With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to don the thinking caps to come up with a way to make the mothers in your life feel special and appreciated. I remember when my brother and I were small, my dad would sometimes struggle to think of ways to include us in the Mother’s Day celebrations. Kids love to bake. My Mum’s favourite treat is a cream tea. Freshly baked scones and a hot cup of something herbal will always make her happy. These days we often take her out to a tearoom, but making something at home is much more meaningful and is a great way to save some money! I’d forgotten how much fun it was to create our own little tea party and celebrate how awesome my mum is. Mother’s work harder than anyone, so really put the effort in for them this Sunday and get everyone involved. This recipe will entertain the little ones and put a big smile on Mum’s face. Happy Mother’s Day!


Mother’s Day Cream Tea


(Makes about 6-8 scones, Prep time: 20 mins, Cook time 10-12 minutes)


225g self-raising flour

1 pinch of salt

50g butter, chilled

25g caster sugar

125ml buttermilk

4tbsp milk, preferably whole

1 egg, for the egg-wash (optional)

Icing sugar, to dust (optional)

Strawberry jam and clotted cream, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°c/fan 200°c/gas 7 and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
  2. Add the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Then using a cheese grater, grate your cold butter into the bowl.
  3. Using only your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Don’t worry if there are a few little lumps left, it’s better not to over rub.
  4. Stir in the sugar.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk and the milk to make it slightly thinner, then add this into your main mixing bowl, stirring until combined, but do not over mix.
  6. Once your dough is formed, lift it onto a lightly floured surface and knead it a few times to make it smooth.
  7. Then, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 2.5cm. Cut out your scones using a fluted 5.5cm cutter, making sure you coat it in flour to ensure they come out easily.
  8. Place your scones onto your baking tray and whisk up your egg. Brush the egg gently onto the top of the scones, avoiding getting any on the sides as that could hinder them rising.
  9. Bake them for 10-12 minutes until they’re golden. Then let them cool for about ten minutes.
  10. Plate them up whilst they are still warm from the oven, dust them with icing sugar and serve them with clotted cream, jam and a cup of hot tea.


If scones aren’t your mum’s cup of tea, treat her to something a little sweet with my brookie recipe.

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Notes of Nutmeg – Valentine’s Day Recipe

Show off your sweet side!


Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite holidays. Although it gets perceived as tacky and commercial, it is a great opportunity to celebrate love with the special people in your life.

I’ve always found that the best way to show someone you care is to make them something heartfelt. My recipe for fondue and dipping biscuits for two is the perfect way to do this. As well as being a unique Valentine’s gift idea, is it also a tasty twist on the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates that is far more fun and personal.

If you’re trying to impress a new partner or simply trying to change it up in a long-term relationship, this recipe is perfect for any food-lover or chocaholic. With this romantic recipe at the ready, you will have an unforgettable evening, without breaking the bank.

If you’re a baking beginner, don’t worry, this recipe is easy to follow so have fun with it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Fondue for two with heart-shaped dipping biscuits:


(makes enough fondue for two and 20-25 biscuits, prep time: 1hr 40 minutes, cook time: 10 mins per batch)



For the biscuits:

90g unsalted butter, soft

100g caster sugar

1 large egg

200g plain flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

Sugar decorations

For the fondue:

100g dark chocolate, good quality

100g milk chocolate, good quality

200 ml double cream

Any other fruits or sweets for dipping, for example strawberries, marshmallows and cherries.

You will also need:

– Heart-shaped biscuit cutter or stencil

– Cake pop sticks

– A chocolate fondue pot



  1. Beat together the butter and sugar until it’s pale and creamy. This could take 3-4 minutes with an electric beater. Add the egg and vanilla paste then beat again until mostly combined.
  2. In another bowl, mix together your dry ingredients.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and beat gently until a dough is formed. Try not to overwork the dough as the biscuits could become tough.
  4. Wrap your dough in cling film and chill for at least an hour.
  5. Once your dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 180°c/Gas Mark 4 , Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about a ½ cm.
  6. Cut out as many hearts as you can. To do this, either use a heart-shaped cutter or print out a stencil and then use a knife to cut around the shape. Place the shapes onto a lined baking tray.
  7. To make these into biscuit pops, perfect for dipping, carefully push a pop stick into the base of each heart and reform the shape by pinching the bottom gently. Cheeky 😉

If you’re adding decorations, push them gently into the top of the biscuits now.

