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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.

Apricots, almonds & clotted cream on an English muffin
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Apricots, almonds & clotted cream on an English muffin

This is the most divine, indulgent and irresistible pud. Don’t skimp on the cream or jam. Better forgo it altogether than try to make it healthy! It’s best made with...

Bliss on Toast
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Bliss on Toast

Can’t believe that a modest idea I had about a monthly recipe in the Oldie, consisting of delicious stuff on toast for Sunday night suppers, has turned into a really...

Onions and Mushrooms a la Grecque
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Onions and Mushrooms a la Grecque

Onions and mushrooms a la Grecque    A la Grecgue isn’t Greek at all but denotes stewing  in a spicy, herby  French dressing. Almost any veg is good served a...

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...

Orange, Rhubarb and Pomegranate cake- Gluten Free
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Orange, Rhubarb and Pomegranate cake- Gluten Free

Since this orange, rhubarb and pomegranate cake takes a couple of hours and a lot of ingredients, I reckon it’s best for a special occasion for a lot of people...

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....