no cheese smoked haddock omelette

No-Cheese Smoked Haddock Omelette – Cage Free Eggs from Sainsburys

I first started getting concerned with what eggs I used when I was at the peak of Aardvark Cakes’ wedding season. It wasn’t unusual to use 70+ eggs. I just couldn’t bring myself to use eggs from caged hens although they were significantly cheaper. Slowly more and more customers were asking if I used free-range… 

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Lemon & Lime Swiss Roll – Great British Bake Off 2014!

There’s much excitement in the Costello Household tonight – Series 4 of The Great British Bake Off is back! My girls have dictated that we MUST be sat down at 8PM to watch together. Of course, for any important viewing there has to be snacks – I’ve heard a little rumour that tonight is Cake… 

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Raspberry & Almond Scone Slices – Bake of the Week

I call these scones but really I suspect they are a mixture of scone and biscuit because of how I cook them. They are twice cooked because I love the proper crunch of the exterior and the softness of the inside. I use double cream because when I first made them, it needed using up… 

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Kids go Free over the Summer with CBeebies Magazine

There is much excitement in Casa Costello tonight – tomorrow sees us trooping off to Alton Towers for the day courtesy of CBeebies Magazine. I’m solo parenting (with a little help from my niece) as Mr C has got to work, but looking forward to it nonetheless. Little Miss T, Violet and I are attending… 

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Apple & Pineapple Eve’s Pudding – Bake of the Week

I knew I loved this dish long before I knew it was called Eve’s Pudding. Many moons ago, my primary school used to serve this on really rare occasions. I don’t remember much about my school dinners but I do recall just loving this – it was the sweetest of all the desserts. Those dinner… 

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Homemade Ice Lollies: Peach Melba Smoothies – Center Parcs Family Blogger Challenge

  The last in my monthly Center Parcs Family Blogger Challenges – Its been a brilliant experience making blog about various challenges and being involved with the Center Parcs crew. This month’s challenge was just up my street – We had to get in the kitchen, with the kids and come up with some Homemade… 

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Hotter Shoes – Not Old Lady Shoes! Win a £20 Voucher.

Competition now closed: The winning entry has been drawn at random and verified – Pleased to announce that the lucky winner is Jo Glasspool! Thanks for taking part everyone and congratulations to JO! There’s a major bonus to working from home … you can wear your slippers to work! Now you can picture just how… 

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Chocolate Piñata Cake

EDIT: The story behind the Chocolate Piñata Cake …Maybe not the neatest or best decorated cake I’ve ever made but certainly one of the quickest. I’d made the cakes on Friday morning (2 shallow and one deep in case you are interested) then I had 15 minutes to decorate on the Friday afternoon before we… 

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cadbury's twirl ice-cream cupcakes

Cadbury’s Twirl Ice-Cream Cupcakes – Bake of the week

There’s not just Cadbury’s Twirl ON these cupcakes, there’s Twirl IN them too! AND in the sauce! A triple dose of chocolatey-ness! Last week, Cadbury’s asked me if I could find it within myself to come up with a recipe using their chocolate bars. I managed to drag myself off the sofa to stick the… 

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Toffee & Pecan Roulade – Bake of the Week

Remember the caramel recipe from last week? I promised that there would be follow up recipes, using the leftover caramel (well, the bits I didn’t eat straight off the spoon!). This is a dessert that me & Mr C buy as our treat once in a while. It bugs me every time I buy it… 

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For the first time in its 138-year history, Warburtons is changing its name to Warbeartons on over 6 million Half & Half products to celebrate it's partnership with Paddington Bear 7

Paddington Bear joins forces with Warbeartons

Psst! Don’t tell my kids but I’m rather partial to a Bear. Not just any old bear, but Paddington Bear. Just the sound of his name and the sight of his blue duffle coat transports me back to my childhood. It was always a disappointment that I just wasn’t that keen on marmalade. I’m the… 

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