Cranberry & Port Sauce (and a Giveaway!)

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I’m going to admit that in the past I’ve usually bought my cranberry sauce to serve alongside my Christmas turkey, but this year I decided that it was high time I got on and made my own.

I’m in charge of dinner this Christmas and I’m planning to make it as low effort as possible whilst still trying to make a few things from scratch. I love cooking and could happily while away a few hours in the kitchen cooking a roast, but that’s not what I’m planning on doing on the big day. I want to be in the lounge with my family and a glass of something delicious, opening presents and listening to cheesy Christmas music…

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Za’atar Lamb Pittas

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Sponsored by Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun.

I’m a big fan of lamb, I absolutely love the flavour. I don’t though eat it as often as I’d like, so when I was contacted by Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun, an EU campaign aimed at getting people eating more lamb, to create a twist on one of their delicious lamb recipes I jumped at the chance. It was the perfect excuse to get myself cooking it more.

Apparently many people think that lamb is difficult to cook (it’s no trickier than beef), too expensive (it’s cheaper than beef) or only really for Sunday roasts served with a decent dollop of mint sauce (The Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun recipes page will show that’s simply not true!).

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An Afternoon in the Iceland Kitchen – Myth Busting & Fabulous Festive Food

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Sponsored by Iceland

Last Friday I was invited as part of a group of food bloggers to visit the Iceland Kitchen at their head office near Chester. The purpose of the visit was to have a tour of their new test kitchens (over which I now have serious kitchen and photography studio envy!), to taste some of their Christmas treats (including a Christmas turkey cooked on a BBQ) and to bust some of the myths that exist about frozen food…

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Sprout Pencils: Review & Giveaway

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A little while ago I was asked if I was interested in reviewing some Sprout Pencils and as soon as I read up a bit about them I jumped at the chance because, quite simply, they sounded fun.

For anyone that’s not seen them before (which I suspect quite a few of you will have based on the number of times I’ve spotted posts being shared about them in my Facebook feed), they’re the world’s first sustainable plantable pencil – a colouring pencil with seeds hidden away in the end. Once you’ve finished your colouring you stick them in some soil, give them a water and wait for them to grow…

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Raspberry Trifle Cupcakes

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Sponsored by WeBake.co.uk

As you know I am a bit of a fan of social media, I spend (probably a little bit too) much of my day browsing my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. So I was very excited to discover a new social network and, even better, one dedicated to one of my absolute favourite things – baking…

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Mince Pie Truffles

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Hands up who’s getting excited about Christmas!

I’ve seen a few bloggers apologising for talking about Christmas too early this week, but I’m not going to. It’s mid-November, all the big Christmas ads are out on the TV (do you have a favourite?), the weather is rubbish and I need something to get excited about and what’s not to love about Christmas.

One of the many things I love is festive baking…

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Chocolate Birthday Cake Calculator

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It seems that there’s a lot of love around for my Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe and I’ve started to get requests for the quantities to make it in various different shapes and sizes. So far each time I’ve been asked I’ve tapped away in excel to work out what’s needed, but I thought it was about time I sorted out a calculator (just like my vanilla birthday cake calculator) so you can do it yourselves without waiting for me…

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