Recipes to lift the spirits

As well as providing the energy and essential nutrients that help to keep us all fighting fit, we believe that food should always bring pleasure. It’s about balance. Try making these tempting, delicious, nutritious and sometimes indulgent recipes to boost your mood at mealtimes

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62 days ago

Red cabbage sauerkraut recipe

Enjoy the health benefits of homemade sauerkraut with Dr. Caroline Gilmartin’s simple how to guide. more

62 days ago

Lemonade scone recipe

Derina from Caen Stone Court retirement development, Arundel, West Sussex, gave us this wonderful simple summer scone recipe. more

69 days ago

Top 10 summer cocktails to make at home

From easy summer champagne cocktails to tropical rum punch these simple and delicious summer cocktail recipes from McCarthy Stone will go down a treat. more

62 days ago

Traditional summer pudding recipe

This perfect summer pudding is jam-packed with beautiful seasonal produce. Make our easy summer pudding in just four steps more

83 days ago

Grilled mackerel with beetroot and horseradish recipe

This mackerel recipe makes for a quick, tasty and healthy light lunch. more

62 days ago

Best summer picnic recipes

This is our pick of the best picnic recipes from our chef’s and homeowners. Just add sunshine, friends/family and a beauty spot. more

109 days ago

Gluten free blueberry loaf recipe

Almost a health food, this blueberry loaf cake recipe from McCarthy Stone is gluten free, dairy free and low in sugar. more

131 days ago

Triple choc brownies recipe

These triple choc brownies are the ultimate gooey chocolate brownies in our opinion. more

137 days ago

Homemade hummus recipe

Ever wondered how do you make hummus? It’s easy with the McCarthy Stone hummus recipe. more

131 days ago

Mature cheddar and spinach quiche recipe

Buttery pastry filled with a tangy yet creamy cheese and spinach filling, this homemade quiche recipe is bound to be a crowd pleaser. more

62 days ago

Meadow Mojito cocktail recipe

Celebrate with this refreshing spring/summer cocktail of gin, lime and mint. more

167 days ago

Lemon and thyme pear tart with apricot glaze recipe

Delicate, fragrant, flavourful and very pretty to look at, this pear tart recipe is perfect for parties and picnics. more

176 days ago

Chipotle chicken grilled cheese sandwich recipe

Gooey, tangy, spicy and tongue-tinglingly delicious this decadent chicken and cheese toastie is just the ticket for an indulgent lunch for two. more

187 days ago

One-pan Roast Lamb and Hasselback Potatoes recipe

This easy dish of roast lamb and crispy hasselback potatoes with garlic and herbs is perfect for a hassle free Easter Sunday feast more

213 days ago

The McCarthy Stone Bread Book

Download these free recipes for bread week and for something new to try! more

207 days ago

Herby Spring Chicken Pie

Spring is in the air! And this recipe for zesty Herby Spring Chicken Pie is perfect right now. Quick, easy, light and delicious more

193 days ago

Potato kale and chorizo soup recipe

This seasonal potato, kale and chorizo soup recipe is perfect for early spring when there’s still a chill in air. more

187 days ago

Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

Our chef's recipe for traditional Easter Simnel cake more

201 days ago

Mothers Day Lemon Tart Recipe

This Mother’s Day lemon tart recipe is fresh, sharp, but sweet, with restaurant good looks. more

201 days ago

Honey Bee Biscuits

Soft, sweet and simple to make this recipe for delicate honey shortbread biscuits is perfect for spring. more

211 days ago

Evelyn's Scottish Shortbread

Homeowner Evelyn Currie from Cartwright Court, Malvern shared this melt-in-the-mouth recipe for traditional shortbread, made with plenty of butter. more

224 days ago

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

Give in to temptation with this decadent recipe for Valentine’s Day Red Velvet cupcakes. more

224 days ago

Bao buns with char sui pork more

231 days ago

Italian Wedding Soup more

246 days ago

Vegan Gingerbread more

274 days ago

Vegan Hoisin Pancakes with tofu fried rice more

274 days ago

Vegan Paella more

274 days ago

Five super healthy winter foods more

274 days ago

Ham Hock and Barley Soup more

288 days ago

Delicious shortbreads more

309 days ago

Winter Roots Casserole with Cheddar & Thyme Dumplings more

316 days ago

Chana Masala Curry more

322 days ago

Parkin Cake more

330 days ago

Blackberry Macaroons more

333 days ago

Wiggly Worm Cupcakes more

238 days ago

Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas more

340 days ago

Perfect Pumpkin Pie more

343 days ago

Apple and Cinnamon Cake more

347 days ago

7 foods to put you in a good mood more

445 days ago

Buying Groceries Online more

456 days ago

Easy Stove-top Eggs more

480 days ago

Store Cupboard Stars more

540 days ago

7 ingredients to make staying at home a little more palatable more
Did you know we do food?All of our Retirement Living PLUS developments offer an on-site bistro or restaurant, serving high quality, delicious and nutritious meals to our homeowners and their guests. Ideal if you don’t feel like cooking every day. Find your perfect retirement home for sale or rent.