Mince Pie Alternative: Super Easy Recipe

Hands up if you need a mince pie alternative… I do love a good mince pie, but finding one that is dairy free and low in sugar is neigh on impossible so I always make my own. If I’ve got loads of time going spare I’ll make pastry, but spare time is not something I’m abundant in right now. I recently discovered the delights of ready rolled puff pastry, and once again it hasn’t let me down! For a hassle free Christmas treat, why not give this a go. Ingredients for six slices 150g Puff Pastry 150g Mincemeat – I …

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A Very Thrifty Thank You

On Monday I wrote about our fabulous neighbours giving us their old bunk beds for the girls. Not only did it save us a fortune, I know all three families involved have enjoyed the fact that the beds have stayed part of our little community. I can’t imagine these beds came cheap ten years ago, but they are sturdy as anything which is a rarity in this age of throw-away fashion and furniture. Things just aren’t built to last the way they used to be. Keeping with the thrifty tradition, my thank you to both families was a decadent box …

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Scones: Super Easy Low Cost Recipe

When you eat scones, do you put your cream first or your jam first? One of my lovely work colleagues is going on maternity leave tomorrow, and historically we’ve ordered ordered afternoon through our hospitality department as a send off. This is insanely expensive for what you get, and like most firms mine is trying to save money where they can. Myself and another colleague decided that we could organise the tea ourselves, and first thought about buying bits and pieces from M&S. Then I realised that between the two of us (both lovers of good food and keen cooks) we could probably spend just a …

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Recipe: Ridiculously Easy Sausage Rolls

As myself and my eldest both suffer from food intolerances I do lots of label reading and mainly cooking from scratch. People often question how I find the time and inclination to do so much in the kitchen and offer sympathy, but it’s genuinely easy for me because I love doing it. Cooking is one of my great passions in life, and if I get the opportunity to while away a couple of hours making food then I consider that to be a great day. I grew up on processed junk and poor quality take-aways so get great pleasure from knowing exactly what I …