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guacamole with bacon and seeds

the best guacamole with bacon and seeds

If you thought guacamole couldn’t get any better, have a go at this guacamole with bacon and seeds recipe. I made this last week and my son had eaten almost half of it before I made it to the table with the rest of that night’s dinner. While he may be lacking in restraint, he...

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three-way pea salad with feta and lemon

I posted this pea salad with feta and lemon on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks ago and everyone went crazy for it. So I wanted to immortalise it here, given that we all get memory like goldfish on social media. This recipe is a great one for packed lunches as it hangs around well....

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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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baked stuffed potatoes

baked stuffed potatoes

This baked stuffed potatoes is a very simple recipe but is a great, fast dinner. Especially if you plan ahead to have leftover baked potatoes in the fridge. My mum makes these for my boys whenever we arrive back at her house having flown in from California. She makes them a bowl of her lentil...

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crispy date and chocolate bars

crispy date and chocolate bars

This is another of my mum’s recipes that I’ve tinkered with a little. These crispy date and chocolate bars – or ‘date slices’ as they were known in our family are easy and delicious. They are perfect for lunchboxes, picnics or after-school snacks. They require very little actual cooking and are a great thing to...

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pancetta polenta and avocado breakfast

pancetta, polenta and avocado breakfast

Italian vibes this morning with this pancetta polenta and avocado breakfast. This looks fancy but it took me 10 minutes and was wolfed down by my boys. I taught wet polenta in class last night (recipe below) and had some left over. So I poured it onto a plate before I went to bed and...

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chips

healthy oven fries or chips

Quick translation – in England chips are what Americans call fries. What Americans call (potato) chips are what we call crisps. This recipe is all you need for those days when you are craving french fries but your narcissism is winning out over your hedonism. Because wouldn’t it just be dreamy to eat a plate...

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pesto

pesto the most delicious, child-friendly way to eat greens

When I feel we need some more greenery in our diet I reach for pesto. But not the stuff in a jar. I want a hit of fresh, punchy, healthy greens and I’m afraid you won’t get that from the bought stuff. Pesto takes seconds to make and is one of the most useful flavour...

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Eton mess with an Italian twist

Eton Mess is a brilliant quick dessert that is universally loved. It seems timely given the arrival of Princess Charlotte this last weekend to post a summer pud that is both regal and common in equal measure. I always think of this as M&S Mess because the ingredients can be picked up at pretty much...

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frozen watermelon

Fastest, most why-didn’t-I-think-of-that recipe ever? I love making homemade frozen ice lollies or Popsicles in the summer but what to do when you don’t have the equipment or energy to make them? Last summer I over-committed to a ginormous watermelon a couple of days before we were heading away from home for the weekend. I...

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homemade salad dressings

all the homemade salad dressings you need

I hope by now you have ditched any store bought dressings that are lurking in your fridge. If not read this then please go and do it pronto. Your taste buds, wallet and health will thank you. Below are my five top homemade salad dressings, once you have them in your recipe bank you won’t...

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10 easy ways to make your cooking taste amazing

the new salad rules

If you want to step up your salad making read on as I’ve pulled together my top salad rules. Think of them as building blocks – when you’re making a salad check that you have the right elements to make it a perfectly rounded and balanced dish. Before long this will become instinctive. Until then,...

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crunchy chickpeas

addictive crunchy chickpeas [garbanzo]

These addictive crunchy chickpeas are my new obsession. Either roast them alongside vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, brussel sprouts are all good). Or follow the recipe below and add them to salads, serve them with drinks or have them as a healthy snack. They add a delicious crunch to pitta and houmus. If you are Stateside you’ll...

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dates stuffed with nut butter and salt

When I was rummaging through the fridge the other afternoon I had no idea that the concoction I was about to make would be such a good one. I ripped open a Medjool date, took out the stone and stuffed the cavity with about half a teaspoon of cashew butter (you could use almond butter...

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chickpea mash

spiced chickpea mash with grilled lamb and pomegranate

I couldn’t resist the piles of pomegranates on sale at the international market yesterday. I’d been re-reading a much-loved old cook book of mine, Casa Moro, and it had got me craving middle eastern combinations of flavours. I already had some local lamb chops in the fridge and some canned chickpeas [garbanzo beans] in the...

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lighter take on champ

a lighter take on champ

Even though I have Irish grandparents and friends I’d never celebrated St Patrick’s day until I moved to California. This is the land of continuous celebration so being Irish doesn’t get in the way of the excuse to party! The shops here are filled with corned beef and Guinness. Neither of which really float my...

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homemade dukkah

homemade dukkah – the easy way to add fragrant crunch to your meals

When you’re looking for your food to be balanced and interesting to eat, you need to add different textures and flavours. I talk more about the principle of flavour and texture balancing here.  One of my favourite ways to add crunch is to add some toasted nuts or seeds to my meals. Homemade dukkah is...

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salmon tacos

salmon, rainbow chard, fennel, pumpkin seed tacos

I didn’t know that taco night was a thing until I moved to California. Now I’m a convert. Mostly because having tacos for dinner means I can throw a few leftovers, something fresh and lots of healthy veggies onto the table and my boys will make their own dinner. It is a very sociable way...

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