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Quick garlic-chilli greens and pasta

A super-quick dinner of green vegetables cooked in garlic and chilli, served with pasta. Kale, spinach, broccoli, or other green vegetables of …

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Double chocolate parfait

Serves 8 You will need a 1lb loaf tin, cling film, three large bowls and a freezer. 60g white chocolate 120g dark …

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Onion soup

Serves 2, generously Six white onions Two cloves garlic Bay leaf Tarragon (optional) White wine The best stock you can find (I …

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Pistachio and peach cake

An upside-down cake made with ground pistachios and tinned peaches – it’ll come out a lovely pale green. I tin peach slices …

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Apple and amaretto crumble

Slightly alcoholic, very warming. Serve with custard. Lots of custard. Serves 6 (or 4 greedy people) For the underneath: 2 large cooking …

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Risotto

My best friend works on a cheese stall and, yes, that is as good as it sounds. She gave us one of …

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Leek and potato soup

Tasty soup for a cold day. This is ridiculously easy to make! Serves 4 5 leeks 4 big potatoes 2 litres veggie …

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Strawberry daiquiri sorbet

All I want to eat in this weather is ice cream, but in the interests of avoiding diabetes/obesity, I’ve been making sorbet …

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Chickpea flour pancakes

Chickpea (gram) flour is very tasty, and makes a good pancake batter. I made these to have with a spiced spinach filling, …

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Pesto

Home-made pesto is so easy to make I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make it. We made traditional pine-nut …

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Chocolate and almond cake

It was my sister’s birthday yesterday and I wanted to make her a birthday cake. This chocolate and almond flourless cake was …

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Double chocolate cookies

Visiting friends again this weekend and I though cookies might travel better than cake – these ones were pretty hefty, and survived …