  1. Bake the biscuits for around ten minutes, turning the tray halfway through if your oven is uneven. When the biscuits are done, they should look slightly more golden and smell delicious.
  2. Whilst the biscuits are cooling on a rack, break up your chocolate into a heatproof bowl and add the cream. Heat this over a very gently simmering pan of water, stirring constantly until the chocolate has all melted and combined.
  3. Place your chocolate mix into a fondue pot and serve with your dipping biscuits and any other nibbles you see fit. Tuck in immediately.



Left-over batter from Pancake Day? Try making the perfect pancake for your partner with these delicious recipes 


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Notes of Nutmeg – Pancake Day Recipes

Pancake Day 3 Ways:


Yes! Pancake Day is here! Who doesn’t love a day where you can get away with eating pancakes for all three meals?  

Here in the UK, it’s a tradition that goes back many generations. On Shrove Tuesday, pancakes are made to use up the sugar and eggs in the house, so there is little temptation left for Lent. It’s now more common to give up those bad foods as a New Year’s resolution. Pancake Day, to most, has become a day of Wintertime fun; flipping pancakes with family and friends.

In my family, Pancake Day is always good fun. Pancake flipping competitions always provided good mealtime entertainment, even if we lost a pancake or two along the way. Everyone likes their pancakes a different way and with different toppings, so variety has always played a key role in our Pancake Day traditions. The year we found out that my dad is gluten-intolerant, we also had to be creative and discovered the best ways to enjoy Pancake Day gluten-free. Pancakes are so easy to make, even for baking beginners and they can easily be adapted to modern diets.

Even with dietary requirements, your Pancake Day can be equally as delicious. I’m sharing with you three of my top pancake recipes for slightly alternative Pancake Day treats.



Gluten-free galettes:


(makes 5 pancakes, prep time: 10 mins, cook time: approx. 6 mins per pancake)

If you are gluten-intolerant or are trying out a gluten-free diet, this is the best pancake mix for you. I discovered it when staying with my friend’s family in France and we had it many times as a light lunch with a glass of cider. It has a delicious flavour and is naturally gluten-free, as it uses buckwheat flour. If you’re struggling to find buckwheat flour in your local supermarkets, try any local health food shops or online.

I was taught a galette should be eaten with cheese, ham and an egg cooked right there on the pancake, a galette complète. Delicious!


For the pancakes:

100g buckwheat flour

Pinch of salt

1 egg

300ml milk

50g melted butter, plus extra for frying

To fill:

5 ham slices, cut/torn into pieces

200g grated cheese

5 eggs


  1. Sift the flour into a bowl. Then add the salt, egg and half of the milk and beat until smooth.
  2. Add the remainder of the milk and mix into a thin batter. At this stage, the batter can be kept in the fridge for up to 12 hours if you’re not planning to make the pancakes straight away.
  3. When you’re ready to get cooking, make sure the batter is back up to room temperature. Melt the butter and add it to the mix, stirring until combined. Be prepared, the batter is a strange, slightly stringy or gloopy texture, but this is normal.
  4. To cook the pancakes, heat up a frying pan (or ideally a pancake pan) until it’s nice and hot. Add a small amount of butter to coat the pan surface. Then, using a ladle, drop some of the batter into the pan making sure to move it around until it’s evenly spread out.
  5. After about a minute, there should be air bubbles forming under the pancake and the edges should be starting to brown and peel away, this means it’s time to flip!
  6. After flipping the pancake, crack your egg straight onto the hot pancake so that it starts to cook, then add the grated cheese and ham around the edge of the egg. If the egg is taking a little too long to cook, try spreading the whites out thinner or placing the pan under a grill, keeping an eye to make sure the pancake doesn’t catch.
  7. Once the filling is all cooked, fold the edges of the pancake in to make a square, with the egg showing the middle and serve immediately.


