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Pieday Friday ~ Tasty lemon muffins

I tend to do less baking in the summer. I can’t think of any particular reason why – maybe it’s having a hot oven on in an already hot kitchen that puts me off. But I thought I’d have a go at making some lovely tasty muffins with a refreshing lemon zing – which would taste delicious with a scoop of ice-cream! There is a surprise melting centre of lemon curd hidden in the middle of the muffins too!

Ingredients: 100g butter, 250g self-raising flour, 100g golden caster sugar, 2 eggs, 125ml low-fat natural yoghurt, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tablespoons of milk, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, lemon curd.

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Melt the butter and once cooled, whisk in the eggs, yoghurt, milk and lemon juice.  Stir into the dry mixture then spoon into muffin cases and add a teaspoon of lemon curd to the centre of the mixture before baking in the oven at 200C for 20 minutes until well risen and golden.

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Refreshing Summer Drink Recipe – Yummy Iced Tea

With the lovely summer weather this week, I’ve finally stopped boiling the kettle at half-hourly intervals and have given up my favourite cuppa tea. But in its place I’ve been trying out iced tea instead! And I thought I’d share the refreshing recipes with you so you can enjoy a glass for yourself – and best of all one cup of tea makes two iced tea drinks so you’re getting value for money too!

Brew up one cup of normal black or lighter-tasting green tea for no longer than 5 minutes, whip out the teabag so that it doesn’t become bitter and stir in a couple of spoonfuls of sugar to your own taste. Pour into a jug with two cups of cold water and chill in the fridge until completely cold and serve over ice.

To add a lemon-y twist to your iced tea, you can always used a green-tea with lemon flavoured teabag instead of normal black tea and perhaps use honey to sweeten the tea rather than the sugar. Add a ‘shot’ of lemon juice (even bottled lemon juice is fine) and slices of fresh lemon and serve over my ‘nice ice‘ lemon ice cubes!

Happy summer! x


Nice Ice Baby – Fruity ice for your summer drinks

I had a bit of a result last week when I snapped up a load of reduced fruit, and although I’d bought a bit more than I could use, I had the idea in the back of my mind that I could have a go a freezing them. I love having ice in my cold drinks, in fact, I go right off a drink if it doesn’t have ice in it! So for someone like me (who has a dedicated ice drawer in the freezer) the idea of freezing slices of fruit into ice-cubes was very appealing!

So I sliced up lemons, limes and oranges and squeezed a little corresponding juice into the cubes before adding water for a little extra fruity taste. The orange slices are great in fresh orange juice, the lime is fantastic in a coke or Florida orange drink, and the lemon works with everything, but is especially good in a cloudy lemonade for a home-made look. I even tried some pomegranate seeds in ice cubes which is fantastic in a grape & pomegranate cordial I have and the seeds even float! My ‘ice-drawer’ has never looked so colourful, and guests are impressed that they have a choice of ice for their drinks!

I think this could go even further and I’m  considering freezing some sprigs of mint for Mojitos and slices of strawberries (only a pound per punnet in Tesco & Asda at the moment) for floating my Pimms. I even spotted some jazzy ice-cubes in Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain book; with flowers in!

Have you ever tried making your own fruity ice cubes? Or flavoured ice? Let me know!


Spring has sprung… and now it’s BST already!

So the clocks jumped forwards an hour last night to British Summer Time and, as if by magic, the flowers woke up, the blossom on the trees bloomed and birds sang loudly in the blue sky. I even saw a woodpecker this morning – that’s how very definitely spring/summer it is!

I also noticed a very seasonal (although completely accidental) yellow still-life display in my fruit-bowl so I’ve snapped these pics which I think totally sum up the season perfectly.


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