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‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’ – Virginia woolf. As someone who has spent her whole life around food I couldn’t agree more. Food and eating together is wonderful. A kitchen table exploding with laughter and stories really is the best tonic. When I was running kitchens we always had team lunches where we could sit, chat and relax. Even now I love having a kitchen table full.

I also believe that food has the ability to break down boundaries and challenge perceptions. Clink has trained prisoners to cook and serve in restaurants based in prisons- the Cardiff one now has a Michelin star. A second chance is sometimes all that’s needed. As a self-confessed greedy person (who always needs to lose a stone) I love food and I always will do.

Apricot and Pistachio stuffing balls- perfect for Easter
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Apricot and Pistachio stuffing balls- perfect for Easter

Apricot and Pistachio Stuffing Balls Here is an alternative stuffing which can be served with your turkey or prepared in advance and frozen to serve with other roast meats. It’s...

Irish Chocolate Cake
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Irish Chocolate Cake

Irish chocolate cake perfect for St Patrick’s Day   Ingredients Cake 250ml Guinness or Murphy’s stout 250g butter 200g caster sugar 200g soft brown sugar 80g cocoa powder 150ml sour...

Rum Nicky with clotted cream
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Rum Nicky with clotted cream

I’d never heard of this until I found myself  on Bake Off with Paul Hollywood. The recipe originates from his home town of Liverpool. There are two theories about the...

Ham hock, cheese and pea muffins
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Ham hock, cheese and pea muffins

Great for packed lunches   Ham hock, cheese and pea muffins Makes 12 Ingredients 250g Self-raising flour 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt 75g butter, cubed 90g ham hock, shredded...

Gnocchi with peas, bacon and parmesan
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Gnocchi with peas, bacon and parmesan

Gnocchi with peas, bacon and Parmesan Serves 4 Ingredients  1kg Desiree potatoes 250g plain flour ½ teaspoon fine sea salt 2 eggs, beaten 180g smoked bacon lardons 180g frozen petit pois, defrosted...

My top six most interesting and important cook books
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My top six most interesting and important cook books

    There are literally hundreds of good cookbooks. And blogs, YouTube videos and TV programmes stuffed full of recipes. I keep thinking cookbooks will be a thing of the...