Vegan pancakes


(makes approx. 10 pancakes, prep time: 10 mins, cook time: approx. 3 mins per pancake)

Although pancakes are traditionally made using butter, milk and eggs, they are not necessary to make a great pancake. Here is my favourite recipe for a vegan British pancake mix with my favourite decadent topping, poached pears and dark chocolate.


150g plain flour

1tsp baking powder

1 tbsp sugar

500ml soy milk

1tsp oil

Oil for frying, preferably coconut oil

For the topping:

4 ripe pears, peeled

1l of water

300g sugar

A shake of ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g dark chocolate, melted (Vegan Chocolate)


  1. Starting with the pears, add the water, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla into a large pan and stir until most of the sugar has dissolved. Now add the pears to the water and heat the water to a good simmer. Turning the pears occasionally, leave to simmer for up to 20 minutes or until the pears feel soft when tested with a sharp knife. When they’re done, turn the heat off but leave the pears to rest in their liquor. They can be used hot or cold.
  2. Whilst the pears are poaching, sift the dry pancake ingredients into a bowl.
  3. Add the oil and gradually add the milk whilst stirring the batter to make sure it’s all combined smoothly.
  4. Now heat the coconut oil in a frying pan until its nice and hot and make sure it’s spread to the edges. Pour a ladle-full of the batter into the pan and spread it evenly, trying to make the pancake very thin. This recipe can easily produce a stodgy pancake if poured too thick.
  5. When the pancake is bubbling underneath and the sides are peeling away, flip and cook on the other side.
  6. Serve your pancake with slices of poached pear and drizzled heavily in dark chocolate. If this doesn’t take your fancy, why not try them with the traditional lemon and sugar?


Fluffy American style pancakes


(makes approx. 8 pancakes, prep time: 15 mins, cook time: approx. 4 mins per batch)

This is my final Pancake Day special. No diets allowed for this one, it’s a traditional fluffy American-style pancake recipe for those who want to indulge.

For the pancakes:


150g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder, heaped

¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp caster sugar

Pinch of salt

250ml buttermilk

1 egg

25g unsalted butter, melted (plus extra for greasing)



  1. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Then, in another bowl, whisk up the buttermilk, egg and butter.
  2. Combine the wet and dry together in the large bowl, stirring only until they are combined with a few lumps. This mix doesn’t like to be overbeaten.
  3. In a greased pan, over a medium-low heat, drop in a large heaped spoonful of the mixture per pancake. You can cook these in batches of 2 or 3 at a time.
  4. Once the pancake has little bubbles on the top and the underside has browned, flip them over and cook for another minute or two until golden and spongy to touch.


Now you have a stack of fluffy pancakes, why not try my super tasty topping options?


Maple glaze, toasted pecans and vanilla ice cream:

Ever find when you drizzle maple syrup on your pancakes, that it soaks right in and you can barely taste it? Well, this maple glaze is a super easy to make and delicious alternative which will stay on your pancakes and keep them moist and sweet.




50g unsalted butter

100ml maple syrup

100g icing sugar, sifted

50g toasted pecan halves

Vanilla ice cream


  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt together the butter and maple syrup.
  2. Once the butter is fully melted, take off the heat.
  3. Add gradually to the bowl of icing sugar, stirring until its fully combined.
  4. Leave until it’s come down to room temperature as it should then be a good pouring consistency.
  5. Serve your pancakes with the glaze poured over, sprinkled with pecans and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Mixed berry compote and cream:

Fancy something a bit fruitier? Try my easy recipe for a tangy berry compote.



