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Marmalade Chicken

National Marmalade Week (organised by the World Marmalade Awards at Dalemain, Penrith) runs from the 28th February to the 6th March this year. To celebrate, one of the main sponsors of the awards, Mackays  asked me to develop a tasty recipe using one of their lovely range of marmalades.

We love marmalade here and my Marmalade Loaf is always a popular bake in this house but this time I wanted to create something altogether more savoury.

...and so this Marmalade Chicken recipe was born. It's a quick and easy meal for weeknight suppers taking less than half an hour to make. The marmalade caramelises as it cooks and produces a yummy sticky glaze for the chicken, which I served with rice and green beans. If you've got any half opened jars of marmalade crying out to be used then you need to try this recipe.

A big thanks to Mackays for sending me their range of marmalades to try and Happy National Marmalade Week!


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Marmalade Chicken
by Beth Sachs February…

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup

I've got an awful lot to thank my Mum for so when Waitrose asked if I would like to take part in their #ThanksMum campaign for Mothers Day I said yes without hesitation. In the run up to Mothers Day, Waitrose are asking their social communities to share the dish that their Mum cooks best and why it holds such special memories. Throughout the campaign, which runs from the 24th February to the 6th March 2016, Waitrose will be surprising participants with a number of gifts to make Mothers Day that extra bit special. Gifts include beautiful bouquets, delicious gift hampers and the grand prize of a day trip to Waitrose Cookery School in London, with their Mum. For information on how to enter have a look at their dedicated #ThanksMum page on their website.

My Mum has taught me so much over the years, much of which I'm only beginning to appreciate now that I've got a family of my own. Snapping up supermarket reductions, especially from Waitrose, is one that I've definitely t…

Giveaway - Fentimans Sparkling Lime and Jasmine

Fentimans, producers of fine additive free botanically brewed beverages, are just about to launch their first new product since 2013...and it's just a little bit nice! They kindly sent me some bottles of their brand new Sparkling Lime and Jasmine to try and also provide 6 bottles for a giveaway.

I've long been a fan of their Rose Lemonade and always pack a few bottles for our summer beach picnics, so I was really excited to be one of the first in the UK to try their new offering. The Sparkling Lime and Jasmine is a lovely refreshing adult soft drink, with the initial bitterness quickly offset by the botanical sweetness of Hyssop, Lime Flower and Juniper Berries.

For your chance to win 6 bottles of Fentimans Sparkling Lime and Jasmine just fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. UK entries only please.

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Meal Plan 22nd - 28th February 2016

Well, we've survived Disneyland Paris! We had a great time actually but if I could give one bit of advice to anyone thinking of going it would be to book the restaurants in advance (which I did over the phone before we went). Meal times were a bit chaotic in all the restaurants we ate in. We found it best to eat lunch early to avoid the crowds (at 12 noon) and in the evening eat outside the park in either Disney Village or your Disney Hotel  - much less stressful! Our highlight was the Disney Dreams spectacular at the end of every day but the kids really enjoyed the parade, which is held at 5:30pm daily. We'll probably go back in a couple of years when Heidi can appreciate it more.

As much as I like going away I'm a bit of a homebird at heart so was very pleased to get home last night, although not so pleased with the pile of washing I've got to do today. I've planned this weeks meals around some bits and bobs I've found in the freezer to make life easy.


Ginger and Marmalade Sponge

This Ginger and Marmalade Sponge recipe comes courtesy of a new cookbook published by Gracewell Healthcare. The collection of recipes have been put together with their elderly care home residents in mind and feature classic dishes (ones that my grandparents would have loved) such as Liver and Bacon, Beef Stew and Sole Veronique.

Gracewell, who run several care homes, champion the lives and health of the elderly people in their care and place great emphasis on home cooked nutritional meals to keep their residents, many of whom who have special dietary requirements, in the best health possible.

Gracewell asked me to preview the book and make a recipe from it so I choose this warming Ginger and Marmalade Sponge, which fits in well with marmalade week which starts on the 28th February. Everyone in the family loved this, especially my Dad who LOVES marmalade. Gracewell have their annual Taste of Gracewell event starting on the 5th March, where they open up their care homes (for example th…

Creamy Courgette and Pancetta Pasta

This is a quick and easy pasta dish packed full of flavour. The simple sauce is made from gently frying grated courgettes and garlic before stirring through creme fraiche and grated parmesan, which makes it lovely and creamy. The courgette sauce is then combined with cooked spaghetti before serving.

