The Sunday Roast is Back!

Summer has officially gone, its done and dusted and autumn is well and truly here, that means Sundays lunchtimes are again all about the roast dinner! And whilst of course I adore any roasted joint of meat, the humble roast chicken is a often more cost effective and just as scrummy alternative, but just throwing a oven ready bird into the oven and hoping for the best really doesn't cut it, everyone has their own methods and recipes for achieving the best results for a succulent tasty roast chicken, but for the last few weeks I have been on a mission scouring the web for recipes which are easy to follow and will give you and your family that perfect Sunday Roast!

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Best Pasta Salads

Summer is finally here (work with me on this, I know its patchy to say the least), and that means for many of us the compulsory family BBQs and parties, which brings along with it the obligation to turn up with a dish of something hopefully home-made and delicious to share.

My standard offering is a pasta salad, they are generally universally liked, easy to make and filling.

Here I share some of the best on the web I have found and a couple of my own variations…



Marks and Spencer


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Chocolate for Muffins

Chocolate for MuffinsI have a passion for chocolate muffins, not those horrible greasy supermarket ones, bought cheaply by the dozen, but delicious home made muffins, oozing with gooey chocolate, light and scrummy. I find muffins easier to make than the good old fairy cake (although there is always room for a butterfly cake in my world!), Muffins, are generally always guaranteed to rise and take very little effort. My top tip though before you go out and buy a muffin tin and cases – just continue to use your standard bun tin and cases for a few goes, use a little less mixture and cut down your cooking time, that way you can make sure you love them as much as me before buying more kitchen paraphernalia to gather dust. I often make mini muffins, they are perfect for parties, for small fingers or just those wishing to munch less cake!

As always I have many many recipes for these sweet treats stored in my favourite bookmark category, so here are a few of them, no need to go out and splurge on a cookbook, just employ the power of Google!


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Souper Duper Soup on the Web

Tomato Soup

Tomato SoupCookbooks are fabulous, they make our kitchens and shelves look pretty, sitting there piled up taking up space, but with the internet comes an almost inexhaustible supply of recipes, from some of the best and most well known chefs in the world, along with a plethora of sites where amateur cooks swap and post their recipes.


My own collection of cookbooks have been long relegated to doing nothing more than looking good. Whenever I want  a new recipe, am looking for a new spin on a old favourite or hoping for some culinary inspiration I just employ the power of Google and my laptop becomes the cookbook propped up on my kitchen table.


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