Food & Recipes

Christmas Recipes: Cranberry Chocolate Chip Blondies

Christmas Recipes: Cranberry Chocolate Chip Blondies

A quick recipe for a guaranteed Christmas treat that will keep everybody in high spirits! MAKES: a single 8”x8” pan, 9 to 12 generous squares PREP TIME: five minutes COOK TIME: about 24 to 26 minutes, or till completed TOTAL TIME: about 90 minutes, for cooling   INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted 1 large egg 1 cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract 1/2 tea... »

App Shows You What 200 Calories Look Like

App Shows You What 200 Calories Look Like

Did you know that for the 200 calories in half a blueberry muffin, there’s the same in more than a pint of blueberries. And that’s the sole point of Calorific, an iOS app by interaction designers Nic Mulvaney and Tim Diacon. It shows you what 200 calories looks like in 144 appropriately portioned food and drink photographs. In essence, it’s a slide show. You swipe to find out a different 200 calor... »

Cook savvy: beef & spinach burritos

Cook savvy: beef & spinach burritos

Here’s an everyday recipe that’s easy to make, is very tasty and the whole family can enjoy.   Takes: 15 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 tsp vegetable oil 1/2 x 750g beef mince 1 x 250g pack wholegrain microwave rice 475g frozen spinach 1 x 290g tin hot and spicy beans 4 x seeded tortilla wraps, warmed 50g grated mature cheddar 6 tbsp fat-free natural yoghurt (optional) Hot or sweet ... »

Autumn inspired cocktail

Autumn inspired cocktail

This cocktail is so quick and simple to make! To make 6 drinks you will need: 180ml vodka, 600ml chilled cloudy apple juice, 1.2ltr chilled ginger beer, 2 finely sliced Pink Lady apples and ice cubes to serve. To start mix the vodka, cloudy apple juice, ginger beer and half of the apple slices in a large jug. Add some ice cubes into each glass and pour the cocktail over the ice. Add the remaining ... »

September Harvest  – Blackberry Pudding

September Harvest – Blackberry Pudding

The British blackberry season runs from May to November, with the berries being at their best between August and October. An easy yet impressive pudding to make with these juicy and sweet berries is the Blackberry Pudding. Ingredients 500g  blackberries plus 8 to garnish 5 tbsp caster sugar 1 lemon, zested 1/2 loaf white sliced bread   Method 1. Add the blackberries, sugar and lemon zest into... »

‘Savvy’ ways to cut your food

‘Savvy’ ways to cut your food

Do you know the easiest way to open that banana? Or how’s best to get the most juice out of that lime?   I’m sure we’ve all had problems cutting up certain foods like: Artichokes – how do you get right to the heart? Bananas – how to open them without squishing the top? Onions – how to cut them up without it all coming apart? Limes – what’s the best way to squeeze all that juice out without a ... »

Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

This simple recipe is a great way to introduce children to cooking and they’ll love the end result!   Serves: 30 Ready in: 22 mins Prep time: 10-15 mins plus 15 mins in fridge Cooking time: 10-12 mins    Ingredients 150g softened unsalted butter 150g  white caster cane sugar 1 medium egg yolk 275g self-raising flour 100g  dark or milk cooking chocolate chips     Method Pr... »

Un-Fried Chicken

Un-Fried Chicken

Ingredients 1 cup buttermilk1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Louisiana Hot Sauce4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in halfSalt and black pepper1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs3 tablespoons grated Parmesan1 lemon, quartered, plus 1 tablespoon lemon zest1 teaspoon red pepper flakes Directions Combine the buttermilk and hot sauce in a shallow bowl. Season the chicken with salt and black pepper and submer... »

Meal planners – a great way to get organised, reduce waste and save money!

Meal planners – a great way to get organised, reduce waste and save money!

All of the main supermarkets have a variety of meal planners available on their websites for you to follow or adapt to your tastes, with the added benefit of being able to add the ingredients to your basket. They are a great way to keep dinners interesting whilst keeping costs down and food waste to a minimum.   1. Store cupboard By keeping your store cupboard stocked up on key ingredients like se... »

Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

Ingredients: 1 lemon1/2 cup low-fat milk1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, plus 2 whole sprigs4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed2 pounds bone-in skinless chicken legs and thighs2 slices whole wheat bread, (3-ounces)1/4 cup yellow cornmeal2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, optionalSalt and freshly ground black pepper Cooking Instructions:... »

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