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Earl Grey Infused Chocolate Pots

Chocolate Pots have to be one of the easiest desserts to make (you would have to try really hard to get them wrong)....and unfortunately for the waistline, they are even easier to eat. These Chocolate Pots do have a little twist though, which sets them apart from other chocolate pot recipes and ensures a bit more of an adult taste. The Chocolate Pots here have been infused with a hint of Earl Grey tea and taste absolutely divine, especially if you're a fan of the chocolate orange combo.

O-Teas, a UK based speciality tea company, sent me some of their tea range to sample recently (I'm in love with their ginger tea which is so warming) and challenged me to use their Earl Grey tea in one of my recipes, hence these Chocolate Pots were born. This quintessentially British tea is typically a black tea, flavoured with oil from the rind of a bergamot orange. If you didn't know, bergamot is an intensely flavoured citrus fruit somewhere between the flavour of an orange and lemon, wi…

Meal Plan 15th - 21st August 2016

I can't believe the school holidays are nearly half over already! At least the weather is looking up this week -  I just hope it lasts until next weekend as we're off to a wedding in Bristol. We've decided to drive up and back in a day so we don't have to fork out on a Hotel.... I forsee three very tired children on Sunday!

The kids have christened their new wetsuits today - a fab little buy from Aldi's new store in Bideford - I'll definitely be shopping there as often as I can. The choice of fruit and veg looked a lot better than my local Lidl.

Anyway on to this weeks meal plan. I'm working on a few commissioned posts this week so I've tried to incorporate them into my 'plan' where I can. What's everyone else cooking/baking this week?

Monday 15th August
Smoked Salmon and Runner Bean Pasta

Tuesday 16th August
Pea Risotto

Wednesday 17th August
Lamb Skewers with Pita Bread, Hummus and Salsa

Thursday 18th August
Slow Cooker Lemon and Garlic Chicke…

Giveaway: A Month's Supply of Kelly's Ice Cream

I recently took part in the Kelly's of Cornwall Ice Cream Scooping Challenge which is running throughout the whole of August. The aim of the challenge was to come up with a brand new Ice Cream Sundae recipe to tickle the taste buds. I obliged (obviously, because who can refuse proper Cornish Ice Cream) and came up with this amazing Strawberry Honeycomb 'Cheesecake' Sundae recipe using their Honeycomb Crunch Ice Cream.



Kelly's have kindly given me a month's supply of Ice Cream vouchers to giveaway on my blog so one of you can enjoy a bowl (or several bowls in this case) of their yummy Cornish Ice Cream this summer. You could even try recreating my Strawberry Honeycomb 'Cheesecake' Sundae recipe, or perhaps invent a new Sundae recipe of your own.

To enter the giveaway all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. UK entrants only please.

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Strawberry Honeycomb 'Cheesecake' Sundae

Kelly's of Cornwall, makers of yummy Cornish ice cream got in touch recently to see if I'd like to get involved with their Summer Scooping Challenge...er yes! The aim of the challenge was to create an Ice Cream Sundae recipe using some of their products, that would act as the perfect summer dessert.

If you know me, you will know my absolute favourite summer dessert is cheesecake - I could it eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner given the chance....and I did once! So with cheesecake firmly in mind I set about making a Strawberry 'Cheesecake' Ice Cream Sundae and ended up creating something truly amazing. They were so good I ate both myself - the kids didn't get a look in.

I used a Honeycomb Crunch ice cream for this recipe to give it some added crunchiness but a normal vanilla or strawberry would work well too. I also wanted the ice cream to be quite soft, to try and emulate the texture of a traditional cheesecake, so I took the ice cream out of the freezer about…

Cornish Splits with Jam and Clotted Cream

Traditional Cornish Splits ..... just a little bit yummy don't you think? Being Cornish I'm obviously biased but they really do tickle my taste buds with the sweet doughy-ness of the roll, the silky smooth clotted cream and the tangy fruit jam. These beauties are super easy to make too, especially if you've got a breadmaker handy, but the dough can be made by hand if you prefer. There is just something really comforting and homely about splits. The sweet, yeast levened rolls were traditionally piled high and wrapped in tea towels then 'split' with finger and thumbs ready for their glorious crowning with jam and clotted cream. Understandably they were everyone's favourite tea time treat in these parts but have lost favour in recent years due to the popularity of the scone. It's definitely time for a split revival!

