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Kenwood Christmas Menu: No Bake Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

This is the second installment in my Kenwood Christmas Menu feature. This weeks theme was preparing the pud......however as most of my family aren't Christmas Pudding lovers I decided to make an alternative Christmas themed dessert using my Kenwood Chef Titanium.

This Chocolate Orange Cheesecake is no bake and so easy that even my husband could make it.....I think! I used the Kenwood Chef Processor attachment to blitz the biscuits and then the standard bowl and paddle attachment to mix the cream cheese and chocolate together. I've used a combination of dark and milk chocolate but if this is for adults only I would probably use all dark chocolate.

Don't forget to have a look at what Karen at Lavender and Lovage, Sian at Fishfingers for Tea, Becs at Lay The Table and Eliza at The Recipe Blog have created this week too.

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No Bake Chocolate Orange Cheesecake by Beth Sachs November-25-2012 Easy Christmas dessert for pudding haters Ingredients 175g DIgestives50g Bu…

Kenwood Christmas menu: Chocolate Chestnut Squares

I'm one lucky blogger. Kenwood kindly chose Jam and Clotted Cream to take part in their Christmas Menu Blogger campaign. This meant I got sent a very big early Christmas present - a brand spanking new Kenwood Chef Titanium. A big thank-you to Kenwood.

Over the coming four weeks I, along with Karen at Lavender and Lovage, Sian at Fishfingers for Tea, Becs at Lay The Table and Eliza at The Recipe Blog will be creating festive recipes using the Kenwood Chef under the following themes: Week 1 - Getting Ready (favourite recipes for delicious wintry treats in the run up to Christmas). Week 2 - Preparing the Pud (recipe for an extra special Christmas dessert) Week 3 - All the Trimmings (recipes for accompaniments to the big Christmas feast) Week 4 - The Main Event (I'm planning a vegetarian centrepiece)
This weeks recipe is a festive chocolately square using chestnuts and dried cranberries to give an extra special Chrismassy spin. The bonus with these squares is that they can be fro…

Chocolate Spotty Traybake for Pudsey

A quick and easy chocolate traybake for Children in Need.

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Chocolate Spotty Traybake For Pudsey by Beth Sachs November-16-2012 Great for a Children in Need Bake Sale Ingredients 250g Butter300g Golden Caster Sugar1TSP Vanilla Extract3 Large Eggs, beaten200g Self Raising Flour50g Cocoa Powder100g Milk Chocolate Drops FOR TOPPING85g Butter85g Caster Sugar200g Condensed Milk 50g Milk Chocolate Drops20 White Chocolate Buttons Instructions Step 1: Butter and line a traybake or small roasting tin, about 20 x 30cm. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan, cool for 5 mins, add sugar, vanilla and eggs, then beat until smooth with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour, cocoa and ¼ tsp salt. Stir in the milk chocolate drops and bake for 35 mins until risen all over and a skewer comes out with a few damp crumbs. Step 2: For the top, gently heat 85g butter and 85g caster sugar together until both are melted. Stir in 200g light condensed milk…

Meal Plan 12th November - 25th November 2012

Ooops a day late again!

Monday 12th November
Sausage Casserole

Tuesday 13th November
Leftover Sausage Casserole


Wednesday 14th November
Quick Chilli


Thursday 15th November
Chilli Pasta Bake for hubby and the kids - I'm presiding officer at the police elections so will be snacking all day)


Friday 16th November
Fish Pie with a breadcrumb topping


Saturday 17th November
Macaroni Cheese


Sunday 18th November
Pizza and Salad

Monday 19th November
Spaghetti Bolognese

Tuesday 20th November
Leftover Spaghetti Bolognese


Wednesday 21st November
Sausages Braised in Cider

Thursday 22nd November
Chip Van!!

Friday 23rd November
Roast Chicken

Saturday 24th November
Chicken Curry

Sunday 25th November
Out for a meal

Christmas Gifts from The Handpicked Collection

I was lucky enough to be sent this Olive Wood Heart Board from the lovely ladies at The Handpicked Collection last week. I'm going to be giving it as a Christmas present to my parent along with the hamper of Cornish Cheeses I'm putting together for them.

As always looking at the Handpicked Catalogue is dangerous - too many things I need (well, want) and too little spare money this close to Christmas.

Here are just a few things I wouldn't mind receiving in my Christmas stocking (if any of my family are reading this!)

