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Blueberry Flapjacks

Blueberry flapjacks.

Ingredients:

  • 295g butter
  • 250g Tate and Lyles Golden Syrup
  • 500g porridge oats
  • 200g blueberries

Method:

  • Grease and line an 8″ square tin
  • In a non-stick pan gently heat the golden syrup and butter until melted
  • stir in the porridge oats
  • Stir through the blueberries
  • Pour into tin and press down firmly with the back of a spoon
  • bake for 25 minutes until golden brown
  • leave to cool in the tin
  • turn out and cut into slices

nb, the blueberries tend to make the flapjacks very soft and crumble, but it’s worth it for the burst of juicy flavour.

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Cottage Loaf recipe

I love baking bread, nothing tastes better than a fresh loaf of bread, and nothing smells better than the taste of one baking.

I do have a bread maker which makes things easy, but sometimes you can’t beat a good old knead. And when you are making something like a cottage loaf, then you will need to assemble it before baking.

It can be a family affair making a fresh loaf of bread as the kids love to help with the kneading too

The recipe I used was a basic white loaf recipe.

Ingredients

500g bread flour
25g butter
1tbs sugar
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1tsp dried yeast
320 ml of warm water

Method:

rub the butter into the flour
add the sugar, salt and yeast,
mix in the water a little at a time until you have a firm dough
knead the dough for 10 mins and leave in a bowl covered with cling film, or a tea towel for about 1 hour
knead the dough again and shape into two rounds, one slightly bigger than the other
Put the smaller mound on top of the larger one and push two fingers all the way through both rounds from the middle of the top round.
leave to prove, covered lightly, for a further 30 mins.
Bake at 180 C for 40 mins, or until it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

 
cottage loaf
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Chocolate Orange Torte

Chocolate Orange Torte

Chocolate and orange make a delicious combination and both are included in this torte. With a sweet pastry base, a chocolate and orange filling and topped with oranges there is lots to like about this recipe.

Ingredients, serves 8

200g caster sugar
4 tbs water
2 oranges, thinly sliced
475g sweet shortcrust pastry
100g butter, soft
100g ground almonds
2 eggs, lightly beaten
100g of dark chocolate

 

Method:

  • Put half the sugar and the measured water in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the orange slices and cook over a low heat for 30 minutes until the oranges are tender and most of the syrup has evaporated. let cool.
  • Roll out the pasty on a lightly floured surface until a little larger than a greased 9 1/2 inch fluted loose-bottomed tart tin.
  • line the tin with the pasty and chill for 15 minutes
  • Line the tart with nonstick baking paper, add baking beans and place on a baking sheet.
  • bake in  a preheated oven, 190C gas mark 5 for 10 minutes
  • Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes until golden and crisp.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 180C, gas mark 4
  • Beat together the butter and the remaining sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
    Add the ground almonds, then gradually beat in the eggs until smooth. Set Aside
    Reserve 10 of the best orange slices, then drain and chop the rest.
  • Stir the chocolate into the almond mixture, then mix in the chopped oranges.
  • Spread into the tart case, arrange the reserved orange slices on top and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from the tin.
    Slice and Enjoy!
  • torte
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All The Beautiful Lies – Book Review

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All the Beautiful Lies

On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his step-mother Alice, to their house on the Maine coast, following the unexpected death of his father.
But who really is Alice, his father’s much younger second wife? In a brilliant split narrative, Peter Swanson teases out the stories and damage that lie in her past. And as her story entwines with Harry’s in the present, things grow increasingly dark and threatening – will Harry be able to see any of it clearly through his own confused feelings?
Harry is devastated by the sudden death of his father, but was it really an accident. And who is the strange young girl who turns up at the funeral that no-one seems to know. As we follow Harry’s story of investigation into what happened to his father we also delve into the history of his Step-Mother Alice. Alice lost her mother as a teenager and soon after began a relationship with her step father. They kept it secret, but some local residents had their suspicions. As the plot thickens, Harry discovers the stranger at the funeral was having an affair with his father, but soon after his discovery she ends up dead. Harry suspects his Stepmother has something to do with his Father’s and his mistresses deaths but can she really be guilty. As we discover, her past is not so innocent. In the second part of the book we discover the murderer and hear of a much darker history of the Stepmother Alice. Then to top it off there is even more twists to end the story.

My Verdict.

A dark psychological thriller which had me gripped from the start. An interesting take on a very difficult to talk about subject, interspersed with mystery and murder. It stirs up a lot of emotions and will not be an easy read for anyone who has been a victim of child abuse of a sexual nature.

