Recipes

Healthy Wholemeal Banana Bread (No Refined Sugar, No Butter)

This is my “lighter” banana bread. I LOVE banana bread but I’ve come to realise that banana bread is a little like marmite. If you hate it, this recipe probably isn’t meant for you, as I’ve even put whole bits of undisguised banana in it (although my banana hating friend…

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BLUE CHEESE AND FIG TART

Blue Cheese and Fig Tart Recipe from Tonia’s Buxton’s new book The Secret of Spice. This tart is such a lovely showstopper. I make it when I’m hosting a drinks party because it’s as delicious as it is beautiful. SERVES 6-8 50g butter 4 tbsp olive oil 5 large red…

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Gluten and Dairy Free Apple & Almond Cake Recipe

Gluten and Dairy Free Apple & Almond Cake   My gorgeous friend Nellie has recently been told that she has to try and go gluten and dairy free (as have an increased number of others it seems). When she told me, she seemed a little overwhelmed, so I thought I’d make…

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Chocolate Orange Easter Cake

Ingredients for Chocolate Orange Easter Cake for the chocolate orange cake 360g self raising flour 100g cocoa (sifted) 300g unsalted butter 360g golden caster sugar 4 medium eggs (preferably room temperature) 2 tsp orange extract (optional*) 240ml whole milk 2 large oranges (zest and 80ml of the juice) * I…

Chocolate and Coconut Muffins

Chocolate and Coconut Muffins – Gluten and Dairy Free

I have an unhealthy obsession with all things “coconut”. So until this love affair ends, of which I hope it never does, I’m afraid you will be bombarded with statements such as, ‘scatter some desiccated coconut on top’, ‘if you have any coconut milk, use that instead’ OR ‘there’s never…

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Tonia Buxton’s Bugger off Cold Virus Soup

With the festive period and mayhem over for another year. Some of you may be experiencing symptoms of a cold. Well, we have the perfect elixir to nip it in the bud! Tonia Buxton’s Bugger off Cold Virus soup. You can use up the vegetables in your fridge. It’s the…

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Tonia Buxton’s Cupboard Cookies!

Fancy a sweet treat but not too sweet but don’t really want to go shopping for ingredients? Well, do we have the perfect remedy for that, These cookies! Our regular contributor and culinary goddess chef Tonia Buxton shares her recipe for “cupboard cookies”. They are perfect with an afternoon cuppa…

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

“Pumpkin pie spice? What’s that?” this London Chicks said as I flicked through recipes seeing it crop up again and again. Is this some new fandangled spice? NO. No it is not. It is basically several of our favourite autumnal spices that someone has cleverly re marketed as pumpkin pie…

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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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Tonia Buxton’s Giant Butter Bean Stew

As the days get colder and the nights come quicker, this is time of year we all appreciate some comfort food. What better than a one pot dish…and healthy too! Take a look at this fantastic step by step video tutorial of Tonia Buxton’s Giant Butter Bean Stew. Delicious and…

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Tonia Buxton Chicken with lemon and olives

Chicken with lemon and olives • Kotopoullo me elise kai lemoni Simply cooked, using the best ingredients…I like to make up a huge tray of this chicken and leave it in the oven whilst I spend time with family, friends…and if the talking goes on for too long this dish…

Pistachio Almond and Lime Muffins

Ingredients for Pistachio, Almond and Lime Muffins 100g pistachios 120g (gluten free) flour 50g ground almonds 1 tsp baking powder (gf) 175g unsalted butter (room temperature) 175g caster sugar 2 medium eggs 1/2 tsp almond extract 2 limes (juice and zest of both) 25ml almond milk (or whatever milk you…

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Ingredients For Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins for the muffins 100g unsalted butter 220g caster sugar 2 medium eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 220g self raising flour 125ml whole milk 100g fresh strawberries (roughly chopped) for the cream cheese layer 180g full fat cream cheese 1 egg yolk 3 tbsp caster…

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Earl Grey Shortbread

Ingredients for Earl Grey Shortbread 6 teabags of Earl Grey Tea 360g plain flour (+ a little extra for dusting) 1/2 tsp salt 250g unsalted butter (room temperature) 125g caster sugar (+ 1tbsp for dusting) makes about 26 Earl Grey ShortBread slices line/grease at least 2 baking sheets 1) Cut…

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Tonia Buxton’s Hummus Recipe

  Many households buy Hummus…why buy it when you can make it! Who better to show us how, then our brilliant regular contributor Chef Tonia Buxton. This recipe is one you WILL keep going back too! Follow Tonia on Twitter Instagram Or visit her website: toniabuxton.co.uk Subscribe to her YouTube…

Weddings Food Idea • A Bruschetta Bar Guide

We are fast approaching Spring Wedding Season and what food you choose is just another thing to think about! Why not have a Bruschetta Bar? It’s a fun and simple alternative to the classic cheese plate, making it a great appetiser for any party you host! Everyone loves a great…

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Tonia Buxton’s Sugar Free Banana Breakfast Muffins • Recipe

  Breakfast time tends to be the one meal of the day where we become ‘creatures of habit’. Well, have we got a treat for you, something a little different. The recipe is courtesy of our brilliant regular food contributor Tonia Buxton. Why not try this yummy sugar free…yes I…

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Sweet Potato and Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Ingredients for Sweet Potato & Cottage Cheese Pancakes 250g cooked sweet potato (about 2 medium ones) 60g cottage cheese 1 medium egg 2 egg whites 40g (gluten free) oats 15ml milk (any milk of your choice) oil/coconut oil spray optional for topping maple syrup bacon yogurt seasonal fruits makes about…

Banana and oat protein pancakes

Banana and oat protein pancakes Ingredients for Banana and Oat Protein Pancakes 2 medium bananas (sliced) 3 egg whites 1 medium egg 2 tsp ground cinnamon 60g banana flavoured protein (I used Fortified) 100g oats (gluten free if desired) 35ml milk (soy/almond/dairy) coconut oil spray (or an oil spray of your…

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Tonia Buxton’s Warm Tequila Toddy

Christmas is a time of year when we tend to entertain the most. ‘Tis the season to be merry! Our regular contributor Tonia Buxton shares her delicious recipe for a warm Tequila Cocktail! This cocktail recipe is perfect for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Any excuse for a cocktail…

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Tonia Buxton’s Mini Fig & Feta Tarts

Watch a fantastic tutorial for Tonia Buxton’s delicious Mini Fig and Feta Tarts! A perfect recipe for entertaining over the Christmas period. Quick and easy to make! Follow Tonia on Twitter Instagram Or visit her website: toniabuxton.co.uk Subscribe to her YouTube Channel: HERE

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Layered Christmas Cake

Layered Christmas Cake Ingredients for Layered Christmas Celebration Cake Sponge Layer – oh so moist! (With a hint of coconut) 60g unsalted butter 220g self raising flour 220g caster sugar 1 tsp baking powder 180ml coconut milk (or whole milk) 2 medium eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract Chocolate Layer 120g…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…