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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.

NEW – ‘The Vegetarian Kitchen’ cook book
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NEW – ‘The Vegetarian Kitchen’ cook book

I knew Peta was a great cook and a fantastic baker and pastry chef. But I was a bit nervous that she might not write well, and that I’d be...

Salt and Pepper Tofu by Peta Leith
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Salt and Pepper Tofu by Peta Leith

When Prue and I started talking about writing a cook book together over 2 years ago,  we had initially thought it should be about cakes and pastries but that idea...

Bing Cherry and Almond Cake
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Bing Cherry and Almond Cake

Bing Cherry and Almond Cake  In my first season on The Great British Bake off, one of the contestants in a Christmas special was Val Stones, a great character and...

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...

Super easy pizza recipe
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Super easy pizza recipe

Pizza recipe A simple and easy to cook lunch that will appeal to adults and children alike. The trick with pizza is thin dough and a blazing hot oven. Preheat...