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Stained Glass Cookies

Ingredients for Stained Glass Cookies 110g unsalted butter 65g icing sugar 1 medium egg 3 tsp vanilla extract (almond/coconut if you prefer the taste!) 220g plain flour (plus a little extra for dusting/rolling) 12-15 boiled, coloured sweets Cookie Cutters – same shape in two different sizes 2-3 WELL greased/lined baking…

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TRADITIONAL BONFIRE NIGHT PARKIN – WHOLEMEAL

TRADITIONAL BONFIRE NIGHT PARKIN – WHOLEMEAL Traditional Bonfire Night Parkin is a customary bake from Lancashire to celebrate/commiserate (however you want to look at it) Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt at blowing up the houses of parliament – Guy Fawkes was from Lancashire. It’s traditionally eaten on the 5th Nov while…

How to Create the Perfect Fall Diet Plan for Your Workout Goal

Losing weight and getting fit is much harder and more complicated than most people think – no, it’s not all about joining a gym and training three times a week, skipping dinner or randomly selecting which foods you’re not going to eat any more. It’s about carefully combining these three…

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BakingBright – Halloween Style

By BakingBright Healthy Halloween Baking – Pumpkin & Maple Syrup Loaf (no butter, no refined sugar, wholemeal) Time for some healthy Halloween baking but also something that is still scrummy. This is a waste not, want not sort of bake. So many of us buy a pumpkin, carve a spooky…

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SCRUMMY SPIDERS – Halloween Biscuits

Ingredients for Halloween Biscuits – Scrummy Spiders 110g unsalted butter 65g icing sugar 1 medium egg 2 tsp vanilla extract (almond/coconut if you prefer the taste!) 220g plain flour (plus a little extra for dusting/rolling) 60g dark chocolate for melting (or a black icing gel pen) a mixture of giant…

Homemade HobNobs

Ingredients for Homemade HobNobs 140g Wholemeal Flour (plus extra for dusting) 60g oats 1 tsp baking powder 50g caster sugar 90g unsalted butter (at room temperature and cubed) 2-3 tbsp milk (any sort) 100g chocolate (of your choice)  A 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter (or top of a glass…

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Aubergine stuffed with lamb • Babousakia me arni

Aubergine stuffed with lamb • Babousakia me arni A relative of both the potato and tomato family, there is something very exotic about aubergines. In this recipe, their creamy textured bitter-sweet flesh sponges up all the flavours of the Middle East…olive oil, warming spices, pine kernels, dried fruits, lamb. This…

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Raspberry and Almond Smoothie

Raspberry and Almond Smoothie Recipe Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin C which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation, and help protect against harmful free radicals. They are also rich in…

Berry-liscious Banana and Chia Seed Smoothie

Berry-liscious Banana and Chia Seed Smoothie Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. The flavour is pretty bland. This makes them easy to incorporate into many dishes. You can also sprinkle them on top of cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes but a smoothie is a perfect…

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Feta cheese parcels • Feta tiliki me meli kai sesami

Feta cheese parcels • Feta tiliki me meli kai sesami These delicious individual cheese pies are served as part of a meze or as a starter. They can also be made with unsalted anari cheese which is similar to ricotta cheese and then becomes a dessert which I like to…

Bottled or Tap? – Facts About Water

There is a lot of information being thrown our way every day about the health hazards that surround us. Of course, we all want to be as healthy as we possibly can, but how can we differentiate between the actual health scares and money-grabbing scams? This debate is very common…

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Village Salad • Horyatiki salata

Village Salad • Horyatiki salata Known to our visiting tourists, not surprisingly as a Greek salad, we consume bowlfuls of village salad at just about every meal. I had to include a recipe, of course, but really you need to look in your fridge, using your favourite salad ingredients. I…

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Eating out • Mum’s Bistro • Review

Review • Mum’s Bistro Eating Out  Mum’s Bistro is lovely little family run Cypriot Eatery, nestled in the heart of Bowes Park, North London. This is a restaurant recommendation/review I have been meaning to write for a long time. I love this place and it’s friendly owners!! It’s one of…

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The Best of British Superfoods

The Best of British Superfoods Sarah Flower has compiled a very comprehensive and easy to understand list of British Superfoods you should be including in your day to day eating and what is so great about them! Plums One of the highest ORAC values (measure antioxidant activity).  They score higher…

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Pineapple Coconut Breakfast Smoothie

Pineapple Coconut Breakfast Smoothie. I always associate pineapple with tropical holidays. Cutting up such a large fruit its almost like a bit of an occasion. In my mind the Pineapple represents a little bit of sunshine! The Pineapple contains a wealth of nutrients including large amounts of vitamin C, its…

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Pan-fried hallumi • Tiganito hallumi

Pan-fried hallumi • Tiganito hallumi Hallumi is all-consuming. Just one cheese is never enough in the Buxton household. I keep plenty in the freezer as a handy stand-by; it’s quick and simple to cook, very user-friendly, versatile. Greeks eat hallumi at breakfast with olives and bread or with watermelon…the saltiness…

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RASPBERRY AND HONEY OAT BARS (GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE)

RASPBERRY AND HONEY OAT BARS (GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE) Ingredients 200g gluten free oats 50g gluten free corn flakes 60g honey (or maple/date syrup if vegan) 75g milk (any kind, almond, soy, coconut, dairy) 50g oil (I used 20g coconut and 30g sunflower, but either is fine) 1/2 tsp vanilla…

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Pimm’s O’Clock Smoothie

Now I stumbled upon this delightfully fresh and tasty smoothie recipe when getting ready for a Family BBQ. I had just trained and so was about to make my post workout Smoothie when I was also handed the task of chopping up the fruit for the Pimm’s jugs.  So whilst…

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BANANA DATE & DARK CHOC CHIP SQUARES (VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE)

Ingredients for Banana, Date & Dark Chocolate Chip Squares 200g dates (pitted/stoned) 50ml boiling water 4 small or 3 medium bananas (ripe and mashed with the back of a fork) 100g coconut oil 500g gluten free oats 100g dark chocolate chips a little maple syrup/date syrup/honey* for drizzling *honey only…

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Sugar Free • Alternatives • Recipes & More!

Sugar Free • Alternatives • Recipes • and More! We all need to be cutting our sugar consumption dramatically.  The World Health Organisation recommends no more than 25g per day for an adult (much less for a child, depending on age), which roughly equates to 6 teaspoons per day.  We…