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Washington Apple Cake

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 10th June 2019

For Father’s Day this year I decided to dig into the history of the occasion a little to get some inspiration for what to make. A celebration of Fatherhood has been around since the middle ages, but the current incarnation of Father’s Day is probably a result of the work of Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father was a single parent of six and civil war veteran. In 1910, Dodd heard a sermon about Mother’s Day at her church in Spokane, Washington State and decided that Fathers should have a day too. Originally, she wanted the day to be on her Dad’s birthday (5th June) but the pastor did not have enough time to prepare a sermon and postponed it until the third Sunday in June, which is when we now celebrate it. After the first edition of the day Dodd’s life rather got in the way of promoting the event and it was not until the 1930 that it really started to take off as she returned to her hometown and got the help of trade groups who wanted to market presents as part of the event. A Father’s Day Council was formed in 1930 but it was not until 1972 that President Nixon signed the day into law. In honor of the modern-founder of the day, I thought I would look for traditional home-bake cakes from Washington State. I came across this Apple cake, which is made using an American muffin-like recipe but is British feeling in taste!

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Tahini Galette

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 20th May 2019

Another Bank Holiday! There are so many at this time of year and the wonderful thing about that is that you don’t feel you have to use them to ‘get things done’. Instead you can slow down, have friends around and relax. This recipe brings a slightly Mediterranean vibe to a very informal pastry tart. It’s perfect for at the dinner table or in the garden or cold in a picnic.

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Mothering Sunday

Posted by Gill Bland Thursday, 28th March 2019

With mothering sunday around the corner I was wondering about what the best thing was to make. Should it be something decadent that I’d want to eat myself or give to my mother, or should it be something tasty but easy that my husband could help my son make for me? I mean, it seems wrong to be ‘slaving away at the stove’ for my own mothering sunday bake, but then I love baking so actually having the time to make something is a treat.

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Slow Roast Curry Pork with Turmeric Roasties

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 22nd October 2018

It’s national Curry Week from 22-28th October and so it is that I bring you an entirely un-authentic but utterly warming and tasty cry version of a roast dinner. Curry AND roast dinner, eh? Who said you couldn’t have your cake and eat it? Throw your favourite spices at this recipe and treat it a bit like pulled pork. Serve with turmeric roasties (below) or salad, wraps, pickle and  yoghurt or dhal (eg. like this).

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Slow cook ovens

Posted by Lindsey Payne Monday, 5th February 2018

One of the things I love about a range cooker is its ability to do everything! I don’t need several other machines, usually the ones that are lurking in the back of a cupboard somewhere, I just need my trusty range. It really doesn’t matter if you have a conventional oven, gas oven, multifunction oven or a dedicated slow cook area on your range cooker as you can always slow cook.

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If you are cooking a turkey for the first time it can be daunting!
Here are some tips to help you produce the best roast turkey ever!....

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Sweet Potato Fruit Bread with homemade Nutella

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 21st November 2016

Fruit-bread toast and chocolate spread. That comes into the category of naughty but nice, right? Well, let me be your little ray of sunshine today (yeah, sunshine, remember that?) because this toasty goodness is actually at the healthy end of the spectrum.

The bread is made with sweet potato and chickpeas so it’s sweet but not too sweet, incredibly filling and full of slow release energy. The loaf is studded with prunes to give it little pockets of gooey goodness that also serve to up the fibre content and the crunchy roasted chickpeas on the top give it a lovely crunch to contrast the more solid texture of the inside.

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Timing is everything!

Posted by Lindsey Payne Monday, 8th August 2016

If like me you are forced into standing on a sideline each Weekend to support your childs sporting career, I may, just may have a feature that might interest you!

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Longing for a Rangemaster…………

Posted by Lindsey Payne Wednesday, 20th July 2016

Training Manager, Mark Towns discusses the new range of Built-in appliances from Rangemaster.

Do you long for the functionality of a range cooker, do you love to cook, are you curious about steam cooking…….. Well I might just have something to whet your appetite.

Here at Rangemaster we have been busy creating a complete new range of products – only this time they are built in! 

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My favourite Rangemaster function

Posted by Alexandra Dibble Thursday, 2nd June 2016

I have been asked to pick my favourite function on a Rangemaster but I can’t choose just one function, so I am going for the multifunction oven and all of the functions therein!

 

To explain why, I think it will be easier for me to describe cooking something in the multifunction oven which will use 3 of its functions.  An all-time favourite – a quiche or a savoury tart, is a good example.

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