Vegetarian food blog featuring nourishing home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Fairtrade Fortnight Breakfast & Recipes for Banana Bread & Hot Chocolate

Fairtrade Fortnight BreakfastI’ve been a supporter of Fairtrade Fortnight for many years now, from when I was an active Co-Operative member and helped out in store to my current position as a food blogger. This year the campaign is focusing on Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand Up for Farmers and runs from 29 February to 13 March. With this in mind, I’ve prepared a delicious Fairtrade Fortnight Breakfast using a number of Fairtrade products as well as baking a breakfast banana bread.

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We Should Cocoa – The Butter Round-up

We Should Cocoa Collage

We Should Cocoa | 26th February 2016 | By

This month’s We Should Cocoa is, perhaps not unsurprisingly, all about love and the love of butter in particular. I’m hearing more and more in the press that “the experts” got it wrong and pure saturated fat isn’t so bad for you after all. Thank goodness I never listened and stuck to butter and whole food common sense through all those years of “margarine is best”.

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Kefir – What It Is, How To Make It and What To Do With It

Kefir Collage

Breakfast, Drinks | 23rd February 2016 | By

Kefir has been such an integral part of our lives for so many years now, that I’m always a little taken aback when people either don’t know what it is or have never tried it. So I thought I’d knock up a post for the benefit of those not in the know on what kefir is, how to make it and what to do with it.

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Power Blender Giveaway #71 – Froothie’s Optimum 9200A

Power Blender

Giveaway, Optimum 9200A | 20th February 2016 | By

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve rather fallen in love with my high speed power blender, the Optimum 9200A from Froothie. Since acquiring it, I’ve used it nearly every day and would now be lost without it. So I’m delighted to be able to offer one here as a Tin and Thyme giveaway.

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Smoky Mexican Bean Soup with Spelt Soda Bread

Mexican Bean Soup

Bread & Buns, Dinner, Soups | 17th February 2016 | By

In cold weather, there is nothing more warming and comforting than a big bowl of steaming soup. Or do I mean stew? I’m not entirely sure whether this Mexican bean soup is actually a soup or stew, but with a generous amount of vegetables, beans and spicy Mexican flavours, it certainly makes for a satisfying meal. It’s especially good when served with some hearty soda bread spiked with a little smoked chilli honey.

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Honeyed Rose Hot Chocolate – Flavours of the Middle East

Rose Hot Chocolate

I have a bit of a thing for hot chocolate. So what better way to mark such a momentous and romantic day as this Honeyed Rose Hot Chocolate. Today is not only St Valentine’s Day, but also my blog anniversary. Yes, my blog, in its first iteration as Chocolate Log Blog and now latterly Tin and Thyme, is seven today.

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Halva Biscuits – Flavours of the Middle East

Halva Biscuits

These halva biscuits, adapted from a recipe for Sesame Crisps in Bake it Better Biscuits by Annie Rigg, really do taste like halva, only not as tooth achingly sweet.

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Spiced Lentil Pancake Wraps and a Brace of Book Reviews

Pancake Wraps with Dhal

It’s pancake day and having just eaten the most delicious pancake wraps with spiced lentil dhal, I would urge you all to try something a little different today. The recipe I adapted comes from a rather special book from fellow blogger Dannii Martin, Hungry Healthy, Happy.  I’m also reviewing another fabulous book from fellow Cornish blogger Jane Sarchet, Secret Kitchen, Southwest England. Read on for my recipe and the two book reviews.

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Optimum ThermoCook Review – A Multi-Purpose Kitchen Appliance

Optimum ThermoCook

As some of you may have noticed I’ve been using a new kitchen gadget recently in some of my recipes. The Optimum ThermoCook from Froothie is a multi purpose kitchen appliance that can do pretty much any job that needs doing. I’ve been putting it through some of its paces and here’s what I think of it so far.

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Triple Chocolate Cake – a Voluptuous Valentine Special

Triple Chocolate Cake Slice

Layer cakes, We Should Cocoa | 4th February 2016 | By

When I chose butter as this month’s We Should Cocoa ingredient, I didn’t have anything specific in mind. But when I woke up yesterday, I wanted to bake and I wanted to bake something decadent. It’s been a long time since I made a full on layer cake and this triple chocolate cake is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion when you want to show how much you care for the ones you love (if not perhaps their waistlines).

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