400g frozen mixed berries

1-3 tbsp brown sugar, depending on your sweetness preference

Extra thick double cream



  1. In a saucepan, mix together the berries and sugar and place over a medium-low heat.
  2. Stirring occasionally, heat the fruit until it starts to break down and the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Leave the mixture at a low simmer for around 20 mins, stirring every now and then to prevent any burning on the bottom.
  4. Leave your compote to cool slightly before spooning onto your pancake stack and topping with a dollop of fresh cream.



Not a big fan of pancakes? There are other delicious treats to enjoy on Shrove Tuesday – Why not try Brookies as another way to use up tempting ingredients in your kitchen cupboard?


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New Year, New Goals – 5 ways to take your resolutions further

‘This is the year I’m going to make a change’ …we’ve all been there. After enjoying tasty treats over the festive season, many take the new year as an opportunity to focus on their health and fitness. Some join a gym, purchase celebrity fitness DVDs or join a new sports team. But how many of us set new year’s resolutions, but forget them by February? We have some helpful tips to help you focus on your fitness goals through the year.

  • Getting started

Does a gym full of fitness fanatics sound like an absolute nightmare to you? Simply start with smaller steps. Think about any bad habits you would like to break, even just swapping that cheeky chocolate bar for a piece of fruit. By making these small changes first, you can gain the confidence to face your workout.

  • Be realistic

Let’s set something straight from the start – no one can get a six pack in a week! Our lives are saturated with images of photoshopped bodies, which can give people unrealistic goals in relation to their fitness. Rather than comparing yourself to others, go deeper into thinking about why you want to change your regular routine. If you set unrealistic goals, you will feel like giving up very early on, maybe not even making it past one month. You know yourself better than anyone, so you can set your own goals to work towards at your own pace.

  • Make a plan

Now you have your goals – it’s time to get planning. One of the reasons people fail to achieve their fitness goals is because they attempt to do too much at once. Set a schedule to see how your new activity will fit around your work and social life. Research timetables for your local gym or see when a sports team regularly train to see what you would prefer.


  • Get the right support

Maintaining your fitness routine is much easier to do when you have the right support around you. Not feeling up to going to the gym on your own? Find a friend to join the gym with you. By having someone with you in the gym you will be less likely to cancel your plans last minute, and it can also help to push you to go further. As well as your friends, use the expertise of the fitness staff in your gym as much as possible. If you do not know where to start, they can do an initial assessment of your fitness early on and help you to achieve your fitness goals.


  • Keep Track

You’ve identified what you want to change, you’ve got your plan – but do you really know what you’re made of? Keeping track of smaller changes can keep you motivated through your fitness journey. Don’t want to keep writing your weight down? Choose a body analyser scale that can connect your smartphone and save the pen and paper!


Everyone is different, and making a change in your regular routine can take some getting used to. Go at your own pace, and most importantly – Have fun!


It’s nearly time for everyone to sit down with their loved ones on Christmas Day to enjoy a delicious dinner. For those hosting many guests at the dinner table, it can be difficult to keep track of everyone’s likes and dislikes when it comes to Christmas Dinner. We’ve selected a range of seasonal showstoppers which will wow your guests, and ensure you have a fabulous festive feast!


Cupcake Christmas Tree


Some guests may prefer a small treat after devouring a delicious dinner. Bake to impress with this stunning edible centrepiece – perfect for a Christmas party buffet or as a quick snack after the main meal.





Rudolph Christmas Cake


Get everyone involved in the cooking this Christmas with this creative cake. This Rudolph cake is a delicious dessert that everyone at the table will enjoy. With a rich chocolate sponge, this delicious dessert is the perfect addition to any festive feast.





Christmas Wreath Centrepiece


Who says a Christmas wreath has to be hung on the door? This centrepiece is a super showstopper for any of your guests that are vegetarians. This dish is packed with grains, root vegetables, mixed mushrooms, herbs and spice, which will leave your guests fully satisfied.






