Pieday Friday ~ Unicorn cookies

My brother gave me this beautiful unicorn cookie-cutter for Christmas. I know it’s a bit lame to admit it, but I’ve only just got round to using trying out and we’re already 6 months into the year! Oh well, at least I’ve made some unicorn biscuits now and my bro was the first recipient of […]

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Pieday Friday ~ the tastiest chicken recipe ever

I had a few chicken thighs, drumsticks and wings in the freezer and I had no idea what to do with them to turn them into a tasty dinner. Other than roasting them, I was fresh out of ideas. So I asked hubby to work his magic with a bit of a marinade (he’s such […]

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Pieday Friday ~ The things you can do with a potato salad

Well, the possibilities are endless when you’ve got a big pack of new potatoes and a jar of mayonnaise! I probably don’t have to tell you to cube your new potatoes, boil them until tender and mix with as much mayo as you like – it’s not the most difficult of processes. And I know […]

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Pieday Friday ~ Wimbledon mess

Seeing as the tennis at Wimbledon is in full swing and I’ve been seeing spectators scoffing strawberries all week, I thought I’d share with you a recipe for Eton mess, which I’m renaming in honour of the tournament. The classic Eton mess is just a combo of whipped cream, strawberries and meringue, so here’s a […]

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Pieday Friday ~ Creamy asparagus pasta

I know I’ve gone a little mad over asparagus this month (see my ham and asparagus pie recipe!), but it’s in season and it tastes great so this week I’ve added it into one of my favourite dishes – pasta. This is such a simple carbonara-based dish that only takes me about 20 minutes to […]

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Pieday Friday ~ Seasonal asparagus & ham pie

It’s that time of year again – Asparagus season! You can find it everywhere and there’s so much in our local supermarket that it is forever being reduced to clear at the end of the day. So I’ve been working out new ways to eat seasonal asparagus and I’ve concocted this summer pie recipe, including […]

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Pieday Friday ~ Cupcake heaven

It was hubby’s birthday a few of weekends ago (you may have read my blog post about this awesome Lego present I got for him!) and instead of baking him a birthday cake, I decided to make a whole load of cupcakes. This was for a couple of reasons: Firstly, he likes chocolate cake and […]

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Pieday Friday – Pizza bread loaf recipe

You may remember me mentioning that I’ve been baking bread for the past few weeks after watching Paul Hollywood’s tv show, and I’ve carried on experimenting with different types of bread (with varying degrees of success!). For this pizza bread loaf, I’ve used a basic dough recipe – like the one I made in this […]

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Pieday Friday – Iced sugar biscuits

Today I wanted to share a super-sweet treat recipe that I’ve been trying out. It took a few goes to get it right (crispy biscuit, but not singed around the outsides!) so I’d recommend keeping an eye on your biscuits while they are cooking so that you can whip them out before they brown too much!  I used […]

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Pieday Friday – Back to basics with bread

I’ve been watching Paul Hollywood’s bread programme for the last few weeks and now that the series has finished, hubby and I finally felt brave enough to have a go at making our own bread at home. I’ve always thought it’s a bit of a long-winded process, all that waiting for the dough to rise […]

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Pieday Friday ~ Cheeky chocolate cheesecake

Now that the sun has finally come out, it’s time to do away with hot puddings and start making yummy chilled desserts instead, so this week I have made a tasty chocolate cheesecake that I think you’ll adore. It’s great to be able to make this cheesecake ahead of time and keep it chilled – […]

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Pieday Friday recipe ~ Sticky BBQ Ribs

Tasty and sticky – I love BBQ ribs. Even though it’s not the weather for actually barbecuing the ribs, I still like to enjoy a sticky rib roasted in the oven until the meat falls off the bone… mmm! I looked at a lot of BBQ sauce recipes to see what ingredients I should use and in […]

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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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Friday Pieday // fruity chocolate fridge cake

Recently I had a pal coming round for dinner and realised that I didn’t have anything sorted for pudding – there was no ice cream in the fridge, no custard in the cupboard and I’d definitely not baked a cake. So I rummaged around in the kitchen and basically threw everything I could find into […]

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My recipe book has arrived! And you can have a free copy :)

Have you ever thought that you might pop from excitement. Well that’s how I felt when I opened the parcel containing my book. “Eeeeeeeeeeee” is not enough..! I made this recipe book to house all my favourite Pieday Friday recipes and I made an e-book version so that all of my lovely readers could have a […]

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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 – a traditional fish pie recipe

I’ll admit it, I’m not  a big fan of fish. A tin of tuna, I can cope with. But real fish – nope. Too many scary bones and scaly skin and how do you cook it? However, my family do like fish, and if that’s what my mum wants, that’s what I’m going to cook! […]

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Pieday Friday – Cheesy Pastry Rolls

I first made these cheesy rolls when I had some roast potatoes left over after a big Sunday lunch, so this recipe is a good way of using up your leftovers and making a cheesy treat for supper or lunch the following day. I used shop-bought pastry for this recipe so it was a really […]

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Pieday Friday – Slow-cooked beefy pie for USA’s National Pie Day

It was National Pie Day on Wednesday this week! Unfortunately, it was the American National Pie Day, but I didn’t let that stop me making this yummy meaty pie for our dinner to celebrate (do I ever really need an excuse to bake a pie?!) The meat in this pie is super-tender and flakes apart […]

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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 – Message on a pie…

Although I love a good ol’ traditional pie, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with customising it a little! Really, the exciting part of the pie is the filling, so why not give the crust a chance to shine with a little pastry decoration makeover? It can be on a savoury or sweet pie top, and can even […]

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Pieday Friday – Mini Christmas cakes

This year I decided to bake a batch of mini Christmas cakes rather than one large one. I find that one big cake often gets left after Christmas and I’m a little fed up with eating it myself after January 1st! So small cakes seemed to be the best solution – and I can give […]

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Pieday Friday – Traditional mince pies

Of course, I couldn’t allow myself to get much closer to Christmas without posting a mince pie recipe for Pieday Friday and I’ve been baking a selection of mince pies this week, trying out different recipes and pastry effects. There’s no rules for mince pies and the prettier you can make them, the better. So try cutting out […]

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Warming winter soup recipe – Spicy parsnip

I recently bought masses of parsnips that were reduced in my local shop with the intention of turning them into ready-roasted parsnips for the freezer and a batch of soup for cold winter evenings. I followed Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Spicy Parsnip Soup and it turned out really thick and creamy, and absolutely delicious. Here’s […]

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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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