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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.

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...

Black Bean Chilli with Corn and Lime Salsa
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Black Bean Chilli with Corn and Lime Salsa

Black Bean Chilli with Corn and Lime Salsa This is a really hearty, warming chilli, perfect for a cold night. The recipe is from my new cook book The Vegetarian...

Roasted Tomato Soup – store cupboard version
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Roasted Tomato Soup – store cupboard version

Roasted Tomato Soup Peta Leith my talented niece,has adapted the roasted tomato soup (from our book The Vegetarian Kitchen) to use tinned tomatoes instead of fresh, in case that’s all...

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...

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....