Grilled Salmon Marinated in Balsamic Vinegar, Maple Syrup & Garlic

I get a regular delivery from Waitrose every Friday. I only began to get food delivered with the arrival of Covid; before I’d always preferred to do my own food shopping, choosing things myself and buying at a rhythm that fitted my life from week to week. I always did a basic buy once a […]

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Oat & Raisin Cookies

I clearly feel a need to make up for all those cooking years of not making biscuits. When I was younger I had a much sweeter tooth than I do now and was very into making fancy desserts. I’ve never been a big cake maker, other than for birthdays or dessert-type cakes like Torta Caprese, […]

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Chocolate Orange Biscuits

Biscuits have never been my downfall in terms of unhealthy eating; I’m not really a biscuit person. Of course, they don’t have to be unhealthy nowadays in these more healthy eating times than when I was a child and there were packets of custard creams and other biscuits laden with sugar, or decorated in bright […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On Baking

I know some people get worried about cooking for me because of the blog. I always assure them that I only blog about the successes in my kitchen, not the disasters or even near disasters. However, I thought I’d write about the weekend’s near disaster because it might be fun to do so and to […]

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Cooking with Kids: Chocolate Chip Muffins for Halloween

When it comes to cakes, I don’t have a great repertoire as I’ve never been a big cake maker. I do make banana muffins a lot due not only to their simplicity but also because they seem reasonably healthy, and all the family love them. Cup cakes aren’t something I usually make but when I […]

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Veggie Tray Bake with Chickpeas & Tahini Dressing

Tray bakes are very popular at the moment and as winter draws in, throwing a few veggies into a large tray and roasting them in the oven can produce a quick, easy and comforting supper. I often roast vegetables but usually a close-to-ratatouille mix with onions, peppers, courgettes, tomatoes and sometimes, though not always, aubergine. […]

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Leek, Potato & Thyme Soup

It’s time for soup again – the hot, comforting type. The sun has been shining here in London today, the sky a clear blue, but there’s a distinct chill in the air that makes even sitting in the garden with a cup of coffee an impossibility for this sun-loving food writer. I’m busy with work […]

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Scallops with Chorizo & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

It was a dish that came together in stages. There was no ‘vision’ of putting all these ingredients into one dish but rather buying them separately and then considering whether they’d go together. I often buy little tubs of chopped pancetta, which usually goes into my Bolognese rag├╣, but sometimes with mushrooms or just tomatoes […]

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Sea Bass with Roasted Pepper Sauce & Samphire

I’ve been eating a lot of fish over the last week because, frankly, what else would you eat if you love fish and are staying in Cornwall? Especially in a Cornish fishing village. I actually choose a fish main dish over meat most of the time in restaurants but while away last week, I didn’t […]

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Cornwall 2021: Supper at Alvorada, Mevagissey

Last year, Covid scuppered my plans to visit Lisbon for the first time; this year it led me to Cornwall instead of my usual September haunts of France or Spain and I was delighted to enjoy a fabulous Portuguese meal that I would otherwise have missed! Cornwall has become a foodie hotspot in recent years […]

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