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Interview: Rob Moore – The #BlueLightHappy Paramedic

Some of you who read my blog will remember this post which was an open letter to the West Midlands Ambulance Service and Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust thanking both organisations and everyone involved in them for everything they did to look after my Dad when he was taken into hospital recently. So it came as a huge shock when I read a story in the press recently about a chap in Birmingham who left this note on the windscreen of an ambulance while paramedics were attending to a critically ill patient. They had to park the ambulance across...

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Eton Mess Cheesecake

This Eton Mess Cheesecake is a classic twist on the traditional cheesecake!   Ingredients For the cheesecake 250g/9oz digestive biscuits, crushed 100g/3½oz unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing 300ml/10fl oz double cream 100g/3½oz icing sugar 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste 600g/1lb 5oz full-fat cream cheese 18g/¾oz freeze-dried strawberry pieces For the sauce 200g/7oz strawberries, hulled 15g/½oz icing sugar 1 tsp lemon juice For the mini meringues 50g/1¾oz free-range egg whites 100g/3½oz caster sugar red food colouring To decorate 15 strawberries 100g/3½oz white chocolate, broken into pieces 10 dehydrated strawberry slices, dusted with gold lustre dust (optional) Method Grease a loose-bottomed 23cm/9in round cake tin and line with baking paper. For the base, put the crushed...

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Macaroni Cheese Recipe

Mac n cheese is one of my all-time favourites, and this recipe also includes bacon! Ingredients 100g/3½oz butter, plus extra for greasing 100g/3½oz plain flour 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1.2 litres/2 pints full-fat milk 75ml/2½fl oz double cream 1 bay leaf 400g/14oz mature cheddar, grated pinch freshly grated nutmeg 500g/1lb 2oz dried macaroni 100g/3½oz smoked bacon lardons or smoked pancetta cubes 60g/2¼oz white breadcrumbs 50g/1¾oz Parmesan, grated salt and freshly ground black pepper Method Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 and grease a 35x20cm/14x8in ovenproof dish.. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat. Stir in the plain flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the mustard, take...

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Sponge Cake Recipe

I love a good sponge cake, and this recipe is so quick and easy! Ingredients 125g/4oz butter or margarine, softened 125g/4oz caster sugar 2 medium eggs 125g/4oz self raising flour Method Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two 18cm/7in cake tins with baking parchment Cream the butter and the sugar together until pale. Use an electric hand mixer if you have one. Beat in the eggs. Sift over the flour and fold in using a large metal spoon. The mixture should be of a dropping consistency; if it is not, add a little milk. Divide the mixture between the cake tins and...

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Pumpkin Pie Recipe

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, this recipe for Pumpkin Pie is a real traditional favourite!   Ingredients For the pastry sweet short crust pastry case (or a packet of ready made sweet short crust pastry with 40g/1½oz crushed pecans mixed in) For the filling 450g/1lb prepared weight pumpkin flesh, cut into 1in/2.5 cm chunks 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk (use the white for another dish) 75g/3oz soft dark brown sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ level teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg ½ tsp ground allspice ½ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp ground ginger 275ml/10fl oz double cream Method Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. If using a shop bought sweet crust pastry...

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