Cranberry & Macadamia Cookies in a jar

  • 80 g all-purpose flour
  • 40 g rolled oats
  • 60 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 g bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 g salt
  • 75 g dark brown sugar
  • 65 g white sugar
  • 100 g plain chocolate chips
  • 80 g cranberries
  • 80 g macadamia nuts, halved

  1. Layer the ingredients in a 1 litre jar, in the order listed.
  2. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Cranberry & Macadamia Cookies 1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, beat together 100g cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. 3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets, or remove to cool on wire racks.

I love Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Mix at Christmas and just had to get it into a biscuit!! (For those of you in Britain, Tesco's Cranberry and Macadamia mix is great for these, 1 160g bag!) I think putting mix into a jar as a gift is just wonderful and these biscuits are so good I think I will make one as a present for myself!!!

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Chicken Risotto


  • 250g risotto rice
  • 8 large mushrooms
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 4 rashers of bacon, diced
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 300g cooked chicken
  • salt and pepper


  1. Fry the onion and mushrooms together with the garlic in a little vegetable oil for about 6 minutes.
  2. Move the onion to the side of the pan and add the rice. Fry until brown, keep the rice moving all the time.
  3. Once rice is browned mix together with the onions and mushrooms. Season well with the salt and pepper.
  4. Add the bacon and allow to cook.
  5. Mix the mixture together with the stock and allow to reduce until all of the liquid has gone.
  6. Add the chicken and allow to heat through.
  7. Serve with grated cheese and a nice crusty loaf.
This is a great recipe to use up the rest of that Sunday roast. I even used the chicken remains to make my own stock!! This is a really filling and tasty recipe, definately one for the cold nights!!

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Apple & Cranberry Chutney

  • 1kg cooking apples, peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 500g eating apples, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 450g onions, sliced
  • 50g fresh root ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 250ml cider vinegar
  • 500g cranberries
  1. Place all ingredients except cranberries in a large heavy-based saucepan, then gently heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 mins, stirring regularly until the apples and onions are tender, the mixture has thickened and no watery juice remains.
  2. Add the cranberries, then cook for a further 10 mins or so until just softened but not burst.
  3. Spoon the hot chutney into sterilised jars and seal. Store unopened in a cool, dark place. The chutney will keep for up to 6 months. Chill on opening.
This is the latest recipe, another gift idea for your family, or why not just keep it for yourself!! This is a great recipe and thanks goes to the good people at Good Food magazine for this one!!
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Chocolate Cake in a Jar


  • 125 g plain flour
  • 200g white sugar
  • 2g baking powder
  • 1g mixed spice
  • 75g butter
  • 60ml water
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 60ml milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1tsp vanilla essence


  1. Sterilize 2, 1 pint, straight sided wide mouthed jars and lids by boiling for ten minutes. Keep lids in the water until needed.
  2. Preheat the oven to 165 oC (325 oF).
  3. In a bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and mixed spice.
  4. In another large bowl place butter, water and cocoa powder. Heat until butter melts and combine the ingredients.
  5. Stir in the flour mixture and blend. Add milk, egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  6. Distribute into the two jars and bake for 35 - 40 mins.
  7. Using oven mitts remove one jar at a time.
  8. Place the jars somewhere to cool.
  9. Store the cakes in the fridge or freezer until ready to give.
Made these today and they worked perfectly and they taste great!! Two didn't stay in their jars very long particularly when combined with the Luxury Hot Fudge Sauce.

I said that I was going to offer an idea for a Christmas present well, how about a few of these and a jar of the Fudge Sauce? Put them in a nice basket and watch them lick their lips!!! You'll notice that the recipe calls for two pint jars well I used five little 8oz jars (just under 1/2 pint) so that I could make little individual puddings for giving as gifts, but you can use whatever size jars you want!!

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Luxury Chocolate Fudge Sauce

I couldn't wait, I have great ideas for Christmas Presents fo you lot to try and I am bursting to tell!! I can't let on just yet as I want to be able to give you guys photos and step-by-step and one of the most important parts of the recipe I haven't got, and won't be able to get them until the weekend. But as I am so excitable I have to put something up, a teaser if you like!! Then of course I have to hope my idea works and isn't a big disaster or else you will get a big picture of a sad face! Anyhoo, my teaser is the following recipe, for a Luxury Chocolate Fudge Sauce (yes, I did get my present idea from the previous post :) )
  • 340g/12oz granulated sugar
  • 85g/3oz brown sugar
  • 100g/3½oz cocoa powder
  • 30g/1oz plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 x 400g/14oz can evaporated milk
  • 250ml/9fl oz water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Place the granulated and brown sugar, cocoa powder, flour and salt into a saucepan. Add the evaporated milk, water and butter and bring slowly to the boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling, cook for five minutes.
  2. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Serve poured over vanilla ice cream.

Make sure if you are jarring them up for presents, get your name on that label!! Heck, you made it!!