For a bit of extra flavour I added some grilled pancetta slices to the top of each bowl, which really enhanced the dish and gave it a nice crunch. Woodalls Charcuterie recently sent me some of their cured meats to try including the pancetta used here. The multi award winning Woodalls range currently includes 3 air dried hams, a cumberland salami (which is awesome on pizza) as well as this delicately smoked pancetta. Pork bellies are hand salted by master curer Colin Woodall and then allowed to rest for 7 days. They are then hung for a couple of days before being smoked. The product is air dried for a further 5 weeks and unlike  many pancetta's on the market can be eaten straight from …

Giveaway and Review - Get Fruity Bars

These fab Get Fruity bars are the brain child of fellow Cornish lady Davina Whiteoak. Davina grew up on a farm in Cornwall and after working in the food industry for 15 years decided to move back home to develop the Get Fruity Bar, a moist and nutritious fruit bar packed full of flavour.

The company started in her farmhouse kitchen but has now spread worldwide, selling as far away as the Middle East. The bars are gluten free and vegan and currently come in three different flavours including Juicy Apricot, Orange and Ginger, Scrumptious Strawberry and Moist Mixed Berry, with three new flavours launching soon.

I was lucky enough to be sent the whole range to try so I can vouch first hand for their deliciousness! The kids favourite was the Scrumptious Strawberry bar but I really enjoyed the Moist Mixed Berry packed full of blackcurrants and cranberries.

I've got a box of Get Fruity Bars to giveaway to one Jam and Clotted Cream reader. To enter just fill in the Rafflecopter widget bel…

Sweet Potato and Apple Muffins

I had a lovely new cookbook drop onto my doorstep last week. Holly Farrell, the author of Grow Your Own Cake believes your garden or allotment should be your new ingredients cupboard for baking the freshest, most delicious cakes and bakes. The book contains 50 mouth watering recipes, including classics such as carrot cake and beetroot brownies as well as more unusual recipes such as pea cheesecake and tomato cupcakes.

I'll be running a giveway to win a copy of the book very soon, but before I do I want to tickle your tastebuds just a little first.....

On first glance at the book the recipe that really caught my eye was an amazing sounding Rhubarb Crumble and Custard Cake. So, off I went in search of some early forced Rhubarb. Unfortunately 6 shops later and still empty handed I had to admit defeat this time. Don't worry, as soon as my Mother In Laws rhubarb is ready for harvesting  I'll be there with my knife!
Instead I decided upon these gorgeously moist Sweet Potato and…

Meal Plan 15th - 21st February 2016

Well half term has arrived...rather abruptly if I'm honest, but that's OK as we're off to Disneyland Paris at the end of the week. It's our first ever visit so excitement here is high, even between the adult members of the family!

It will frugal food for the first half of the week, before we head off on our little break ....where I'm sure we will stuff our faces (I've booked a full board meal plan). If anyone has any tips they would like to impart please feel free. Any must see's, must do's, things to avoid?

I hope you've all had a lovely Valentines Day - I'm about to enjoy a lovely 3 course meal cooked for me by hubby! I really hope he's cooked that chicken properly.

Monday 15th February
Chorizo and Pea Pilaf

Tuesday 16th February
Tuna Pasta Bake

Wednesday 17th February 
Fridge Bottom Frittata with Sweet Potato Chips and Salad

Thursday 18th February
Disneyland Paris

Friday 19th February
Disneyland Paris

Saturday 20th February
Disneyland Paris


Malty Mini Egg Crunch Bars

You've given up chocolate for Lent?... then this recipe probably isn't for you - it contains nearly half a kilo of the stuff! But my goodness it is SO GOOD.

There's been quite a lot of Creme Egg love in the blogosphere over the last few weeks, so not wanting Mini Eggs to be forgotten completely, I thought I'd develop this yummy malty mini egg crunch bar. It's got 3 types of chocolate (dark, milk and white), Maltesers, Mini Eggs and digestive biscuits all bound together with copious amounts of butter and syrup. I don't think I need to tell you it is absolutely yum (as well as very naughty) and I'm sure would go down well at a charity bake sale or birthday party tea.

The ingredients listed below make 16 squares in a 20x20cm tin but the recipe could easily be doubled if you are catering for a crowd. Once made they are best kept in the fridge until you want them and will last for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container.

 It's a super easy treat to make and…

Giveaway - We Love Tea Simplicitea Infuser

Mothers Day is on Sunday 6th March this year (put it in your diary!) and to celebrate, I've teamed up with the lovely We Are Tea guys to offer one lucky reader the chance to win their Simplicitea Infuser and Whole Rose Bud tea. I don't know many Mums/Nans/Great Grans that don't love a cup of tea so I'm sure this would be a well used and appreciated present for many.

