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Sticky Gingerbread

Category : Picnic & Party Food

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 ginger

 

Preparation Time
60 minutes

 

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas mark 3.

Beat together the treacle, syrup, sugar and eggs. Heat the butter or lard and water to a boil. Meanwhile soft the dry ingredients together.

Stir the dry ingredients into the treacle mixture. Stir in the butter or lard and water slowly and mix well. Bake in a greased, lined 1kg/2lb loaf tin for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 1650°C/300°F/Gas mark 2 and continue to bake for a further 30 minutes until cooked.

Leave to cool and then slice.

 

Servings
8 pieces


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Rosemary Potato Wedges

Category : Picnic & Party Food

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 dry the potatoes, cut into wedges and DON’T remove the skin.

Place the potato wedges into a bowl, add the oil, garlic, rosemary and seasoning. Mix well and tip onto a baking sheet.

Cook in the middle of the pre-heated oven for approx 30 minutes, until golden brown and cooked completely through.

Serve immediately as part of an outdoor summer lunch or picnic.

 

Servings
4-6 people


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Guacamole

Category : Picnic & Party Food

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 or lime

 

Preparation Time
5 minutes

 

Cooking Instructions

Peel, de-stone and roughly chop the avocados.

Add the tomato, garlic and onion and mix well.

Add the chilli, lemon or lime juice and lots of fresh coriander.

Blitz in a food processor until you reach the texture you desire – rough but without large chunks usually works well for dipping.

 

Servings
8 people


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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, and children in general, are much more likely to try eating something new, if they helped to make it – this is a perfect recipe for involving the children in the kitchen, without causing too much mess or risk of injury.

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas Mark 6.

Make sure the children have washed their hand, and place 2 whole pitta pockets on a low table that they can reach.

Ask the children to squeeze about a tablespoon’s worth of tomato puree onto each pitta pocket, and smooth around with the back of a wooden smooth, to ensure even coverage.

Add half of the grated cheese to the top of the pittas, and reserve the rest for later.

Ask the children to be creative and add the sliced mushrooms, ham, or whatever toppings you are using, to the pizzas. Try making funny faces or letters with the topping ingredients.

Add the rest of the grated cheese to the tops of the pizzas, distributing evenly.

Pop the finished pizzas on a baking sheet and cook in the middle of the pre-heated oven for approximately 10 – 15 minutes, or until the edges are crispy and the cheese is bubbling and starting to turn golden.

Allow to cool for a few minutes, and serve with a fresh salad or some seasonal veggies. Delicious!

 

Servings
2 mini pizzas


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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. If it looks like it is too dry trying adding a little warm water.

Roll the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of approx 0.5cm. Cut out shapes using small pastry cutters and transfer to a lined bakig tray.

Cook in the middle of the pre-heated oven for approximately 10 minutes until golden brown.

Allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve as part of a party or picnic, or simply as a snack.

 

Servings
8 people


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Nail Care

Category : Beauty Tips

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

Category : Beauty Tips

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

Category : Beauty Tips

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

Category : Beauty Tips

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

Category : Beauty Tips

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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