I love beef stew especially at this time of year.  All rich and warming.  I could eat it everyday!  I love adding mushrooms, onions and chopped tomatoes to it and serving it with mashed potatoes or sweet potato mash. When cooking beef stew I either cook in it the oven on a low heat for 3 to 4 hours or pop it in the slow cooker mid morning and let it cook all day.  Beef stew is an easy recipe to follow and even if you class yourself as not being able to cook you can easily make this hearty… View Post

When you think back on all of the delicious meals you have enjoyed over the span of your life, it’s likely that your run-of-the-mill mid-week lunch is not one of those list toppers. Often, our lunches that we carry with us to our offices are quickly thrown together the night before, and usually consist of easy-made recipes of leftover meat sandwiches and what we may constitute as “salad”. Boring, to say the least! Thankfully, technology has been advancing to aid us in every aspect of life, including our outlook on an office luncheon. Gone are the days of the business… View Post

Last week my dad took me out for Afternoon tea as a belated Christmas present.  I think its fair to say that I do like afternoon tea.  I have been luck to have been out for afternoon tea a number of times and every experience has been enjoyable but the top layer of treats have been varied and so delicious.  Its really hard to pick my favourite spread.  We had afternoon tea at Dunsley Hall hotel which is near Kinver in South Staffordshire. The old manor house which has been converted in to a hotel is stunning both inside and out… View Post

For the past few years every time we have eaten gammon I have waited until I have had some time spare to cook this wonderful glaze. Yes, it takes a while, not much prep or culinary skills required but you need to be around in the house for about 3 hours while it cooks and be able to spend little snippets of time paying the gammon a little attention. It really is a simple meal to make with a few simple ingredients. First you have to boil the gammon for about 1 1/2 hours. Pop it in a sauce pan… View Post

You know how it is, you haven’t had time to bake a Christmas cake but you don’t want a shop brought one but its far too late to make a cake.  Wrong.  With this easy to bake recipe this moist fruit  cake will be the centerpiece of your Christmas tea spread.  This cake can even be left until the day before to cook. Ingredients 1 x 400g (approximately) jar luxury mincemeat 50g glace cherries, quartered 175g dried mixed fruit 225g self-raising flour 3 level teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1½ level teaspoons mixed spice 150g spreadable butter 150g dark… View Post