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pumpkin spiced pancakes

These pancakes are a great way to use up any random bits of pumpkin purée at Thanksgiving. In fact, I’d go as far to say they are worth cracking open a fresh can of the stuff. Just take around a cup of leftover pumpkin purée and put it in a jug where you whisk it...

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sea salt toffee dipped in dark chocolate

I spent a lot of time cooking with my Mum when I was little. One of the most magical things we used to make was cinder toffee. As a child, realising I could recreate the middle of my favourite Crunchie bar was a revelation. If you are wondering what cinder toffee is, you might know...

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thanksgiving in the cabin

A Brit’s take on Thanksgiving

You may be wondering what right an English girl has to be talking about that most sacred of American holidays, Thanksgiving. Before moving to America I had little clue about what went on at Thanksgiving. My only references were the odd episodes of Friends – what had stuck in my mind was the marshmallow topped sweet...

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puy lentil bolognese

This puy lentil bolognese is a brilliant meat-free Monday dinner and freezer filler. I do feel like a little constraint is a bigger boost to my imagination than a wide open choice of what to eat. So forcing Monday to be meat-free in our house encourages me to try lots of new recipes. And I...

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salmon with tomato fennel sauce

salmon with tomato fennel sauce and broccolini

Faced with a pretty standard fridge full of ingredients the other night, I wanted to make something seasonal, healthy and quick. This salmon with tomato fennel sauce and broccolini is what I ended up with. It was a perfect combination of virtuousness and deliciousness and was very fast too. This type of quick tomato and...

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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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orange and rosemary bundt cake

orange and rosemary bundt cake

I’m not as confident a baker as I am a cook of savoury things. I’m not by nature a precise person and I think that’s why cakes don’t appeal to me as much. One mistake and things can fall flat – literally. Baking doesn’t have the luxury of being able to be rescued like most...

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crunchy courgette flower

stuffed and crunchy courgette (summer squash) flowers

There is one meal that I have every summer, just once or twice usually. Lets be honest, anything fried is usually delicious. Actually, let me backtrack – there is some really bad soggy fried food out there – fried in dodgy oil and using scary ingredients. This recipe takes top-notch, seasonal ingredients and a light...

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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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flapjacks

flapjacks for lunchboxes, teatime and road trips

I love a good flapjack. We never left home for a holiday when I was little without a tin of flapjacks and shortbread.  Long before granola bars had ever been thought of, these were what my Mum packed for us. Like granola bars, they are a real treat but give you a bit of a...

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Piedmontese peppers

These beauties are simplicity itself. They are my nod to the ’90s when Delia Smith made these a regular dinner party starter along with the, then unusual, baked goats cheese. Sometimes its easy to dismiss things that have gone out of fashion but these are still delicious and a gorgeous way of using all that...

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peach (or any fruit) crumble

I was lucky enough to get myself down to Andy’s Orchard last week to pick up some peaches. Pim Techamuanvivit‘s photos of his fruit (which she uses for her amazing jams) were just too tempting so I bundled the boys in the car and headed down to the farm shop to taste for myself. Andy hand...

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tomato courgette soup

tomato and courgette soup

Given my obvious love of tomatoes, I get positively delirious at this time of year when they are piling up all around me and at their absolute best. We just got back from a two week holiday to find our garden overflowing with perfectly ripe tomatoes and courgettes (zucchini). Very handy as I came back...

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healthy chicken Kiev. You can take the girl out of the ’80s…

I did much of my early experimentation with food in the eighties – Monster Munch,  Crispy Pancakes and Angel Delight. There wasn’t quite the understanding then about the nasties lurking in processed food. Luckily my Mum was an amazing cook so those foods in a box were infrequent treats. She busied herself with expanding our...

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baked oatmeal

baked oats with berries and banana – perfect weekend brunch

Midweek eats Porridge, or oatmeal, is a pretty much daily breakfast in our house. I make mine with thick rolled oats and flaxseed cooked just with water then finished with a mound of yoghurt and fruit. The baked oats with berries and banana recipe that follows would be a good one to make on a...

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tomato and green bean gnocchi with goats cheese and lemon. Ready in 5 minutes

Our vegetable patch is starting to come up trumps. We just picked our first beans and tomatoes of the season and I’m so excited about having so many gorgeous ingredients just a few steps away from the kitchen. Garden-to-table cooking is my mission for the summer, using fresh veggies and herbs and serving them simply...

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popsicle

you say ‘popsicle’ I say ‘ice lolly’ – 4 healthy easy recipes

It is roasting hot here just now and I have two very hot toddlers pestering me for ice cream from the moment they wake up to the time they lay their sweaty little heads on their pillows to go to bed. Summer is stretching in front of us and a quick (maths isn’t my strong...

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one pan prawns with fennel, tomato and smoked paprika

When the weather gets hot I start to reminisce about the meals I’ve eaten on summer holidays through the years and have the urge to recreate them at home to bring back happy memories of traveling. For 3 years running, we went to a crazy music festival in Spain and spent the following week camping...

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