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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.

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...

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....

Choc Chip Cookies
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Choc Chip Cookies

I originally created this Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for my Grandchildren’s school during lockdown. It was a bit of fun that the children and parents could have together. It is...

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...

Apples- a glut of them and a #freezerhack
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Apples- a glut of them and a #freezerhack

There’s only so much apple chutney a girl can make.   If, like me, you cannot bear to see the apples rotting on the ground, and you enjoy the old-fashioned...