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Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce

The nights are drawing in and it is starting to get colder, we had the first morning of scraping the car windows just this past week. But why does the cold weather mean we should have to stop having all those tasty desserts? Like... ice cream! Too cold for ice cream? Not if we get some hot fudge sauce on it!!!!


4 ounces of chocolate
3 tablespoons of butter
2/3 cup boiling water
1 2/3 cups suger
6 tbsp corn syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract

  1. Melt the chocolate oand butter on a low heat in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Carefully add the boiling water and stir well.
  3. Add the sugar and corn syrup and stir until smooth.
  4. Turn up the heat and stir until the mixture starts to boil, then maintain the heat at boiling point for 9 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and let it cool for about 15 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  6. Store in a microwave safe jar in the fridge.
  7. To use warm in the microwave for around 30 seconds.

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Tizzalicious Crafts & Cuteness Giveaway!

It is not often that I come across a blog that really makes me sit up and take notice! There are many, many fabulous blogs out there but this one really caught my eye! A huge range of beautiful, and superbly made jewellery items (and more!). I have spotted several things that will be on my Christmas List!! Why not head on over and see what you want on yours? There will be something!!

Tizzalicious is currently running a lovely competition to win some earrings, like those in the picture above, and a matching ring! Go on!! Head over, you've got to be in it to win it!!

Spiced Sultana Cookies


145 g brown sugar
100 g white sugar
225 g butter, softened
3 eggs
15 ml vanilla extract
2 g baking soda
2 g salt
285 g white flour
250 g sultanas

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar, white sugar, and butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one. Stir in the vanilla, salt, and baking soda until well blended, then mix in the ground pecans and flour. Stir in the chocolate chips last. Try not to over mix once you add the flour.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets so they are about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cookies are just starting to brown at the edges. Let cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
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Pineapple Top & Tail Cheesecake

For the base
35g butter
85g reduced-fat digestive biscuits , finely crushed
For the filling
2 x 300g tubs light soft cheese
175g golden caster sugar
3 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp of pineapple juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs , room temperature, beaten
150g fromage frais
8 slices of fresh pineapple, cubed
100g muscavado sugar
For the topping
35g butter
85g reduced-fat digestive biscuits , finely crushed

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a 20cm loose-bottomed or springform tin with baking parchment and stand it on a baking sheet. Melt the butter and stir in the biscuit crumbs. Press the mix into the base of the tin, then bake for 10 mins. Remove from the oven and raise the temperature to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9.
  2. Place the cubed pineapple and the sugar into a saucepan and allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until the pineapple has softened. Drain and place the cooked pineapple on the base.
  3. For the filling, beat the soft cheese just until smooth with an electric hand mixer on low speed. Gradually add the sugar, also on a low speed, then the cornflour without overbeating. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Slowly whisk in the pineapple juice, the vanilla, then the eggs. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then finally whiskin the fromage frais. The mixture should be smooth and quite runny.
  4. Pour the filling over the crumb base. Jiggle the tin to level the mix and squash surface bubbles with the back of a teaspoon. Bake for 10 mins, then lower the heat to 110C/fan 90C/gas ¼. Bake another 25 mins and, if you are using an electric oven, leave the oven door slightly ajar for the first 3 mins. After the 25 mins, shake the tin and there should be a wobble in the centre of the filling. If left until firmer it is more likely to crack later. Turn off the oven, keep the door closed and leave the cake in for 2 hrs. Open the door, loosen the top edges of the cake with a round bladed knife, then leave in the oven to cool gently for another 1-1½ hrs.
  5. Make the topping by mixing the crushed biscuits with the melted butter. Sprinkle over the top of the cheesecake and gently press (not too hard as you will damage the cheesecake). This can be down before the final 1 1/2 hrs of cooling in the oven.
  6. Move to the fridge to fully cool.
  7. Remove the from the fridge and hour before serving.
This was another big success at the Fireworks party along with the Pumpkin Cake. The cheesecake itself is very creamy and the pineapple gives it a certain sharpness! The 'tasters' seemed to really enjoy the 'base' on the top and bottom!!
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Pumpkin Cake

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 300g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 175g sultanas
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs , beaten
  • 200g butter , melted
  • zest 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 500g (peeled weight) pumpkins or butternut squash flesh, grate
    For Drenching and Frosting
  • 200g pack soft cheese
  • 85g butter , softened
  • 100g icing sugar , sifted
  • zest 1 orange and juice of half

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 30 x 20cm baking or small roasting tin with baking parchment. Put the flour, sugar, spice, bicarbonate of soda, sultanas and salt into a large bowl and stir to combine. Beat the eggs into the melted butter, stir in the orange zest and juice, then mix with the dry ingredients till combined. Stir in the pumpkin. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 30 mins, or until golden and springy to the touch.
  2. To make the frosting, beat together the cheese, butter, icing sugar, orange zest and 1 tsp of the juice till smooth and creamy, then set aside in the fridge. When the cake is done, cool for 5 mins then turn it onto a cooling rack. Prick it all over with a skewer and drizzle with the rest of the orange juice while still warm. Leave to cool completely.
  3. If you like, trim the edges of the cake. Give the frosting a quick beat to loosen, then, using a palette knife, spread over the top of the cake in peaks and swirls. If you're making the cake ahead, keep it in the fridge then take out as many pieces as you want 30 mins or so before serving. Will keep, covered, for up to 3 days in the fridge.

