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    Cozy Autumn & Butternut Squash Soup

    Summer is really dragging out this year and I’m finding myself sort of wishing it would move on… it’s overcast and humid, mornings are cold, afternoons are stuffy and people are starting to get colds. In our house we go through a lot of onions, garlic and tomatoes and we never get colds (touch wood). One of my favourite things to eat this time of year is butternut squash soup and the fantastic thing is that you can have it so many ways, as part of a thick hearty vegetable soup (un-blended with lots of Parmesan cheese), gingered and cooked with peppers, or my ultimate favourite, as a curried creamed…

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    All Buttered Up!

    We love trying our hands at making our own! We’ve brewed our own beer, wine, made our own spaghetti, ravioli…..and even butter! I’ve my husband to thank for this and it couldn’t be easier, his parents are always dropping hints for a slab of it, so we usually barter for one of Ryan’s Mother’s loaves of fresh bread. Have you ever had your Mother or Grandmother tell you off while whipping cream “DON’T TURN THAT INTO BUTTER!!”? Well that’s exactly what it is, the only ingredient, Double (heavy) cream and 1/2 teaspoon of salt which is optional but will also help preserve the butter! Just buy the biggest tub you…

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    Red Velvet Cake

      I can usually take or leave cake, but my weakness is chocolate! Mention Red Velvet cake to me and my ears prick up! There’s something so enticing about that red velvety moist sponge and the bitterness in the cream cheese frosting… It’s a heavenly combination..no heavy decoration required, just self indulgence! A recipe that originates from the deep south United States and has been loved by many! A lot of recipe books will tell you to use up to an ounce or even two of liquid food colouring, this won’t do, not only does it turn into the colour of an old Ox Blood Doc Martin boot but tastes…