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summer party menu

a summer party menu for friends

One of the questions I get asked most is for ideas for party food. I do this for a job so I’m always pulling together menus but I know that for a lot of people, having friends over can feel stressful and expensive. So I’m sharing a summer party menu to help. Now I’ve got...

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strawberry galette

strawberry galette – the easiest fruit tart

A galette is such a forgiving way to bake fruit and is perfect for anyone who feels a tart is too stressful (which is a lot of us). When strawberries are in season, there is little that needs to be done to them. When they are just coming into season they can be a little...

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slow roast grapes and garlic

slow roast grapes and garlic for your cheese board

Need a cheeseboard of dreams? This slow roast grapes and garlic cheese platter is perfectly balanced with sweet and saltiness. It also looks beautiful and is perfect to plonk on the table at the end of a meal, giving people something to nibble as the conversation deepens and the wine glasses continue to be topped...

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Lemon and cheese stuffed courgette flowers

On my recent visit to Provence, one of the first things I snapped up at the market was a packet of baby courgettes (aka zucchini or summer squash) with the bright yellow, fragile flowers still attached. Stuffed courgette flowers are a once a year treat for me. I first fell for them when we lived...

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Roast chilli and black pepper pineapple

Roast chilli and black pepper pineapple

This roasted pineapple dessert is so easy and inexpensive to make and is a real crowd-pleaser. It can be made ahead and re-heated in the oven or even in a foil packet on the BBQ. Buy some good vanilla or coconut ice cream and open a bottle of rum and you’re sorted. The last time...

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Markle Sparkle

The Markle Sparkle cocktail

I love a good Royal Wedding and the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no exception. A party like this deserves a special drink and I’m sure my Markle Sparkle will be sipped at many a get together. Pulling together the best bits of California and Britain is something I’m pretty adept...

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coronation chicken tacos

coronation chicken tacos

I love a good Royal Wedding and the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no exception. Pulling together the best bits of California and Britain is something I’m pretty adept at, so to help you celebrate the big day, I’ve created a party menu with recipes that bring together the best of...

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tacos

tacos and how to make taco night delicious

Until I moved to California from England, my experience of tacos was very limited and I’d never heard of taco night. Like most Brits, I had memories of those dusty boxes of crunchy Old El Paso tacos, stuffed with minced beef and topped with loads of cheddar cheese. Not good. My first taste of a proper taco in...

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Middle Eastern chicken with green tahini sauce and lemon roast potatoes.

In my twenties I could often be found on the Edgeware Road in London late at night, scoffing Middle Eastern food. The combination of char-grilled chicken, citrusy herbs, chilli, and sesame sauce remains one of the flavour combinations I most lust-after. This Middle Eastern chicken is a great summer recipe as it is delicious fresh...

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eggplant polpette

eggplant polpette with speedy tomato basil sauce

Meatless meatballs, aubergine balls, vegetarian balls – I struggled a bit to name this recipe. Anyhow, I’ve settled on eggplant polpette. Eggplant because I taught it first in my cooking classes in California, polpette because, well, ‘balls’ is only ever going to get one reaction. If you don’t like aubergine or eggplant I bet you’ll...

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store cupboard pizza

store cupboard pizza

This store cupboard pizza recipe is so simple but one of the most popular ideas I’ve shared on social media recently. We all need a tried and tested recipe for when we are tempted to reach for the takeaway menu at the end of, or during, a tiring week. This delicious pizza is so easy...

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noodle bowls

noodle bowls two ways – the perfect healthy, fast food

Knowing the secrets to building good noodle bowls will always get you out of a ‘I’m starving, what’s for dinner’ situation. The bowls can be prepped and finished off when people need to eat – perfect for houses where there are early and later eaters to cater for. I tend not to follow a recipe...

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turkey

Christmas dinner recipes and tips

It feels like the whole country is on countdown to Friday. Most of us will be downing tools and starting on the Christmas treats with just the small matter of shopping and cooking Christmas dinner to deal with. I’m here to help – either get my full guide, or scroll down for a few of...

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one pan pasta

one pan pasta – the easiest midweek dinner

Last night was our usual frantic mid week evening that started with double swimming lessons, showering two soap-resistant children and battling the changing rooms before coming home with another pile of laundry to add to the existing pile of laundry. I made this easy one pan pasta when we got home and it was on...

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flapjacks

flapjacks – the perfect treat for busy bees

In a world full of Instagramable baking (don’t get me started on unicorn cronuts), old school flapjacks can get a bit left behind. They have been knocked out of the way by granola bars and the recipes have been the subject of a lot of fiddling, ingredients wise, these last few years. There are so...

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fish stew

Italian fish stew – a one pan mid-week treat

First up, this is not a fish stew with all sorts of shellfish, tenticles and gubbins in it. I do love those French stews, but they are a lengthy, expensive process and more likely to turn off the squeamish amongst you. This is definitely in mid-week dinner territory, although I’d be pretty delighted to have...

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easy pilaf

easy pilaf

I know how excited everyone gets about a good one-pan dish. This family-friendly, easy pilaf has minimal hands-on time and dish washing but maximum flavour. Purists will note that this isn’t an authentic recipe, but the results are delicious so that’s good enough for me. This is a great lesson in balancing flavour, texture and...

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roast sausage gnocchi

roast sausage gnocchi with tomato and greens

AKA ‘easy dins for little ones when the mums need to get on the wine and chat fast.’ I first made this roast sausage gnocchi when my frazzled friend was over with her children one Friday after school. It remains one of the easiest recipes and most quickly gobbled dinners I’ve made this year. I...

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