Friends and family sitting together and enjoying a meal together. Happiness and food. Does food unite a happy household? Or does it put financial pressure on a stretched household budget? My mum always said that you must wear proper shoes, enjoy school days because they are the carefree days of your life and finally, buy

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Rhubarb Crumble with Cassia Recently my father in law gave me a gift. It was my late mother in laws cook book. It’s one of those books that has newspaper clipping, hand written notes and of course family recipes written neatly on various pages. Shelia (my mother inlaw) must have been very organised, as each section is

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Bini’s Somerset Spiced Cider Cake with Sultanas served with Somerset Clotted Cream. Somerset situated in the  West Country is well known for its cider. With ample apples and great food the West Country has plenty to offer. With this in mind and working alongside Thatches cider, I set out to use the local ingredient in

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Happy New Year – starting fresh for 2015 New Year’s Resolutions I have set a few achievable new year’s resolutions; 1.  to continue with running and tone up 2. eat more healthily – more vegetarian dishes and experiment with pulses, lentils and dal. 3. learn a new skill. I know some will take longer to fulfil but at

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Gujarati Rotla- Gluten Free Indian Bread Gluten free food – simply spicy! It’s easy With a little know-how, preparing and cooking Indian food is simple and straightforward.  There’s a huge variety of spices to choose from, many of which are actively good for you.  Don’t forget that there’s a difference between spice and heat – spices add depth

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The Gujarati Community in the Western state of Indian use lentils as a form of protein. This cake is a savoury option and is fanatics served with a cup of tea or masala chai. This dish is was served at the weekend when my mum would experiment with various vegetables. I love the crsust that is

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Pumpkin and Masala Chai Cake with a Spiced Clove Frosting I was inspired to try something different and I thought I would develop a new recipe that perhaps spices us a pumpkin and warm you up whilst trick or treating this half term. Ingredients 400g pumpkin 350g soft brown sugar 100g butter 2 medium eggs 300g

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Autumn news from Sweet Cumin It’s a wonderful month with the night’s drawing in closer and cosy up next to the fire eating comforting warming food; with Diwali; Halloween, and only 10 weeks to Christmas the countdown has slowly started already started. It’s is the festival light – Diwali where Hindus throughout the world celebrate

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It’s always great to be part of a surprise celebration and this week; I had Dave who turned a milestone and came along to the cookery school to learn that he was going to be cooking with some of his friends for a party of 22 that evening. After the initial shock he was well into the

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