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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.

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...

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...

Mac and Cauli Cheese
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Mac and Cauli Cheese

Mac and Cauli cheese ………The best way to get Cauliflower into Kids!!! Serves 6 Ingredients  1 small cauliflower 300g macaroni 40g butter 40g plain flour Good pinch chilli flakes ½...

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...

Cauliflower and Mushroom Crumble
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Cauliflower and Mushroom Crumble

Cauliflower and Mushroom Crumble  I cooked this simple dish for a ‘Meat Free Monday’ supper and had so many requests for the recipe so here it is. Ingredients 1 small...