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Read my tips for getting real food on the table without drama. Learn how to organise and stock your kitchen, where I like to eat out and how to max out the flavour in what you cook without spending long in the kitchen.

Royal Wedding party menu – the best of California and Britain

The first time my mother in law witnessed my love of an over ambitiously themed Royal Wedding party still makes me shudder. Her first visit to us in California coincided...

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where to stay, eat and visit in Barcelona

We’re just back from five fab days in Barcelona with our boys. Traveling with young children can be both amazing and stressful. My two (aged 6 and 8 as I...

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how to cook pasta like a pro

Ask most people what their go-to easy dinner is and they’ll probably say pasta. Even the most clueless cook can usually manage to boil some up. But because we learn...

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3 easy breakfasts for busy families

Breakfast time midweek is pretty stressful for lots of us. Depending on what time you get up, most of us have around an hour to get clean, dressed, fed and...

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My view on the new government eating guidelines

I’m guessing by now you’ve seen the new government report and guidelines from Public Health England to tackle obesity. I saw the report yesterday and was raging at how much...

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The tools that will make you a better cook – my 5 most useful kitchen tools

When the lovely Katie filmed me recently, she asked for my 5 most useful kitchen tools. This is how I replied. These are the items I use at least once...

5 most useful kitchen tools
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how to embrace your freezer and enjoy chilled mealtimes

I feel a bit twitchy if my freezer isn’t stocked with things I can easily turn into a quick meal. The secret is not just knowing what and how to...

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how to freeze and defrost safely and easily

In my last post, I shared some of my favourite things to keep in the freezer, along with what I add to those meals to make them extra delicious when...

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a word or few on snacking

Things can go a bit awol over the summer. Or maybe you’re already struggling with a picky eater and have more energy to tackle to the problem over the summer....

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10 easy ways to make your cooking taste amazing

For those of you who have been in class this should be a nice reminder. And if you’ve never been to a class, I hope you find my 10 easy ways...

10 easy ways to make your cooking taste amazing
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My essential kitchen kit list

Anyone who has been in one of my classes will have heard me tell why I’m a tough customer when it comes to gadgets. So I decided to write my...

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don’t forget the salt

I recently cooked with children at my sons’ school and was blown away at how many children said they didn’t like tomatoes. You know that kills me. Anyway, I had...

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a cook’s guide to designing a kitchen

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that we moved back home to England after four and half years of living in a rented house in California....

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are you storing your tomatoes all wrong?

This is a simple tip but one that always divides the room in my cooking classes. If you automatically put tomatoes in the fridge when you get home from the...

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summer holiday eating tips

One of the things I love most about summer is the fact my children can eat outside more (even if they don’t want to), so I have less time crawling...

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California cooking tour Spring 2017

I spent a week back in California in March, teaching two classes a day to so many lovely people. This was my fourth cooking tour. I always plan everything with...

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a day with friends in wine country

One of the things I miss about living in California, aside from our friends, is the amazing wine. Before moving there my experience of California wine, like most Brits was...

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homemade and heartfelt gifts

Call me old fashioned, but I don’t like having to tell people what I want for Christmas. I always hope that people know me enough to pick me a surprise....

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