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Celebrate National Tea Day with English Tea Shop's Luxury Organic Collection + Giveaway

With over 165 million cups of tea brewed daily in the UK , it’s no surprise having a cuppa has become a Great British tradition and is proudly celebrated each year on National Tea Day (this year on the 21st April). To celebrate, speciality organic tea company, English Tea Shop, has kindly given one Jam and Clotted Cream reader the chance to win a Luxury Organic Gift Tin (pictured above).

The Luxury Organic Collection contains 72 individually wrapped pyramid tea bags and features a diverse range of classics to more unusual herbal varieties. The range includes:

Organic and Fairtrade English Breakfast: A pure Ceylon black tea sure to quench any thirst for a proper English brew Organic and Fairtrade Earl Grey: A quintessentially British tea delicately flavoured with bergamot Organic and Fairtrade Green Tea: A delicate and refreshing blend of 100% organic and Fairtrade green tea Organic and Fairtrade Peppermint: A revitalising and delicious tea packed full of antioxidants Organic Chocolate…

Carrot & Zingy Lime Cupcakes + Mary Berry Homeware Competition

Happy Easter everyone! This April my favourite TV cook Mary Berry has just launched a brand new range of homewares and I've got a really easy Easter inspired competition for you to enter to be in with a chance of winning the range (which includes a cake stand, cake plates, cake forks and a set of two mugs).

More about the competition below but first I want to tell you about these fab Carrot and Zingy Lime Cupcakes with a Cream Cheese Frosting which I've made for the long Easter weekend.

The cupcakes use a melting method, so it's as easy as putting the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan, melting it over a low heat and stirring in the rest of the ingredients. The frosting is my super simple cream cheese frosting with some shop bought sugar carrots to decorate on top - of course you can make your own if you want to. The lime zest really makes these cupcakes and you could always sprinkle some extra zest on top of the icing for extra zing! Read on for the recipe and how to enter…

Chocolate Easter Eggs & Bunnies from M&S

M&S recently asked us if we'd like to try some of their Easter Eggs from the 2017 range. Err...yes please, it's a hard job but somebody has to do it! 😋😋😋

As you can imagine the kids were delighted when the delivery man arrived on our doorstop with this lot and they wasted no time in ripping open the packaging and tucking in.

Here's what we thought....

Bennet Bunny (£16)

A HUGE life size Swiss Chocolate Bunny weighing in at a whopping 900g. This would easily be enough chocolate for 2 or 3 kids! The chocolate is lovely and creamy and I'm afraid to say Mr Bennet Bunny lasted less than 24 hours in this house, thanks to the kids and their friends from around the village (they seemed to descend on my house once word had got around we had a giant chocolate bunny in residence).

It really is very big so it's perfect to give as a family present, or alternatively you could just sit in a corner eating it's body parts one by one. I thought the ears tasted the best.

Shake Up UK Coffee Week with Kahlua Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini is one of the UK’s best-selling cocktails and with UK Coffee Week just around the corner (10th-16th April), Kahlua is giving you the perfect excuse to indulge in your favourite cocktail.

As an official sponsor of UK Coffee Week, Kahlua will be donating 10p from every Espresso Martini sold in participating bars to Project Waterfall throughout the week. So swap your usual latte for a Kahlua Expresso Martini and help donate to a fantastic cause at the same time. Now in its 7th year, UK Coffee Week is a nationwide fundraising campaign that takes place in thousands of coffee shops and bars across the country with 100% of the donations going to Project Waterfall, an initiative dedicated to bringing clean water facilities to coffee growing communities.

Kahlua, the original coffee liqueur and official spirit sponsor of UK Coffee Week, is extremely proud of its heritage and is delighted to be involved in the initiative which helps give back to the coffee-growing communiti…

Creamy Cider Braised Sausages

Whether sizzling away in a spitting hot pan or served freshly charred from a summer barbeque, sausages are a comforting staple of many homes up and down the country. We certainly love sausages in this house, so when MOR contacted us to see if we’d like to try out their new range of lower fat sausages of course we said yes!

MOR have been carefully crafted to be just as succulent, juicy, and utterly delicious as everyone's favourite pork sausages, while also introducing exciting new flavours that bring something just a little bit different to the dinner table. Each of the four unique MOR recipes blend high-quality British meat with nutritious vegetables, fragrant herbs, and delicate spices, creating lower-fat sausages that taste absolutely fantastic.

With flavours such as Mediterranean Chicken, Moroccan Spiced Pork, Pork & Lentil and Pork, Beetroot &  Bramley Apple, MOR can be served with everything from mashed potato to pasta and rice

In this Creamy Braised Cider Sausage re…

Chewy Chocolate Mini Egg Blondie Bars

Following on from the success of last years Mini Egg Crunch Bars (aka Easter Rocky Road), I wanted to develop a new mini egg creation in time for Easter (we much prefer mini eggs to creme eggs in this house!).