Chocolate Orange & Cranberry Red Velvet Bombe


Create a delicious dessert that will combine your favourite festive flavours. With a hidden cream cheese and cranberry filling, this seasonal showstopper gives an extra surprise for your guests to enjoy on Christmas Day.






Christmas Pudding Cheesecake


Do you struggle to choose between desserts on Christmas Day? Combine your favourite desserts together to create something new. Cross a Christmas pudding with a cheesecake and you’ll have a fantastic alternative festive dessert with a crunchy ginger base and creamy filling.





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You may have planned your starter and main course for Christmas dinner, but have you started thinking about pudding?  Mince pies, Christmas pudding and fruitcake are just a small selection of the desserts many will make for Christmas day – but they’re not for everyone. Whether you prefer traditional treats or anything that includes chocolate, we have a selection of recipes that will ensure you can make perfect pies and puddings this Christmas, with Salter Cook.



Mince Pies



A festive favourite which is easy to make at home. These can be used as a simple snack on Christmas Eve or as a dessert for your continued celebrations after Christmas Dinner.





Chocoholics Christmas Pudding



Not everyone is a fan of the classic Christmas pudding, but Christmas is the perfect excuse for a little bit of extra chocolate. This dessert is the perfect alternative if all the traditional treats you offer are not to everyone’s taste.





Last minute Christmas Loaf Cake



Last minute guests and no Christmas cake to serve? This loaf cake tastes as if it had been made in November. Decorate with a snow shower of icing sugar to add an extra festive feeling.





Christmas Eton Mess



Are you missing the flavours of Summer? Bring back a summer favourite with a Christmas twist. Take the classic Summer Eton mess combo of cream and meringue and add some festive fun with frozen mixed berries, cinnamon and blackcurrant liqueur.






Christmas Pie



Mince pies are not the only perfect pastry to serve at Christmas. Combine your favourite festive flavours to make a pie that both children and adults will adore. This recipe is perfect for all the pastry pros out there.





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It’s the time of year when everyone starts planning the centrepiece for their Christmas Dinner. Whilst there are many options for the day, turkey is a Christmas classic that many will choose. Cooking a turkey for Christmas can be challenging, with times and temperatures needing to be monitored regularly. From the traditional roast to more modern versions, we’ve got the perfect turkey recipe for you.


Easy Christmas Turkey



Is it your first time cooking a turkey? This recipe is sweet and simple but still delicious. Leave your dinner guests thoroughly impressed and enjoy fuss-free fun with this classic Christmas recipe.






Orange & Tarragon Roast Turkey



Roasting your Christmas turkey with a flavoured butter, locks in moisture for a zesty finish, ready to garnish with trimmings. Add a citrus twist to your turkey this Christmas with this orange & tarragon flavour.






Crispy Bacon Basted Turkey



Can you not decide on a centrepiece for Christmas? Combine your favourites for your Christmas Dinner. Infuse your turkey with the smoky goodness from an indulgent bacon butter baste, to ensure juicy meat and a dish filled with flavour.





Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing



Chestnuts roasting on the fire are a Christmas tradition, and with this recipe, you can add these festive flavours to your centrepiece. This classic Christmas turkey recipe is packed with flavour with a sausage-based stuffing – you’ll have plenty left to serve on the side too.





Roast Turkey with Lemon and Garlic



Love crispy skin on roast turkey at Christmas? You’ll be a fan of this recipe which uses simple spices to make a festive favourite even more special.






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Cook without the book: Festive Feast

Are you ready to have fun with festive food? During this time of year, there are many parties and dinners where you can get creative in the kitchen. With a variety of seasonal ingredients to choose from, you can create a selection of dishes to suit everyone’s individual tastes. Whether you want a captivating centrepiece or a simple snack there are lots of different recipes to choose from. We’ve selected a few of our favourites to help you begin your festive feast.


Christmas Salted Caramel Yule Log


Try this sweet twist on a Christmas classic. Treat your Christmas party guests to a salted caramel yule log, decorated with redcurrants. It makes a great centrepiece for your party, as well as a delicious dessert.






