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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.

Butternut squash tatin with harissa butter
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Butternut squash tatin with harissa butter

 My squash tatin is a delicious twist on the usual sweet one.  A tasty vegetarian, lunch time or supper dish that is a little bit sweet but spicy too....

Crispy baked courgette fingers with sour cream and chive dip
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Crispy baked courgette fingers with sour cream and chive dip

I am delighted to be supporting the Veg Power campaign.  Did you know that 80 per cent of children (and 95 per cent of teenagers) do not eat enough veg....

Vietnamese veg rolls with mango and chilli-mayo dip
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Vietnamese veg rolls with mango and chilli-mayo dip

We all need to play our part in getting children eating more vegetables. It is a well known fact that cooking with children helps grow their interest and broaden their...

Broccoli Bites with homemade tomato ketchup
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Broccoli Bites with homemade tomato ketchup

Broccoli bites are super easy to make and are a great way to use leftovers from a Sunday lunch or an old broccoli head at the back of the fridge!...

Homemade tomato ketchup
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Homemade tomato ketchup

I know what you are thinking-  why bother???? Well here are three reasons; it is seriously good and tasty and you know exactly what’s in it! I have served it...

Green spinach, sprouts and frozen peas
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Green spinach, sprouts and frozen peas

Sprouts aren’t just for Christmas   There is nothing like a sprout to divide opinion. Sprouts get a bad press because they used to be big and bitter.  If serving...