Recipes

The Commonsense Kitchen: Chocolate, Beetroot & Ginger Muffins

1 March 2017

As the weather starts to grow colder, an afternoon spent in a warm kitchen starts to look increasingly tempting. These muffins are a Commonsense lunchbar favourite: the sharp spiciness of the ginger perfectly juxtaposes the rich creamy chocolate and earthy beetroot...

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Marion's Plum Jam Recipe

6 February 2017

Summer and early autumn are plum heaven at our stores. In February, the dark-fleshed varieties like Black Doris and Omega start to arrive and you know it's time to start making plum chutney, plum sauces and plum jam...

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Cool Down for Summer: 3 Easy Peasy Ice Pops

4 January 2017

Summer is here, and we think ice-pops are the perfect hot weather treat for kids and grown-ups! Our stores recently started selling no-stick BPA-free ice pop molds from local business Munch, and we've been experimenting with recipes. No sticks. No tricky bits. Just delicious ice-cold ice-pops...

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10 Easy Ways to Use Up Christmas Leftovers

19 December 2016

Christmas is a time of foodie celebration, but it can be so easy to over-estimate quantities and end up with a whole lot of excess food. If Boxing Day finds you with your fridge bulging, here are 10 quick and easy ideas ideas to make the most of Christmas leftovers...

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz

29 November 2016

After a refreshing summer tipple but don’t know where to start? We have just the thing for you. Inspired by the long summer evenings, we asked our resident Creative Mixologist Natalie Young to share one of her own cocktail recipes, using the best of our seasonal ingredients.      ..

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Lucy's Christmas Mincemeat

11 October 2016

This is definitely not a traditional mincemeat recipe (which uses suet and fewer varieties of dried fruit) but no one in my family seems to be complaining...

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Teva’s 10 Minute Honey Chicken

6 September 2016

Our Merchandise Manager Teva Stewart is well known for being a bit of a whizz in the kitchen. To celebrate Bee Aware Month, Teva pulled this ten minute chicken recipe out of his repertoire. The addition of honey at the end creates a delicious sticky glaze that seals in the moisture,.....

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Baked Apple with Orange Zest Crumble

28 July 2016

This an amazing and very simple recipe is perfect for winter. It's quick to make, and while it's baking in the oven, your house will fill with the smell of cinnamon and apples - divine! This dessert is a total crowd-pleaser for the whole family, but is also a nice.....

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Fairtrade Chocolate and Banana Cookies

16 May 2016

These delicious cookies were made in celebration of Fair Trade Fortnight 2016 - we think using Fairtrade products makes them taste all the more delicious. We love eating them straight out of the oven (after a bit of time to cool, obviously - we don't want to burn our tongues!) with.....

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Marion's Christmas Pudding Recipe

27 November 2015

This recipe for christmas pudding is a classic in the family home of our founders Jim and Marion.  Rich and traditional, this pudding is a real delight. ..

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