If jam and clotted cream doesn't tickle your fancy as a filling, you could always try a thunder and lightening split, which is clotted cream …

Meal Plan 8th -14th August 2016

We enjoyed a weekend of Olympics action here and have a busy week ahead. Picnics on the beach (weather permitting), a double sleepover for my eldest two, a trip to The Milky Way, a swimming party, Rockpooling with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and some much needed gardening and cleaning at home....who said the summer holidays were relaxing?! It's just the way I like it to be honest...busy busy busy.

Food wise I'm trying to clear out one of my freezers so I can give it a much needed defrost session - I thought new freezers were meant to be self defrosting? Just another job on the to do list!

Monday 8th August
Thai Red Prawn Curry with Basmati Rice

Tuesday 9th August
Tortellini Pasta Soup

Wednesday 10th August
Homemade Kievs, Wedges and Broccoli

Thursday 11th August
Smoked Salmon and Pea Risotto

Friday 12th August
Slow Cooker Pork Fillet, Sweet Potato Mash, Runner Beans

Saturday 13th August
Panini's, Coleslaw and Salad

Sunday 14th August
Leftovers....or maybe a trip to the pub

Pudim De Leite Condensado to celebrate Rio2016

Finally, they have arrived! We're a sport mad household here so the Rio Olympics have been greatly anticipated for quite a while. Tonight, it will all begin in the iconic Maracana stadium with Andy Murray carrying the Union Jack flag during the opening ceremony..... can't wait!

To celebrate the start of the Olympics I've cooked up a Brazilian feast to enjoy this evening. We'll be tucking into Brazil's national dish Feijoada, a stew made with black beans, beef and pork and finishing our meal with this traditional Brazilian milk flan dessert, made with condensed milk, eggs and whole milk. Pudim De Leite Condensado is traditionally made in a bundt tin but I used 4 large ramekins instead and it worked pretty well. Very much like a creme caramel in taste and texture, the tropical fruits give it a lovely tangy twist.



Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy the weeks of sport ahead! We certainly will.

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Pudim De Leite Condensado by Beth Sachs August-5-2016 A Brazil…

Sweet Potato Macaroni Cheese

Foolishly, I've been trotting along quite happily thinking there was nothing I could do to better my classic Mac n Cheese recipe. It tastes great, it's never let me down, it's a great carrier of leftover ham and all sorts of vegetables, the kids like it, hubby likes it, I love it....turns out though, I could better it.

THIS little beauty is my new favourite Macaroni Cheese recipe, containing the quite unlikely ingredient of sweet potatoes. It has an unusual but highly addictive smoky sweet flavour, thanks to the sweet potatoes and smoked paprika in the sauce, but it's also intensely creamy and indulgent. Not one, but two cheeses are used in this one, the classic extra mature cheddar and also crumbled salty feta which contrasts so well with the sweetness of the potatoes.

The colour is a rather vibrant orange, which makes it look like it's been made with fake plastic burger cheese, but if you can get past the lurid colour you wont be disappointed. There is absolutel…

Giveaway: Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine™ Egg poacher

Poached eggs are my nemesis. I just can't get it right whatever I try. So when Joseph Joseph, the innovative household product specialists approached me to try out their M-Cuisine™ Egg poacher I couldn't refuse. The M-Cuisine™ Egg poacher is simply a microwave egg poacher which makes cooking poached eggs a doddle. 2 Eggs can be cooked to perfection in just over a minute, so you are never too far away from a healthy snack of poached eggs on toast.

Joseph Joseph have kindly given me an M-Cuisine™ Egg poacher to give away to one of my readers. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. UK entrants only please.

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Smoked Haddock and Garlic Prawn Kedgeree

Torrential downpours have been pretty much the order of the day here. It's rained solidly for 11 hours and heavy enough to interrupt the satellite signal. This meant I had to deal with three over-tired children (we were at a music festival until very late last night) with no Peppa Pig to help me out. On a positive note I did receive a couple of nice parcels in the post today, one of them being a great little gadget from Joseph Joseph to try out - the M Cuisine Egg Poacher.

I love eggs, but poached eggs are my downfall. They NEVER go right. I've tried all the tricks. I've even asked my Mother to watch me make them to understand where I'm going wrong...but no, still not got the knack. Hopefully then, the arrival of the microwaveable egg poacher will mean I can put my past failures to bed!


Instructions are simple. Just fill the compartments with water, crack in an egg (you can make 2 at a time), cover with a bit more water and microwave for just over a minute....it reall…