Winter

Coconut & Orange Cake Bars

These delicious cake bars are perfect for packed lunches, school break snacks, take to work snacks and afternoon pick me ups for those busy work at home mums! These fluffy cake bars are delicious with a thin coating of orange icing on top. You could also skip the icing and just eat the cake bars on their own too.

You could also add a delicate sprinkle of desiccated coconut on the top also but I enjoy these with a light sprinkling of grated orange zest. It adds a bit of colour.

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Slow Cooked Beef and Dumplings Stew

This hearty slow cooked traditional beef stew went down a treat on a cold Sunday afternoon. Tender meaty chunks, seasonal vegetables and buttery dumplings. A delicious winter meal for the family and really easy to put together in advance in the slow cooker.

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Butternut Blue Soup

We ate this delicious butternut squash soup with some locally made blue cheese from our Scottish farmers market. It was lovely served with some of my homemade apple and cheddar cheese soda bread. What a cheesy feast!

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Scottish Venison Osso Bucco Broth

Delicious locally sourced Scottish venison from Moray, Scotland – Little Rowater Farm Shop

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Iced Ginger Sponge

Adapted from Janet Murray’s CookbookWith a fine feeling for food, 1972

I love old cookbooks especially Scottish ones, I love to think and imagine the foods of my ancestors…how they prepared foods, what was available and what they thrived on locally. This delicious recipe is adapted from an old family Scottish Cookbook.

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Scottish Pancakes

I don’t think any Scottish foodie blog would complete without these delicious pancakes. You can serve them simple with melted butter or jam or for that special treat with some crispy bacon and eggs on the top.

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Chilli Cheese Bake

Although we have had a relatively mild winter this year we are still enjoying our hearty warming winter foods this January. This is a family favourite made into something deliciously special with the addition of some good quality sharp cheddar, the use of local beef, organic tomatoes and fresh herbs.

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Breakfast Peanut Bars

I love a nice warming family breakfast in the winter months and nothing hits the spot like a bowl of creamy porridge with a variety of toppings and a drizzle of raw honey!

Time is not always on my side in the mornings though and these breakfast bars are the perfect alternative to my fave breakfast porridge. They are not served hot but they certainly hit the spot with a little fruit and yoghurt on the side.

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Luxury Lemon & Lime Curd

Lemon curd… oh how we love your sweet taste in this household! This traditional recipe is high in butter, sugar and eggs so if your on a diet check out my egg and dairy free recipe for lemon curd here its probably a tad healthier lol!

If you want the real thing though hang around for this delicious Luxury Lemon & Lime Curd.

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Easy Preserved Lemons

These Preserved Lemons are quite possibly the easiest preserving recipe I have made to date. They are absolutely delicious and I love using preserved lemons in tagines, roast chickens or sliced into thin slices for the top of a fresh seasonal salad. They originated in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions but are now popular throughout the world.

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