A Bit About The Simplicitea Infuser
A must-have accessory for loose leaf tea fans, the innovative Simplicitea™ infuser means you can brew a perfect cup of loose leaf tea each and every time. Watch the beautiful tea leaves dance as they release their wonderful flavours, before you enjoy a fuss-free cup of top-quality tea.
We Are Tea is a speciality tea company that sources whole-leaf teas from artisan producers across the world. They have a range of over 40 teas from classic English breakfast to rare white teas and light green teas.   The company is on a mission to break down the barriers to speciality tea and …

Slow Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon

France has always held a soft spot in my heart. From the Pink Granite Coast around Plumanac'h where I spent many childhood holidays, to the sun, sea and cosmopolitan air of Nice on the French Riviera, it really does offer everything you could want, especially when it comes to food and drink.

Simple mussels in a garlicky white wine sauce in La Rochelle, a divine cassoulet in Toulouse... oh and I cant't forget the amazing tartiflette in Les Arc on a skiing trip. These are just a few of the French foodie memories that I've locked away for prosperity. But the best...well, that was an amazing clafouti aux cerises (Cherry Clafoutis) eaten with my then boyfriend (now husband) in Canal St Martin, Paris - an area just north of the famous Le Marais district. It was silky, creamy, almondy and utterly sublime. Such a simple dessert but made to perfection.

Given all of these fond memories of France, when Expedia asked me to develop a French themed Valentines Day menu, I didn't quite …

Mini Berry Cheesecake Hearts

Here's a cute little Valentines Day cheesecake recipe for you to try this weekend. Whilst spring cleaning my kitchen cupboards on Sunday I stumbled upon some foil heart baking cases in the cupboard that were crying out to be used in a heart shaped Valentines bake.....and who doesn't love a baked cheesecake, especially when they look so pretty?
If you haven't got any heart shape cases - don't panic. Muffin cases (placed in a muffin tin) work just fine too and once unpeeled leave a lovely edge to the cheesecakes. The ingredient amounts stated below make 12 of my heart shaped cheesecakes (my foil heart cases are about 6cm diameter) but if you are using the muffin cases it makes about 18. That might sound a lot but they keep in the fridge for about a week and you can also freeze them so you are never too far away from a yummy baked berry cheesecake.

Pin the Mini Berry Cheesecake Hearts for later ...

Why not treat your loved ones to this deliciously rich and creamy dessert…

Green 'Blobby' Slime Monster Pancakes

Happy Pancake Day everyone - one of my favourite foodie days of the year. This year we're celebrating the release of  Hotel Transylvania 2 on Blu Ray and DVD with some green and healthy 'Blobby' Slime Monster pancakes (Blobby is a green jelly-like monster from the film). The pancakes are packed full of goodness with spinach, spring onion and herbs and are super easy for the kids to help with. Usually my children would turn their noses up at anything green, especially since the recent cookie and avocado incident, but they seemed much more receptive to Slime Monster pancakes and they duly gobbled them up! Calling food silly names  might just be my new tactic when I'm trying to get them to eat something they 'think' they don't like. I'll let you know how I get on with that.

The Hotel Transylvania sequel reunites ‘Drac’s Pack’ of loveable characters, led by “Vampa” Drac (Adam Sandler, Grown-Ups) as they try to put Mavis (Selena Gomez, Spring Breakers) and Jo…

Meal Plan 8th - 14th February 2016

It's a busy foodie week with Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday and Valentines Day all happening within the next 7 days...oh and it's also Bramley Apple week too! You'll be pleased to know I've made some Apple Crumble Bars to celebrate!

Here's what's cooking....

Monday 8th February
Slow Cooker Chinese Chicken Curry for Chinese New Year

Tuesday 9th February
Cheesy Mushroom Pancake Bake for Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday 10th February
Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

Thursday 11th Februrary
Cheats Chicken Kiev's with Sweet Potato and Halloumi Bake

Friday 12th February
Eating out with friends. The kids are having pizza

Saturday 13th February
Beef Bourguignon

Sunday 14th February - Valentines Day!
Apparently my husband is cooking me a 3 course meal - should be interesting!

Roast Beef with Onion Gravy and Mustard Yorkies

Did you know it's National Yorkshire Pudding Day on Sunday? No?... neither did I until a few days ago! I don't think there's anything better on a lazy Sunday afternoon than tucking into a lovely piece of Welsh Beef, yorkies and all the trimmings. I always cook double the quantity so we can have leftover roast on a Monday. The kids have swimming lessons at different times this term which means eating at different times too. I don't like it but there's no way my 10 month old and 6 year old could wait for their big sister, so it's ding cuisine all the way!

This recipe notches up the flavours a bit with a lovely caramelised onion gravy for the Welsh Beef and a good dollop of wholegrain mustard in the yorkshire pudding batter. These few little tweaks make a huge difference to the end taste. I hope you'll celebrate National Yorkshire Pudding Day with me this year by making a yummy roast beef dinner.