Magic Mushrooms

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Mushrooms are magic!!! They are in season and are sensational!

This is a my slimming world smoked garlic mushrooms bruschetta with poached eggs.
For a fantasticly tasty weekend brunch, why not try this delicious recipe.
I posted ingredients previously, so you should be ready to go, but just in case, here they are again….
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Ellie’s Deli

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I love a good deli! The fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh bread, eggs, meats and speciality products you just can find anywhere else. The expertise of an owner that lets you try before you buy and actually has a genuine knowledge and love of the goods they are selling. You just cant beat that personal service.

And we now have a great Deli just outside Worcester, run by a very passionate, professional friend of mine, So as you see I’m not biased at all…much…

Now if your looking for all of the above, get yourself down to Ellie’s Deli! Mill farm, Stanford Bridge, Worcester, WR6 6SP, she is open Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-1pm.
She has been open just over a week and the place is amazing, in the short time we were there, there was a constant stream of customers buying and sampling the fresh produce on offer.

Here’s a little tour…

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Just Beet It…

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Beetroot is a great vegetable. it has a long season from July to January and is in it’s peak now. So why not enjoy a seasonal treat.

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Beetroot is a super food, it is  part of the chenopod family these include beets, chard, spinach and quinoa. Beetroot is of exceptional nutritional value; especially the greens, which are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fibre, manganese and potassium. You can use all parts of a beetroot. The tops can be cooked in the same way as spinach, or when young eaten such as chard in a salad, and of course the root is plump and versatile.
You can get the red/purple beetroot we all know, but varieties also include golden, candy stripe and white…. so many to experiment with. 

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Keep Korma and Curry On……

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For cold nights a lovely fragrant, punchy curry is perfect. If you want the taste but a slimmers version, this one is a winner. This is quite a famous recipe in the Slimming World, but I have put a spicer bite on it.
Also adding a lovey sag aloo side dish.

Both are syn free and delicious.

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Larder Times…

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With Winter drawing nearer and the allotment getting barer, a well stocked larder is essential for throwing together some really tasty and filling dinners.

My dry store basics include:

Stock cubes/bouillon, marmite, bovril
Rice, all types, arborio, basmati, pudding
Dry Pasta, all typer, but I stick to linguine, lasagne sheets and macaroni
Super grain and pulses such as amaranth, cous cous, green and red lentil, quinoa, pearl barley
Dry herbs and spices, my store is pretty jam packed but I use smoked paprika, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, vanilla, coriander, bay leaves and mixed herbs the most
Tins, chopped tomatoes, passata, chickpeas, kidney beans, butter bean, mushy peas and any other beans I can get my paws on…

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Keeping these in my larder means I always have a meal idea using a combination of these and a few fresh ingredients.

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All Good Things Come To Those Who Bake…

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Hello All,

Bake Love is in need of a lovely makeover. I want to give you all new photos, a new style and look and an adjustment to my blogging style.

You’ll still see the same yummy, easy to follow homemade recipes, seasonal favourites and vintage kitchenalia. You’ll also be in store for great photos, exciting food trends and lots more smart and snappy blogs to peruse through.

This may take a little while as I want to get it perfect for you, so please be paitent with me.

Keep checking on here for updates and remember you can also follow me through the social media below.

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Rice, Rice Baby ….

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Rice is a fantastically versatile ingredient. It is the main staple food for a large part of the human population. It is the no. 1 crop worldwide.
We use rice in lots of dishes at home and probably eat it 3-4 times a week.
Main favourites are chilli and rice, risotto, rice salads and loaded rice ( basically anything reaching the end of its life veg wise, bacon and some crumbled feta).

A great filling dinner it is new my main staple for parties.

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Paella is fun, filling and looks amazing in a big dish in the middle of the table for all to enjoy.
I like to do chicken, prawn and chorizo, although rabbit is traditionally used.
You can omit or add meats as you want although stick to white meats and fish.
My recipe is a bit of a mix of my favourites and a Sardinian classic.

Onto the rice, for me there are 3 rices to use for a paella, which in essence is a dryer paella…..

You have;
Paella rice- Bahia, Balilla, Bomba, Calasparra and Senia,
Carnaroli rice and
Arborio rice- mainly used in risotto.

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Flour Power – Part One

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Flour is powerful stuff.

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Flour has been around for a long long time. The earliest recordings go as far back as when they found wheels to grind corn and wheat. It is the main ingredient in most cultures across the World for daily staples such as bread and doughs, and comes in a huge variety of different types, proteins ratios, derivatives and flavour.

It is used in so many recipes I just could not it all into one post and still keep everyone interested, so here is part one, some basic recipes and uses- to more advanced….

There are also a staggering number of flours available…
Here I will be blogging about general all purpose plain flour, self raising, and white bread flour.

I am making just going to do a couple of recipes to start off.

Basic white sauce- to make a morbier, prosciutto and spinach mac cheese- plain flour
Simple cinnamon buns- self raising
Brioche- prosciutto wrapped Camembert baked in brioche- white bread flour

Lets begin……

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Deer Old Friends….

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Seasonal treat- Venison!

Amazing venison is in season from About November till March. It is lean and tasty and everso nice!
It is a seasonal treat and should be enjoyed.
Use it in the same way you would beef.
Healthy and filling it is a great meat option. Also a lot of UK venison will be wild, which for me is great. If venison is farmed is is outside and is not intensively farmed, so your concious will enjoy venison as well as your tummy.

Two of venison’s best friends are chilli and chocolate.

I love a recipe that calls for a spicy bite and a smooth chocolate note. Don’t overpower with either as venison is a delicate flavoured meat.

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Venison Stew with chilli and chocolate.
Serves 4

X 100g of stewing venison per person
x 4 rashers of back bacon ( smoked ids nice)
x 3 onions chopped
x 4 sticks of celery
x 3 carrots
x 2 bay leaves
x sprigs of seasonal herbs
x 1 glass of red wine
x splash of brandy
x 1 chopped chilli
x approx 400 mls water
x flour for dusting
x 100 g good quality dark chocolate- I used Valrhona Manjari. This dark chocolate has red berry notes and goes very well with savoury dishes. The red berry notes work perfectly with savoury food and with the venison.

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Did someone say Chimichanga?!

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So everyone loves going out for dinner, but sometimes this can be a bit of a hassle and expensive. For special occasions its great to be treated to no washing up, table service and a fantastic meal someone else has prepared, cooked and served.
But for the times when you want to save some pennies, have a treat but still stay you can re create your favourite dishes at home.

We love Mexican!
Wraps, burritos, nachos, guacamole. Its all good!!My favourite of these are Chimchangas!
Ah they are just so so good!
the crisp shell, the warm spicy soft interior, the cooling sour cream and zing lime. Chimichangas have it all.

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And they are very easy to make.

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