Win a Ciao Gusto Hamper

I’m excited to be bringing you a very delicious giveaway, your chance to win a hamper full of goodies from Ciao Gusto.

You may not have heard of Ciao Gusto before, but I’m sure you’ll know of some of their products. They bring together around 30 authentic Italian foods from Filippo Berio olive oil to Cirio tomatoes to Giovanni Rana pasta. Many brands that are regulars in my kitchen, as well as a few that are new to me and I’m looking forward to trying soon…

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Easy Vanilla Cupcakes

I mentioned when I shared my recipe for caramel cupcakes a couple of weeks ago that I’m working on creating a mix-and-match cupcake index with all my sponges, buttercreams and fillings in one place so you can create your own cupcakes using any combination you can think of. However, when I made a start on it I realised that two of my go-to cupcakes recipes (vanilla and chocolate) didn’t exist on here in cupcake form (they’re only on here as larger birthday cake recipes). Whilst it’s really easy to convert these particular recipes from large cakes, to save you the trouble of working out what to adjust I decided that I’d publish them as cupcakes too…

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Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

Sponsored by Barber’s

Today I’m sharing a twist on one of my most popular recipes – Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes made with Barber’s 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar. For any of you that are unfamiliar with hasselback potatoes (which if you’re are you should fix that right away), they’re basically jacket potatoes where slits have been cut through the potato. This helps them to cook evenly and more importantly allows the butter, olive oil and seasoning you add to them to get right into the middle, filling them with so much more flavour that a regular jacket potato.

I’m extra excited about this recipe as it’s also going to be published in the Barber’s Cheese Cook Book (my first properly published recipe) and I’ve got details a little further down below of how you could get your own cheesy recipe published in the book too…

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Building My Blog – December 2016

Welcome to my 30th monthly blog update, all about what I got up to behind the scenes of Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in December 2016.

I’ve decided that this is going to be my final monthly report, so this month I’m going to be talking about why I’m stopping, the 2016 Pinterest UK food awards and my recipe video set-up, as well as sharing all of the usual numbers…

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Coffee, Oat and Banana Smoothie

A couple of weeks ago I popped into my local Costa and I saw them advertising a coffee, oat & banana smoothie and I thought it sounded yummy, something I know I would enjoy. The sensible food blogger in me, always curious about how new things look and taste, should have bought one to try. However, it was quite early in the morning and freezing cold so I bought a coffee instead…

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Easy Carrot & Coriander Soup

Sponsored by Iceland.

For today’s recipe I’ve been challenged by Iceland to create something delicious using only frozen ingredients, nothing fresh. I cook a lot with frozen food at home but I tend to mix it up with fresh, adding a little cheese, a dash of milk, or some fresh salad leaves. However, when this particular challenge came along it made me realise just how much you can do with only frozen food, just how good it can taste, and just how good for you it can be.

I decided to make a carrot and coriander soup. It’s one of my favourite flavours and is perfect for a quick family lunch, served with crusty rolls. It uses frozen carrots, onions and even coriander, with just stock, ground coriander and olive oil from my store cupboard…

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Lamb Salad with Goats Cheese, Apricots and Almonds

Sponsored by Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun.

So I have some exciting news for you all. I am now working with Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun as a Lambassador.

It’s a job I think I’m perfectly suited to as it basically involves cooking lots of yummy food with lamb (which I love), telling you all about it and trying to encourage you to do the same.

Sadly, judging by the size of the lamb shelf in my local supermarket, it’s not as loved as some other meats (I’d say that the beef and chicken sections are at least 4x the size) and that’s a huge shame as it’s so full of flavour and really versatile…

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Roasted Red Pepper & Chilli Hummus

Sponsored by The Perfect Food.

One thing I always have in my kitchen cupboards is olive oil. I use it pretty much daily in some form or other; roasting veg, making bread, salad dressings or whipping up some hummus like the one I’ve shared here – it’s extremely versatile.

I’m really excited to be working with The Perfect Food, a project aimed at raising awareness of the health benefits of using quality European olive oil in your cooking, to encourage you to use it more in your kitchens. As well as enhancing the flavour of your food, extra virgin olive oil is also full of things that are beneficial to your health…

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Caramel Cupcakes

A few days ago I shared my recipe for caramel buttercream (which you seemed to love), and what better to go with caramel buttercream than a delicious caramel cupcake.

As with all of my basic cupcake recipes I’ve tried to keep them as easy to make as it humanly possible (stick it in a bowl and mix it up – it really is as simple as that) and also to make sure that the caramel flavour really comes through…

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