Recipe Posts

Favourite finds and delicious experiments. Some super-healthy and some super-indulgent. Pop over to individual pages for mouthwatering images.

I’ve listed the sheer indulgent recipes first – just to get them out of the way! 🙂 … Scroll down for the healthy options!

Easter Eggs

We often have rain or even snow at Easter. This year, who knows what’s going to happen next?! But, if you have some time on your hands and are up for a challenge. Do this on a day when you can use the egg for an omelette or cake etc; because the eggs are moulds for this recipe. Easter Eggs

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Florentines

There’s so much fruit in these delicious cookies that I’m over-riding my healthy eating conscience – again! Florentines

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Rich Chocolate Truffles

Rich and delicious grown up treats! This recipe (found in The Chocolate Book, and modified slightly) makes about 30 truffles. Six in a nice box would make a lovely gift. Rich Chocolate Truffles

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Peppermint Creams

As we’re right in the middle of ‘sugar’ season (!), I thought I’d post a quick recipe that the kids can do themselves – depending on their age of course. Half a dozen in a small pretty box makes a lovely last minute gift or stocking filler. Peppermint Creams

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Apple Crumble
If you Google ‘basic apple crumble recipe’ you get about 16 million or so results! Let’s keep it simple with this easy and, I believe, traditional recipe that my family has loved for years. It even got a spot in my ‘Grow It, Cook It!’ book. Apple Crumble Recipe

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Treacle Tart

I know, shouldn’t be doing the sugar thing but if you’re having a weekend firework night, this recipe is best made the day before, so collect your ingredients ready for a Friday bake. And it’s probably wise to serve the sugary stuff early in the evening or nobody will get any sleep! Treacle Tart

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Bonoffee Coffee

Found this recipe in a little book called Spices – now, I’m not really sure why this fits into a ‘spices’ theme but the book was published nearly 30 years ago and this recipe looks so delicious, they are completely forgiven! Bonoffee Coffee

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Rocky Road Cookies

Another not-so-healthy recipe but a delicious afternoon tea treat. Copied from ‘Cookies Galore’. Tried this myself and it went down really well with the grandchildren! Rocky Road Cookies

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Walnut Tart

I really shouldn’t be putting this up – it definitely doesn’t come under the ‘healthy living’ theme! But honestly this looks so delicious I couldn’t resist sharing. Walnut Tart

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Brownies

Classic recipe to satisfy that chocolate moment 🙂 Found in ‘The Chocolate Book’ published about 30 years ago! Brownies

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Hot Orange Chocolate

Oh my, this is just too tempting 🙂 Found in a book literally called ‘Chocolate’ by Margaret Briggs, and it sounds so delicious.. Hot Orange Chocolate

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Melting Moments

Just a heads up that we could get a little regal at the end of this delicious recipe – an afternoon tea favourite that won’t take all day to make… Melting Moments

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Carrot Cake

Once all the ingredients are collected and prepared, this recipe is quick and easy! And I should mention, very delicious 🙂 Carrot Cake

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Spicy Pretzels

These look fun – haven’t tried them yet but it reads fairly easy, just the twisting into shapes could be tricky. If I can get a reasonable batch together, I’ll take a picture and replace the professional version here 🙂 Spicy Pretzels

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Nutrition

Years of cooking for a big family made me a very lazy kitchen person. Nutritious? – tick = throw it on a plate.
But yesterday, I had a moment of madness and created a pasta bake out of random ingredients. Lots of prep but quite fun and definitely not hard! Apologies to vegans and vegetarians but this is what I did: Nutrition

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Carrot Recipe

Carrots are thought to have been cultivated 5000 years ago in many different colours including red, yellow and purple varieties. The bright orange carrot we know and love today was developed in Holland in the 16th century when they crossed red and yellow varieties. Try this delicious Carrot, Orange and Almond Soup Carrot Recipe

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Best Tomato Soup

I’ve always been fussy about tinned soups and couldn’t understand why anyone would like tinned tomato soup when in my world, it didn’t taste much like tomatoes at all! Anyway, food snobberie aside 🙂 , this recipe came to my rescue! Really worth a try.  Best Tomato Soup

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Vintage Download

Introducing a brand new Vintage download – 30 old style salad recipes to try at home! Vintage Download

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Vegetable Recipes

Although vegetables are tasty, most of us in the western world have had our taste buds bombarded with all sorts of dynamic flavours, some nicer than others. Vegetable Recipes

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Veggie, vegan and Yummy

This is a basic veggie curry recipe. But be flexible. If you don’t like or haven’t got a turnip handy, for example, use something you do like that may be lurking in the corner of the vegetable rack! Veggie, vegan and Yummy

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Vintage Tomato Recipes

More from a century ago. There seems to be a lot of ‘stewing’ going on here and as we know stewing and boiling the life out of veggies really does reduce the vitamin content dramatically, it may be a better idea to steam or boil gently. Although having said all that…. Vintage Tomato Recipes

