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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.

what to make for lunch

What to make for lunch day in day out is something I know lots of you are struggling with right now. Whoever you are at home with, or if you...

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my pasta sauce collection

In a rut with pasta sauces? What did we do before we started eating pasta? Anyone with children or with no time to get dinner on the table knows how...

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How to cook without going shopping

Every day that we can put off going food shopping is a day we can protect more people around us. We all know we need to limit trips to the...

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free store cupboard cooking class videos

Cooking class videos using simple ingredients Let’s try something new while we stay at home. Starting Tuesday 24th March, I’m doing new cooking class videos 4 days a week and...

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what to keep in your freezer

what to keep in your freezer for easy, healthy dinners I feel a bit twitchy if my freezer isn’t stocked with things I can easily turn into a quick meal....

what ingredients to keep in your freezer
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store cupboard essentials – my list and tips

Store cupboard essentials list So many people ask me what my store cupboard essentials are, so it is time I share my list. A well stocked store cupboard (and fridge...

store cupboard essentials
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The easiest way to label your prepped or frozen food

This is such a ‘duh’ idea but, I admit, I came to it only recently.  I am a pretty obsessive cooking in bulk person.  I get the jitters if my...

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how to freeze and defrost safely and easily

Simple tips to help you know how to freeze and defrost safely so you can make the most of your freezer In my last post, I shared some of my...

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sauces to make even the simplest meal taste amazing

If your time to cook is limited, get into the habit of making a few of these easy sauces over the next few weeks. Keep them in the fridge and...

sauces for summer
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food waste – 5 easy ways to stop throwing food and money away

Food waste is a big issue – not only on an environmental scale but on our personal finances. Below I share my tips for how to reduce food waste and...

food waste
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30 minute kitchen cupboard sort out

It is January so as good a time as any to spend 30 minutes emptying your kitchen cupboard and sorting it out. You’ll be rewarded with a smug sense of...

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cooking with kids without losing it

I learned to cook because my mum wanted to keep me entertained so she gave me jobs to do in the kitchen from being tiny. That time we spent together...

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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 cook pasta. But because we learn to...

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breadcrumbs – how to make, store and use

Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I hate wasting food. From planning what we eat to shopping and storing well, to using leftovers and...

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Lovely leftovers – safe storing and delicious re-using

I love leftovers as much as the main Christmas dinner. I think many of us enjoy the Boxing day re-hash of Christmas dinner more than the first time its served...

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planet-friendly food shopping

One thing we can’t avoid in this new decade is the discussions about the environmental impact of how we live and how we eat. If I can be totally honest,...

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California 2019 and low stress brunch recipes

In October I spent a week teaching low stress brunch recipes and hosting a supper club in California. I started my business teaching cooking classes in California when we were...

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a trip to Provence with Mirabeau wine

A weather worn basket stuffed with olives, cheese, sun-warmed tomatoes, a bottle of cold wine and a baguette is the stuff of holiday dreams. Every year hoards of us rush...

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