This was a big hit at the Fireworks bash! The icing is nice and orangey and for all those out there that say they don't like pumpkin, I would like to say that that was me but I really liked this cake (doesn't taste of pumpkin!!). This was served as an option for dessert along with Pineapple Top & Tail Cheesecake

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The Guy Cometh..

Well, November the 5th is here!
Remember, Remember the 5th of November
Gunpwder, treason and plot.
I see no reason that gun powder treason
should ever be forgot!
And it won't be, this Saturday is the long awaited Bonfire/Firework party! Not sure what the current guest count is, not as many as hoped but still enough to make my mum run round like a headless chicken! But as promised I will start adding the recipes that are going to grace the tabel at the party so you to can enjoy the toasty, tasty smells of Bonfire Night! As you can see I have already added a wonderful Cheesy Pepper Bread, now this is great and by peppers I mean capsicum types, not black pepper! I usually make bread, with the yeast and the waiting and the kneading and the more waiting and the cooking but this was SO fast, 40 minutes, total time. Only 30 minutes to cook! Seriously give it a go, I served it last night as a side to chilli (basically couldn't wait till Saturday to try it!) and oh boy!! It is also freezable (I have included instructions on how to re heat, in the recipe). What else is going to make it to the table? Well, the Baked Toffee Apple Tart making a comeback after its big debut success! But also a nice Pumpkin based cake, forward thinking you see, from the old Halloween Jack o Lantern! And, after a suggestion from one of my visitors a Pineapple Cheesecake - but with this one I am going - individual.... In terms of the main courses.. HA! Who needs 'em, bring on the sugar!! No, I am not incharge of the main courses, got mum on that one, but I am going to try a slight variation on the Barbeque Skewers marinade, but change it to suit chicken, we'll see how that goes!
Oh and you may have noticed Rose's Guides in the left bar, well this is the start of some guides I am writing to try and help all those new chefs out there! They are still needing additions and there are many more to come but if you have any suggestions to improve what's there or anything you would like to see added let me know!!

Cheesy Pepper Bread

  • 200g wholemeal flour
  • 200g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 25g butter , melted
  • 300ml milk , at room temperature
  • 175g cheddar , coarsely grated
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 85g ready-roasted peppers from a jar, drained and chopped
Want to give it a go? Download the .pdf version, easier than writing it out!!


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl and make a large well in the middle. Combine the melted butter and milk, then pour into the well. Mix to a soft dough.
  2. Dust the work surface with flour. Add most of the cheddar, 2 tbsp of the pumpkin seeds and the chopped peppers to the dough. Gently knead to combine on the floured surface. Divide into 8 lumps and shape into rough rounds two finger-widths deep.
  3. Place the pieces side by side on a floured baking sheet, scatter the remaining cheddar and pumpkin seeds over the top and bake for 30 mins until golden brown and the cheese is bubbling. Cool on a wire rack and eat while warm. The bread can be frozen at this point. To reheat, wrap the bread tightly in foil and bake at 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 for about 30 mins.
This bread is great! I made it into 16 smaller little rolls, which I put with some of the left over chilli. I am saving the rest for the Bonfire party on this Saturday!! This is such an easy bread to make and because it has no yeast it doesn't require rising time and doesn't take nearly as long to bake!

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Simple Chilli Nachos

1 tbsp oil
2 medium onions
1 green pepper
1 garlic clove , peeled & crushed
1 heaped tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 level tbsp if you only have mild)
1 tbsp flour
1 large tin of red kidney beans
1 beef stock cube
2 tbsp tomato puree
400g tortilla chips
grated cheese, sour cream and salsa to serve.

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 oC.
  2. Chop the onion and add to a frying pan with the garlic and the oil. Fry for 6 - 8 minutes.
  3. Add the minced beef to the onions and brown. Add the flour, this will absorb the liquid that has been produced.
  4. Using the stock cube make 1 pint of stock. Add the tomato puree to the stock and mix well. Add to the beef and onion mixture.
  5. Drain the kidney beans and add, along with the Chilli powder.
  6. Transfer the mixture to an oven proff casserole dish and cook for 1 hour.
  7. Remove from oven and add the chopped green pepper.
  8. Return the mixture to the oven for another 30 minutes.
  9. To serve: line the bootom of your serving dish with the tortilla chips, spoon your chilli over the chips. Top with grated cheese, return to the oven breifly to allow cheese to melt fully. Top with soured cream and salsa.
This was really tasty and great for munching while you are watching a film!! It is also a nice simple recipe for anyone wanting something easy and impressive. As you can see it is quite a long cooking time so, give yourself time - unlike me who started it about 8pm! Oh and watch the tops of those tins, VERY sharp, I know!!!
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