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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16 days ago

Red cabbage sauerkraut recipe

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

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16 days ago

Lemonade scone recipe

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

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23 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.

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16 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

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37 days ago

Grilled mackerel with beetroot and horseradish recipe

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

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16 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.

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63 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.

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85 days ago

Triple choc brownies recipe

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

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91 days ago

Homemade hummus recipe

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

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85 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.

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16 days ago

Meadow Mojito cocktail recipe

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

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121 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.

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130 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.

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141 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

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167 days ago

The McCarthy Stone Bread Book

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

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161 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

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147 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.

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141 days ago

Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

Our chef's recipe for traditional Easter Simnel cake

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155 days ago

Mothers Day Lemon Tart Recipe

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

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155 days ago

Honey Bee Biscuits

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

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165 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.

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178 days ago

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

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

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178 days ago

Bao buns with char sui pork

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185 days ago

Italian Wedding Soup

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200 days ago

Vegan Gingerbread

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228 days ago

Vegan Hoisin Pancakes with tofu fried rice

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228 days ago

Vegan Paella

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228 days ago

Five super healthy winter foods

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228 days ago

Ham Hock and Barley Soup

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242 days ago

Delicious shortbreads

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263 days ago

Winter Roots Casserole with Cheddar & Thyme Dumplings

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270 days ago

Chana Masala Curry

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276 days ago

Parkin Cake

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284 days ago

Blackberry Macaroons

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287 days ago

Wiggly Worm Cupcakes

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192 days ago

Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas

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294 days ago

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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297 days ago

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

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301 days ago

7 foods to put you in a good mood

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399 days ago

Buying Groceries Online

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410 days ago

Easy Stove-top Eggs

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434 days ago

Store Cupboard Stars

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494 days ago

7 ingredients to make staying at home a little more palatable

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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.