Caramel Sauce

Whenever we go to Starbucks Jon’s favourite drink is a Caramel Macchiato. For anyone who’s never heard of it before, it’s a milky coffee (a bit like a cappuccino) with vanilla syrup and caramel drizzle sauce on top.

Since buying a coffee machine a couple of years ago I like to make them at home too. I’ve always bought the caramel drizzle sauce and vanilla syrup but I thought it might be fun to have a go at making my own (although I haven’t attempted the vanilla syrup yet).

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Farmyard Animal Pancakes

Farmyard pancake sheep

It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday and I think I may have gone a bit pancake crazy this year. I’ve made Traditional Pancakes, American Pancakes, American Style Lemon and Raisin Pancakes and ones that look like Mickey Mouse.

I honestly wasn’t planning on sharing another pancake recipe, but I thought these farm animals were too cute not to share.

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Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Egg Croissant

In my life I’ve eaten a lot of bad scrambled eggs, either too dry or soft but watery. In fact for a long time I thought I didn’t really like scrambled eggs, much preferring poached or fried. It turns out they’re actually my favourite (although I’m quite fickle when it comes to food so don’t hold it against me if I change my mind later!).

In my opinion, perfect scrambled eggs are soft and creamy. I use both butter and milk in mine, which add to the creamy texture and flavour (unfortunately it also adds to the calories so they’re more of a treat that I eat less often than my poached or fried eggs).

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Really easy crispy bacon

Crispy bacon scrambled egg

I love bacon, it’s so versatile. I’ll happily eat it for breakfast lunch or dinner (I have seen a few recipes about that also use it in cakes but that’s a step further than I’ve gone so far – although you never know!).

The problem is that I always seem to cook it to go along with lots of other things (especially if I’m making a cooked breakfast) so I don’t have time to keep an eye on it in the frying pan whilst juggling the eggs, beans, toast, tea… you get the idea.

So I started cooking it in the oven. There’s a few advantages to doing it this way…

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

cajun chicken pasta 1

This creamy cheesy cajun chicken pasta recipe was one of those recipes where I started trying to make something else and it just sort of evolved.

I was originally making chicken pasta alfredo. However, when I made it, it just didn’t taste right. It was a bit boring. So I added a couple of spoonfuls of cajun spice mix – much better.

Then next time I made it I decided to add some vegetables (anyone that reads my recipes regularly will know that I like to squeeze extra vegetables into my dinners as much as I can). Since I was using cajun spice mix I decided to take my inspiration for the vegetables from chicken fajitas, so I used peppers and onions.

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How to Make a Mickey Mouse Pancake

Guess what Mickey Mouse eats for breakfast? Mickey mouse pancakes of course!

Shrove Tuesday is just around the corner and I’ve been busy sharing my favourite pancake recipes (including my Traditional Pancake Day Pancakes and my Lemon and Raisin Pancakes). However, there’s one fundamental problem with all of these pancakes… They’re all just round, how dull is that?

So I decided that it was about time I got my icing bottles out again and had a go at making my pancakes look a bit more interesting.

The subject of todays efforts… Mickey Mouse

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Building my Blog – January 2015

My Recipe Book - Food Blog Traffic and Income Report January 2015

Welcome to my 7th monthly update, all about what I’ve been up to on Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in January 2015.

As always I’ll share with you my experiences and hopefully pass on a few helpful tips, as well as the usual visitor and income numbers.

If you’ve not read one of my reports before and want to know a bit more about why I write them, then take a look at my very first report.

January 2015 – A record breaking month for Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen

This month I have seen an 800% increase in visitors to my site with over 12,000 people popping by (welcome all!). I put this down to three things (all of which conveniently start with the letter P!)…

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Ultimate Guide to Food Photo Sharing Websites

Ultimate Guide to Photo-Sharing Sites

Anyone who reads my monthly reports will have noticed that getting my food photographs onto photo-sharing websites like Tastespotting and Foodgawker has been high on my list of priorities.

I’m happy to say that I’ve now reached a point where I’m mostly successful (yay). However, over Christmas Jon (my husband) and I were discussing whether there were any alternatives to Foodgawker and Tastespotting. He kindly offered to help me out by having a look into this, so now I’m going to hand over to him to tell you all about what he found…

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Pancakes (Perfect for Pancake Day)

How to make perfect tradition pancakes. Just what you need for pancake day.

Every year when it comes to Shrove Tuesday I always end up Googling “Pancake Recipe” and aiming for the first thing that comes up.

This has led to some hit and miss pancakes over the years. Some too stodgy, some lacking flavour, and fortunately some good ones too.

This year I decided that enough was enough. No more pancake Russian Roulette. I was going to figure out what I think is the perfect pancake recipe.

I have now lost count of the number of pancakes I’ve made (and eaten) over the past week (not to mention my Lemon and Raisin Pancakes which I also made this week too!). Some of them weren’t even particularly good. However, after much experimentation I’ve found something I’m really happy with.

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Lemon and Raisin Pancakes

lemon raisin pancakes

It’s Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day as I prefer to call it) on the 17th February so I’m busy busy busy pulling together recipes for some of my favourite pancakes, one of which is these Lemon and Raisin Pancakes.

Unfortunately this means that my mission to build my repertoire of healthy breakfast recipes has stalled after the banana and almond breakfast smoothie, but I’ll be back on it again soon, I promise.

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