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Kitchen time-saving tips for busy people!

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If you can think ahead when it comes to preparing meals –whether for the children, to eat together as a family, or for two invariably tired parents, then you have already won half the battle in the kitchen, I find.

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Perfect Pancakes

Pancakes

I made my pancake batter – see below for recipe – using my lovely batter bowl and gave it the one-handed test, with my whisk in my right hand and, not a baby this time I confess, but a cup of coffee in my left.

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Macaroni Cheese with Chicken and Rosemary

Macaroni Cheese with Chicken and Rosemary

One of the things busy parents are always on the lookout for are simple pasta dishes for a family meal. We are all huge fans of macaroni cheese, but I started thinking about how it could be tweaked, plus made a bit simpler without having to make a white sauce each time, which can be a faff if you’re just trying to get Dinner On The Table.

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Parmesan Biscuits

Parmesan Biscuits

They are deliciously cheesy and savoury, and the semolina lends them a fine crisp texture and extra bite. They are so easy to make, that once you’ve got your ingredients together all you really need to be capable of doing is pressing the button on your food processor. Ta da!

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Orange Cardamom Shortbread

Orange Cardamom Shortbread

I’d like to start by saying that shortbread is Very Easy To Make, so perfect for the one-handed cook, who may be trying to do several other things at the same time while also trying to make shortbread (ring any bells?).

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Roast Butternut Squash, Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Roast Butternut Squash, Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

This soup is really easy, and a brilliant one to make in stages as there is a bit of prep involved (although you could always cheat and buy ready-prepared butternut squash – who’ll know?)

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Toffee Apple Crumble Muffins

Apple Crumble Muffins

Inspired by something I tasted on the farm, I have created these. They are on the naughty side, I admit, but they can be made in stages, and I managed to whip them up quite quickly last night once the Gruesome Twosome (as I affectionately call them) were fast asleep.

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