Salmon terrine

This is my go to starter at the moment- it’s easy to make and tastes amazing. I tend to make it a night or two in advance so there’s no last minute cooking- or washing up! I’ve made it for my last two dinner parties and it’s certain to appear on Christmas Day. Leftovers have…

Tomato, chilli and red lentil soup

I made a rather disappointing soup the other day. I had a bulb of fennel and a few carrots hanging around so I thought I’d roast them and make soup. Hmm I wasn’t convinced- even when boosted by fennel seeds and plenty of S&P it was bland. I’m sure it was down to the lack…

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Butternut squash soup

If you want a quick, easy and warming soup this is perfect for you. I love this soup for lunch at the weekend when it’s horribly cold outside and I just want to wrap up warm. It’s a beautifully simple soup that celebrates the delicious squash and one I think everyone will enjoy. When I’ve…

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Jewelled sprout and cauliflower cous cous

Sprouts- do you love them or hate them? I love them! Not undercooked and bitter or overcooked and mushy, but just right and they are one of my favourites. Temperamental but delicious. So when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it! Shame that was in July; I waited a long time…

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Apricot and amaretti layered fool

Sometimes, once in a while, every few weeks, I like to push the boat out. Push the boat out and suggest something that isn’t ice cream for pudding. Adventurous I know. It’s summer, even if the weather is doing it’s best to pretend otherwise, and fruit is, quite literally, ripe for the picking. Apricots have…

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Griddled peach salad

Apples in a Wardolf salad, pears with Roquefort and melon with Parma ham. Fruit has long gone in savoury salads but still it isn’t something I do often. Perhaps I should. After all they work so well here. I first made this salad years ago as a light lunch for a whole group of friends…

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Courgette, pea and pesto pasta

I eat my fair share of sweets and cake, the man next to me’s fair share and probably yours too. I admit it, I have a very sweet tooth. Healthy eating is all about balance. Balancing your carrots with your cake, your mange touts with your muffins your beef with your brioche! I may have…

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Raw chocolate gingerbread truffles

It was Monday morning, 11am. I was at work and I was flagging. The handful of Werther’s originals hadn’t done it for me and the strawberry blondies I’d brought in just didn’t seem right. I had had my quinoa breakthrough just days before. I wanted something new! I wanted something raw! I wanted these! A…

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BBQ time – Butternut squash, broccoli and quinoa salad

I can’t pretend I decided to make this quinoa salad for it’s health benefits. However brilliant it’s gluten free, protein packed, calcium crammed credentials are it wasn’t them that sold it to me -it was its name. Quinoa- now that is a funny word! How can you not say it and chuckle?! Spill it and…

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BBQ time – Summer hummus

Rain rain go away, come again another day… Preferably when we haven’t planned a BBQ… So things don’t always go to plan. With the benefit of hindsight organising a BBQ at the end of May in England a month in advance was pushing it- but oh well- it could have been a sunny evening! It…