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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.

How To Eat – 20 years on

There is much talk this week of the 20th birthday of a very special book. It has been a delight to read some of my favourite writers (of whom Bee...

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kitchen remodel – the finishing touches

I’ve written before about the whole kitchen remodel process I went through. I love how many of you have got in touch with your kitchen plans and how many of...

finishing touches
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throw in the oven meals

These recipes are some of my favourite throw in the oven and leave them meals. Some of them take a little while to prepare but once in the pan, can...

throw in the oven
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ideas for packed lunches and dinners on the go

Does anyone enjoy making packed lunches? Apart from the creators of some of the amazingly beautiful Japanese bento boxes that crop up on social media, I think most of us...

packed lunches
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5 easy dinners in 15 minutes

School starts again for us next week so I’ll back back into flying around with bags full of dirty football and wet swimming kits and starving children to feed once...

15 minutes
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why I’ll be drinking rosé this winter

Have you packed your rosé away along with your flip flops? Well get it out because it is perfect to drink with food at this time of year. Aside from...

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Recipes, time plans and tips for all your Christmas cooking

You can now buy my stress-free Christmas cooking guide, containing all my recipes, time plans and tips. I cover everything from the Christmas Day dinner, cocktails and party food, a...

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Northern Blog Awards – I need your vote!

This year I decided to get a bit braver, to start ignoring the inner voice that tells me to wait until things are perfect before sharing them. One of the...

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what’s in season now – October

I always try to eat in season. It is not only better for the environment, but it is also cheaper and in-season produce tastes so much better. A strawberry in...

in season in October
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stress free summer entertaining

I read this really interesting article in The Guardian yesterday about how eating alone is one of the biggest factors for unhappiness. Lack of time and confidence can make it...

stress free summer entertaining
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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...

Barcelona
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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...

easy breakfasts for busy families
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a very cherry January

I have fruit categories and I’m guessing you do to, although you might have more useful things on your mind and may not have consciously labelled them until now. Here’s...

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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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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

Seasoning and flavour are so often overlooked in recipes, but they are such a vital part of cooking – especially if you’re dealing with fussy eaters. But how are you...

10 easy ways to make your cooking taste amazing
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