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Recipe - Gluten Free Coffee and Walnut Cake

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Recipe - Gluten Free Coffee and Walnut Cake

The quest to find a recipe for the perfect gluten free sponge is an ongoing challenge for anyone living a gluten free diet or life with celiac disease. Adding as much moisture to the sponge as you can, with out letting it fall to pieces is the key to a great bake, and whilst this coffee and walnut cake recipe calls for all of the traditional ingredients needed for gluten free sponge, the addition of rapeseed oil ensures it's beautiful moist whilst holding it's form under the lashings of buttercream. 

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Ginger Bread Men

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Ginger Bread Men

A good gingerbread man is well worth the time it takes to fiddle about with fancy icing and its Nordic vibes. I love everything and anything Christmas, and occasionally, just occasionally I get to play around with festive-type props early on in the year, depending on what jobs I'm working on. These gingerbread cookies were created for an editorial piece I was commissioned to create for the December issue of a magazine, but it wasn't the first, nor was it the last time I spent hours playing around with royal icing and these deliciously winter-spiced biscuits....

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Salmon with roasted Sprouts & Chickpeas

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Salmon with roasted Sprouts & Chickpeas

This super simple festive recipe calls for no more than 3 main ingredients and a few essentials. This is my favourite kind of recipe as it requires very little skill or equipment, which can only mean less washing up! Whilst I'm never going to swap my Christmas Day turkey dinner for anything but, this delicious healthy festive dish, is perfect for a lazy mid-week supper. 

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New Gin On The Block

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New Gin On The Block

A marble and gold bar cart-worthy bottle of gin has just launched itself in a handful of farm-shops, bars and restaurants. Pin Gin is Lincolnshire's very first and only handcrafted distilled gin in the whole of the county. For those that don't know, Lincolnshire is pretty much the county the world forgot and headed straight to Yorkshire for all of the fabulous things it's tourism board and historical city has to offer. For those passing through, Lincolnshire is mostly fields with pops of towns and small villages dotted around the North, East, South and West of the County. 

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Rhubarb, Rose & Strawberry Pie

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Rhubarb, Rose & Strawberry Pie

Rhubarb is pretty much available all year round here in the UK, thanks to growers producing forced rhubarb which is more well known for coming from Yorkshire. The rhubarb is grown in dark pots, which helps to create a warmer and rhubarb-grow-friendly climate.  

The tartness of the rhubarb is paired perfectly with sweetness of the strawberries, which are just starting to come into season. All combined with a crumbly sweet pastry and lashings of homemade custard, this hearty dessert will take you back to summers of the past.

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Easter Shortbread Biscuits

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Easter Shortbread Biscuits

These super cute animal and egg shaped biscuits are the perfect treat for Easter weekend. Made with the most simple of shortbread recipes and decorated with crushed mini eggs, sprinkles and melted chocolate, they're perfect to make with even the messiest of bakers!

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Lavender, Pistachio & Cream Éclairs

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Lavender, Pistachio & Cream Éclairs

These delicious pastel, sweet, cream-filled fingers are perfect for any summer picnic or party.  Lavender can be slightly overpowering, but when used in the right quantities and combined with sweet cream, it's beautifully light and florally. It grows in abundance in our garden and regularly features in cocktails and recipes throughout summer.

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Dark Chocolate & Cherry Pavlova

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Dark Chocolate & Cherry Pavlova

This dessert is nothing short of centrepiece worth when it comes to dinner parties. Meringue done well, is one of the simplest dessert basis to create, with nothing needed other than sugar and egg whites! If you've a lover of any thing dark and chocolatey,  then give this recipe a shot. If you're not a chocolate or cherry fan, play around with the cream and toppings to create your flavour heaven. For a summer alternative, try pistachio's, elderflower and raspberries...

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Panettone

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Panettone

"The baking of panettone dates back to the Middle Ages, but its origin is the stuff of legend. The name is believed to be a shortened form of pane di Tonio (Tonio’s bread), from the story of a poor Milanese baker who invented the loaf as a dowry for his daughter after she fell in love with a nobleman. Others suggest Tonio worked for a court chef – who, with no dessert to offer at Christmas, devised a bake with all the ingredients he had available."

