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If you like lovely food and cooking, fresh wholesome ingredients and faffing around in the kitchen then you’ll enjoy browsing through these pages.

Here are plenty of nostalgic old-fashioned traditional treats given a bit of a modern makeover and lots of up-to-date trends as well.

Lots of baking, lots of vegetables and lots of comforting, simple and econmical recipes and things on toast you can whip up in a flash.

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New Recipes

English Monkey
During lockdown nostalgic snacks on toast, especially those involving cheese, are enjoying a bit of a revival. If you are fond of cheesy things on toast, who can resist something called English monkey? Dating back a couple of hundred years or more this thrifty relative of Welsh rarebit helps eke out the cheese and goes further than the classic rarebit mix. Store leftover monkey topping in the fridge: it keeps fresh for several days. more...

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