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smoked fish pate

easy smoked fish pâté with Melba toast

I make a scrumptious chicken liver pâté but when I fancy a change I make this smoked fish pate with salmon, trout or mackerel. I love the fact that most of the ingredients are things I have to hand all the time. So I can throw it together without much planning. I’m sure I don’t...

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pickled vegetables

quick pickled vegetables and fried capers – game changing garnishes

More often than not the final hit of flavour is the thing that transforms a meh dinner into something amazing. Adding a hit of acid and some crunch to dishes are two of my most used tricks when I’m cooking. I make these pickled vegetables or fried capers when I want my food to taste...

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you say tomato sauce

you say tomato sauce – never buy a jar of pasta sauce again

Every time I go to the supermarket and see the shelves upon shelves of tomato sauce I want to stage a protest, but my English reserve (and crazy lady side) means I only rant in my own head rather than out loud. I know those jars are a staple of most people’s weekly shopping trips,...

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buckwheat tacos

buckwheat tacos with grilled salmon, bacon, avocado, greens and a bunch of other good stuff

Last Friday I decided to escape my computer and treat myself to lunch at Zona Rosa, a new healthy Mexican place in town where I had a taco so delicious that I couldn’t wait to replicate at home. I am a little new to Mexican food. Until I moved to California from England four years...

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cauliflower mash

the smoothest creamiest dairy-free cauliflower mash

Mashed potato is, I think, the ultimate comfort food. The creaminess, the lack of chewing, the fact it stays on your spoon or fork even if you are lying on the sofa watching telly. Don’t even get me started on what happens when mustard and cheese or a handful of chopped greens get added to...

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one pan pasta

self-saucing one pan pasta…a game changing technique

I am forever in pursuit of recipes that allow me and you to get from-scratch, healthy food onto the table fast with minimal cleaning up. And this one pan pasta technique ticks all those boxes. I am, clearly, a pretty compulsive cook. But I am far from being a domestic goddess as I hate cleaning...

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red pepper houmous

you say hummus, I say red pepper store cupboard houmous

I know I’m not alone in my love of houmous (yes that’s how we spell it in England). I was a late starter though. I managed to get through the first 18 years of my life without encountering it, which is odd given it has become such a popular kids’ food now. That first batch...

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grilled green beans

On hot summer days I try to avoid using the oven. Our house gets so hot that the thought of adding extra heat is too much. That means we do most of our cooking outside on the bbq. That’s the grill for American readers. I was very confused when I moved here from England and...

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kale salad with avocado dressing and crunchy potatoes

I love a good kale salad. I know we’ve all been on the kale bandwagon for quite a while now. But, for good reason, the kale love-in shows no sign of slowing. So I guess it has matured past the flash in the pan stage and is now embedded in our everyday eating. If you...

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date shake

Palm Springs date, almond, banana shake

The date shake I had at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs has been on my mind since I got back. Date shakes are one of the must-haves when you visit Palm Springs.  Many of them are pretty unhealthy though and rely on ice cream and milk to give substance. I found them a bit...

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the joy of a simple goat’s cheese stuffed apricot

This is barely a recipe, more a point in the right direction. It is a perfect illustration of my mantra – good seasonal ingredients, cooked simply and carefully with love. Perfectly ripe apricots, like melon and tomatoes always remind me of childhood camping trips to France. We’d pull our (non-airconditioned) car over at the side...

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wax on wax off – de-waxing citrus fruit and embracing zest

As a Brit I still cannot get over the thrill of being able to wander outside and pick a lemon, orange of grapefruit off a tree in my California garden.  The problem is that once my tree is bare, and my friends have also handed over their spare fruit I really struggle with paying for...

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quick houmus flatbread

This is barely a recipe but as it is something that I make almost every week I wanted to share it. It is so quick and healthy and gets 2 of the 7 a day into whoever is eating it, along with a good dose of protein, good fat and healthy carbs. On nights or...

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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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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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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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