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cauliflower carbonara

I take secret (actually not so secret now I’m writing on here) pleasure in looking into the fridge and making up a recipe to use up the seemingly incompatible ingredients inside. Making something delicious out of nothing. Yesterday was a perfect case of that, we’d been out all day schlepping around the country on trains...

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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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sweet potato bites

These sweet potato bites are easy peasy and a great party alternative for anyone who is gluten-free or vegetarian. I serve them as individual bites but I love the idea of them being part of a taco bar too. Last time I served these at a party, I sliced the potatoes earlier in the day...

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Sunday roast chicken with roast veggies and salad

I like to roast a chicken on a Sunday. It makes me feel like I’m home wherevere I am. And I always save leftovers for an easy dinner to easy myself into the week on Monday. Last night was Sunday and dinner was yummy, easy, healthy and has left a great pile of leftovers. I’ll...

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comforting and healthy sweet potato soupy stew

This stew is so hearty and easy to make. One batch will feed 8 greedy people or you can freeze individual portions for a later date.  It is packed full of healthy goodies, has tons of fibre and is low in fat. You could also stir some shredded kale in a couple of minutes before...

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banh-mi inspired turkey burger

I was playing around with turkey burger recipes for a client and used the flavours of banh-mi in some simple burgers. She and her children went mad for them so I thought you’d like them too. When I’m trying to eat more healthily I often look to Thailand and Vietnam for inspiration. One of my...

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baked Tilapia with peppers, broccoli and potatoes

We know fish is a healthy choice but knowing which is best for the environment is a minefield. Tonights dinner is a yummy, healthy and easy way to enjoy Tilapia which scores pretty well in terms of sustainable fish. You can pick up all the equipment I use through my shop. To make it for...

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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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15 minute squash soup with chestnut gnocchi – a Jamie Oliver inspired dinner

I bought Jamie Oliver’s new book “Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals” when I was back in the UK.  I’m awful for buying new cook books, reading them then leaving them on the shelf, so my new year’s resolution is to cook from one book a month and try two recipes a week from it.  So far...

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oven baked roots risotto

Dinner tonight is a comforting (I need it) oven baked risotto. Not just comforting in taste but also comforting in that it requires minimal active time as most of the work is done in the oven. It is an old fab from my old treat-supermarket, Waitrose. See the recipe on their site here Feel free to...

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An easy prep ahead roast dinner for friends

I had friends coming over for dinner and knew I had very little time between getting children to bed and them arriving. I knew I’d barely have time to throw on my earrings and lippy so I chose to make things I could prep ahead of time and finish off while my friends chatted to...

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Let menus be your inspiration – LA Turkey Salad

I visited LA for the first time on Labor Day weekend and came back brimming with ideas of things to cook from all the places I ate.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, so much of my inspiration, along with learnings about what flavors work together, come from what I eat when...

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