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cucumbers 886036 e1515701828519 1140x700 - Easy & Quick Pickled Cucumber Recipe - UK recipe for delicious pickled cucumbers!
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Easy & Quick Pickled Cucumber Recipe – UK recipe for delicious pickled cucumbers!

We eat a LOT of pickled cucumbers in our house. Whether they are on homemade burgers, on top of blue cheese in a baguette, in salads or used in our homemade tartare sauce. I have also caught people just popping into the fridge and snacking on them too – naughty but delicious 😉

We probably go through 2 jars a week so this could get expensive if we didn’t make our own, but we do and I have to say I think they are more tasty than the shop bought ones anyway! My eldest daughter and I make these together and although we KNOW we should wait 48 hours before eating them, but we can’t help having a taste test 😉

This easy and quick recipe is a our family recipe and one that is tried and tested.…

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bombay potatoes 1140x700 - Bombay Potatoes Recipe UK - Tastes Like Indian Restaurant
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Bombay Potatoes Recipe UK – Tastes Like Indian Restaurant

The other day for dinner I made my tandoori chicken, my family always love it especially when I serve it with Bombay potatoes. These soft, buttery, aromatic morsels of potato just make me smile when I eat them and they make your kitchen smell delicious when you cook them! This recipe is easy and quick to make and will save you a lot of money!

bombay potatoes - Bombay Potatoes Recipe UK - Tastes Like Indian Restaurant

Ingredients

  • 1kg white potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chopped or minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped or minced garlic
  • 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 35g unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes into smallish rough shaped cubes (very rough shaped cubes in my case as you can see!) and place in a pan of water and bring to the boil.
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bbqsauce 1140x700 - Sweet and Spicy Smoked BBQ Sauce Recipe UK Barbecue Dip
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Sweet and Spicy Smoked BBQ Sauce Recipe UK Barbecue Dip

Last week I shared my easy foolproof mayonnaise recipe and said how it was my youngest daughters favourite sauce. My eldest daughter however, loves BBQ sauce. Not just any BBQ sauce but rich, sweet BBQ sauce that has a spiciness and a smokiness to it.  She slathers it on everything and when I make my homemade barbecue sauce using my recipe below, she will literally find stuff to dip in to it as it is cooling down!  If you want a BBQ sauce that you can use as a condiment, as a sauce, as a dip or even as a marinade and that is full of flavour yet easy to make, then take a look at my very special recipe 🙂

bbqsauce - Sweet and Spicy Smoked BBQ Sauce Recipe UK Barbecue Dip

Ingredients

  • 500g tomato ketchup (1 1/2 cups)
  • 250g dark brown soft sugar (1 cup)
  • 160g clear honey (1/4 cup)
  • 110ml cider vinegar (1/4 cup)
  • 110ml water (1/4 cup)
  • 15ml Worcester sauce (1 tablespoon but add more if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (make sure it is the smoked one!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoo ground black pepper

Optional to thicken if required

  • 55ml water (1/8 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour

Method

  1. You will not believe how easy this is 😉 Add everything to a saucepan apart from the optional water and cornflour.
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tandoorichicken 1140x700 - Tandoori Chicken Recipe UK - Just Like An Indian Restaurant!
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Tandoori Chicken Recipe UK – Just Like An Indian Restaurant!

My whole family adores Indian food. Some like the sublte aromatic spiced dishes such as korma and passanda, others (like myself) like fiery hot spiced dishes such as ceylon, madras, vindaloo and phaal. But we all agree on one thing. Tandoori chicken. The orangey red meat that is charred and tastes so full of flavour. However, our local Indian restaurant charges £7.50 for just one, yes JUST ONE, tandoori chicken leg.

But you know me, I love to cook and I love to save money, so here is my recipe for tandoori chicken that is mouth wateringly good and costs about £5 to make for 5 people!…

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mayo 1140x700 - Easy Foolproof Mayonnaise Recipe - Quick Mayo Recipe UK
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Easy Foolproof Mayonnaise Recipe – Quick Mayo Recipe UK

My youngest daughter absolutely loves mayo.  If left to here own devices she would eat it on everything! The ingredients listed however on shop bought mayonnaise shows they are full of chemical nasties and substitutes for natural ingredients. So now I make my own. I know exactly what goes in it and although it doesn’t last as long in the fridge, it isn’t full of a load of chemical nonsense either!

