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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How do we survive Christmas! That’s a interesting statement isn’t it?  How do we survive this time of the year with all the hustle and bustle ?  How do we end up at the start of a brand new year unscathed?  So how do we survive Christmas?  I would certainly not say I am a expert in answering these questions but being in my 40’s now and still standing I think I have done ok so far.  Here are a few things I have learnt along the way: 1 Budget This really has to be your first priority when considering…

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I love mince pies.  They just had to be my favourite part of Christmas.  I usually start making them mid November and make at least once batch a week.  I also make them as gifts for friends.  I think as you get older a festive gift of food is so much nicer.  To make my mince pies I use my Nan’s pastry recipe which is just perfect.  She was an amazing sweet pastry cook and everyone I know loved her mince pies.  Mine are good but will never taste like hers! To make the mincemeat and marzipan slice I have…

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Christmas Stress, why oh why do we stress over what is basically 1 day.  I never stress about Christmas at all.  Can’t understand why people do. It’s just one day with a roast bird slightly larger than your typical Sunday roast. Our kids worlds are not going to end if they don’t get everything they want. Christmas should be about fun and laughter not how much you can eat and drink, how much you spend and how fancy your decorations are. A lot have people have lost what this time of year should be about and if kids can’t have…

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Some days are meant to be spent in the warmth and comfort of your home, especially cold snowy days.  Days that when you look out of your window you have lost your road.  Days like this, believe me there really is a road under there: There are plenty of these type on during winter months, days when all you want to do is spend time with loved ones all wrapped up.  What’s not to love about sitting in the cosy comfort of your home waiting for Christmas to arrive? First of all I like to relax with a nice cup…

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