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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.

Lemon Surprise Pud (otherwise known as Lemon Fluff)
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Lemon Surprise Pud (otherwise known as Lemon Fluff)

  This is an old-fashioned light as air, (but pretty fattening!) delicious dish. Definitely worth the calories. If not over baked the mix will separate in the oven into a...

Apricot and Pistachio stuffing balls- perfect for Easter
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Apricot and Pistachio stuffing balls- perfect for Easter

Apricot and Pistachio Stuffing Balls Here is an alternative stuffing which can be served with your turkey or prepared in advance and frozen to serve with other roast meats. It’s...

Simnel Cake
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Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake Sadly, fewer and fewer cooks make a Simnel Cake, which to my mind is much nicer than the heavier Christmas cake. The distinguishing features of a Simnel cake...

Marbled Eggs
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Marbled Eggs

MARBLED EGGS 6 eggs, not too fresh (new laid ones are difficult to peel) For the dye 6 tbs dark soy sauce 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbs sugar 2 1/2...

Irish Chocolate Cake
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Irish Chocolate Cake

Irish chocolate cake perfect for St Patrick’s Day   Ingredients Cake 250ml Guinness or Murphy’s stout 250g butter 200g caster sugar 200g soft brown sugar 80g cocoa powder 150ml sour...

Rum Nicky with clotted cream
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Rum Nicky with clotted cream

I’d never heard of this until I found myself  on Bake Off with Paul Hollywood. The recipe originates from his home town of Liverpool. There are two theories about the...