Homemade Strawberry Jam

Jam-making is one of those things that remind my of my childhood, or more specifically visiting my grandparents down in Devon. They lived up in the hills on the edge of a village and had a big garden full of homegrown goodies. At breakfast and tea time there was always a jar of homemade jam on the table whipped up by my Granny from something they’d grown (or blackberries we’d picked from along the lane)…

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Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

As promised, here’s the recipe for my yummy chocolate cupcakes, all ready for the creation of my build-your-own cupcakes index which I’ve been busy working on and will be sharing with you soon. The idea is to have all of my cupcakes and buttercream recipes in one place so you can mix and match (with maybe a hidden centre in the middle too 🙂 ). The index is also going to have a round up of all of my fancier cupcake creations, such as raspberry trifle, white russian or millionaires’ shortbread as well…

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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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