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Key Lime Pie

This recipe came to me from my late, demented Grandmother (Phyllis). There are a few variations of this dessert knocking about, but this is a faithful reproduction of what came to me (measures converted in to metric, obv). Phyllis always told me that this was a ‘hot day’ dessert, but we don’t often get the chance for such things in this country! I like this dish because it’s quick and easy to do (if you don’t count the waiting time!)

Prep time:

  • 90 minutes (mostly waiting time)

Cooking time:

  • 8-10 minutes


  • 375g ordinary (plain) digestive biscuits
  • 150g/unsalted butter
  • 8-10 large limes
  • 570ml double cream
  • 1 x 397g/can of sweetened condensed milk
  • crystallised lime zest, to decorate (and hold back a biscuit to decorate too)


  • Crush the digestive biscuits
  • Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the crushed biscuits
  • Lightly (not too firmly!) press the mixed butter and biscuits into the base of a deep, loosed-bottomed, flan tin
  • Chill the flan tin and mix in the fridge, while you do the next thing
  • Grate the zest off the limes
  • Squeeze the limes
  • Put the juice in to a large bowl
  • Add the cream and the condensed milk
  • Whisk the contents of the bowl for a couple of minutes
  • Add in to this mix the lime zest and lightly stir to ensure it blends in
  • Remove the biscuit base from the fridge
  • Pour the mix onto the biscuit base
  • Place the flan tin on to a tray and chill it in the fridge for 90 minutes or so
  • Decorate with the lime zest and the crumbs of the biscuit you held back

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September 2013



September already? For the most part, our holidays are over.  Across the country, parents heave a sigh of relief as the commuters heave a sigh of despair!  Back to school and back to work.

If you have a fussy eater, packed lunches are often the best way to monitor the intake, rather than wondering what’s been left on the plate.  But it’s not just the school packed lunches that leave us wondering what we could possibly add that might be a bit more exciting than a stale, or, come to mention it, a soggy sandwich, with a bit of limp lettuce if you’re lucky.

You only have to ponder your own eating habits to really appreciate the boom in “lunch deals”.  The money exchanged by the UK’s workforce over a lunch period must be phenomenal!soup mug

In order to liven things up, and save money, this Sitema soup mug (tried and tested) is great if you’re lucky enough to be near a microwave! It holds a hefty portion, seals tightly for transporting, and can be thrown in the dishwasher at the end of the day. Ocado have them in stock for £4.49, or currently £3.97 from Amazon!! Let’s not forget, of course, it doesn’t just have to be for soup!  Add left over chilli, pasta, baked beans even!

If you’re on the road, then get you’re thinking cap on.  Any home made sandwich will taste better, be cheaper and healthier than any garage or services shop bought rubbish.  There are so many breads, crackers, meats, cheeses, available to us now, the options are endless.  So yes, we are back to work, back to school… back to the daily grind.  But lets not feel blue, lets liven up our lunchtime – make your lunch, make it delicious, AND save money!





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Lentil soup

I’ve tried hard to recreate the lentil soup that takes me back to the all night soup kitchens from my many holidays in Turkey. This is the nearest I can get without shelling out a few hundred quid for a fortnight in the sun!

2 medium onions, 250g carrots, 110g red lentils, 3 pints veg or chicken stock.

Place all ingredients into saucepan, cover, bring to the boil and simmer for 25-30 mins till veg/lentils are cooked through. Cool for apx 5-10mins then purée in a liquidiser or with a hand blender.

If you like heat, you can add dried chilli flakes.

I like mine served with a squeeze of fresh lemon and some nice flatbread.


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Welcome to the first edition & Welcome to July!

As the warm weather approaches, I often find myself dreaming of picnics.

Whether we actually make it out into the wilderness is another thing all together…  However! I dream of soft blankets, warm sun, good company, a glass of fizz and good food…

The reality when we do make it out is, invariably, overpriced hastily bought, rubbish snacks, over-fizzy pop and over-excited kids!

The chance of peace and quiet is a distant dream and the glass of fizz turns into a glass of water, if I’m lucky, after the kids have all dribbled in it….. (not to mention the inevitable chase of the empty crisp packet as it blows through the park).

None the less, the dream remains, and in it, I have lovely home made food and something delicious to drink….

I quite fancy making the Olive Pastries as posted by Alex or Key Lime Pie as posted by Brennig, both would, I’m sure, pack up well for a picnic.

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One thing is for sure, I will be making my own Boozy Trifle.  And if neither time nor weather allow for a picnic, I shall find a moments peace for this…

boozy trifleWhat will you be having……..?

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