Monday 15 November 2010

This is a favourite of mine that I’ve been making for 3 years now ever since seeing Nigella make it on TV.  I love the idea that you can make it just as tasty but less sinful.  The amount of apples in this give it the moistness it needs – because it has no suet in it allegedly [...]

Wednesday 10 November 2010

Cake Pops are the latest phenomenon in baking. I’ve been reading about them here Bakerella and I’m desperate to get her book (it’s on my Amazon wish list folks!). I’ve had a play with these a few times now and I’ve finally got it right. Feedback on facebook shows there are a few others confused [...]

Thursday 30 September 2010

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Tuesday 23 March 2010


Having a dog means we get to take more time out to have lovely country walks. Such a shame that our 2 favorite places to walk are no dogs! I love a good walk around Hanningfield reservoir but it?s a nature reserve and no dogs. I also like to s...

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Having a dog means we get to take more time out to have lovely country walks.  Such a shame that our 2 favorite places to walk are no dogs!  I love a good walk around Hanningfield reservoir but it’s a nature reserve and no dogs.  I also like to see the Hyde Hall gardens at [...]

Friday 19 March 2010


My what a long time since I posted. Well of course the garden hasn't been much of a place to be in the past few months but now it seems like spring has finally sprung. Albeit too late for our village spring show which has been cancelled due to ...

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My what a long time since I posted.  Well of course the garden hasn't been much of a place to be in the past few months but now it seems like spring has finally sprung.  Albeit too late for our village spring show which has been cancelled due to lack of daffodils.  They are poking [...]

Monday 23 November 2009

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To help the RDTC the number is 0871 626 8846 and the lines are open 9am till Midnight. Each vote will cost you 10p and you can vote 10 times! This is a ONE DAY competition. Thank you. Read and post comments | Send to a friend

Sunday 22 November 2009


A little off topic here so bear with me. For a large part of my youth I played saxophone in the Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps. I had a great time, made lots of friends, visited lots of places and generally enjoyed myself. I still retain links w...

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old band pic A little off topic here so bear with me.  For a large part of my youth I played saxophone in the Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps.  I had a great time, made lots of friends, visited lots of places and generally enjoyed myself.  I still retain links with the band through my [...]

Sunday 15 November 2009


I just had a yen to knock up some cupcakes, I fanced fruity ones and the only fruit suitable was blackberries so presto, blackberries and cream cupcakes. They are a beautiful purple too although they don't look it in the picture. Blackberries ...

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I just had a yen to knock up some cupcakes, I fanced fruity ones and the only fruit suitable was blackberries so presto, blackberries and cream cupcakes.  They are a beautiful purple too although they don't look it in the picture.   15112009169 Blackberries and Cream Cupcakes 180g Self raising flour 150g caster sugar 150g [...]


Well yesterday was such a terrible washout - the poor dog only got one ten minute run around the field oppostie and she and I virtually swam back home and then dripped huge puddles over the floor. She wasn't even keen on going in the garden in th...

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Well yesterday was such a terrible washout – the poor dog only got one ten minute run around the field oppostie and she and I virtually swam back home and then dripped huge puddles over the floor.  She wasn't even keen on going in the garden in the "monsoon".  So today James and I took [...]

Sunday 08 November 2009


Because Starbucks have the REDCUPS! I know it's sad but that's when I know it's Christmas. Enjoyed my first Christmas beverage today! Funny thing was I popped into town to visit the new Lakeland. Which seemed a bit cramped compared to their no...

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Redcup Because Starbucks have the REDCUPS!  I know it's sad but that's when I know it's Christmas.  Enjoyed my first Christmas beverage today! Funny thing was I popped into town to visit the new Lakeland.  Which seemed a bit cramped compared to their normal stores.  I was astonished however at some of their prices, £15 [...]

Monday 02 November 2009


I read about these in the Omlet forum and I thought they looked delicious. I looked at a recipe online and realised I could make them relativley fat free (certainly a LOT less fat than roasties so I had a go. I was very pleased with them. Pla...

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Sunday 01 November 2009


To blog! Mille is settling in wiht us beautifully - in fact as I type her head is on my knee and lovely and warm it is too! This is her last night on the sofa - soppy old thing. Whilst we've been out and about we have met a local (rather ric...

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Tuesday 15 September 2009


Yes we got three more chickens - taking our total up to 15! Funny - I remember Mum saying we could have 2. I must have misheard! Here are "the new girls" meeting the old girls, they are 2 cream legbars and a lovely little black and white banta...

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