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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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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...

the branch event studio
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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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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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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...

breadcrumbs
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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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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...

leftovers
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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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All I know about grilling and cooking on the bbq

First off – In England we call the grill a bbq. So excuse the interchangeable terminology that follows – just know I’m talking about that thing you cook on outside...

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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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What to serve at parties without stressing out

I know that what to serve at parties is a hot topic so I wanted to share the list I had pulled together of recipes I’d like to eat. Always...

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Wax on, wax off and the joy of zest

As a Brit I still cannot get over the thrill of being able to wander outside and pick a lemon, orange of grapefruit off a tree in my California garden....

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How to plan to cook

Planning what we’ll eat each week is the only way I manage to cook from scratch, stay healthy, avoid waste and save money. I love to cook but I don’t...

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