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lemon, garlic and rosemary courgettes

lemon, garlic and rosemary courgettes

First up, a courgette and a zucchini are the same thing. We Brits took the French name and the Americans took the Italian name. Given the romantic languages we use to describe this vegetable it isn’t the one we get most excited about. It doesn’t have the sweetness of corn, or the usefulness of tomato...

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tuna polpette with fresh tomato and pepper sauce

Doing this job, I’ve found that a lot of people are a bit funny about canned tuna. In fact there are all sorts of foods that people have issues with, usually because of the way they tried something as a child. I love it when I get someone to love something they’d avoided since childhood,...

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romesco sauce

romesco toast with goats cheese

Romesco sauce is so versatile and a jar will last in the fridge for a week or two. I love having it on hand to add to pasta, spoon over fish or chicken, spread on toast or dip raw veg or bread sticks into. It is swoon-worthy with poached eggs and avocado on toast for...

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homemade tortilla chips with guacamole

homemade tortilla chips with guacamole

Homemade tortilla chips with guacamole is a recipe I make all the time with my boys. It keeps them busy for a good half hour and the end result is a really healthy, delicious snack or becomes part of their dinner. My two are almost 6 and 7 and they can make this on their...

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Roast nectarine, thyme and honey cream tart

roast nectarine, thyme and honey cream tart

If you come to my house for dinner over the summer the chances are you’ll get this roast nectarine, thyme and honey cream tart for dessert. It is so easy to make and a joy to eat. I also make it with plums, apricots, rhubarb or peaches depending on what I can buy at the...

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fish and chips

Anglo Italian fish and chips

I’ve been making a variation of this dish for years. My children love it and it is just the ticket when you crave something with big flavours, crunch and comfort. Think of it as healthy, fish and chips with an Italian twist. The various elements stand-alone and will work with all sorts of other dishes. My version has...

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spanish chicken

one-pan braised Spanish chicken

This Spanish chicken is the kind of dish I grew up eating. We often had braised or roasted one-pan dishes that my Mum could spend a few minutes pulling together then leave to cook in the oven while she went on with all the other things she had to do. This type of meal also...

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the easiest tomato sauce for pasta

the easiest tomato sauce for pasta

Home from a week away and tired after a long journey. I was so close to ordering pizza but then I realised what I really wanted was a bowl of pasta with a good tomato sauce and too much Parmesan. So I turned to the easiest tomato sauce for pasta there is. This classic recipe...

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rosemary bacon hassleback potatoes

rosemary bacon hassleback potatoes

These rosemary bacon hassleback potatoes are the easiest and most delicious spuds to sit alongside all your feasts. I love these as an easy alternative to my roast potatoes with a roast dinner but I won’t say no to them with some fish and salad or even on their own. These hassleback potatoes have maximum...

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5 minute almond butter satay vegetable noodle bowl

5 minute almond butter satay vegetable noodle bowl

This 5 minute almond butter satay vegetable noodle bowl recipe came about when I was staring into the cupboard with a rumbling tummy and two starving children. It is amazing how creative you can be with what you have when the thought of going to the supermarket with two toddlers is the alternative. I’m allergic...

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Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce

Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce

I love a good meatball. And these Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce are the latest iteration of my obsession. Meatballs are such an easy thing to make a big batch of and freeze. Read on for how you can store and serve these in all sorts of ways for midweek dinners and fancier dinners with...

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one pan fragrant roast chicken

One pan fragrant roast chicken with crunchy chickpeas and vegetables

My students love a good one pan, throw it in the oven dinner so I think you’ll love this. I just got back from teaching a week of classes in California and I’ve already had loads of pictures of this one pan fragrant roast chicken dish from my students after they’ve recreated it at home....

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chicken chorizo stew

chorizo love in – speedy chicken, tomato and chorizo stew with crispy broccoli

One of the nicest things about living back in England (aside from family, old friends and telly obviously), is being able to shop at Waitrose. Most expats in California can be turned instantly misty eyed at the mention of this most British of supermarkets. American friends – imagine a shop that is combination of the...

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freezer fillers

fragrant sweet potato and black bean chilli

This sweet potato and black bean chilli what I reach to when I feel we need to re-set our eating a bit. It is easy to make, comforting to eat and works for my whole family. It is even better the day after you make it as the flavours mellow together. This one-pan dish is great...

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frozen berries with white chocolate sauce

frozen berries with white chocolate sauce

This frozen berries with white chocolate sauce is a showstopper dessert, influenced by the one originally served at Le Caprice in London (where it was apparently Princess Diana’s favourite dessert). Since then it has cropped up on menus all over England and with good reason. It is easy to make mid-week, and is something my...

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mulled wine

mulled wine – the best recipe for winter cheer

A coffee cup filled with mulled wine is just the thing to get you through carol concerts, freezing cold rugby matches and Christmas shopping – as long as you’re not driving. It may make you ugly cry a bit more during the Joni Mitchell CD scene in Love Actually (is that just me who doesn’t...

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shepherds pie

The best shepherds pie

Shepherds pie is my ultimate comfort food, my children adore it and it is a brilliant make-ahead meal when you have people coming over for dinner. It pains me to see how many awful shepherds pie recipe are out there so let me show you how to start making it properly. Every family has their...

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berry and citrus curd cake

berry and citrus curd cake

Everyone needs an easy, show-stopper pud that can be thrown together with minimal fuss. And this berry and citrus curd cake is the one I roll out most often. If, like me, most of your dinners with friends get a little fuzzy round the edges by the time the main course has finished, you’ll love...

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