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brown rice pudding

coconut brown rice pudding with salted coconut caramel

I’m always on the look out for a dessert that will make my boys feel like I’m indulging them but is healthy enough to dish out midweek on a regular basis. And, I’m sure you know by now that I’m also always looking for ways to make a recipe quicker and more delicious so that...

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harissa and lemon chickpea soup

My love a good soup is well documented on these pages. This harissa and lemon chickpea soup is a quick to make recipe that uses things you will probably have in your store cupboard. It is a great lesson in flavour balancing and the subtle Middle Eastern flavours taste like nothing you’d be able to...

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a very San Francisco Greek salad

I’ve had some amazing Greek salad, sitting by little marinas on Greek islands with the sun on my shoulders. Over there they are very simple – a big chunk of good feta, not broken up. Sitting on top of juicy, in season, sun-warmed tomatoes; chunks of crunchy cucumber and raw onion (the only bit I...

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Strisce alla Chiantigiana

Strisce alla Chiantigiana – pappardelle in a pancetta and Chianti sauce

This genius combination of simple ingredients results in a complex but super-speedy umami rich red wine sauce. The Strisce alla Chiantigiana recipe originates in Florence. Close your eyes, taste this and you could be there. This recipe serves 2, feel free to double it but for some reason I feel it is a dinner a...

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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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beetroot cannellini dip

beetroot, cannellini, basil and sherry vinegar dip

I made a quick batch of this beetroot cannellini dip as part of a nibbly platter for my students last week. I’d been jonesing for these flavours since I had the Marks and Spencer version of this beetroot and bean dip at Christmas. Not only is this dip fabulously purple, it tastes amazing, can be...

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sweet-potato-and-black-bean-chilli

fragrant sweet potato and black bean chilli

Accidentally vegan sweet potato and black bean chilli recipe 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...

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sausage butternut squash and sage bake with apple lemon salsa

One-pan sausage, butternut squash and sage bake with apple salad

When people ask me what my go-to mid-week meals are, I invariably mention my love of a sausage tray bake. Cooking in this way is hands-off and delicious. Spend the time and money on good sausages (made from happily raised animals please) and a lot of the flavor work is done for you. Below you’ll...

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kale, date, almond and quinoa salad

Palm Springs kale, date, almond and quinoa salad

Lunch today is a recreation of the kale, date, almond and quinoa salad I had when we were staying in Palm Springs at the Ace hotel. I had their kale, date, almond and quinoa salad every day for lunch when we were there. I never usually get the same thing twice, especially when we’re in...

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roast potatoes

roast potatoes – the crunchiest ever

If you want extra crunchy, roast potatoes, follow the recipe below. I receive a ton of photos from students and readers who have made these spuds as part of their Thanksgiving and Christmas menus – the highest praise for any recipe. There are so many roast potato recipes knocking about but this technique gives the...

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sticky apple one pan crumble

sticky apple one pan crumble

I do love a good crumble and had always made mine in a ceramic dish. Then one day, inspired by the method used for Tarte Tatin, I decided to cut out some dish washing and make the whole blummin thing in a frying pan and my sticky apple one pan crumble was born. The apples...

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pea pesto crostini

pea pesto crostini

This pea pesto crostini recipe is dear to my heart as it was taught in my first ever You say Tomato class. Since then it has become a regular in my students’ houses. They love it like I do because it is colourful, healthy, child and budget friendly. Most importantly, because it is mainly make-ahead...

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smoked salmon fishcakes

smoked salmon fishcakes with pea tartar dip

These easy little smoked salmon fishcakes can be made ahead. I love them to soak up drinks at parties, or to serve a quick hit of omega 3s to my kids for dinner (tip – don’t tell your kids they’re having ‘cakes for dinner’ as they may be disappointed). They’re great on top of a...

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roast cauliflower chickpea salad

roast cauliflower, chickpea, Dijon and parsley salad

This roast cauliflower chickpea salad recipe perfectly illustrates the importance of balance in flavour and texture and will teach you new techniques for making vegetables the star of the show. Roasted cauliflower is such a handy addition to meals. It has just the right amount of stodge to replace piles of rice and bread with...

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parmesan and poppy seed shortbreads

Parmesan and poppy seed shortbreads

Forget Pringles – these crumbly cheesy Parmesan and poppy seed shortbreads are so moreish that you’ll be lucky if one batch is enough to last you between the cooling rack and the serving plate. They are a perfect pre-dinner drink partner. My children love them with soup too. The dough for these can be frozen...

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brussels sprouts

sweet, salty and bright Brussels sprouts

Until relatively recently, I, like most Brits, had a slightly unfair view of the possibilities presented by a Brussels sprout. I also had been spelling them wrong for years, missing the ‘s’ off the end of Brussel. Sorry about that. I know so many people don’t like them and that’s because they’ve only had them...

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21 day

Thai turkey or chicken salad with puffed wild rice

Almost as much time is devoted to dealing with leftover turkey as is spent talking about how to cook the blummin’ thing in the first place. To be honest, I love a good sandwich (toasted sourdough, Dijon, stuffing, crispy bacon, Maldon and cranberry sauce please). But what I often crave amidst the party food of...

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carrot and swede mash

carrot and swede (rutabaga) mash

This way of eating carrots has been in my family for generations. I’d put money on this being one of the first foods I ate as a baby as it was on our table with well over half the meals we had each week. My children love it too. We always have it with shepherds...

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