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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.

kitchen tools and equipment kit list

What kitchen tools should I buy to cook better? I get asked that question a lot. Anyone who has been in one of my classes will have heard me tell...

kitchen tools
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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...

salt
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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....

a cook's guide to designing a kitchen
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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...

tomatoes
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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...

summer holiday eating tips
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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 surprise gifts....

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California cooking tour Autumn 2016

I’m back in England after my third California cooking tour. Teaching two classes a day with jetlag isn’t the easiest way to pay the bills, but I love it and...

California cooking tour
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cooking on stage at Carfest

I love cooking in front of a crowd, so when I got a message from the organisers of Carfest, asking me to cook on stage I was so excited. I’d...

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Gift ideas (or hint list) for cooks

If you are a cook and want to drop some hints. Or if you know a cook and are looking for gift ideas then look no further. I’ve packaged up...

cooking classes in Cheshire
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Halloween and Bonfire Night recipe ideas

Those of us who would describe ourselves as ‘indoorsy’ come into our own at this time of year. I love summer but I am an autumn person at heart. Give...

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Spring 2016 California cooking class tour

I’m just back from a brilliant week, teaching cooking classes in rainy California. Yep you read that right – rainy! California has needed this rain so badly after the drought...

monte sereno cooking class
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lunch at The Bywater, Los Gatos, California

I had a gorgeous lunch at The Bywater on my recent trip back to California. On this last trip, I had my list of who to see, who to teach...

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A gift guide for cooks

If you are looking for ideas of what to buy for the cooks you love (or if you want to drop some hints), look no further. I’ve packaged up some...

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California cooking class tour Autumn 2015

When we moved from California back home to England in June, I was sad to say goodbye to such a wonderful place – our home for four and a half...

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You Say Tomato expands to England!

I’m now back in England to start You Say Tomato Europe! After four and a half years of living in California and starting my business in the kitchens of Silicon...

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A farewell farmers market dinner in our yard

We had fifteen friends over for a farewell dinner last weekend. We only have a couple of weeks left in this house and I wanted to throw an outdoor dinner...

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