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Old Fashioned Cloudy Lemonade – Traditional Lemonade Recipe.

Old fashioned lemonade is a refreshing drink that is not fizzy but more zingy than the carbonated pop variety you can buy in supermarkets today.   It is very cheap and easy to make and is a great way of getting kids involved in co0king.

lemonade - Old Fashioned Cloudy Lemonade - Traditional Lemonade Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 5 unwaxed lemons
  • 125g sugar
  • 2 pints of water
  • Sprig of fresh mint (optional)

Instructions

1. Peel the 5 lemons (save the lemons for the end of the process!) and add the peelings to a large saucepan with the water.
2. Add the sugar to the water and boil the peel, sugar and water mix until the sugar is fully dissolved.  Once dissolved (about 5 minutes of boiling), take off the heat and leave to cool completely.…

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Rosehip Syrup

Rosehip Syrup is a winter must.  Packed to the brim full of vitamin C and other natural goodies, rosehip syrup has been used by families for generations to help with lowering fevers, help with colds and flu as well as a general tonic.  What’s more, it tastes delicious!  You can drizzle it neat over hot crumpets, scones, toast, waffles, pancakes or ice cream, dilute it with 5 parts hot water for a soothing tea or 5 parts cold water for a home made cordial.  Perfect for children who are ‘under the weather’.  Also great for freezing and using throughout the year!…

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Carrot & Chilli Cake

carrotcake

Don’t panic, this cake won’t leave you rushing for a glass of water because your mouth is on fire. The chilli along with the other spices just gives this cake a well rounded warmth that makes in so moreish that you won’t be able to leave it alone.

Ingredients

  • 175g softened unsalted butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 carrots (grated)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • a little icing sugar for dusting

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
  2. Cream (mix) the caster sugar and softened butter together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
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Make your own cake flour – UK substitution | Easy UK recipe

I have just been asked about this on Twitter so thought I might as well whip up a quick blog post on here about it too.  Many US cook books and cake recipes ask for ‘cake flour’.  Not many shops here in the UK sell cake flour but there is a way to make your own substitute!

Cake flour is a very light and soft flour and it is all to do with the protein content of the flour that makes it cake flour. You will see lots of recipes on the internet that make you weigh out flour and work out percentages of protein, but try the way I do it, it works every time and is so much easier, no calculator needed!…

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2 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake – Cake In A Mug!

cake in a mug recipe

So, as you know, I do love a bit of cake 😉 Especially cakes that taste good and are quick to make and this recipe is both!  It certainly isn’t a pretty cake, it’s not meant to be, it’s just meant to be quick and tasty! Chloe (my youngest) has great fun making these after school for a quick warming sweet treat 😉

You can even add all the ingredients to a tub or container and take them with you to work – sneaky. Make all your colleagues jealous when you walk in with a homemade chocolate cake that you made at work!…

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Top 10 tips for creating a kids vegetable patch!

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No, I’m obviously not suggesting that you hand over your garden to a 4 year old. However why not give your child (or children) a vegetable garden of their very own.

Children’s veggie gardens can be made from a small raised bed in your own garden, a large tub or if you don’t have a garden, they could have a window box.

Getting your children into gardening will teach them many values. They will realise where their food comes from, how plants grow, what plants need to survive, they will have fun and of course they will eat their own produce.…

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Top 10 tips to starting to grow your own vegetables on a budget

Gardening and growing your own vegetables does not have to be an expensive hobby, there are ways and means to be able to grow your own, even on a very tight budget, all you need is a little time and effort.

growingyourownonabudget

Gardening can be a family activity, it can be something you start and then develop over the year, something you are all involved in.

So here are our 10 tips to help you on your way to growing your own on budget.

  1. Organic is the best way to go and believe it or not, it is cheaper to go organic than it is to use various chemicals and fertilizers.
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