Let’s get ready to CRUMBLE

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Mabel’s Autumnal Plum and Apple Crumble We have an apple tree at the bottom of the garden, laden with fruit that tastes pretty horrid. We’ve been feeling a bit bad about the fact that said apples have just been falling to the ground and rotting and thought it was about time we tried to do something with Read the Rest »


Sloe-ly Does It (again)

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Now, it’s no secret that I have a long-standing love for sloe gin – the sweet, purple liquor is my tipple of fancy, every time and it’s been four years since we last made our own batch. But whilst visiting family in North Yorkshire this week, rumour got around that the iron was HOT and we metaphorically Read the Rest »


“Mindful” Eating

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Mindfulness is all the rage right now. Just, like, being ‘mindful’ n stuff. Everyone is loving it. With it’s roots in ancient Buddhism, ‘mindfulness’ means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. With a hope of increasing awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality. But to be honest, Read the Rest »


Mum’s classics – Chicken Divan

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By Amy Being an 80s/90s child, I was brought up on classic food staples of the time: potato waffles, frozen everything, boxed macaroni cheese, Viennetta, chocolate mousse, micro chips…. The height of processed goodness. That being said, there were also some absolute beauties that seem to have been handed down through the generations. The go-to recipes Read the Rest »


15s – 15 minute Traybake treats.

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The word “TRAYBAKE” makes me literally foam at the mouth. In a good way. There’s something about this tasty goodness that means I cannot just have one square. Possibly a dangerous scenario when counting calories, but “all or nothing” is definitely my motto when it comes to this stuff. I have quite a number of tasty Read the Rest »


The most amazing fail-safe Brownie recipe EVER.

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I have long since been on the hunt for the perfect, easy brownie recipe. I want to be one of those whimsical creatures that always has a batch of brownies sitting on the counter for many a passing pal (myself included) to gorge themselves on and wonder at my domestic prowess. These days, it’s more Read the Rest »


Mabel’s Edinburgh Staycation Part 3: The Eating All The Time Bit

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Eating and drinking a LOT, and enjoying that a LOT, was a key objective to our mini break in Scotland’s beautiful capital. Check out the first instalment of our ‘maxing and relaxing’ jaunt HERE, and you’ll see that on the food and drink front we started well, with cocktails at the Balmoral, and some scrummy Italian at Amarone.  After Read the Rest »


Go Green with Kezia’s Green Smoothie Challenge

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By Kezia Hall Hello Mabelites! Today I am going to talk to you about going green. Don’t worry, you don’t have to vote for the green party or recycle your socks – I am talking about getting your green smoothie on! If you are anything like me then you will be starting to get the Read the Rest »


Mabel’s Got a Hot Cross Bun in the Oven

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Truth be told, Hot Cross Buns only came on my radar a few years ago. Up until then they were definitely the Easter snack that my folks were welcome to, while I devoured my giant crème egg or monstrous chocolate rabbit. But these days, it’s a different story. Sure, I’m partial to a chocolate egg Read the Rest »


“Thursday is Doughnut Day”

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“Thursday is Doughnut Day”, my mum hailed as she ploughed through our front door post-work, dragging all her school bags behind her and waving a giant bag with the immortal words “GREGGS” written all over it. As you can imagine, my ten-year old self was quite beside herself at the prospect of feasting on this Read the Rest »