This recipe makes a lot of mayo, enough to fill 2 jam jars so it will keep you going for a while. But because this recipe uses raw eggs, if you are pregnant you should still clear of it, also only keep it in your fridge in an air tight container for no more than 5 days.…

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honeyorangechicken 1140x676 - Chinese Style Honey, Orange and Ginger Crispy Chicken Recipe
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Chinese Style Honey, Orange and Ginger Crispy Chicken Recipe

My favourite dish at any Chinese restaurant is almost always the sweet and sour… well sweet and sour anything! Vegetables, chicken, pork, prawns… if it is covered in that sweet yet tangy sauce then I am all over it. But I am unable to cook it at home for a family meal as only I like it…. bummer, right?

So I devised this recipe to give me some of the flavours (and the all important orangey coloured sauce) of sweet and sour but also flavours that my family would like to eat. Every time I make this dish, it goes down a storm and it is eaten with gusto, so I get to munch on something I like and curb my cravings and they get to eat something that they really enjoy too.…

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cinnamon rolls e1515714414653 1140x700 - Cinnamon Bread Swirls With Vanilla Glaze Recipe UK
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Cinnamon Bread Swirls With Vanilla Glaze Recipe UK

BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER! If you want small, perfectly shaped delicate cinnamon swirl buns like you get in most shops, then you should probably find a recipe elsewhere. However, if you like like BIG BUNS (and you can not lie!) then come here my friend and chomp your way through these beauties!

cinnamon rolls e1515704700934 - Cinnamon Bread Swirls With Vanilla Glaze Recipe UK

I love cinnamon! I know a lot of people don’t but oh my goodness, I could eat it by the bucket load. It reminds me of Autumn and Winter time when everything seems to be smelling of warm spices. I love anything with cinnamon in or on. Especially cinnamon bread and cinnamon buns.…

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peanutbutterchocolatesquares 1140x700 - Peanut Butter & Chocolate Slices UK Recipe (Similar to Reese's)
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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Slices UK Recipe (Similar to Reese’s)

I am a bit of a sucker for peanut butter. Especially on toast with real butter and lashings of homemade jam. A few years ago, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups became popular here in the UK although I know they have been popular in the US for many years, and whilst I love them, I wanted something a bit more ‘substantial’ to go with my afternoon tea!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and all the sticky peanuty goodness that goes with it 😉

peanutbutterchocolatesquares - Peanut Butter & Chocolate Slices UK Recipe (Similar to Reese's)

Ingredients

  • 115g melted unsalted butter
  • 130g crushed digestive biscuits
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 215g smooth peanut butter + 1 tablespoon of smooth peanut butter for topping
  • 90g dark chocolate
  • 90g milk chocolate

Method

  1. Add the melted butter, crushed digestive biscuits, peanut butter (215g) and the icing sugar to a bowl.
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chocolate milk syrup 1140x700 - Chocolate Syrup UK Recipe - UK Hershey's Clone - Chocolate Milk (Milkshake)
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Chocolate Syrup UK Recipe – UK Hershey’s Clone – Chocolate Milk (Milkshake)

My eldest daughter is obsessed by chocolate milkshakes, however, have you ever read the ingredients of some of the commercial milkshake syrups and powders you can buy? It’s scary! She particularly likes a well known US brand of chocolate syrup for making chocolate milk, called Hershey’s. Yup we have all heard of it! But here in the UK it is hard to find. So after a bit of trial and error, we made our own ‘clone’ recipe, it is very similar to the original Hershey’s taste and what is even better, it doesn’t just mean we can make it ourselves for about half the price but, it is all natural too!…

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hoisinchicken 1140x700 - Crispy Chinese Hoi Sin Chicken With Cashew Nuts Recipe
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Crispy Chinese Hoi Sin Chicken With Cashew Nuts Recipe

I adore Chinese food, adore maybe too milder word. If I could only ever eat one type of food ever again, it would be Chinese food. I love cooking it almost as much as I love eating it, the way you can change the beautiful flavours by adjusting the spices and sauces, even the way the food is cooked.

The favourite Chinese dish that I cook is my crispy hoi sin chicken with cashew nuts. It has all the warming spice taste along side the aromatic flavours.

hoisinchicken - Crispy Chinese Hoi Sin Chicken With Cashew Nuts Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the crispy chicken

  • 600g chicken breast (cut into medium to small chunks or diced)
  • 1/2 mug of cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon 5 spice powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic granules
  • 1 mug of ground nut oil (or sunflower oil works just fine too)

For the hoi sin sauce

  • 100g unsalted cashew nuts
  • 200g hoi sin sauce
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 heaped tablespoon soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 heaped teaspoon chopped or minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes (add less or more to taste)

Method

  1. In a sauce pan, add the hoi sin sauce, soy sauce, water, sugar, chopped or minced garlic, rice vinegar and shaoxing rice wine, place on the heat and gently simmer.
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