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Strawberry Pavlova

Pavlovas are very easy to make and the ingredients are cheap! You can use any fruit what want, I used strawberries as these are in season. Don’t worry if your meringue cracks, this happened to me. Once you cover your meringue with whipped cream and fruit you wont notice the imperfections :) 

Recipe by BBC Good Food

If you fancy something more naughty add melted chocolate to the meringue before you pop it into the oven or drizzling with chocolate, caramel or strawberry sauce.

By Sam

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Birthday Visits in Bournemouth

My birthday was a while back but I was very lucky in that friends came to visit me in Bournemouth. Since it was everyone’s first time in this beach-side town, we had a little tour of the city, starting with drinks at Aruba.

Some fresh mint tea in South Coast Roast Cafe..

and some photos at the end of the pier. 

Luckily the weather was on our side that weekend, and a walk down the beach was also enjoyed!

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BBQ Weather!

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This week the weather has been brilliant. At the weekend we planned to have a BBQ, we left it to the last minute as usual and had to wonder round the shops looking for rolls, burgers and picking up the last few packets of sausages. 

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For me summer is all about sitting in the garden eating dinner and relaxing with a glass of wine or a very cold beer.

When everyone is in the garden my cats Patsy (top) and Sasha (bottom) roll around wanting to be stroked and hover around the table waiting for someone to drop their food.

By Sam

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Portland, England

After the quick morning and lunch in Weymouth, we went a bit further to Portland where beautiful scenery of cliffs, beaches and the sea could be seen. The weather really helped too! 

Alice

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I made these delicious cupcakes using a carrot cake box mix from Betty Crocker. Topped with cream cheese frosting these cakes are so moist, light and they wont last very long! You can find the recipe here. I used the box mix and only added the essential eggs, water and olive oil (instead of vegetable oil), but they would taste lovely with the added crunch of walnuts or raisins too. The recipe made 17 large cupcakes with a good dollop of cream cheese frosting and decorated with a sprinkling of silver balls.   

By Sam

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Weymouth, England

I enjoyed a small day trip and lunch in Weymouth, a small maritime town on the south coast of England, where we got to sit outside for the first time this year and enjoy the sunny weather.

Alice 

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Healthy Falafel Lunch

This falafel recipe is baked, making it much healthier and easy

All you need is:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of oats
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch of salt and pepper and paprika
  • 1 tbsp water

Simply preheat your oven to 180C, pulse the chickpeas until slightly grainy and add all other ingredients except for the water. Mix well until evenly combined and then add water, little by little until the consistency enables you to make small balls. Place on a cooking sheet and bake for 30 minutes and done!

I paired this with sweet potato fries, a small salad, hummus, homemade cumin and coriander yogurt sauce, and homemade smoothie! 

Alice 

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Danebury Iron Age Hillfort

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Grain-Free Chocolate Brownies

The recipe can be found here

A healthy alternative to a usually decadent treat.

Alice

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Cherry Bakewell Cake

This cake tasted amazing! It was so moist and sweet just like a cherry bakewell tart. The recipe is easier than you think, you literally shove all the cake ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Bake, then smother in jam, icing and roasted almonds. A perfect cake for birthdays and special occasions, you will definitely impress everyone with how lovely it looks and its wonderful taste.

Recipe by BBC GoodFood

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Apple and Almond Cake

This cake is so simple and easy to make, and very delicious! Both light, because of the lack of flour and fruity by the addition of apples, it’s a great option as a dessert after a large meal!

The recipe came from Nigella, and can be seen here.

By Alice

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Healthified Chocolate Chips Cookies

If you’re looking for a healthy little treat for a snack, here it is!

These little cookies are made with few ingredients and all are healthy, with no sugar and no flour.

Ingredients

1 can of chickpeas (drained)

1/2 cup of honey/agave nectar

2/3 cup of peanut butter

1 handful of almonds

1/3 cup of chocolate chips

Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a blender

Mix in the chocolate chips

Cook for 20 minutes at 180 degrees

(You can also add coconut or raisins to this recipe for extra flavour)

By Alice

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Sam’s No Nut Energy Bars

I have been wanting to make my own energy bars for a while now as they are so expensive in the supermarket. Energy bars can range from £1-£2 a bar which is crazy money if you eating one a day.

Looking online for homemade recipes without nuts (my boyfriend is allergic) was very hard so I decided to create my own taking inspiration from these recipes by Chocolate Covered Katie and Health is Happiness.

This recipe is ever so simple! Using only 5 ingredients (you can add/subtract other ingredients if you want) these are so yummy give you that energy boost before a workout!

You can buy all these ingredients in bulk which saves you even more money. These ingredients only cost me £6 and made 16 bars! I still have a few ingredients left over the next time too. These bars are so delicious, they taste just like flapjacks with its crunchy texture and the apricot and coconut are made for each other. I hope you enjoy eating these!

Ingredients (makes 16 bars)

  • 2 cups (325g) Dates
  • 1 1/4 cups (250g) Apricots
  • 1 cup (150g) Linseeds/Flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup (100g) Sunflower Seeds
  • 2/3 cup (70g) Dried Grated Coconut

Method

  1. Blend all the ingredients together.
  2. Press into a lined baking tray.
  3. Refrigerate until the bars are solid.
  4. Cut into bars and eat!

Keep these bars in the fridge for freshness and to keep them solid :)

Nutrition Information (per bar 1/16)

  • Calories: 197
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Protein: 4g

By Sam

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Galette Des Rois

In France, a traditional cake is served in January, shortly after Christmas, to celebrate the Epiphany. The cake is made with an almond paste and features a porcelain piece within the cake for someone to find, whoever find it within their piece of cake is made King for the day.

This January, we made our own cake and placed a coin inside.

Ingredients

2 sheets of puff pastry

4 egg yolks

100 grams of sugar

100 grams of ground almonds

100 grams of butter

Method

Mix three egg yolks with the sugar until whitened

Mix in the butter and ground almonds

Place the first sheet of puff pastry in a pie dish

Put in the almond mixture, and place a coin, then place the second sheet of puff pastry on top, making sure that the two sheets are sealed and none of the almond mixture can be seen or leaked.

Mix the final egg yolk and brush on top of the cake

Put in the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes, then at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

Take out to let cool and enjoy.

By Alice

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

It was my birthday the other day so I celebrated by making a magic custard cake!I was very intrigued by the cake as I couldn’t understand how the cake mixture could form a custard center.  I thoroughly enjoyed it with scoops of vanilla ice cream. Recipe here: http://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/magic-custard-cake/ 

I was very spoilt over my birthday period as my boyfriend cooked me a lovely dinner (pictured above). Turkey steaks wrapped in sage leaves and prosciutto ham, with mini roast potatoes, peas and a white wine sauce. 

On my actual birthday I went out for dinner with my family at the Buddha, my local Chinese buffet restaurant. The food was amazing, I ate so much I was so stuffed and tired afterwards. I was very embarrassed when my mum planned for them to bring out my birthday cake. The restaurant was packed with people eating and then the lights went out and everyone stared at me as the man brought over my cake. On a better note I received a lucky Buddha charm that my cat likes to wear as a necklace and I got a sheep birthday cake.

By Sam