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Italian Cauliflower

I love cauliflower and can never resist buying them but sometimes, just sometimes 🙂 , I don’t get around to eating it. Usually because I think I have to make cauliflower cheese and never seem to have enough milk or cheese at the right moment. Italian Cauliflower

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Asparagus and Celery Soups

Two more delicious and nutritious vegetable soup recipes for you to try and enjoy. If you have a vegetable patch, celery and asparagus are must-grow crops!  Asparagus and Celery Soups

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Green and Roasted Soups

We all know that leafy green vegetables are good for you so how about souping it up a bit! Green and Roasted Soups

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100 Years of Soup

The following kitchen garden vegetable soup recipes were taken from ‘Cassells vegetarian cookery’…from a century ago.
I’ve broken them down into steps, but left the style alone! 100 Years of Soup

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Roots and Soups

More delicious soups to try! I know potatoes aren’t strictly speaking a root vegetable, but they grow underground so I’m pretending they are a root today!     Roots and Soups

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Vegetable Soup Recipes

Vegetable soup recipes can be as easy as stirring a pot – in fact that’s mostly what making soup is all about – stirring the pot! Soups can be made from virtually anything edible, but sticking to organic vegetables means you’re guaranteed a full dose of healthy vitamins and minerals. Vegetable Soup Recipes

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Ye Olde Potato Recipes

More century old recipes with potatoes this time…These are all very different from my usual repertoire of baked, roasted or mashed! Ye Olde Potato Recipes

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Asparagus Recipes

More olden style recipe ideas. This time it’s asparagus in the spotlight. Personally I love asparagus and tend to fry it gently in olive oil for a few minutes or grill it but there are other ways …. 🙂 Asparagus Recipes

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Cabbage Recipes

These Kitchen Garden Cabbage Recipes come from a book dating back a hundred years called “Science in the kitchen”.
I’ve been trawling through to find the best of the kitchen garden recipes that can be incorporated into today’s lifestyles. So far cabbage and potatoes seem to come up a lot, as they have always been pretty much staple foods over the years. Cabbage Recipes

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Red Pepper Soup

This hearty bright red soup will warm everyone up on a cold winter’s evening. Found in the 30 Minute Cookbook. Red Pepper Soup

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Fresh Tomato Soup with Cheese Croutes

Tomato Season! Although it feels a bit like Autumn in Cornwall at the moment, there are tomatoes to be eaten 🙂 A bowl of fresh tomato soup will lift your spirits and nourish your body. Fresh Tomato Soup with Cheese Croutes

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1950s Pizza Recipe

Found a book online written by Bob Brown and published in 1955 called ‘The Complete Book of Cheese’. It had a lot to say about cheese. Possibly a lot of it would be discounted now. We’ve come a long way in 60+ years …. or have we? 1950s Pizza Recipe

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

Goodness knows why I haven’t discovered this recipe before but it looks so much easier than cauliflower cheese which involves stirring a white sauce for ages. Must give it a try. This is another recipe from ’30 minute cookbook’. Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin

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Garlic Baked Tomatoes

I tend to chop up a tomato and throw it on the plate but this looks a lot more appealing, especially if you’re putting the oven on anyway. Found in 30 minute cooking – My go-to at the moment!  Garlic Baked Tomatoes

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Courgette Puffs

Whether you call them zucchini or courgettes, these puffs will make a marvellous meal. According to the recipe, preparation time is 5 minutes and cooking time 6 minutes – Sounds good to me 🙂  Courgette Puffs

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Pasta with Spring Vegetables

This is another speedy recipe – 20 minutes to prepare and cook. NB: Leeks aren’t always available but I think perhaps mild spring onions would work well. Strong onions may be a little overwhelming perhaps.  Pasta with Spring Vegetables

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Sesame Glazed Asparagus

Found this in a tiny little recipe book called ‘Creative Recipes for Spices’
I love asparagus and must try this as soon as I can find some sesame seeds and oil! Sesame Glazed Asparagus

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Buckwheat Noodles with Goat’s Cheese

Love trying out some of the recipes in ’30 minute Cookbook’ by Jenni Fleetwood (published 2005) This one takes around 15 minutes to prepare and cook. Buckwheat Noodles with Goat’s Cheese

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Zucchini Alert

When you have a good crop of zucchini (courgettes) it’s easy to get bored with them, so get some recipe ideas down now before your bumper crop takes over! Zucchini Alert

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Wisdom in a Recipe

Sage, as its common name suggests, was considered the herb of wisdom in ancient times and was believed to bestow immortality. It has been used for centuries in medicinal preparations for various ailments …. Wisdom in a Recipe

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Celeriac Salad with Onion Cream Dressing

Nothing like a little oil and cream to zap up a salad! The picture shows a garnish of ham and shredded lettuce but they are optional. Celeriac Salad with Onion Cream Dressing

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Angry Bananas

When I wandered into the kitchen to make a cup of tea – well deserved I might add – the over-ripe bananas on the side were glaring at me, so, terrified into submission I stopped to make a banana loaf…. This is what it came out like… Angry Bananas

