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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.

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!...

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

With a garden groaning under courgettes you have to be imaginative. Here is my recipe for crispy baked courgette fingers. I made these for my grandchildren and served with a...

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

Great for packed lunches or even breakfast.   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...

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....

Soups fit for a dinner party
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Soups fit for a dinner party

    I think soup is a wonderful first course for a dinner party,   Sometimes soup often seems a bit boring, you know, like hotel – soup. I think...

What is the perfect picnic food?
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What is the perfect picnic food?

Picnics are great fun and food always tastes better eaten outside. A delicious selection of sandwiches and salads will always be a crowd pleaser. Here are my picnic tips… Sandwiches...