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Jar of Joy: Chocolate Chip Cookie Jar!

There is magic in the air with the festive season of Christmas around, the joy of decorating the Christmas Tree, the beautiful sight of the city so bright and radiant welcoming the new year! the shopping centers looking so inviting with all the Christmas goodies, but what makes this season all the more special is, that it gives us a chance to express our love and blessing to our dear ones with all the special Christmas gifts. The tradition of becoming Santa, ringing the door bells of our near and dear ones on the eve of Christmas, and leaving them guessing who is this blessing from!! This Christmas, for all my foodie near and dear ones, this Jar of  Joy to wish you all a Merry Christmas!


175 gms of plain flour,
1 tsp baking powder,
85 gms muscavado sugar,
55 gms caster sugar,
100 gms of plain chocolate chips


1 tsp vanilla extract,
1 egg beaten,
125 gms butter,

Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 5. Lightly grease two baking trays.

Mix all the ingredients from the jar, with vanilla extract, butter and egg and beat until well combined.

Place tablespoon of the mixture on the prepared baking trays, spacing them  well apart to spread during cooking. This should make approximately 15 cookies.

Bake in the pre-heated over for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Transfer the cookies to the cooling rack to cool down completely.

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In the cold cold weather outside, really really chilly, what could be more comfortable than the whole family coming together and devouring on this comforting, rich and hearty layers of greens, bursting with the flavours of basil and taste and nutrition of the wild mushrooms,  mmm....for all those winter cravings!  Eating absolutely the tops first!  Enjoy this epitome of versatility !

115 gms butter,
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped,
115 gms shallots,
225 gms wild mushrooms,
450 gms spinach, cooked drained and finely chopped,
280 gms freshly grated Cheddar Cheese,
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg,
1 tsp chopped fresh basil,
55 gms plain flour,
600 ml hot milk
8 dried pre-cook lasagne sheets,
Salt and black to taste

Preheat the oven to 200C/ f00F/ Gas Mark 6. Lighly grease an ovenproof dish with a little butter.
Melt the butter in the pan on low heat, add the garlic while the butter is not too hot,  tip in the shallots, and then the wild mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes, tip in the cooked spinach, 225 gms of the Cheddar cheese, the nutmeg and the basil.
Season with salt and black pepper and keep aside.
Melt the remaining butter in another pan over a low heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring continuously for one minute. Slowly add in the hot milk, stirring until smooth. Stir in 25 gms of the remaining cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper
Spread half of the mushroom and spinach mixture over the base of the prepared dish. Cover with a layer of lasagne, then with half the cheese sauce. Repeat the process and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately

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MasterChef or Apprentice: Welsh Cakes

A mishmash of Masterchef and Apprentice, a cooking challenge, where two squads, boys vs girls, where Lord Sugar is on the look for for the most excellent Welsh dish, what could I have done to prevail this? Welsh cakes of course!

Here’s the Welsh Cake recipe from The Glamorgan Apprentice video, so you know how to cook up these tasty traditional treats yourselves!


• 1 lb plain flour,
• 1 teaspoon baking powder,
• 1 pinch allspice,
• 1 pinch salt,
• 200g butter,
• 150g sugar,
• 100g seedless raisins,
• 2 eggs beaten,
• Few drops of milk to beat

1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, all spice and salt in a large bowl.

2. Rub in the butter till the time the dry ingredients with butter resemble breadcrumbs.

3. Add the beaten eggs to the mixture, with a few drops of milk to make a fairly stiff dough.

4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4 of an inch and cut into 2-inch rounds with a pastry cutter.

5. Cook on a well-greased griddle or a heavy based frying pan for about 3 minutes each side on a low flame until each side is golden brown.

6. Sprinkle with castor sugar and serve warm.

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