These Chewy Chocolate Mini Egg Blondie Bars are squidgy, chocolatey and absolutely yummy and would make an ideal bake for the Easter weekend.  We are away in the Lake District the week before Easter (our first trip to the Lakes!), so I've made a batch of these and stashed them away in the freezer ready to pull out as soon as we get home from our hols.

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING MINI EGG BLONDIE BARSThe mixture is very sticky so I found it easier to press it into the tin with my hand. Make sure you spread it out to all the corners.I added 100g milk chocolate chips to the mixture but you could add white or dark choc chips if you prefer.Reserve some of the mini eggs for scattering on top, but make sure you press them into the mixture slightly to stop them burning.These bars freeze re…

Meal Plan 20th - 26th March 2017

I haven't posted a meal plan for a while but judging by the state of our bank account, this week will need to be frugal! We've just booked an Easter break to the Lake District (our first ever visit), hence the rather dire money situation. This week we'll be living out of the cupboards and freezer (barring fresh fruit and milk) so the meal plan is full of cheap, healthy and easy meals to tide us over until payday on Friday.

As well as spending much of the weekend working out our Lake District itinerary (and watching the Rugby obviously), I've also done a bit of Easter baking. Following on from the success of last years Mini Egg Crunch Bars, I've developed another mini egg creation. I'll pop the recipe for the Chewy Chocolate Mini Egg Blondies on the blog next week so keep an eye out.

WHAT WE'RE EATING THIS WEEKMonday 20th March Veggie Noodle Stir Fry
Tuesday 21st March Chorizo, Bean and Sweet Potato Stew
Wednesday 22nd March Macaroni Cheese with Bacon
Thursday …

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Potato Korma

I'm back (promise this time!) after a rather longer than intended blogging break. A break that was meant to last a week to coincide with the kids half term, somehow turned into a month (ooops). If there is such a thing as Bloggers Burn Out, I definitely had it. Back raring to go now though!

I'm kicking off my return to all things blogging with this yummy and super easy Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Potato Curry. This recipe is perfect for fussy veggie hating little ones as the sweet potato cubes almost melt into the korma sauce, creating a lovely thick, tasty and nutritious curry, with hardly any visible signs of sweet potato (you can mash up the last little bits if any remain...can you tell I have a fussy one to contend with myself!?).

I cheat and use a good quality korma curry paste in this, but if you have the time and inclination feel free to make your own.

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THIS SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND SWEET POTATO CURRYTry adding butternut squash cubes instead or as…

Vanilla Fudge Cupcakes

I've temporarily (or so I hope) lost my blogging mojo. I took a week off at half term as I was also on annual leave from my day job and quite frankly needed a rest...and I'm currently struggling to get back into it. I've done loads of cooking over the past few weeks but haven't felt the urge to set up my camera and blog any of the recipes - although I wish I had taken some photo's of the Spinach and Sweet Potato soup I made on Monday! I'll just have to make that again I guess.

I thought I'd break myself back in gently with some cupcakes I made a while ago but never got around to publishing. Everyone loves a light and fluffy cupcake with a smooth and creamy butter icing don't they? These yummy Fudge Cupcakes make the perfect after school treat or bake sale offering (Red Nose Day is not too far off!) and are super simple to make. Enjoy!

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE CUPCAKESThe recipe can be easily doubled to feed a crowd.The un-iced cupcakes can frozen for u…

Meal Plan 20th - 26th February 2017

I took a much needed break from blogging last week to enjoy half term off with the kids. I managed to give the house a good spring clean (two car loads to the dump and one to the charity shop) and we even squeezed in a day trip to London on Friday - which from Cornwall is no mean feat! We left the house at 6:45am and drove to Exeter to catch the train, did a whirlwind tour of the main sites before getting home at 11:30pm. It was a looooong day but the kids loved it and we even caught a glimpse of Prince Charles as he drove out of Buckingham Palace. I'm tempted to take them back for the day in May half term to do the museums.

Back to the reality of school runs and clubs this week, although I'm not back to the day job until the 27th (yipee)!  I'm hoping to use the time whilst at the kids are at school and nursery, to create lots of new yummy recipes for the blog, which will be a lot more relaxing than having to do all my recipe development in the evenings. Keep your eyes pe…

Valentines Day Chocolate Brownie Hearts

I'm not really into Valentines Day - it's a bit commercialised for me, but even though hubby and I don't celebrate (it's been about 10 years since we last went out for a meal on Valentines Day I think), I do like to make a bit of effort these days for the kids.

If you're of my persuasion and not really fussed about it, but feel like you ought to make the effort for your loved one or the kids, these easy chocolate brownie hearts are the perfect recipe for you!

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING A CHOCOLATE BROWNIE HEART PLATTERI added some fudge pieces to the brownie batter but  you could use chopped up chocolate bars (Mars Bars and Double Decker's work well), dried fruit or nuts instead (in the same quantity as I used the fudge).I made a quick salted caramel sauce to drizzle over the brownie hearts and the red raspberries added a nice colour contrast. You could even use a shop bought sauce or coulis and decant it into a nice jug.Once out of the oven, chill the brownies for a…