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Sort-of Moroccan Sort-of Leftovers Pie

Posted by Gill Bland Thursday, 26th July 2018

When we planned that I would blog a freeze-ahead recipe to highlight the new Rangemaster freezer range, it was the middle of winter and we were having more snow that I’ve seen in a while. It seemed a perfectly reasonable thing to be considering hearty freeze-ahead casseroles, lasagnes, pies etc. 

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Father’s Day Beef Wellington

Posted by Gill Bland Tuesday, 12th June 2018

A quick web search for Father’s Day recipes brings up a barrage of meat and beer based recipes, most of which are BBQ or beef based. I had great ideas that I was going to do something more unusual to celebrate the day - like spaghetti pie (it exists) or something lighter even, but I thought I should ask the new-dad in our household what his stomach would most desire on Father’s Day. Barely a beat was missed before the reply came back ‘that beef in pastry thing you made once ages ago’. So, the cow-based, pastry laden product won out and you know what? I’m glad. I’m not sure why it’s been so long since I made this. It’s so easy and yet it looks quite impressive. I might just repeat it next week when we have some other Dad’s (and their families) over for tea.

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Aunty Viv’s New Mum Magic Fruit Cake

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 5th March 2018

This year Mothering Sunday will have a new significance in our household. Our little boy, Monty, was born on the 9th Feb.

On our return home from hospital, my Mum stayed with us for a week and I have even more love and respect for her than I already did, both because of the experience of becoming a mum, and also for her patience, help and mad cooking skills during that week. My mum’s stews, soups and other  general awesomeness will continue to feature in future recipes, but for this one I am going to bring you someone else baking prowess.

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Slow cook ovens

Posted by Lindsey Payne Monday, 5th February 2018

One of the things I love about a range cooker is its ability to do everything! I don’t need several other machines, usually the ones that are lurking in the back of a cupboard somewhere, I just need my trusty range. It really doesn’t matter if you have a conventional oven, gas oven, multifunction oven or a dedicated slow cook area on your range cooker as you can always slow cook.

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Superhero Muffins

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 8th January 2018

I’ll be honest – giving you this recipe seems like a cop-out. As you can see from the lovely sunshine in the photos, I took them back in June last year. So, it seems like I’m just throwing something at you from the archives because I can’t be bothered. However, when the good folk of Rangemaster asked me to provide a healthy breakfast recipe I wanted to give you one that I ACTUALLY eat. Not one that I aspire to eat and never get around to. Yes, there are lots of lovely healthy buckwheat pancake recipes (which I’ve made a few times and are indeed good) or lots of egg-white concoctions which look promising but don’t deliver but, to be honest, something has to be really enticing to tear me away from a good, gloopy bowl of porridge made slowly over the hob in a moment of morning reflection-time. No, it’s the days when I don’t have time to sit down that I need a healthy option that I can grab and go and will help me resist the draw of the almond croissant.

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Friendly Pumpkin Cornbread

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 30th October 2017

The clocks have gone back and the dark nights are here. Twinkly street lights and crunchy leaves fill the walk home from work and even school. Whether you’re out pounding the pavements with the kids on a chilly October evening or you’re just coming home after a long day, a big hunk of this Friendly Pumpkin Cornbread with some soup, chilli or any other warming stew will go down a treat, and it’s not tricky at all to make (see what I did there?). Despite cutting the amount of sugar from the original recipe by 3/4 it’s still quite sweet, but this works really well with savoury dishes and even better if you toast it with a mature/ blue cheese and some pesto for that oozy green-gooey look!

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Quick Easy After School Dinner

Posted by Gill Bland Tuesday, 19th September 2017

Well, what happened to the summer?  I don’t mean the sunshine, we didn’t have a bad one by British standards, but where did the time go? Whether you have children or not, the darker evenings somehow chase away the idea of loafing around and slowly cooking something to be enjoyed at leisure. Add hungry post-school offspring into the mix and we all need a couple of fast, filling, flexible dinner options up our sleeves.

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Picnic Pick-and-Mix Handpies

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 7th August 2017

Summer holidays are here and getting outdoors is a great thing to do with the family when you’ve been cooped up in schools and offices all year. Add a a picnic into the mix you've got yourself an adventure - especially when you take the unreliable British weather into account. This recipe will not only make an event out of prepping for the picnic, but it’ll provide a range of options for young and old and something comforting enough to eat in the car hiding from the rain or light enough to eat sat in the sun. You can make the pastry with the kids and lay out all the filling options for them to choose from so that they can make their lunch and mark the tops of the pies as they wish.

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Shortbread with a Malty Millionaire option

Posted by Gill Bland Tuesday, 1st August 2017

Shortbread. So simple and yet so good. Only three ingredients can make you a wonderful, buttery, crumbly biscuit which is perfect to have on your own with a moment of calm and a cup of tea or to package up into a gift. Not only that, but you can use it as a base for all sorts of wonderful sweet treats - perhaps with cream or mousse on top or indeed, millionaire shortbread. However, I’ve always had dubious results when it comes to the caramel part of the shortbread-for-rich-people so I’m sharing a cheats method with you which I discovered by throwing a load of ingredients in my baking cupboard into a pan and has since become a family favourite.

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Gin & Tonic Cupcakes

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 5th June 2017

Well, it looks like summer is just starting to think about appearing and what great timing, for Saturday the 10th June is World Gin Day and there’s nothing that makes a gin and tonic taste better then a long balmy summer evening. 

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