Gingerbread Biscuits


This easy recipe for gingerbread biscuits is great for getting the kids involved with baking this Christmas. Not only is this recipe nice and easy, you can also use these biscuits as a lovely homemade Christmas gift.







White chocolate, orange & cranberry Christmas cake


Not everyone is a fan of the traditional Christmas fruit cake. Try sponge instead of fruit this Christmas. This beautiful white chocolate cake is a crowd-pleaser and you can decorate this cake with as many macarons as you like.  







Christmas Tree Garlic Bread


Put a Christmas twist on a well-loved snack. Each piece of this pull-apart bread has a melted mozzarella centre. Brushed with garlic butter and served with a tomato dipping sauce, this will be a hit at any Christmas party buffet table.







Classic Pigs in Blankets


These tasty treats are a festive favourite for many. This traditional Christmas treat can be part of a large Christmas meal or can be served as a simple side dish.  If you like to add your own personal touch to your food we’ve got three tasty twists including black pudding, butternut squash and chestnuts – you choose.





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Cook without the book: Brilliant Bonfire Buffet

After the madness of Halloween, it’s time for the excitement and bright lights of Bonfire Night. This is the perfect night to keep warm by a bonfire and enjoy some scrumptious treats. Enjoy a variety of delicious food including warming soups and perfect puddings. We’ve chosen some of our favourite Bonfire Night recipes for you to enjoy.


Firework Cupcakes


Firework cupcakes are the perfect treat to make for Bonfire night. These sparkling firework cakes are easier to make than they look, and you can enlist your whole family to give you some help in the kitchen.




Toffee Apples

No Bonfire Night party is complete without some traditional toffee apples. This is the perfect recipe to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. To create these classic sticky treats, just follow this simple toffee apple recipe





S’mores Cupcakes

These delicious s’mores cupcakes are the perfect treat to enjoy by the bonfire. Based on the traditional American classic, these cupcakes have four tasty layers including a crunchy caramelised biscuit base, a layer of melted chocolate, a gooey rich chocolate sponge centre and a sweet, fluffy marshmallow topping and come complete with a chocolate dipped biscuit.





Spicy Pumpkin Soup

This simple spicy pumpkin soup is an autumnal dish you’ll love to try as a starter, lunch or dinner. This recipe is ideal for using up any of your leftover pumpkin from Halloween carvings.





Classic Pulled Pork

Missing the Summer Heat? Bring a BBQ favourite to the bonfire with this classic pulled pork sandwich. Smothered in a rich, flavoursome sauce, it’s so tender and just falls off the bone. Plus, if you leave it to bake in a slow cooker you can make the most of an inexpensive shoulder of pork – resulting in the meat being soft and delicious.



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Cook without the book: Frightfully Fun Food

You will no doubt have your costume ready for Halloween, whether you are planning to go out trick or treating or planning to host a hauntingly great party. But have you thought about the terrifying treats to enjoy on the night? Halloween is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to sweet but scary snacks. Whether you’re a ghost or goblin, there are a variety of delicious recipes that are perfect to enjoy at your frightful feast. We’ve chosen a selection of irresistible recipes that will make any event a scream!


Witches Brew

Halloween may be typically known for sweet snacks, but it also means that the colder weather is fast approaching. It is the perfect time to bring out your knitted jumpers and enjoy warm and wonderful soup. This is a healthy alternative for those wanting to carry on with clean eating through Winter.




Frankenstein Cupcakes

If you don’t want to dress like a monster for Halloween, why not make them. These fun Frankenstein cupcakes are the perfect way to get your family involved in making some frightfully fun food.




Graveyard Cake

If you are hosting a Halloween party, you must make sure the food matches the devilish decorations.  Create this showstopper to use as a centrepiece for any Halloween celebrations.




Ghost Brownies

For bakes that will make you say BOO, try these ghostly brownies. Topped off with delicious marshmallows, you can save any leftovers to use for Bonfire night as well.




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