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  1. Is marmalade good for you

    Is marmalade good for you?

    Did you see box office smash Paddington Bear II at the cinema recently, either on your own or with your children? If you did, chances are that you were also reminded of Paddington’s predilection for – yes, marmalade, in sandwiches, no less. While Paddington may eat marmalade at every opportunity, most of us have it for breakfast, usually on toast.  So, is marmalade good for you and what exactly are its health benefits?

    Ah, yes, Marmalade!  Bring it on!

  2. Sourdough Blueberry Muffins Recipe

    This recipe is perfect when you have some sourdough starter leftover and if you don't want to throw away your old starter when you feed it. The sourdough starter doesn't have to be very active, but if it is it helps to make these blueberry muffins extra light and fluffy. I use wholemeal (or whole wheat) flour with this recipe to make the muffins a little bit healthier, but you can easily use just white flour or even bread flours with low gluten, such as spelt flour.

  3. Is liquorice good for you

    Is liquorice good for you? Well, like many children growing in the UK in the 1970’s, I only thought of liquorice (if I thought of it at all) as something to be used to reach into the bottom of my packet of sherbet dip.

    Once wet, the sherbet stuck to the liquorice, but if you ate the two together, you were liable to run out of liquorice before you ran out of sherbet. At least I did!

    Naturally (probably, on reflection not the best word) I was after the fizzy sensation of the sherbet, and that tingling feeling on my tongue. However, what I often got instead was a coughing fit as the yellow powder hit the back of my mouth. That’s if it didn’t end up all over my school uniform, first.

  4. how to make vegan chocolate

    I've always been fascinated by the process of making chocolate and whilst in my day job, I usually use already prepared chocolate covertiture, for this recipe I've decided to explore the world of actual chocolate making.

    So, here is how to make a simple vegan chocolate bar with only three basic ingredients. This recipe is of course suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets, but it's also gluten and wheat free and doesn't contain any lactose (milk). So, this is as healthy as chocolate can get!