Autumnal 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 cooking these tempting, delicious, nutritious and sometimes indulgent recipes to boost your mood at mealtimes

Make the most of the autumn harvest with our seasonal recipes, from warming pumpkin curries to apple cakes and Halloween treats (no tricks!)

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Christmas Recipe Book

We’ve rounded up the best of the best festive recipes from our fantastic on-site catering partners.

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Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas

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Parkin Cake

This sticky, spicy cake is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night, but tastes far too good to only eat once a year – it’s also perfect for autumnal picnics

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Pumpkin, Chilli, Spinach & Feta Parcels recipe

Recipe for delicious zingy vegetarian parcels for a tasty festive lunch from our McCarthy Stone chefs.

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Wiggly Worm Cupcakes

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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Apple and Cinnamon Cake Recipe

Use up the gorgeous glut of autumn apples with this delicious traditional teatime treat - it can also be made to be gluten and dairy free.

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Chana Masala Curry

This vegan curry dish of aromatically spiced chickpeas is super tasty and packed with essential nutrients

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Red cabbage sauerkraut recipe

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

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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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Vegetable Curry

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Spooky Gravestone Brownies

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Triple choc brownies recipe

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

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Spiced Apple Porridge recipe

A warming bowlful of delicious and healthy spiced apple porridge from our McCarthy Stone Retirement Living Plus chefs

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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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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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Zombie Pasta

Get creative with cooking and show your grandchildren your gruesome side with this gory dish! 

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Pizza Spiders

This super easy pizza recipe is a quick and tasty dinner for little ones and adults. Get creative with different toppings and make your own unique Halloween looks!

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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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The McCarthy Stone Bread Book

Download these free bread recipes made with love by our McCarthy Stone homeowners and teams

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Sausage Mummies

These sausage mummies will make a perfect pre-Halloween party snack for every age and are great fun to make. Little ones will love creating the ‘mummy’ eyes!

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Coconut Braised Pumpkin Recipe

This delicious Chinese recipe combines warm spicy flavours with creamy coconut milk. Serve with stir fried veg or steamed rice.

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Autumnal Soup Recipe

Feeling the cold? Then try our new Autumnal soup recipe - bound to blow the cobwebs away and keep you toasty warm this season!

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Ghostly Mini-Meringues 

Get your baking hat on this Halloween with our delicious Ghostly mini meringues! Best served with a side of scare, perfect for your grandkids!

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Mary Berry's Gorgeous Ginger and Chocolate Cake Recipe

When it gets dark and chilly, you need to ward off the winter blues - and a delicious cake recipe from Queen of Cooks, Mary Berry will do just that! 

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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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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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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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Grilled mackerel with beetroot and horseradish recipe

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

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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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Homemade hummus recipe

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

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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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Meadow Mojito cocktail recipe

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

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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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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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Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

Our chef's recipe for traditional Easter Simnel cake

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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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Honey Bee Biscuits

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

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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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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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Bao buns with char sui pork

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Italian Wedding Soup

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Vegan Gingerbread

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Vegan Hoisin Pancakes with tofu fried rice

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Vegan Paella

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Five super healthy winter foods

Fuel up this winter on our five top healthy foods.

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Ham Hock and Barley Soup

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Christmas savoury shortbread biscuit recipe

Recipes for delicious savoury shortbread, perfect for a Christmas party treat, from our McCarthy Stone Retirement Living Plus chefs.

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Winter Roots Casserole with Cheddar & Thyme Dumplings recipe

This deliciously warming winter stew recipe is packed with healthy vegetables and topped with indulgent cheesy dumplings,

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Blackberry Macaroons

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7 foods to put you in a good mood

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Buying Groceries Online

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Easy Stove-top Eggs

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Store Cupboard Stars

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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.