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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.

Easter Carrot Cake tray bake
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Easter Carrot Cake tray bake

Easter Carrot Cake tray bake   Ingredients 310ml vegetable oil 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 300g self-raising flour 330g caster sugar 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 3 tsp ground...

Easter Hot Cross Buns
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Easter Hot Cross Buns

Easter Hot Cross Buns Nothing says Easter like a Hot Cross Bun. These soft  buns with orange, lemon, mixed peel and mixed spice are perfect for breakfast or in the...

Bliss on Toast
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Bliss on Toast

We almost always have supper-for-two on Sunday nights. Now, of course it’s every night! And because even fanatical cooks like me get sick of cooking sometimes, beans on toast seems...

Broccoli Bites with homemade tomato ketchup
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Broccoli Bites with homemade tomato ketchup

Broccoli bites are super easy to make and are a great way to use leftovers from a Sunday lunch or an old broccoli head at the back of the fridge!...

Cake for the Builders
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Cake for the Builders

I’ve discovered, as everyone does, that builders work better if plied with cups of tea. But tea and cake is better, I promise you. My husband John is project managing...

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...