3 Easy recipes that you didn’t know could be made in a pressure cooker

When it comes to cooking, pressure cookers tops the market as one of the kitchen appliances that people invest in. After all, it helps you cook meals faster and can make certain foods (like tough meat) become tender as quickly as possible. It helps us save time and money, so what’s not to love? In my household, most of the time, we prefer an electric pressure cooker to prepare a hearty meal, especially at this time of year – who doesn’t love a good stew, eh?

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How to bake the ultimate chocolate celebration cake

Can anything beat chocolate cake for dessert when you’re planning a celebration? Gooey, rich and sooo moist, this extreme chocolate cake recipe makes a fantastic birthday cake. The silky chocolate icing and the chocolate flakes on the top give it an irresistible appearance. Simply pop a few candles on the top and you’re ready to celebrate that special occasion. Here’s how to bake it…

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Festive Pieday Friday Recipe – Hubby’s maple glazed ham

Now, I really can’t take credit for today’s festive recipe. In fact, the only input I had was telling my husband that we had a bottle of maple syrup in the cupboard. Yes, really, that’s it! Hubby created this festive ham recipe all by himself and I arrived at the end of the process to […]

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How to cook the perfect roast beef

Roast beef is a family favourite in the UK, especially on a Sunday, and I just love it combined with crispy roast potatoes and puffy yorkshire puddings. The only trouble is, I’ve often found roasting joints to be particularly difficult to cook. They can take hours to roast and I inevitably end up with a […]

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Italian-inspired stacked burger recipe

You may have noticed from my recent blog posts that I’ve been getting back into the kitchen over the past few weeks. I’m actually planning to renovate my kitchen in January, as we haven’t done anything much with it since we moved in. But in the meantime I’ve been using some new gadgets to help […]

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Gooey, chewy cranberry & cherry flapjacks recipe

I’ve done something a little different for today’s recipe blog post: I’ve instastory’d it! You may have spotted a couple of quick and easy DIY projects on my instastories in the run up to Halloween (you can find my ghost lanterns and no-carve pumpkin decorating project on my Cassiefairy YouTube channel if you need inspiration […]

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Pieday Friday – The Hairy Bikers’ coffee cake for Red Nose Day

Today’s recipe post comes directly from The Hairy Bikers, who have shared this recipe in aid of Comic Relief. The fundraising spectacular takes place on 24th March this year so you’ve got plenty of time to perfect your sponge cake before the big event! Without further ado I’m handing over to Si and Dave  to […]

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Pieday Friday – Mediterranean chicken & bean stew

I wasn’t sure what to call this recipe when I rusted it up for the family earlier this week. As we tucked into our Mediterranean dish – and mopped up the tomato sauce with our homemade garlic bread – some recipe name suggestions were thrown about. We couldn’t decide if it was Spanish, Italian or something else, […]

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Pieday Friday – My top 3 healthy cookbooks for 2016

I can’t be the only one that feels the urge to make a little bit of an improvement to my diet at this time of year, can I? Even though I start out with good intentions in January, I always tend to leave making any changes until a little later on, and now that March […]

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The countdown to Valentine’s Day begins

Okay, okay I know it’s not Christmas (although looking at the OTT shop displays at this time of year you’d be forgiven for believing otherwise) but I think, in my own selfish way, that Valentines Day is an important gift-giving occasion (hubby, this is a hint for you..!). In fact, it’s the only thing that gets […]

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Pieday Friday ~ Warming Caramelised Onion Soup

This week, when hubby had a half-day off work, I cooked us both a yummy soup for lunch. It’s definitely the time of year that I want to have something warm to eat at lunchtime (there was actually frost on the ground here this week!) so I looked up recipes for making one of my favourites; […]

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Pieday Friday recipe – roast dinner pie

There’s nothing better than a great big Sunday roast, in my opinion. And Easter weekend is one of the times during the year that I can pretty much guarantee that we’ll be rustling up a roast dinner. We’ll probably have a lovely roast chicken (or even a small Turkey – hey, it’s practically another Christmas!), yummy […]

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Pieday Friday recipe – Thrifty spaghetti & meatballs

I think that pasta is one of the cheapest and most filling meals you can eat – especially spaghetti and penne, which are usually priced around 40p in the ‘basics’ supermarket range. You can funk up these carbs with a yummy tomato sauce – again you can normally get a basic Bolognese sauce for around 30p or you […]

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My favourite Friday Pieday recipes for National Pie Week

This week is National Pie Week – what more of an excuse do you need to try out one of my Pieday Friday recipes and treat the family to a hearty and sometimes surprisingly healthy meal? So I’ve pulled together my favourite recipes and here’s a summary of the best pie recipes below (just click […]

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Pieday Friday Recipe – Tuna Napolitana

This tuna napolitana pasta recipe is tasty, filling  and quick to make. And it comes with the added bonus that it includes healthy tuna fish and a nice helping of veg (that the kids won’t notice!) so it’s an ideal weeknight pasta bake that can be pre-prepared, and then popped in the oven when you’re ready for it. Serves approx […]

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Pieday Friday Recipe – Bombay Potatoes

In our family we like to alternate between different cuisines when we get together each Friday night for dinner. The most recent choice was curry night, so we purchased a few different dishes from the supermarket, cooked up some rice and whipped up a couple of curries – including butter chicken for those of us […]

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Warming Soup Recipe: Roast Tomato Soup

Over the weekend I managed to get a big bag of tomatoes that had been reduced at the supermarket so I made a lovely roast tomato soup that couldn’t be easier! Ingredients: 1kg halved tomatoes, one chopped white onion, 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 3 tablespoons of olive oil or Fry Light, salt and black pepper, […]

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Pieday Friday Recipe – Butternut Squash & Stilton Soup

After my trip to the Maple Farm produce shop last weekend saw me bringing home a locally-grown butternut squash, I decided that the best way for me to cook the squash was to roast it and turn it into a tasty smooth soup. So I followed the farmer’s instructions to scrub the skin of the butternut […]

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Simple Soup Recipe – Leek & Potato

I look forward to every autumn when I begin to have a lovely warming soup for lunch each day and this is one of my favourite. It’s great to make whenever I spot a bunch of leeks reduced in the supermarket and its so simple to make. Plus I use fry-light rather than oil or […]

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Recipe – Warming red pepper & tomato soup

Since I got my blender in August, its been non-stop soups for lunch and I thought I should share some of the recipes with you now that autumn is on its way. De-seed 4 sweet red peppers, quarter 1 red onion and add to a roasting dish along with a punnet of cherry tomatoes or a […]

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Weeknight recipe – Philly Chilli Pasta Bake

I’ve tried out one of the recipe that come on a pot of Philadelphia with garlic and herbs – their Chilli Pasta Bake. I found it very easy to make, and included a few things I’ve never tried before, such as a crispy cheesy topping and chilli with pasta. It all seemed a bit odd […]

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