soda Pinch of salt 115g/4oz butter, softened 115g/4oz light brown soft sugar 2 eggs, beaten   Preparation Time 55 minutes   Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark

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Jersey Royal and Bacon Salad

A delicious Spring salad using the iconic little potatoes from Jersey.   Ingredients 1kg/2lb Jersey Royal potatoes 3 bacon rashers 100g/3.5oz fresh or frozen broad beans 1tbsp white wine vinegar 15g fresh tarragon, chopped 8tbsp mayonnaise ½ lemon, juiced   Preparation Time 25 minutes   Cooking Instructions Boil the potatoes in a large pan until

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Polishing Silver Using Toothpaste

Apply white (not gel) toothpaste to silver items and rub with an old soft bristled brush.  Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.

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Polishing Large Pieces of Silver

For larger pieces of silver, make a paste of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and water and rub in with a sponge.  Rinse with hot water and buff dry with a soft cloth.

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Cleaning Decanters Using Vinegar

White vinegar left in the decanter overnight should help to cut through really tough stains.

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Cleaning Decanters Using Rice

Half fill the decanter with warm soapy water (preferably something like Ecover which has less harsh chemicals), fill with 3 tablespoons of dry, uncooked rice, and swirl around until the stains are gone. This can be rinsed and repeated if the stains are stubborn.

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Cleaning Decanters Using Bicarbonate of Soda

A mixture of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), water and rock salt swirled gently round the decanter will lift the stains out with a mild abrasive action.

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Cleaning Crystal Decanters

To clean glass or crystal decanters, add one denture cleaning tablet to the decanter filled with water and leave for several hours or overnight.  Rinse well with luke warm water and allow to air dry.

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Tough Soap Scum on Bath Tubs

For tough soap scum marks on bathroom fittings, apply hot white vinegar and scrub until it dissolves.

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Cleaning a Shower Head

For a clogged shower head, soak overnight in white vinegar.  If there are large clumps of limescale blocking the holes, prick with a pin prior to soaking.

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Cleaning a Shower Door

To clean a shower door, use a cloth soaked in lemon juice, wiped clean with a newspaper to prevent streaks works wonders.

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Cleaning a Shower Curtain

To clean plastic shower curtains, use a spray bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and water solution, and wipe clean.  Air drying will prevent further mould.

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Cleaning a Grubby Mirror

Clean a grubby mirror with a solution of white vinegar and water, wiping away with newspaper or a coffee filter to avoid streaks.

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Remove Tough Bath Rings

Tough bath rings can be removed by rubbing with a cloth soaked in white vinegar.

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Clean a very dirty bath tub

For a very dirty bathtub fill with warm water and a couple of scoops of biological washing powder.  Leave to soak overnight and rinse thoroughly the next day.

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Bath Tub Rings

For bath tub rings use a sponge sprinkled with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda).

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Clean a Toilet Bowl

To clean a moderately dirty toilet bowl, pour a can of cola drink into the bowl and allow to sit for 10 minutes or so.  Return to the toilet and clean with the toilet brush, flush to reveal a sparkly clean toilet bowl.

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Fogging Mirrors

A very small amount of neat washing up liquid applied to a bathroom mirrors and windows (and wiped away) acts as prevention for the build up of steam on the mirror.

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Streak-free Window Cleaning

To clean glass and windows and leave a streak-free finish, use newspaper instead of cloths or paper towels.

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Cleaning Windows

You don’t always need expensive, brand name products to clean your home.  Simple, everyday washing up liquid once diluted makes a great window cleaning solution.  A few drops in a bowl of warm water, applied to the windows with a damp cloth and buffed dry with a separate cloth leaves beautiful streak-free windows.

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Deodorise your Fridge

To remove smells from your fridge leave half a lemon in a bowl in it.

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Cleaning a Very Burnt on Oven

For an oven with lots of burnt on black carbon deposits, you can use this long-term cleaning method.  Get a large empty spray bottle and add 3 heaped teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and add approx 1 litre of water.  Shake the bottle well so the crystals dissolve.  On a COLD oven, spray the

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Sanitising Sponges

Soak your cleaning sponges in a bowl of white vinegar overnight.  The vinegar eliminates nasty odours and kills bugs and bacteria.  Rinse and wring them out in the morning and they are ready for use!

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Removing Grease

To remove built up grease from around your kitchen – hob tops are the worst culprit – soak a cloth or sponge in neat white vinegar and use to wipe the grease away  The vinegar cuts through the grease and removes it, rather than just moving it around as some cleaners can do!

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Natural Scouring Powder

Sprinkle baking powder (bicarbonate of soda) onto dirt and grease around the kitchen – worktops, hobs etc – rub into the dirt with a damp cloth or sponge and watch the powder do its magic!  The powder is mildly abrasive and gets to work on the dirt and grease with minimal elbow grease requried.  Rinse

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Cleaning a Microwave

Fill a microwave-safe bowl with a solution of half water and half white vinegar.  Heat the bowl on full power in the microwave for 2 minutes.  The vinegar and water will evaporate partially to steam and help to remove the baked on food inside he microwave.  Use a cloth or sponge dipped in the solution

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Candle Wax on Clothes

To remove candle wax from clothes, place a piece of thick kitchen paper towel underneath the item and layer two sheets of kitchen paper towel on top.  Rub a warm, not hot, iron over the wax and allow the heat to melt the wax and the kitchen paper towel to absorb the melted wax.

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Airing Bed Linen

On a fine day give your pillows and duvets a treat by airing them outside.  Put them all in the garden and allow to air for 2 hours or so to remove dust and eliminate smells.

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