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Lemon & Pepper En Croûte

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Lemon & Pepper En Croûte

A tasty supper dish, quick to make using pre-prepared puff pastry.

You can use frozen or fresh pastry for this dish.  If using frozen, defrost overnight in the fridge beforehand or in the microwave according to the packet instructions.  BigFish Brand salmon fillets do not require defrosting before cooking and can be used in this recipe straight from the freezer...

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Mushroom Pappardelle

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Mushroom Pappardelle

Pappardelle has to be one of my favourite forms of pasta. It has substance and is a great base to build delicate flavours on. Mushrooms & parmesan may not sound too fancy, but seasoned well and reduced in thick cream, it's a delicious and earthly flavour combination, perfect for the autumn months. I love the simplicity of this dish, but play around with its flavours by adding lemon zest or basil...

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Tiramisu, a not-so Italian Classic

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Tiramisu, a not-so Italian Classic

Tiramisu is pretty much the best tasting trifle of them all. Coffee, cream and booze and you have one of the most simplest, yet delicious Italian desserts. A Tiramisu is traditionally a simple layering of a cream and mascarpone concoction, soaked coffee and Marsala lady fingers, and grated chocolate or sifted cocoa powder. I prefer my sponge with a little more texture, so soak for a little time as possible.

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Madeira Cake

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Madeira Cake

There are many misconceptions about Madeira cake. The first is that it originates from the Portuguese island of Madeira, and the second is that it contains Madeira wine. Neither of these statements are true. In fact, Madeira cake is very British, although it does have a strong connection to both Madeira and its wine. While it’s unclear exactly how long it’s been around for, one of its earliest known recipes was published in an English cookery book back in 1845

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Thai Salmon Salad

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Thai Salmon Salad

BigFish Brand is a local, Grimsby based company that specialise in Frozen Salmon. Whilst there's always scientific arguments whether fresh or frozen ingredients are best, I love the convenience of healthy frozen food, especially ingredients and meals which is already portioned.

BigFish Brand suggests to poach, bake or zap (in the microwave) to cook each of their deliciously flavoured fillets. I personally prefer to microwave, as it's ready in 4 minutes, and when your hungry cooking on the run, 4 minutes is no excuse not to eat healthily! This Thai Salmon Salad recipe, is one which I created for BigFish Brand. It's super simple and quick to throw together, perfect for a picnic or a family summertime dinner! 

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Victoria Sponge Cake

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Victoria Sponge Cake

A victoria sponge has to be one of the first recipes I remember my mum teaching me. It was always a basic mix of the same amount of sugar, butter and flour and double the amount of eggs of the first numeric number in the g's of butter, sugar and flour. In recent years, I've always opted for a splash of milk to help to moisten the sponge and a dash of flavouring to add some depth to this mix. This recipe is the basic formula for any sponge cake and can played around with until your hearts content...

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Minted Salmon & Lemon Pappardelle

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Minted Salmon & Lemon Pappardelle

Salmon always has the affiliation of being rather fancy and saved for dinner party purposes or special occasions. However, pre-judgement to one side, salmon is super healthy and BigFish Brand have made it so simple to cook. You store their salmon portions frozen, and simply place in the microwave fro 3-4 minutes until cooked through, poach or bake in the oven. It really is that simple. This pasta dish is perfect for any mid-week family dinner and makes the most of springs seasonal asparagus, which is currently available in pretty much any supermarket or at any Farmers Market. With very few processes, there's even little mess to clean up once you've finished slurping your pappardelle from your plate...

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Caribbean Rum Cake

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Caribbean Rum Cake

The Caribbean islands are famous for their delicious rum based sponge cakes, rich in flavour and super moist. However, they're not one for the faint hearted, as they pack some rum and a half! I find this recipe creates a little too much syrup, but serve it on the side as you slice away the cake, as it adds an extra kick of rum and sweetness. Alternatively, save in a glass jar and serve with ice cream!...

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