Pancakes! I just love them. I love sweet ones with lemon and sugar and also savoury ones with chicken and leek in a white sauce being a huge favourite. Pancakes really are easy to make from scratch and are much cheaper than using a ready made batter. To make crepe pancakes you will need: 100g plain flour 2 large eggs 300ml milk Pinch of salt Oil for cooking Lemon and sugar to serve To make the pancakes: Beat the eggs together and mix in the milk Let the batter chill in the fridge for at least an hour Add the…

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I’m not sure if you have a starter or not with your Christmas lunch but even if you don’t this classic and simple to make prawn cocktail is a lovely addition to any meal or as a main for a light lunch.  This recipe is 5 simple ingredients: Pre cooked prawns Lettuce Mayonnaise Tomato ketchup Lemon wedges No cooking is required which makes this starter an ideal recipe for the kids to make when you are busy cooking the turkey and all the trimmings.  If you have purchased frozen prawns please make sure they are thoroughly defrosted before eating.  They…

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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…

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One of the most stressful things about Christmas is cooking the Christmas dinner.  Getting everything cooked perfectly at the same time; the turkey, the roast potatoes, the sprouts, the stuffing.  The list goes on and on.  Let’s face it, we all want everything perfect and piping hot when Christmas dinner is served. The lovely people over at Hello fresh have cleverly done all the timings for you!  What could be simpler than following their perfectly timed plan to have the perfect family Christmas dinner?  All you need to do is pop over to their Christmas Dinner page and sign up…

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Everyone loves an easy dessert.  One that is quick to make but looks and tastes like you have taken forever to make.  This is a cheat’s chocolate and fresh raspberry trifle with no cooking or baking involved. Chocolate roll or chocolate cake 200g of dark chocolate Punnet of raspberries Seedless raspberry jam 250g Mascarpone cheese 400g tinned custard 275ml double cream Cut the chocolate cake in to slices and spread with the raspberry jam then place them in to a trifle dish.  Sprinkle over the raspberries. Break up dark chocolate and melt all apart from 1 chunk.  Whilst the chocolate…

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