Looking for a simple and tasty festive meal to cook, to help with feeling Christmassy? Then look no further. After making my slow cooker festive lamb the other weekend (recipe here), I found myself craving festive food. Anything to make me feel more Christmassy, as I was starting to come down with the office flu. So I got my thinking hat on. I wanted to create something which could be whipped up before Christmas, and feel festive, but also  something which could be adapted to use up leftovers after Christmas Day. Something that doesn’t involve cramming as many leftovers between two slices of bread, or frying them up into some sort of bubble and squeak. Even in the few days after Christmas, I still like…

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We all know that Christmas is about the food, almost as much as it is about being with friends and family. Eating and drinking is the one thing we’re bound to do with our nearest and dearest this Christmas – there’s just so much delicious food & drink this time of year. If you’re hosting a little get together, or planing on taking some appetisers with you to a Christmas shindig this December, I have just the recipe for you. These mini toad in the hole bites are the perfect finger food for canapes, or buffets, and are sure to go down well with adults or the little ones. If you’re not sure about making something with pork, you could always substitute the chipolatas for Heck!…

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In this cold weather, all you want for breakfast is something warming, delicious and comforting. Something to make waking up to the chilly mornings that little bit easier. For me, it’s porridge – I LOVE a hot bowl of porridge on a wintery morning. Even Alex (previously someone who thought porridge was boring and tasteless) turned round to me the other day, turned down the leftover chilli cheese eggy bread I said I had for him and said “I’m actually looking forward to my porridge this morning”. I was shocked. I like to experiment with my toppings to shake things up and make them seasonal. So as it’s Christmas in less than three weeks (YES LESS THAN THREE WEEKS! It’s flown by!) I decided it was…

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You may have read my review of Zizzi’s Christmas menu, which went live earlier this week. I went to the branch in The O2 Centre on Finchley Road, and had such a fab 3 course meal, that delicious Black Angus Beef  Bresaola with the amazing sweet chilli jam, the super tender and flavoursome lamb and the dessert of all desserts, the sticky toffee pudding  which looked incredible, and tasted heavenly. You wouldn’t have thought a chain would do such a fab Christmas meal, but it does it so well. So at the weekend, Alex and I, talking about our meal and deciding where to try before Christmas, decided that we needed to try and recreate the lamb at home. Especially as Alex hadn’t had it…

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This week I’ve had a week off, so I went home to spend some time with my family, unwind and get the rest and relaxation I thoroughly needed! My mum always gets super excited about Christmas well before I do, and she’s actually been speaking about it for weeks already. Too much right? 😛 But being at home with my mum and dad, I actually started feeling festive and my sister reminded me that it’s now less than 6 weeks until the day! How quick is time going?  As cooking and baking is really therapeutic for me (I LOVE it!), I decided I’d give one of my festive creations a whirl so that my family could be the first to taste test my invention. I have to…

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