Hearty beef and red wine casserole

IMG_2712Perfect hearty meal at this time of year and really quick to prepare for cooking.This recipe is really flexible- if I’ve got anything in the fridge to use up I’ll put that in too.

Also try this recipe with lamb, just substitute half the beef stock for chicken stock. Serve with potato or sweet potato mash, roast potatoes or rice.

Serves 4-6 depending on portion size.

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Pancake day: Easy peasy pancake recipe

pancakeA  cheap and fool proof recipe for making pancakes yourself, with lots of topping ideas.

Makes  7 or 8 pancakes depending on thickness.


  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp. oil (plus extra for frying)
  • a pinch of salt


  • lemon and caster sugar (obviously!)
  • strawberries, banana and nutella
  • blueberries and syrup
  • mango, greek yoghurt and honey
  • ham and cheese (savoury but great!)

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The ultimate makeup remover: No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil

UntitledI’ve always thought removing make up, especially mascara, was such an effort. I used to use No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover, but I’d only be free of my panda eyes after using up half a bottle and several makeup wipes.

Then I tried No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing oil, and now I swear by it.

No need for makeup wipes or cotton wool buds, just rub straight onto your face and wash off with water. It doesn’t cause any irritation or stinging, even on my sensitive skin, and leaves it feeling clean, soft and moisturised.

Although at £11.50 it’s quite pricey, I’ve barely used any since I bought it because it’s so effective. And at the moment at Boots it’s £5 off No7 skincare as well as 3 for 2.

I’d definitely recommend it to anyone, really does live up to it’s name and make your skin “beautiful”!