Our best BBQ dish!

It’s not often we get to have a BBQ – the British Summer weather doesn’t seem to be that kind and opportunities for eating ‘Al fresco’ are usually few and far between!

So when we do get chance to get the barbie on, I like to pull the stops out and create something different and tasty!

Lemon and Garlic Chicken Skewers

One of my FAVOURITE dishes to make has to be my Lemon and Garlic Chicken skewers – they are really easy to prepare, quick to cook and kind on the pocket too as they use cheaper chicken thigh fillets as a pose to more expensive chicken breasts. It’s an easy but tasty dish that’s perfect for relaxing on a summers evening! Great served with a Greek style salad in a pitta bread – or just straight off the skewer!  Continue reading

Getting creative with Soreen – Making Chocolate Soreen Flapjack!

As you know, we love getting creative in the kitchen – so when Soreen sent us a box of goodies recently which included a recipe booklet we couldn’t wait to get started!

Soreen boxFlicking through the recipes, we decided to make Chocolate Soreen Flapjack – perfect for the Bank Holiday decorating weekend we had planned to keep energy levels up!

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Our Family Winter Warmer – Beef in Beer with Dumplings!

When we heard about the Co-operative Electrical’s current competition, I must admit we got a little bit excited! All you have to do to enter is write a blog post about your favourite winter warmer recipe and send a link to Promotions@co-operative.coop by midday on Friday 21st February…and the winning entry wins £750 to spend at www.coopelectricalshop.com, with a runners up prize of £250 too!


With my dire need for a new oven, and my family’s LOVE of creating in the kitchen, we just couldn’t wait to get started – and it didn’t take long to decide on the recipe either!

Beef in beer with dumplings

In our house we love ‘cosy’ing down on a chilly winter’s night with a warm stew, and our family recipe for Beef in Beer with Dumplings always goes down a treat. It is so tasty and filling – and it is a low fat recipe too!  Continue reading

Christmas fun for little fingers – Marshmallow Snowmen Lollies!

Every year, for the school Christmas fair, I like to get creative with my class  – and this year was no exception! With a little ‘pinspiration’ I can across an idea involving white chocolate and marshmallows to make snowmen lollies, so this weekend had some fun with the boys testing and making prototypes!

Snowman ingredientsTo make the lollies we used marshmallows, white chocolate, smarties and writing icing.

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Baking for Boys – with a little help from Duerr’s!

You will know by now that we LOVE getting creative in the kitchen, and at the drop of a hat, without an excuse needed, we will get making and baking! So when Duerr’s asked if we would be interested in their new ‘Baking for Boys’ videos we just couldn’t help but say YES!

With the end of the Great British Bake Off, The UK’s oldest family run jam and marmalade makers Duerr’s were worried that the nation would be missing its baking fix! So fifth generation jam maker Richard Duerr and Duerr’s Operations Director and former baker Paul Dinneen teamed up to bring create ‘Baking for Boys’ – a mini series of baking masterclasses, rustling up the ultimate Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding, Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Orange Cake and Strawberry and Vanilla Ripple Ice Cream.
We were sent all the Duerr’s jams and marmalades we would need to make the recipes… and then it was over to us!