On a Roll


Tender. Gooey. Buttery. Decadent.

The very best cinnamon rolls are defined by these words. They should be rich, no-holds-barred indulgences, dripping with liquefied cinnamon sugar and redolent of the eponymous spice. One bite should be enough to sustain an athlete for a day, and yet that seductive sweetness makes it impossible to leave a single crumb, no matter the size of the bun. The inevitable sugar rush and crash that follows is always worth the pain, but does it truly have to be that way? After one such an experience, head reeling and fingers still sticky, I couldn’t help but seek out a better option.

Clearly, I’m not the only one looking for that sweet satisfaction without such a deleterious impact. Pro(Zero), makers of my current favorite protein powders, have just unleashed a new Cinnamon Roll flavor, proving that you really can have your cake and eat it, too-…

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Recipe: Vegan Bircher Muesli


I’ve known about bircher muesli for years but have only just recently discovered how amazing it is. If you don’t know, let me fill you in. You mix together oats, fruit, nuts and seeds with some kind of liquid such as milk, yogurt or fruit juice, then leave it in the fridge overnight. What you get in the morning is a delicious, creamy cold porridge that you can then top with berries and yogurt for a complete, healthy balanced breakfast. Plus, it can be made to be totally vegan so good for you and for the planet. If you’re not sold, make a small batch to test out and I promise you you’ll be converted.

Serves 2

What you need:

  • 50g oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp mixed seeds
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds
  • 1 tbsp sultanas
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 grated apple
  • pinch of salt
  • 200ml…

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We’ve baked Mary Flahavan’s delicious Carrot and Oatmeal cake to watch during #GBBO



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Magnolia Grille’s Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Frugal Hausfrau

It was a dark and stormy September day…sounds like the start of a good horror story, huh! It could have been because I needed some barbecue sauce. And I didn’t want to go out in the rain.

Magnolia Grill's Barbecue Sauce Magnolia Grille’s Barbecue Sauce

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Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate

Long enough ago to make me feel extremely old, I met my husband-to-be at university. We were young, in love and, being students, didn’t really go on dates. There were late nights clubbing, bacon sandwiches eaten on scruffy sofas and a few ‘fancy’ suppers when housemates were out, but mostly we just spent time together […]

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Autumn stew with buttery bean mash

Use Kosher beef and a Kosher white wine..



You know sometimes you cook something so simple, yet so wonderful, a stew for example, that fills your house with a warm scent of a loving welcome for those coming home after a long day at work. Last night I made this, it was late when we ate, I wasn’t much in the mood to take photographs, on top of that the stew smelled so wonderful that I didn’t have much patience either. So I took a quick snap-shot, however, the meal was really truly amazing, simple, but so satisfying, there is something special about beans and stew, that I wanted to share. Beans from an organic farm, beef from free-range cows, I’m convinced you can taste the difference with every bite. The wine, yes we did have wine, it was excellent, was a Primitivo Di Manduria, Sessantanni Old Vines, a bottle we were given at Christmas, and it was very nice indeed. Looking for a simple…

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Lemon and Rosemary Syrup Cake

Please Pass the Recipe

Lemon and Rosemary Syrup Cake Lemon and Rosemary Syrup Cake

Yesterday was one ofthose days, the sort of day when the safest way to avoid disaster is to shut yourself away and do nothing. I should have heeded the early warning signs.

I went into the kitchen to bake a cake, a particular cake I’d been planning to make for a couple of weeks. Perhaps I should have abandoned that idea, but then I would have missed out on discovering this wonderfully forgiving cake recipe.

Before I’d even begun I’d hit the skids, the bottle of olive oil was almost empty, melted butter would have to do. My bread was neither white or stale so I ignored the colour and mixed fresh crumbs with some dry. The only almonds I had were already ground with the skins on. So be it.

After mixing the batter I thought it looked thin enough to leak out…

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Date-Banana Smoothie

Andrea's Garden Cooking

My husband says bananas are the perfect food, but I say the same thing about medjool dates.

So, for the ‘perfect’ breakfast smoothie, why not combine the two?Add in some almond milk and vanilla and it is a yummy and healthy way to start the day!

This recipe is for one, it is easily multiplied to serve more.

Date-Banana Smoothie

2 medjool dates, pitted

½ frozen banana, cut up

3/4 cup almond milk

½ tsp vanilla


Combine allthe ingredients in a blender and mix until combined and smooth (I used the smoothiesetting on my blender).


Serves 1

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