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Showing posts from February, 2017

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…

10 Things To Do After You Hit Publish

This is a bit of a departure from my usual recipes, but I've finally got around to writing a blog post about blogging.

Jam and Clotted Cream has been in existence for very nearly 9 years now, which is a miracle in itself as I'm not usually one for sticking at something that long - I must really love it! Although it's still just a hobby for me (I'm a Town Planner in 'real life'), I feel I've acquired a lot of knowledge on the subject of blogging over the last few years and thought it was about time I shared some of that with newbie bloggers out there or people who are thinking about starting a blog.

With so much competition in the blogosphere, I learnt the hard way that even if you write the most amazing post with fantastic photo's, without promotion, it wont go anywhere. Over time I developed a 10 point checklist for myself to work through once I hit that publish button and I've found it really useful in keeping me focused. After all, there's n…

Meal Plan 6th - 12th February 2017

We're nearly there!! It's half term next week and I for one am looking forward to a break from school runs, clubs, work and doing 5 lunchboxes every day. I'm trying to plan a few local days out with the kids and I've noticed that RHS Rosemoor in Torrington have got a special weather activities programme over half term that Lowen and Rory will enjoy, so we'll definitely be making a trip there. We might also try and get to The Milky Way near Bideford too and in between I'm going to try and tackle some gardening if the weather allows. I'm desperate to mow the lawns but it's still too soggy at the moment.

On the cooking front I made a really yummy Slow Cooker Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry on Saturday (which we ate in front of the Rugby) and I've also frozen half to have later this week. I didn't bother browning any of the onion/garlic mix or chicken but despite this, it turned out perfectly, so a real chuck it all in and leave it recipe - I love t…

Ham, Cheese & Herb Savoury Muffins

Welly Foods, producers of yummy ham and chicken products, recently asked me to develop a recipe for their New Year #ThrifyEats campaign. To combat the post Christmas blues, Welly Foods will be sharing tips and tricks on how to reduce your shopping bill and also food waste during February, as well as showcasing several thrifty recipes from UK food bloggers like myself.

These yummy Ham, Cheese and Herb Savoury Muffins fit the #ThriftyEats campaign ethos perfectly. We all know packing lunchboxes for your kids every day can work out very expensive, especially if you always buy pre-packaged food. These homemade savoury muffins however, utilise ingredients you will probably already have in your store cupboard and fridge so they make the perfect homemade frugal snack for little ones lunches whilst at the same time saving you the pennies.

This is a great base recipe that you can add too and I give some ideas below on how to create new flavour combinations to suit what your children like. The…