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Cauliflower and Egg Salad

This is a must try for me 🙂 I’m always looking for new ways to serve and eat cauliflower. Again from ‘Cooking for Today’. Give it a go! Cauliflower & Egg Salad

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Iceberg Lettuce with Fruit & Nuts

Another stunning salad centre-piece from ‘Cooking for Today’. It looks so refreshing and delicious. I’m definitely going to try this one 🙂 Iceberg Lettuce with Fruit & Nuts

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Herbed Cream Cheese on Cress

This is a delicious herb feast! If you haven’t got access to all the herbs, improvise by using more of those you have got. Herbed Cream Cheese on Cress

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Broccoli Cocktails

Honestly, the words broccoli and cocktail don’t usually connect in my mind but this grown up salad looks yummy 🙂 When I acquire some Pernod, I’m definitely giving it a go! Broccoli Cocktails

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Spinach and Orange Salad

Another delicious recipe from ‘Cooking for Today’ . I never thought of putting orange with spinach before – needs a little preparation but well worth it! Spinach & Orange Salad

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Avocado and Wine Soups

Another couple of fruit based soups for you to try. The first recipe includes chicken stock but I think vegetable stock would work. I’m a little squeamish about meat based stock with fruit recipes but if you’re okay with it, try the original! Avocado and Wine Soups

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Garlic Potatoes

A classic family dish. Another way to serve potatoes and the added ingredients make it fulfilling and fairly nutritious on the whole! – 5 Ingredients, 7 simple steps Garlic Potatoes

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Melon and Savoury Banana Soups

The first recipe includes wine and nuts so maybe not suitable for children or those with nut allergies. The pine kernels are used as a garnish so could be left out Melon & Savoury Banana Soups

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Kiwi and Blackcurrant Soups

So good to make the most of summer fruits! The first one includes white wine so maybe not for a family tea! Kiwi and Blackcurrant Soups

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Rhubarb soup with Berries

This fruit soup includes a recipe for dumplings, similar to the snow dumplings. Scroll down for a delicious gooseberry soup (recipe suggests cooling the gooseberry soup for four hours so make it early!) Rhubarb Soup with Berries

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Rescue Remedies

I’m all for a little home baking but occasionally things go tins up. Don’t despair – it may not be the end of the world. Here are a few ideas to rescue something from the wreckage… Rescue Remedies

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Strawberry and Cherry Soups

Both these recipes are served cold so, as I mentioned in the Apricot recipe, they may work well as a pouring sauce for desserts. Strawberry and Cherry Soups

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Apple and Chocolate Soups

Another couple of fun recipes from Cooking for Today. The first one seems to have rather a lot of sugar, but uses tart apples. Apple & Chocolate Soups

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Apricot Soup

Here’s another yummy fruit soup recipe. Because it’s supposed to be served cold, I think it may be a good pouring sauce over ice cream or other dessert. (Snow dumplings recipe included) Apricot Soup

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Banana Soup

I’ve been sorting through my old cookery books and found some fruit recipes from a book called ‘Cooking for Today’ published about 30 years ago.  Banana Soup

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Grow your own Beans (+recipe)

Although green beans have been cultivated for home use since the 16th century, string-less varieties weren’t really known until the turn of the 20th century. (Green Beans with garlic and basil recipe) Grow Your Own Beans (+recipe)

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Grow Lemons at Home (+Lemonade Recipe)

Although lemons and other citrus fruits are indigenous to warmer climates, in recent years they have become a popular plant in many parts of the world. They do need a little care and attention but they are worth their weight in gold! … Lemonade Recipe Grow Lemons at Home + Lemonade Recipe

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Tomatoes (+recipe)

The tomato is known to have been cultivated as a food crop by the Incan civilization, but was believed to be poisonous by many other cultures across the world. In the 1500’s tomatoes were grown as an ornamental plant.,,, with Parmesan baked Tomatoes Recipe Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

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Chicken and Chocolate

When I watched the film ‘Chocolat’ for the first time, I didn’t realize that the sauce they were pouring over their main meal was in fact chocolate! Chicken & Chocolate

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Potato Recipes

These old fashioned recipes have been lifted from cookery books from around 100 years ago. They are the tastiest (and easiest) ones I could find! Potato Recipes

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Designer Leftovers

Don’t you just cringe when some clever kitchen type tells you what you could be doing with the leftovers in the fridge, when it’s plainly obvious the leftovers will stay there until they walk out by themselves! Designer Leftovers

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Kitchen Garden Recipes – Tomatoes

These wonderful tomato recipe ideas are taken from the book SCIENCE IN THE KITCHEN published in 1893. Kitchen Garden Recipes – Tomatoes

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Ten Edible flowers

There are hundreds of edible flowers you can grow in your garden. However, you must be 110% sure they’re edible before you eat them! 10 Edible Flowers

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Perfect Roasties

Potatoes are so versatile…. try these perfectly delicious roasties! Perfect Roasties

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