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The best pancakes Dine in

When I make these pancakes for breakfast, Stuart always takes a bite and says “These are the best pancakes,” and now you can make the best pancakes too! I first posted this recipe in 2008 so it has been tried and tested for a few years now and when I have attempted another recipe to see if this one really is the best, I always return to this. 5 ingredients to the fluffiest pancakes, I promise. Pancakes are so versatile, so you can be as creative as you like with the toppings. Maple syrup and bacon, strawberry jam, lemon and sugar, fresh strawberries...

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Super easy scones Dine in

Scones have a reputation as only being made by members of the CWA or your grandmother. Despite popular belief, it is possible to make scones that are not rocks but soft and delicious with a tender crumb and decidedly decadent with a dollop of jam and cream. The trick with making scones is to gently mix the dough like you are giving the dough a massage, not beating a cake batter. It is totally fine to have a little flour left in the bowl after you have kneaded it, just be gentle and use a fork or a wooden spoon to bring the...

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Moving and globe artichokes with crushed peas Dine in

It’s been a little while between posts because we have been moving house.  Project “Clean Out The Fridge, Freezer and Pantry” was initiated so we had less stuff to move which resulted in not very exciting cooking for a few weeks while we cleaned things out. The freezer was particularly full and one night when Stu was on his haunches foraging for dinner I heard exclamations and bags landing on the floor as he discovered my stash of parmesan rinds, herbs, spices, random pieces of bread, bread crumbs as well as quinces, mangoes and bananas. Rather than waste food I generally stick it in...

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Ricotta and kale gnocchi with roasted tomato sauce Dine in

I know I have made a winning vegetarian dish when Sir Stuart (“It’s not a meal without meat”) helps himself to seconds. And thirds. This is one of those recipes, delicious, easy to prepare, one tray bake, it certainly ticks a lot of boxes! The leftovers also freeze and reheat well, so make enough for leftovers for another lunch or dinner. I have made potato gnocchi before – it is time consuming and not always successful (I have inadvertently made potato soup a couple of times when the gnocchi disintegrated in the cooking water).  This was my first time with ricotta...

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Berry crumble Dine in

I love dessert with fruit for many reasons and this recipe is particularly good. Decadent and delicious but on the edge of healthy so I don’t feel at all guilty for having seconds! It is easy to prepare ahead if you are having guests over for dinner – make the crumble topping and store in the freezer and have the berries sitting on the bench oozing and jamming together while you wine and dine your guests. Of course you can use the crumble topping for other fruit combinations as long as you use the same proportions (I’m pretty sure in...

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