Audible

I listened to All the Beautiful Lies on Audio Book and I get my books from Amazon Audible. I love audio books, I can listen while I crochet or even while doing the housework, it means I don’t have to put down my book. You can get any type of books in Audio, fiction or non-fiction. I love audible because you get the chance to listen to an sample before you buy. I like to do this because I have to be sure I like the voice I’m going to be listening to. Each month I get a free credit to buy any book I wish which can be great value. One month I chose the entire works of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry. I’ve got a lovely library of audio books that I can return to at anytime if I wish. Boo has just decided that she likes listening to books to, so I can put the app. on her phone and she can listen to children’s books. When you sign up to Audible you get the first three months at half price and then it’s £7.99 a month which is usually less than the price of the book you can get with your monthly credit. It’s up to you if you buy more, I tend to stick to the one a month, although sometimes they have some amazing offers starting from just 99pence. Audible also offers some exclusive podcasts to listen to for free from the likes of Stephen Fry, David Mitchell and Sue Perkins to name a few. Whether you want to listen to comedy, drama or history there are so many genres to choose from. Disclosure: I am an Amazon Affiliate and this post contains affiliate links which will make no difference to your costs but may earn me a little money if used. Thank you
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Banana, Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf Recipe

 

 

bananaloaf

You know when you get some over ripe bananas left in your fruit bowl and you don’t want them to go to waste? They would be perfect for this recipe, the riper the bananas the better.

I love a nice tea loaf that is packed with flavour, but the added chopped walnuts also add nice crunch to this loaf, giving it that little bit extra.

Enjoy it on a Sunday evening with a nice cup of tea!

Banana, Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf

Ingredients:

115g butter, softened
115g soft brown sugar
115g thick set honey
2 eggs, beaten
225g self-raising flour
2 large bananas
squeeze of lemon juice
60g crushed walnuts

Method:

Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4
Grease and line a 900g loaf tin
In a large bowl place the butter, sugar and honey and beat together until light and fluffy
Gradually beat in the eggs
fold in the flour
mash the bananas with the lemon juice
fold them into the batter along with the crushed walnuts
spoon mixture into tin and level the surface
Bake the loaf for 1 hour until risen, golden brown and firm to the touch.
Serve warm or cold.

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Shopping

Christmas Shopping – gifts for Him

It’s November already and Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas shopping no longer has to be the dreaded drudge through crowds trying to find that perfect gift for everyone. Shopping from home has never been easier.

Prezzy Box is a fantastic online store for buying presents. Everything is categorised and easy to find. You’ll find all sorts of gifts to suit all sorts of budgets. With Prezzy Box a lot of the hard work is already done for you.



Today I’m looking at Christmas Gifts for HIM, whether it’s your Husband, Dad, Grandad, Nephew or Son, there is so much to choose from at Prezzy Box.

Prezzy Box Gifts for Him

Dear Dad From You to Me Book £12.99 

Premium Shoe Cleaning Kit £24.99

Personalised Beer Pack of 3 £19.99

Men’s Well Groomed Gift Set £21.99

gifts Collage

John Lewis and Partners

There are some wonderful gifts for Men available from John Lewis and Partners, again at a wide price range to suit all budgets. Here are a few of my top picks.

Fitbit Charge 3, Health and Fitness Tracker £129.99

Nextbase Dash Cam 312GW, 1080p HD, with Wi-Fi & GPS £99.00

Happy Socks Retro Holiday Christmas Socks Singing Gift Box, One Size, Pack of 3, Multi £29.95

Stackers Wallet, Black £25.00

JL Collage

 

Chocolates and Sweets

Most men like a tasty treat or two at Christmas time. Here is my selection of chocolates and sweets for those with a sweet tooth.

The Marshmallowist Blueberry & Gin Marshmallows, 120g £7.50

Cadbury Heroes Tub (660g) £8.59

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Gift Basket £35

Double Decked Selection Box

sweet Collage

 

Thanks for reading, I hope you have enjoyed my little shopping spree and I’ve given you a couple of ideas for Christmas presents that can be bought from the comfort of your settee. Please note that this post does contain affiliate links and if you buy anything you will not pay any extra but I may earn a few pennies. Thank you very much for your time and I hope to see you again soon.

 

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At Home A Lot

Do you spend a lot of time stuck at home. There are lots of reasons why people don’t get out much, but being at home can be fun too.

This blog is predominantly about things to do while stuck at home, starting with my hobbies, reading, crochet, crafts, cooking and just making my home a place a like to be.

I also have kids so they will be featured as we play games and look at toys and learning tools. Two kids go to school and one is home a lot with me.

I hope you will join me on this journey, it’s going to be a fun ride I’m sure. Give me time to fill this space, but when I do it will hopefully be a place of information and fun for all that are at home a lot.

See you soon x