Chilli Con Carne

Chilli con carne recipe

What’s not to love about this chilli con carne, it tastes delicious, it’s cheap and simple to make, it’s one of your five-a-day, it freezes so you can make a big batch and save some for another day, and best of all it’s under 250 calories so I can have an ice cream for pudding without feeling guilty.

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#FoodYearLinkup – January 2015

Happy New Year!!

It’s that time again to launch the #FoodYearLinkup for January.

Thank you to everyone who joined in last month, we had some great festive recipes linked up. You can find all of last month’s linkups here if you’d like to take a look (I recommend that you do, and make a note of your favourites for next Christmas).

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Easy american pancake recipe and pancake writing tutorial

Pancake art tutorial

It’s been a while since my first attempt at pancake art, my little Christmas reindeer, so I thought it was about time I had another go. Whilst a pancake that looks like something else is fun, what’s even more important is that it tastes good. So, I thought I’d share with you my simple recipe for perfect american pancakes (don’t worry if you’re not in an artistic mood, these taste just as good as simple round pancakes too).

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Spiced Orange Popcorn

spiced orange christmas popcorn square

In my house, an important part of getting into the Christmas spirit is watching Christmas films. To celebrate the start of the Christmas film season, traditionally the Friday before Christmas (it is a real thing, I haven’t just made it up – honest), I thought I’d share with you my recipe for festive spiced orange popcorn.

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Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Orange

sprouts pancetta orange square

If you’re in charge of cooking Christmas dinner this year then, with a week to go, you’re probably thinking about all the ingredients you need for your perfect Christmas dinner. I’m sure that for most of you, this will include brussels sprouts – love them or hate them, Christmas dinner wouldn’t be the same without them.

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Traditional Deep-Filled Mince Pies

My recipe for traditional deep-filled mince pies. A delicious light almond pastry filled with homemade mincemeat – Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them.

In my opinion Christmas isn’t complete without mince pies and nothing beats a homemade mince pie – shop bought ones just aren’t the same.

I remember seeing an interview a while ago with Paul Hollywood who said that he preferred to make his mince pies in a muffin tin so that you could fit in plenty of filling…

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Birthday Cake (All-In-One Vanilla Sponge)

Sponge birthday cake recipe

When I was a child I loved the birthday cakes my mum made and decorated for me. At my parties I was always really proud to show off my birthday cake to my friends. In the weeks running up to my birthday I used to look through my mum’s cake decorating book and choose the cake I wanted (actually I always chose the fairy castle, but never got it).

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