Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Herbs

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Sponsored by Tasty Easy Lamb.

One food that I always love at this time of year is roast lamb and today’s recipe is one of my favourite ways to cook it. The roasted leg of lamb really speaks for itself in terms of flavour but also has subtle hints of garlic, mint and rosemary, three flavours that go with lamb extremely well (you’ll see them cropping up quite a lot in my lamb recipes)…

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Peanut Chicken Noodles

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These peanut chicken noodles have become a bit of a go-to meal in our house over the last few weeks. Aside from being really yummy, they also have the advantage of being quick to make so perfect if you’re short of time, and they’re also extremely versatile. It’s the perfect meal for using up what you happen to have in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. Each time I’ve made it I’ve kept the sauce the same but varied pretty much everything else… skipping the noodles or switching them for veggie ones made with carrots, courgette or the stalk of the broccoli, taking out the chicken to make it vegetarian, chopping up whatever vegetables I happen to have in the fridge or even chucking in some frozen peppers, onions, carrots and sweetcorn…

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Lamb Fajitas

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Sponsored by Tasty Easy Lamb.

If you’re not someone who eats a lot of lamb then I think it’s quite easy to get stuck and wonder what to cook with it aside from the traditional shepherd’s pie, chops or a roast, but it’s actually really versatile and can be substituted into pretty much anything you’d make with chicken, beef or pork.

Today’s recipe is one most people would make with beef or chicken, but I’d really recommend having a go at switching to lamb for a change…

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Lamb & Ale Pie (Real Ale Shepherd’s Pie)

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Sponsored by Tasty Easy Lamb

One thing I love about cooking is discovering new flavours that go together, especially when it’s flavours that you wouldn’t necessarily think to put together and today’s recipe is one of those creations.

My take on a traditional Shepherd’s pie with lamb mince, root vegetables and real ale, and topped with creamy mashed potato. I’ve been trying to perfect my shepherd’s pie for a while, but I’ve always found that it was lacking a little something – it had meatiness from the lamb, sweetness from the vegetables and saltiness from the stock but it needed just a hint of bitterness. A few weeks ago on a whim (figuring that beef and ale go well) I decided to add some real ale to my shepherd’s pie and the problem was solved – it is delicious.

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Coffee Cupcakes

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Of all the cupcake recipes I’ve shared on here (and there have been quite a few now!) this one has probably taken the longest to perfect. I had a very similar problem with this coffee sponge to the one I experienced with my chocolate cake, in that actually when you eat a lot of coffee cakes (and chocolate cakes), pretty much all the coffee flavour is coming from the buttercream and there’s very little coming through from the actual cake.

This was easily solved for the chocolate cake by simply mixing lots of grated chocolate into the cake batter which meant that you got a taste of chocolate in each bite, but you can’t use coffee in the same way so it needed lots more trial and error to get the flavour really coming though…

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Chocolate Custard

I love vanilla custard but sadly it doesn’t quite go with everything (almost everything but not quite!). That’s where chocolate custard comes in, ready to be poured onto delicious warm chocolate puddings or a black forest trifle.

This chocolate custard is a small tweak from my regular vanilla custard recipe, simply adding some chocolate and a little less vanilla (it’s nice to have a bit but you don’t want it to be overpowering). If you don’t really fancy making your own from scratch, but have some ready-made vanilla custard to hand, then I’ll also show you how to turn it into the chocolatey version…

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Hidden Hearts Cupcakes

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Sponsored by We Bake

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I’ve been challenged by We Bake to create something perfect for making with kids and what is more perfect that cupcakes covered in hearts with a secret heart inside.

These cupcakes are great for baking with little ones as they combine all the things my boys love about cooking… The cake mixture is really simple – put it all in a bowl and mix, you get to use cutters, you get to use food colour and best of all you get to use as many sprinkles as you possibly can to decorate the top.

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Coffee Buttercream

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One of my all-time favourite cakes is coffee and walnut. If I spot it in the cake cabinet in a cafe it takes a serious amount of willpower not to sneak it onto my tray. In my opinion, the key to a great coffee and walnut cake is a really good coffee buttercream, so I’ve been busy in the kitchen getting mine just right…

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The Mix-and-Match Cupcake Creator

Cupcakes are a great way to get creative in the kitchen. You can make one kind of sponge, another buttercream and perhaps a hidden centre for a little surprise.

I’ve shared quite a few cupcake recipes on here over time, but (especially for my simpler ones) I’ve always tended to go for the obvious match – chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream, vanilla with vanilla, etc… so I wanted to create a place where you can find everything together, allowing you to mix and match to your heart’s content. I’ve also got a collection of my more creative cupcakes just in case you don’t fancy having to come up with the combinations yourself…

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SPAM® Potato Skins (and a Giveaway!)

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This year SPAM® turns 80 and what better time to join the celebrations than SPAM® Appreciation Week, which it just so happens is next week (6th-12th March 2017).

To help you join in the celebrations, SPAM® invited me to share with you one of their recipes – SPAM® Potato Skins, which I’ve eaten several times since being sent the recipe last week and they’re really very moreish. I think the secret is to cut up the SPAM® pieces so they’re quite small, they get a lovely crispness on the outside when fried whilst staying soft in the middle, and they go really well with the sour cream and potato-filling in these potato skins.

In addition to sharing this yummy recipe, I’ve got 5 SPAM® Bundles to be won a bit further down the page. If that wasn’t enough for you, I’ve also got details of the SPAM® Can Tour and how you can win a VIP trip to the Liverpool event…

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