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veggie stew

end of the week veggie stew

The week before I fly home to England from California I always go into an extra crazy vegetable eating and juicing mission and this veggie stew is perfect. It is my attempt to pack in as many vitamins and antioxidants so we are ready to fight off any bugs flying around inside of the plane. ...

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roast chicken and garlic sticky brown rice

roast chicken and garlic sticky brown rice with greens

This roast chicken and garlic sticky brown rice was the first dinner I made after being away in England for 3 weeks. I love staying with people and being cooked for and eating out but I really miss cooking in my own kitchen. And, I admit, I miss being selfish and making what I want...

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chorizo and chickpea stew

Chorizo and chickpea three ingredient stew

Sometimes I forget to post some of the easiest things I throw together and this chorizo and chickpea stew is one. I make them so often that it doesn’t occur to me that other people don’t make them too. Or I talk myself out of posting them because they are so simple I wonder if...

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sesame wasabi crusted tuna

sesame wasabi crusted tuna with kale rice and a cucumber ginger salad

This sesame wasabi crusted tuna is a really nice way of making a dinner that feels that elusive combination of healthy and fancy at the same time. Last month I was hankering for something crunchy and fried. I’ll be honest, I was craving something like fried chicken but my head wasn’t allowing my belly to decide...

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welsh rarebit

Welsh Rarebit – no rabbits were harmed in the making of this

I recently hosted a party for my American friends and wanted to introduce them to some British classics. I wanted to make things that I could prep ahead and quickly assemble and heat at the last-minute, so Welsh Rarebit ticked all the boxes. Traditionally, Welsh Rarebit was served as a ‘savoury’, a course after dessert...

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roast beet goats cheese salad

roast beet, goats cheese and kale salad with savoury granola

I’m always on the lookout for a new way of livening up my daily salads. I’ve long known that a bit of crunch along with something a little sweet is the way to make a hum drum salad sing. I’m not one for fruit in salads – that is an American taste that this Brit...

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burgers

a Brit burger that has won over the Americans with a secret ingredient

I was told when we moved here that it would be very brave for a Brit like me to make homemade burgers for Americans. I guess it is a bit like and American living in England serving up fish and chips or roast beef and Yorkshire puds. Anyway I wasn’t put off, and if anything...

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salmon burger

a salmon burger and a little black dress

I love burgers but usually default to my favorite beef burger recipe when we’re grilling outside. A non-beef eating friend came over on Memorial day so I had an excuse to try out a couple of recipes so she wouldn’t feel left out. I settled on one from Gwyneth’s new book but, as always, I couldn’t...

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pickled vegetables

homemade pâté

This is another of those dishes I probably never would have made had I still been living in England. It is so easy to pick up good pâté in the UK but I find it almost impossible to find pâté here in California. For me, it is such a nostalgic comfort food.  The first bite...

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easy shortbread

easy shortbread

My mum’s easy shortbread recipe This easy shortbread recipe is one that has been a part of my family as long as I can remember. It was always in the biscuit tin when we went on holidays and my Mum made it for many a summer fair, various picnics and parties. We often made it...

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pulled pork crostini topped with fennel and lemon salad

I always try to come up with new toppings for my party standard of crostini. My inspiration usually comes from food combinations I enjoy for dinner. In this case the inspiration came from my fallback entertaining option of 4 hour roasted pork shoulder, crusted in fennel seeds which I serve with a citrus fennel salad....

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Julie's lentil, carrot, tomato soup

Julie’s lentil, carrot, tomato soup

Growing up this was a pretty-much weekly item on our menu. My Mum, Julie, embraced lentil eating in the 80s along with her perm and shoulder pads. So I’m naming this as Julie’s lentil, carrot, tomato soup for her. The hair and fashions have changed but this remains a favourite in our family. She is...

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lentil houmus

easy lentil houmus

I have another houmus (or hummus, houmous, or humus) recipe that I love. So I was dubious about this lentil houmus recipe but curious too. It uses lentils rather than chickpeas which makes it super creamy and higher protein (15g per serving). Totally delicious, easy peasy to make and a great lunch or snack for kids...

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baked fennel

an indulgent baked fennel dinner

This baked fennel dish is a perfect Friday night in front of Netflix dinner. It is an unashamed hearty, indulgent standalone dish (if it makes you feel better, even with the cream I reckon its still healthier than a take away pizza). Just the thing to enjoy at the end of a long week in...

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shepherds pie

a lighter take on shepherds pie

When the weather starts to turn colder I crave the foods I grew up on. One of my favourite comfort foods is Shepherds pie which my Mum used to make with lamb topped with creamy mashed potato and grated cheese on top which she’d put under the grill (broiler) until it bubbled. She’d serve it...

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cauliflower and kale soup

a cup of cauliflower and kale soup

I feel cauliflower is often overlooked but I’m increasingly using it to give the creaminess I want in soups without having to use cream or potatoes. This cauliflower and kale soup is easy peasy to make and tastes gorgeous whilst being super-virtuous. I made a big batch and froze some for lunches. My Grandma, Myra,...

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egg and kale-slaw

an easy, healthy lunch – egg and kale-slaw

A week of cooking inspired by what I’ve seen on Pinterest starts today. When I was planning this week’s menu I decided to only cook things I’ve pinned. Lunch today is a really easy but unusual egg and kale-slaw which will stay in the fridge and give me a high veggie, high protein lunch for...

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