Mum’s best ever scones

It’s no exaggeration to say that my Mum Greta’s cheese scones were simply the best! I have given the recipe to many people over the years and we even included it in the order of service at her funeral earlier in the year. Yesterday I made them for a Macmillan coffee morning that I organised…

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Jumbleberry jam

As I type the last gasp of the summer heatwave has well and truly left and Autumn is blowing in on chill wet winds. While a lot of our summer garden produce has finished (the tomatoes fell foul of blight and the magnificent runner and French bean wigwam blew over) our Autumn raspberries are producing…

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Slow roast spicy pork revisited!

I first posted this slow roast pork recipe back in 2013 and am making it again today to warm us up on a cold May Bank Holiday weekend. I have made a couple of changes – like adding coriander seeds to the fennel – but otherwise the recipe is the same as it was 8…

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Super healthy super food soup

For the last 1o days our household has been plagued by germs.  We have coughed, sneezed, had aches and pains, high temperatures and generally felt very rubbish indeed. Cue the need for some restorative and regenerative super food! Earlier in the week I was in Holt for a meet up with a bride and groom…

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Painting palettes with photos

I am tired – I have had a day copywriting followed by an important Parish Council meeting. It’s also a Fast Day (more on that soon) and I missed Bake Off…However I  have just remembered how fun it is to make these – so I did!!

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Sticky good life pork belly

This is a fantastic tasty and very economical roast which will have your whole house smelling just wonderful! As with all of my recipes I only use good quality, high welfare meat sourced as close to home as possible from local butchers.  I bought the piece of belly that you see above from B W…

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Feta and lemon dip

This feta and lemon dip is lovely and tasty! It is salty, lemony, with a hint of hotness and perfect on salads, on new potatoes, with pittas or as a dip at a summer buffet. The inspiration for the recipe came from Sweet Paul (one of my absolute favourite food Bloggers! – check out his…

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The arrival of spring and more good intentions

Sandals and daisies

Hurrah – spring has finally arrived!  The weekend was lovely with temperatures well into double figures and plenty of sunshine.  This winter has been a really long haul for everyone and I was beginning to wonder if it would stay for good – let’s hope that the warm weather is here to stay. Well Monday…

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Sri Lankan red beef curry

Sri Lankan beef curry recipe

This lovely hot and coconutty beef curry has becoame a real family favourite – it’s a Madhur Jaffery of course! . It’s very straight forward and can be cooked on the hob or in a slow cooker. Ingredients 450g braising steak, cut into 2.5cm chunks 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp…

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A healthy breakfast

greek yoghurt and honey

yc3c23pddet Hot on the heels of last night’s sweet potato fest comes this mornings healthy breakfast – greek yoghurt and honey with a banana. I would have loved to have been sitting eating it on a sun filled terrace somewhere in Greece but it tasted good all the same!

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Texture Tuesday: tulip in the snow

Dead tulip processed withtexture

This photo was taken when the last lot of snow – a bit more arrived tonight – was starting to melt. The tulips that I’d bought to cheer up the house were on their last legs so my daughter said why don’t you photograph them in the snow before it melts.  So I did.  The…

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Texture Tuesday: Decay

You may have noticed from many of the posts on The Pixel Chef that I love old, dilapidated or decaying things! Many of these things also lend themselves to the use of textures to enhance and develop the mood of the original image. The above picture was taken in France when we we on holiday…

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