hazelnut oil bread

Hazelnut Ficelle – Bake of the Week

… or scrawny baguettes as Mr C likes to call them. My love of baking bread is still on-going. This was the most successful outcome yet and had me squealing every time I saw how light, airy and perfect they were inside. After all the sweetness of chocolatey Easter, I wanted this week’s Bake of… 

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competition giveaway cake book

Sainsbury’s Cake Book Giveaway & Review

Its pretty common knowledge that I cannot resist a cake book – I’ve had to start limiting myself to only ones that are really good as space is rapidly running out. (I’m still hoping that one day I’ll get my haven of peace in the conservatory being converted to a snug/library). When Sainsbury’s contacted me… 

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pecan white chocolate caramel fudge

Caramel & Pecan Fudge – An Alternative to Chocolate at Easter

I try every year to come up with an alternative for giving an egg at Easter. Fudge is incredibly versatile – you can just serve it up on a plate or gift wrap and show a little more thought. This is a crumbly type of fudge that I’ve made many a time when I’ve needed… 

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filo parcels with a mixed nut and mushroom filling

Mushroom & Nut Filo Parcels

There’s just some short cuts in life that are too good to miss. Using bought Filo pastry is definitely one of them. I’d love to say I always make my own pastry but life really is too short when it comes to Filo. The secret to working with Filo (or sometimes known as Phyllo) is… 

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how to make mini marzipan birds' nests

Mini Marzipan Birds’ Nests Tutorial – Center Parcs Family Blogger April Challenge

Even I think these are cute! Tiny mouthfuls of marzipan with a mini egg all disguised as Birds’ Nests. For people that are rather fond of grammar, I’ve had massive arguments with myself about where the apostrophe goes! I’ve was set the task of designing (and making) a Bird’s Nest as part of my involvement… 

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Delicious loaf cake recipe using raspberry, almond & white Chocolate

Raspberry, Almond & White Chocolate Loaf Cake – Bake of the Week

We had a wonderful day yesterday – an impromptu visit to Abersoch, one of our favourite places in the world. We couldn’t fit in a night away but decided to go for it and do the 2.5 hour journey and back in one day. With LOTS of stops and a Huuuuge picnic. Of course, no… 

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mackerel pate recipe

Easy Peasy Mackerel Pate – 5 Ingredients or less recipe

Warning! You may get seriously addicted to this! This is easily one of the simplest but tastiest recipes ever. I first had this Mackerel Pate at my Auntie’s for lunch a while ago and knew Mr C would love it. He is a massive mackerel fan but I’d never understood why, until this. Its dirt… 

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Brand food blogging ambassador

Quorn Ambassador

I’m very pleased to announce that as of April 2014, I am now a Quorn Blog Ambassador. There are various reasons for this, but mainly the desire to improve my health and eating habits. I’m never going to be a diet queen – I love cake and the taste of food (and wine) too much…. 

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Caramel Cookies with chocolate & coconut

Caramel Coconut Creation – Bake of the Week

This one took me completely by surprise by how popular it was. I say was because it is long gone. This was definitely one of those ‘messing around’ recipes that just seemed to work. It started as needing something to give the kids the next day and being really tired. I knew I wasn’t up… 

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Family Holidays at Center Parcs

When Casa Costello visited Center Parcs, Whinfell

We are well known for a our love of holidays and equally well known for our love of Center Parcs. Even before we became Center Parcs Family Bloggers, we had spent several holidays both at Whinfell and Sherwood Firest. We were in no doubt that we would thoroughly enjoy our recent break but it was… 

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sweet potato bacon worcestershire sauce

Stuffed Bacon & Worcestershire Sauce Sweet Potatoes

Now, I know these don’t look pretty but Oh My, they are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t tell you just how tasty they are – you’ve just got to make them and see. They’ll never be neat enough or easy to eat to be served at a posh dinner party or as canap├ęs, but sometimes you… 

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