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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Cajun Salmon Fajitas

Sponsored by the Norwegian Seafood Council.

I’m sure you’ve realised by now that salmon is my favourite fish (although to be honest I hadn’t really cottoned on until I looked back through my recipe index and found a lot more salmon than any other fish – it’s amazing what you learn about yourself when you start blogging!), so when I was approached by the Norwegian Seafood Council and asked to create a recipe using some of their fish I jumped at the chance…

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Steak & Cheese Sandwich with Spicy Onion Relish

Sponsored by Iceland

I’m back again with another recipe for Iceland and the #PowerOfFrozen. I’ve talked before about how much I love the quality of the Iceland frozen fish but I’ve never really mentioned their meat. When it comes to meat I’d say that Iceland have been traditionally associated with frozen burgers and sausages (which of course they sell), but it’s less well known (at least it seems to be amongst the people I talk to) that they also have a great range of luxury meat, including fillet, sirloin and rump steak and chateaubriand with a red wine sauce. All of which are great value for money…

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20 Amazing Apple Recipes and #TheFoodCalendar October 2016

It’s time to let you know what’s in The Food Calendar for October. We’re finally in Autumn (although I’m happy to say that the weather hasn’t realised yet and it’s still lovely and warm). I’m fully suspecting that it’ll get it’s revenge in a few weeks but I’m going to enjoy the last little hints of summer while I still can.

One food that I firmly associate with Autumn is apples, so this month I’ve selected some amazing apple recipes to share with you to celebrate Bramley Apple Week from the 3rd to the 9th October and Apple Day on the 21st.

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Millionaires’ Cupcakes

Today is the last day of National Cupcake Week (19th-25th September 2016) so there’s just time for me to share my recipe for Millionaires’ Cupcakes before it’s all over. One thing I love about creating cupcake recipes above pretty much all others is the possibilities it offers, cupcakes are just perfect for taking one idea and twisting it into cake form. I’ve done it a few times before with my White Russian Cupcakes and my Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes (which by the way use the same caramel sauce as this recipe so if you have any leftover you should give those a try…

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