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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.

Paneer Curry
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Paneer Curry

  This tasty Paneer curry has been taken out of The Vegetarian Kitchen cook book that I co-wrote with my talented veggie niece Peta Leith. For years I had been...

Prue’s Seville Orange Marmalade
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Prue’s Seville Orange Marmalade

Over the last couple of years I have started to make jam and marmalade with my Grandchildren- which is hot, sticky and messy fun! Ingredients   1 kg Seville oranges...

How to….Kitchen Hacks
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How to….Kitchen Hacks

How to …..Kitchen Hacks Before lockdown I was useless with technology. Still am, but back then I would have nothing to do with iphone videos.  I wouldn’t even send a...

Bing Cherry and Almond Cake
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Bing Cherry and Almond Cake

Bing Cherry and Almond Cake  In my first season on The Great British Bake off, one of the contestants in a Christmas special was Val Stones, a great character and...

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...

Left Over Easter Chocolate Ice Cream
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Left Over Easter Chocolate Ice Cream

Don’t know about you,  but we seem to be overflowing with chocolate eggs and lindt bunnies but as I have very little will power and they are tempting me from the...