Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

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A couple of weeks ago I decided to experiment with some new buttercream flavours. I thought it would be fun to create some along a Christmas theme and as it turned out I found not one, not two, but five new flavours. So this week is now officially Festive Buttercream Week 🙂 A week of different flavours, perfect for adding a festive twist to your cakes.

My first new flavour is chocolate orange. The reason these are first is that my parents were visiting last week when I was testing the recipe and my mum enjoyed it so much she’s been nagging me to share it so she can make some more…

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Peanut Butter Oreo Brownies

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Did you know that the Oreo is the world’s favourite biscuit? Every year 7.5 billion are eaten across the globe!

Just take a moment to imagine 7.5 billion Oreos.

I think we’re definitely in need of the drooling emoji right now

To keep all of us cookie lovers happy Oero have launched a range of new flavours…

Choc’o Brownie Flavour Oreo
Mint Flavour Oreo
Peanut Butter Flavour Oreo
Strawberry Cheesecake Flavour Oreo

…and they challenged me to create a delicious recipe using one of them to share with you all.

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Halloween Meringues

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This Halloween I’ve joined together with a group of other bloggers to share some spooky recipes suitable for people with a variety of food allergies.

Halloween can be a particularly difficult time of year for anyone with a food allergy, especially for children. All their friends are out trick-or-treating or enjoying Halloween goodies and they aren’t always able to join in due to the risk of a reaction…

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Spooky Rocky Road

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a rocky road recipe and seeing as I have ones for Easter and Christmas (as well as my classic version) I thought it would be fun to create a Halloween version too.

Earlier this year my Creme Egg Rocky Road went a little crazy on Facebook with over 5 million video views in just a few days. However with success comes lots of feedback and one comment that popped up A LOT was “ooh this looks good but make it without the raisins and cherries”. Now personally I like a little fruitiness in my rocky road, but I thought I’d listen to you all and make a new version which leaves these out…

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Lamb Meatball Curry

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Did you know that it’s National Curry Week from the 9th-15th October 2017?

To celebrate, Tasty Easy Lamb challenged me to create a delicious lamb curry, but not just any curry… I had to create something that’s perfect for a curry tapas party. I reckon my lamb meatball curry fits the bill perfectly…

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One-Tray Fish and Chips for the RNLI Fish Supper

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This weekend (13th-15th October 2017) the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are celebrating their annual fish supper. It’s a fundraising event where they encourage us all to host our own fish supper with friends and family and donate to support the charity’s lifesaving work.

Crisp ‘n Dry is proud to support the RNLI Fish Supper and they’ve challenged me to create a recipe perfect for hosting your own. I think my one-tray fish and chips really fit the bill. The fish is in a crispy breadcrumb coating flavoured with lemon zest. The chips are the closest I could create to chip shop chips in the oven, soft in the middle with crispy bits on the outside and the Crisp ‘n Dry adds a really lovely flavour…

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Thai Green Chicken Curry


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One recipe that Jon has been nagging me to perfect for ages is Thai Green Chicken Curry. Usually when he requests something new for dinner I jump at the chance to get creating, but Thai Green Curry always seemed like a bit of a faff so I put it off again and again. That was until a few weeks ago when I was asked to create a recipe using ingredients from Very Lazy…

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Crispy Pork Medallions (and Three Delicious Ways to Serve Them)

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We eat pork regularly in my house, but it’s mostly in the form of mince, sausages or maybe the occasional pork chop. When I was challenged to come up with a delicious family-friendly recipe using pork medallions I was keen to take up the challenge to try something a bit different.

I discovered that pork medallions are a great base to a family meal… the meat is lovely and tender, they cook quickly (which is great when I’ve got hungry boys to feed) and they’re low in fat too…

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Coffee and Walnut Cake


This Friday is the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and I thought I’d share with you what I’m going to be making to take along to the one at my boys’ school. It’s my version of a classic coffee & walnut cake.

As you may have realised, I’m a bit of a fan of cake. However, there’s one cake I love above all others and that is coffee & walnut. If I spot it in a café then I really struggle to resist buying a slice to have with a pot of tea (as a side note shouldn’t all tea in cafés come in a pot? It’s just not the same having just one cup)…

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Smokey Tomato Roast Potatoes (Roast Patatas Bravas)


One thing I’ve been spotting around quite a bit at the moment is Patatas Bravas. It’s one of those recipes where everyone’s version seems to be quite different, some potatoes are boiled, some roasted, some add chilli, some don’t, some include peppers, others have chorizo, I could go on…

I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring and share my version too…

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