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    Sweet Red Pepper and Cheddar Scones

    SCONE……how do you say it? Do you pronounce the ‘o’ as in Tom, Tone or Toon? No other small baked item causes such debate, so I thought I’d have a look on the interweb to find out where all this confusion came from….and you know what? I’m now even more confused. I had assumed that a scone was Scottish, from Scone, where the Scottish King’s were crowned, so was originally pronounced Scoon. However, I found an article that claims that it came from Holland….I know!  So, here are the 2 stories: Scone is from the Dutch Schoonbrot, which means beautiful bread. Or. It’s a Scottish unleavened bread made from Oats and…

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    TV Treat – Sausage and Fried Onion Rolls

    TV makes me feel old! More specifically, game shows on TV make me feel old. Many children in the family may say I’m old! And when I was their age I also thought that your late 30’s was old – ok, ok, so I only have 3 months left of my late 30’s but I’m clinging onto them for dear life – but in the grand scheme of things, I still have over 25 working years left, more than I’ve already done, so clearly I’m not old…….. However, watching TV game shows, where contestants look like adults, are married and have homes but were only born in the late 80’s…

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    Diet Coke Chicken

    We’re now a few weeks into the ‘diet’ New Year resolutions, and the excitement and adventure of eating healthily is beginning to wear off. The problem with the New Year in the UK, is that it happens in the Winter, and all you really want is comfort food -stodge not salad! A few years ago I lost 4 stone (which was about a quarter of my body weight) following WeightWatchers. I never went to a meeting, but did it all online with the help of many lovely members on the Message Boards. My time following WeightWatchers is a very happy period in my life. I made many very good friends…

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    Let’s get over it and move on……….with Pizza Pinwheels

    Right, Christmas is over…..deal with it! This is a message to myself…….I’m not being a bully, just trying to shake myself out of the holiday mode. I’ve read a lot of blogs over the last week (because I have a new reader on my new iPad and it’s great!), some have celebrated the passing of Christmas, and some have mourned it. I love Christmas. Really love it…….the family, the cooking, the eating, the time off work to go walking with the hubster and the dogs…….however, I also love getting the house and fridge back to normal, but I find it’s something I try to delay, mainly because it means I…

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    Winter’s here – yippee!!

    There is only one reason to look forward to winter…….cold, dreary days are always a good reason to stay inside and cook (and eat) yummy comfort food! It has been a truly miserable day here on the North Downs. The dogs and I went for a drab, grey, drizzley walk. You know, one of those walks where it’s not really wet out, but somehow you get absolutely soaked (and the dogs of course got muddy, but that might have been from the excessive squirrel chasing in the woods!) So, once home and dried (with dogs de-mudded), I looked for a bighter side to the day – I really am that…