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Kounoupidi tiganitó or Greek Fried Cauliflower

This recipe is the 2nd one from Vera George. I was on holiday in Greece in September and Vera, who is of Greek heritage, has kindly offered some of her Greek food recipes. I love exploring recipes from other places. Kounoupidi means cauliflower and is pronounced...

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A delicious way to get a sugar free chocolate fix

This rather wonderful tea bread started life as an extremely simple ordinary bread loaf. This sugar free chocolate variation has been on my HUGE list of things to try for a while, and one sleepless night, I mixed it up and baked it, along with some scotch eggs....

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On one of the best Greek islands to visit

The island For the first couple of weeks of September, I was in Greece with my Mum and brother. Kevin often takes Mum away, usually somewhere like this. This time we stayed on the island of Kos. We love it here and usually stay in a place called Kamari, in Kefalos,...

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What I would do if I won a lottery bet

We used to play a game when I was growing up about what we would do if we won the football Pools. Do you remember those? You had to work out what some of the football results would be to win potentially life changing amounts of money. We would sit and discuss who...

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Jacket Potato Fillings

Jacket potatoes are a very popular lunch or dinner. Properly frugal, very versatile, filling, a good dieting meal if you want it to be and can be prepared in advance for convenience. What do you have for your jacket potato fillings? Potatoes are a good source of...

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Running, singing and slimming world

Slimming World On 26th March, I decided to join Slimming World. I don't really like no fat eating, but I knew several people who were having significant success with it. If it means losing flab, I'll tolerate low fat, or indeed, anything else.  I was a bit emotional...

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Review: First Tunnels Polytunnel

If you've been reading Thrifty Lesley for any length of time at all, you'll know how I love to grow fruit and vegetables in my small suburban garden. I have a standard sized greenhouse and am always struggling for room. I've often said how I would love a huge...

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Home Made Blackcurrant Jam

Blackcurrants are incredibly good for us, very rich in vitamin C and polyphemols when eaten raw, e.g. In a classic summer pudding like this wonderful looking example from Delia Smith They are easy to grow, not needing much looking after and reward you with 10-15lbs of...

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A holiday at Lake Como

We went away on 5th June for a ten day holiday at Lake Como, a magnificent place.  Mike won't fly so we went by train from St Pancras. The trains are very comfortable, but it takes 2 days to get there! Tuesday We had a very early start today, had to get up at 2:45!...

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