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Turn out M&S are offering a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings for four people for just ten pounds! Thats £2.50 each for your house to have a perfect send before you all jet off home for Christmas with your families. 

Offer only applies in store so get down there asap! 

Merry Christmas

 

honeycomb birthday brittle

Honeycomb has such a sweet taste and texture. This cake would be the perfect treat for the run up to Christmas. Enjoy with a nice cup of warm cider or mulled wine. Perfect!

cozywalls

You know those cozy hexagonal structures of wax made by bees to store their precious goods, including honey? How perfect that this honey brittle recipe also takes on the appearance of its former storage home: the honeycomb! Martha Stewart’s recipe for Honeycomb Brittle has been close to the top of my “I want to make this recipe” mountain since I spied it a few years ago.

All that time I had no idea that I was just four ingredients away from a little kitchen science and my new favorite brittle recipe.  The mixture explodes in the pot when baking soda is added at the last minute, which accounts for is delightful airiness. It’s also easy to break apart once it hardens; if you’d like a little more control over the shapes of the shards, just score the brittle with a knife beforehand.

Next time I will add walnuts or almonds…

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Winter Warmer

Chicken Breast wrapped in Bacon is a perfect dish for the winter that has approached us. If you’re worrying about the chicken being expensive we have the perfect solution. Grab yourself a bag of frozen chicken and defrost on breast in the morning prior to the meal, it will cost so much less than fresh chicken breast!

Wrap the bacon round the chicken and cover with foil, pop that in the oven for 30-35 mins and it will come out smell delicious. Tasty Green vegetables go accompany the dish perfectly!Image

november golden pear cake

Everyone deserves a sweet treat every now and then. We think this is the perfect cake to have afternoon tea with. We can’t think of a better way for students to take a break from a hard afternoon of studying than with a slice of cake and a cup of tea. Enjoy!

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“Because it was cozy, simple, and delicious,” she said.

I get giddy when people think of me when they discover a new recipe, so you can imagine my delight when my friend Jillian wrote to me about her experience in the kitchen making October Apple Cake. We agreed that the possibilities for variations on this recipe were ripe, and this is how the November Golden Pear Cake came to be.

I changed up the modest ingredient list to make my own perfectly sweet & gluten free autumnal cake with pears, substituting oat flour with rice flour and swapping out the chocolate chunks with cubes of buttery caramel. Can I describe a dessert cake as both delicate and hearty? I hope so, because this recipe seems to fit those descriptions, and when sliced in wedges, it radiates like the golden November sunshine.

Enjoy, serve, or gift the November Golden Pear…

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Pea Soup Andersen’s Inspired Slow Cooker Pea Soup

This pea soup is the perfect winter warmer. It’s quick, easy and healthy so it’s perfect for students. Just team it with some crusty bread for a fuss-free hearty meal.

The Hungry Artist


It’s getting colder each day here in New York — you know what that means:  Perfect soup weather!  It’s our favorite thing to eat this time of year.

Jamie’s favorite soup – vegetable soup with alphabet pasta – inspired me to write and illustrate Soup Day.

Other tasty soups to warm you in cold weather:

French Onion Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

Creamy Green Soup

Butternut Squash Harvest Soup

Last week I was going through our pantry to collect food to donate to areas in our neighborhood which had been had been hit hard by the hurricane.  Among the things I came across was a half filled container of dried peas. I had no idea which presidential administration they were from– perhaps the Clinton era?  I decided to risk it and try to make some pea soup in my slow cooker.
A lot of recipes I came across called…

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Memory boost

150ml of milk

4tbsps of ground almonds

4tbsps pumpkin seeds 

Handful of spinach

Handful of blueberries

3 apples

4 ice cubes

Need to focus your mind for a deadline? A study showed blueberry smoothies increased concentration by 20%. Almonds and pumpkin seeds are rich in omega 3 and vitamin E, which aid memory, as do the folic acid and vitamin B in the spinach. 

Afternoon pick-me-up

150g natural yoghurt

150ml milk

1 apple

1 banana

150g of strawberries and raspberries mixed

4 ice cubes

At 4pm, blood-sugar levels can drop, but the berries in this shake are full of natural sugar and anitoxidants. Banana gives energy and serotonin to lift a low mood, while the yoghurt and apple fill you up until dinner time.