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The Perfect Hot Chocolate
the perfect hot chocolate

Charlie put the mug to his lips, and as the rich warm creamy chocolate ran down his throat into his empty tummy, his whole body from head to toe began to tingle with pleasure, and a feeling of intense happiness spread over him. – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl Charlie and the […]

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Afternoon Tea at Filmore and Union
Afternoon tea, Leeds

Last week Queen Elizabeth II officially became Britain’s longest reigning monarch. At 17:30 on Wednesday 9th Sept, she surpassed her great-great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, by reaching 23,226 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes on the throne. That’s a lot of waving, hand shaking, and handbags! There’s nothing more quintessentially British than our royal family, so […]

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Strawberry fields…
fruit picking

Fruit picking is a bit of a summer tradition in our house. In fact, long term readers of this blog would have probably remember that I wrote a similar post this time last year. My father used to take us to Pick-Your-Own farms when I was little and I have happy memories skipping through the […]

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staying hydrated
staying hydrated

It is said that the British have an obsession with the weather and I am no exception. Weeks of furtive glances at the weather app on my phone finally paid off and we’ve been rewarded with lots of summer sun… for now, anyway. As well as the usual, ‘I have nothing to wear’ complaint that […]

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Coconut Sorbet and Pina Coladas
coconut sorbet

I thought I would try my hand this summer at making sorbet. A quick Pinterest trawl for recipes revealed 2 things:  I would need an ice cream maker Sorbet = eggs With a member of the family with an egg allergy and a distinct lack of an ice cream maker I trawled a bit harder […]

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Sundried Tomato Garlic Bread
sundried tomato garlic bread

Summer is in full swing and it’s absolutely glorious. When the weather is this nice we all want to stay outside for as long as possible, so slaving over a hot stove is not an option. Salads make the perfect meal, but they don’t always fill you up. This bread, topped with sundried tomatoes and garlic, […]

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3 quick pastries
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Mother’s guilt. It’s a terrible thing. They never warn you about it in pregnancy magazines. I often get mother’s guilt when my friends post Instagram pictures of things they’ve baked in the kitchen with their children. I rarely involve my kids in cooking so today I decided to do something about it. I’ve found the key […]

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fruit picking
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June is my favourite month of the year. Not only does the sun shine (sometimes) and it’s my birthday (yes, I’m still going on about that), but the end of the month always means one thing: strawberries. I’ve made it a family tradition to go strawberry picking every year and the place we always visit […]

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Oil Can Café
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Last week there were double celebrations in the Cookson household. On the Sunday it was Father’s Day and on Wednesday it was my birthday, so to celebrate, I took Mr C on a lunch date to the Oil Can Café at The Carding Shed in Hepworth. The Oil Can Café is not your average tea […]

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