Bird Cake Stand
Silver Plated Jug

Duckling Doorstop

Giveaway: Beouf Bourguignon Seasonal Box from Knorr

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Banana Blondies

I inevitably end up with overripe banana's in my fruit bowl at the end of the week and after getting a bit bored with my usual banana bread recipe I went in search of something a bit different. What I found was a lovely recipe for Banana and Cinnamon Blondies on Ren's blog. However, the kids are not great fans of cinnamon so I adapted the recipe from the original and these are what I ended up with. Lovely, moist bananary squares - perfect for a mid morning snack.
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Banana Blondies by Beth Sachs November-4-2012 A great mid morning snack Ingredients 125g Butter325g Light Brown Sugar2 small Eggs, beaten1 TSP Vanilla Extract150g Self Raising Flour1/4 TSP Salt25g Ground Almonds3 small Over-ripe Banana's, mashed Instructions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c and line a 20cm square tin with baking paper.Step 2: Melt the butter and sugar in a pan. Take off the heat.Step 3: Beat in the eggs, banana's and vanilla extract then sift in the flour. Stir in the groun…

Chocolate Clementine Brownie Cake

I've just started to plan my Christmas menu's and while I was sorting through my mountains of files I came across this recipe that I made last year and never blogged. It makes an ideal alternative to Christmas pudding and can also be frozen so perfect for a make ahead dessert. Obviously you don't need Christmas as an excuse to make this....its good any time of the year.

Feel free to use orange zest instead of clementines and even a few drops of orange liqueur to make it extra luxurious.



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Chocolate Clementine Brownie Cake by Beth Sachs November-3-2012 A gorgeous chocolatey dessert perfect for Christmas Ingredients 100g Butter175g Golden Caster Sugar75g Light Brown Sugar100g Dark Chocolate1 TBSP Golden Syrup2 Eggs, beaten100g Plain Flour1/2 TSP Baking Powder2 Heaped TBSP Cocoa Powder2 Clementines, zested Instructions Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c and line a 20cm tin with baking paper.Step 2: In a pan melt the butter, sugars, chocolate and syrup togeth…

Meal Plan 29th October- 11th November 2012

I'm a bit late with my meal plan this week so I've decided to post the next two weeks plan....yes I'm that *sad* organised.

Monday 29th October
We ate at The Weir and had Panini's and Sweet Potato Fries

Tuesday 30th October
Spag Bol

Wednesday 31st October
Leftover Spag Bol after a little bit of trick or treating with the kids

Thursday 1st November
Rory's 3rd birthday so a Birthday Tea Party with all the usuals

Friday 2nd November
Homemade Pizza

Saturday 3rd November
Chicken Kievs and Sweet Potato Mash

Sunday 4th November
Chinese Style Slow Cooked Brisket with Egg Fried Rice and Veg

Monday 5th November
Roast Chicken

Tuesday 6th November
Chipshop Chicken Curry

Wednesday 7th November
Lasagne

Thursday 8th November
Leftover Lasagne

Friday 9th November
Prawn and Pepper Stir Fry

Saturday 10th November
Two Cheese, Bacon and Pea Risotto

Sunday 11th November
Sausage Casserole

Meal Plan 15th October - 21st October 2012

Monday 15th October
Baked Risotto with Bacon and Peas

Tuesday 16th October
Smoked Salmon Kedgeree

Wednesday 17th October
Pasta with Porcini, Marsala and Marscapone

Thursday 18th October
Homemade Vegetable Soup with Cheese on Toast

Friday 19th October
Roast Chicken, Sweet Potato Mash and Cauliflower Cheese

Saturday 20th October
Chicken Curry

Sunday 21st October
Takeaway

Honey and Peanut Butter Flapjacks

These flapjacks are now my official weekday grab and go breakfast. I make a big batch on Sunday evening and I'm all set for the week. Oddly I don't really like peanut butter but it works well in this recipe. You can always substitute it for an extra 100g of ordinary butter if you wanted. A handful of raisins makes a nice addition too.

OTHER FLAPJACK RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKEBanana and Coconut Flapjacks from Jam and Clotted CreamCherry Oat Bars from A Mummy TooChocolate and Banana Flapjacks from Tinned TomatoesDark Choc Chip Flapjacks from Munchies and Munchkins
HONEY AND PEANUT BUTTER FLAPJACKS


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Honey and Peanut Butter Flapjacks by Beth Sachs October-8-2012 These flapjacks make a great grab and go breakfast or after school snack Ingredients 100g Butter100g Peanut Butter200g Demerera Sugar200g Clear Honey400g Rolled Oats Instructions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c and line and grease a 30 x 20cm tin.Step 2: Melt the butter, peanut butter, sugar and honey together…

Meal Plan 8th - 14th October 2012

A few old recipes from the blog this week, although I will be trying Nigella's Lamb Ragu from Nigellissima on Friday - I'm not a big lamb mince fan so I hope I am won over!

Whats everyone else cooking this week?

Monday 8th October
Chicken Tikka Masala and Basmati Rice

Tuesday 9th October
Curried Mince and Peas

Wednesday 10th October
Leftover Curried Mince and Peas

Thursday 11th October
Chicken Kievs with Garlic Sweet Potato Mash and Brocolli

Friday 12th October
Lamb Ragu with Spaghetti

Saturday 13th October
Homemade Pizza

Sunday 14th October
Spiced Pineapple Pork with Rice

Meal Plan 1st October 2012 - 7th October 2012

The coming weeks meal plan for the Jam and Clotted Cream household. What is everyone else having?


