Chocolate Birthday Cake Calculator


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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Christmas Pudding for Stir Up Sunday


Sponsored by The Royal Mint

A few weeks ago I was challenged by the Royal Mint to make a Christmas Pudding with my boys. I’m going to admit right up front that until last week I’d never made a Christmas Pudding. In the years I’ve been responsible for cooking the Christmas dinner I’ve always got my Mum to make one and bring it along. From now on Mum has been sacked from this job (sorry Mum, you can still peel the vegetables on Christmas day 🙂 ) as we had so much fun making it together, mixing the ingredients, adding our silver six pence and making a special Christmas wish…

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Limited Edition Le Creuset Cocotte


I’m so excited today because I’ve teamed up with Steamer Trading to bring you the chance to win a really fantastic prize – a Le Creuset 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Original 1925 22cm Cocotte worth over £200!

One of my favourite ways to spend an hour or two without the boys is browsing cookware shops and, as I’ve mentioned before, Steamer Trading is one of my favourites. Their Chester store is like a Tardis, it looks tiny from the outside but it’s huge and it’s packed full of too many things I want to buy – shiny gadgets and beautiful cookware…

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12 Vegan Dinners That Everyone Will Love and #TheFoodCalendar November 2016


It’s time to let you know what’s in The Food Calendar for November. I hope you had a fun Halloween yesterday, my boys had a lovely time dressing up and handing out sweets to all the trick-or-treaters. We’re looking forward to heading out to our local firework display in Saturday and then I’m going to be getting into full on Christmas mode 🙂

Today marks World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan Month so I’ve searched out some great vegan dinner recipes from around the web to share with you…

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Pumpkin Pie


I only recently tried pumpkin pie for the first time, I’d been avoiding it on the basis that I didn’t like the idea of it (surely veg in a pie should be savoury) rather than for any “real” reason. Anyway it turns out that I was in fact being a fool as it’s actually really yummy. It has crisp sweet shortcrust pastry and a delicious, custard-y centre flavoured with autumnal spices…

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Spicy Chai Tea & Cranberry Iced Loaf


Advertorial for Twinings

As promised last week, I’m back with another recipe for Twinings, this time using their delicious Spicy Chai Tea – black tea with cinnamon, clove and ginger. When I was asked to create this recipe the flavour was new to me and I have to admit that the first thought that hit me when I opened the box was Christmas, with the aroma of cinnamon, cloves and ginger. This initial hit of Christmas inspired the use of cranberries in this recipe, although whilst is does have a hint of festiveness about it, it would be delicious all year round…

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How To Make Pumpkin Purée


I’ve decided that I’m having a bit of a change of heart about Autumn. To be honest I’ve never really been a huge fan, the weather gets chilly and damp and I know that I’ve got months more of it to come. I do like Christmas, but there’s too long to wait for that to be feeling excited in October.

Anyway, this year feels a bit different…

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Bara Brith Biscuits


Advertorial for Twinings

I love tea. I think if there were one drink in the world I’d struggle to give up it’s tea as it is just so comforting. I was therefore very excited when I was invited by one of my absolute favourite tea companies, Twinings, to create two recipes using their premium teas. My first creation is these Bara Brith Biscuits, made using Twinings English Strong Breakfast Tea and the second (coming next week) will feature their delicious Spicy Chai Tea. I’m not going to tell you what it is yet, you’ll just have to make sure you check back next week to find out…

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Chicken & Lime Curry


This is one of those perfectly timed recipes where I decided a little while ago that I fancied coming up with a new curry recipe and by luck it was ready just in time for National Curry Week (10th-16th October 2016). Sadly my luck ran out with the timing, as I was hoping that I’d accidentally come up with something I could give a better name to than just curry (doesn’t it sound fancier to call it a chicken & lime jalfrezi or bhuna?). I was very tempted to just pick the closest match from the descriptions I found from a bit of googling but decided that it was cheating, so curry it is. If I had to choose I’d say it was a bit like a balti (but doesn’t have the tomatoes) or a dopiaza (but I only cooked the onions one way)…

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Building My Blog – September 2016


Welcome to my 27th monthly blog update, all about what I got up to behind the scenes of Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in September 2016.

This month I’m going to be talking about going to the MAD Blog Awards, early thoughts on using Board Booster for Pinterest and my attempts to fix the problems with my email subscription…

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