Monday 1st October
Macaroni Cheese Nigella Stylee

Tuesday 2nd October
Curried Mince and Peas with Rice

Wednesday 3rd October
Chorizo and Pea Risotto

Thursday 4th October
Spaghetti Bolognese

Friday 5th October
Roasted Pumpkin Frittata and Chips

Saturday 6th October
Scallops with Chorizo for me, Burgers for the hubby and kids!

Sunday 7th October
Roast of some description

Giveaway: New Zealand Honey Co (Better Breakfast Week)

Meal Plan 17th - 23rd September 2012

Apologies for lack of meal plan blog posts these last few weeks....I was in fact very organised and did have a meal plan but just didn't have time to post it!

On Wednesday hubby and I are off to see John Bishop at Plymouth Pavillions so I'm looking for some good restaurant suggestions if anyone has any.

Monday 17th September
Tomato and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Tuesday 18th September
BBQ Sausages and Beans with Green Veg

Wednesday 19th September
In Plymouth to see John Bishop

Thursday 20th September
Homemade Pizza

Friday 21st September
Chilli Con Carne

Saturday 22nd September
Leftover Chilli Pasta Bake

Sunday 23rd September
Family Meal

Courgette, Herb and Rice Filo Pie & Nigella!

I've been AWOL - sorry! Its not that I haven't been cooking, I have, but with everyone going back to school/nursery and me going back to work after the holidays I just haven't had any spare time to blog. We are back into the groove now though so I promise to have some new recipes (and competitions) on the blog for you shortly, I suspect with Nigellissima inspiration. Well, I couldn't have an incomplete Nigella cookbook collection could I.....


The recipe here is not a Nigella recipe, but instead has it's origins at River Cottage. I've tinkered as usual and varied the herbs that Hugh used. It's filling, hearty and hubby didn't even notice the lack of flesh!

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Courgette, Herb and Filo Rice Pie by Beth Sachs September-14-2012 A hearty vegetarian lunch dish Ingredients 500g Courgettes, grated75g Long grain rice1 small Red Onion, chopped100g Mature Cheddar, grated2 Egss, beaten2 TBSP Olive OilHandful Flat leaf parsley, choppedSmall handful …

Meal Plan 27th August - 2nd September 2012

Its back to normal school/work  routine next week and one way of making it less stressful is to batch cook and stock up the freezers with healthy home cooked meals. So this weeks meal plan is all about using up those odds and ends lurking in the freezers (I have two) and cupboards ready for a mass cooking session next weekend!
Monday 27th August
Indoor BBQ at Mum and Dads - typical Bank Holiday weather!!

Tuesday 28th August
Chorizo Risotto

Wednesday 29th August
Roast Chicken and Chips

Thursday 30th August
Homemade pizza's topped with leftover chorizo, chicken and red onion

Friday 31st August
Sausage Carbonara - a variation of this recipe using chorizo

Saturday 1st September
Macaroni Cheese - made with some of the cheeses Mum and Dad bought back from France.

Sunday 2nd September
If the weather is good we will take the kids to the beach - hopefully all the emmets will have returned home - so it will be picnic food.

Tuna Balls with Spicy Tomato Spaghetti

These tuna balls make a nice change from the usual beef meatballs I make. Lighter with a lemony freshness they are perfect for a warm summers evening. You can make the meatballs the day before and store in the fridge so all you have to do when you get home from work is quickly fry the meatballs, cook the spaghetti and heat up a jar of tomato and chilli pasta sauce (or your own homemade tomato sauce such as this one). A quick, easy and delicious family meal.

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Tuna Balls with Tomato Spaghetti by Beth Sachs August-23-2012 A lighter alternative to the usual beef meatballs. These tuna balls are spiked with lemon and chilli making them perfect for a summers evening. Ingredients 3 x 160g tins Tuna in brineHalf Lemon, zested75g Breadcrumbs2 Eggs, beaten1/2 TSP Dried Chilli FlakesJar of Tomato and Chilli Pasta Sauce100g Mature Cheddar, grated3 TBSP Creme Fraiche400g SpaghettiSmall handful Basil leaves, to serve Instructions Step 1: Mix the drained tuna, lemon zest, bread…

Giveaway: Seasonal Box from Knorr and Forman and Field

I've got another seasonal box from Knorr to giveaway to one reader. The box contains the ingredients needed to make Marco Pierre White's Spatchcock Chicken with Chipolatas and Rosemary - the recipe can be found on the Knorr website:  Box ingredients: 2 Baby Chickens Herbs Lemon Pack of Chipolata Sausages Onion Tart Burgers Knorr Stock Pots
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