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Middle Eastern Cabbage Slaw

The humble white cabbage is the star of the show here, it’s an amazing health food as it’s especially high in vitamins C and K, helps improve digestive health and combat inflammation. I…

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Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients 2 cups hazelnuts Cocoa powder Honey or maple syrup   Method Set about 20 hazelnuts aside then place the remaining hazelnuts in a food processor and blitz to a fine consistency.  Add…

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Curried Parsnip Soup

Parsnips are packed with fibre, potassium and vitamin C and the spices in this dish will do nothing but good for your immune system which will probably need a helping hand at this…

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Cauliflower Soup w/ Watercress Pesto

Take your cauliflower soup to another level with this recipe.  A spoonful of Watercress Pesto gives this dish a flash of colour with its vibrant green hue and the peppery flavour of the…

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Date Paste

Dates are an excellent natural sweetener and are extremely beneficial to health, unlike white sugar which is full of empty calories.  Making date paste is very simple and this versatile paste is great…

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Beluga Lentil Bolognaise

Beluga lentils are perfect for this dish as they hold their shape nicely when cooked.  Puy lentils would also work here but I would avoid a less robust lentil which might not hold…

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Beetroot Tzatziki

This eye catching dish is easy to make and the addition of kefir gives it an extra probiotic hit. Make sure you use a thicker kefir and add it gradually so that you…

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Gorgonzola & Kefir Dressing

This simple, probiotic salad dressing is easy to put together.  I served it with charred broccoli, radicchio, apple and walnut as shown in the photo above but it would be really delicious as…

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Bircher Muesli

Making Bircher Muesli takes me back to Manly in Australia where I was introduced to this dish by our breakfast chef, Debs  at Garfish. This recipe needs to be made the night before…

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Watercress Pesto

Watercress Pesto is a delicious and nutritious alternative to the classic basil version but can be used in the same way. Watercress is high antioxidants and vitamins C and K and it contains…

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Probiotic Breakfast Smoothie

Packed with goodness this superfood breakfast smoothie will keep you fuller for longer.  Açai powder is made from Brazilian açai berries which are nutrient dense and high anti-oxidants.  If you can’t get your…

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Turmeric Tea

With winter fast approaching we all need a natural vitamin C and immune system boost and this delicious Turmeric Tea recipe fits the bill.  You can customise this tea by adding as little…

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Spiced Pecan Granola

This granola recipe is easy to make doesn’t contain any refined sugar and salt like the shop bought varieties. It’s gluten free is a great source of vitamins, minerals and dietry fibre. (makes…

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Coconut & Date Banana Bread

Who doesn’t love a bit of banana bread?  This is a cracker of a recipe as it’s light and fluffy and doesn’t contain any refined sugar.  It’s the bananas, dates and coconut sugar…

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Aubergine Caponata

I’ve tried many different versions of this Sicilian dish but this is inspired by a recipe I picked up years ago from Rick Stein’s Mediterranean cook book.  I’ve tweaked it to my own…

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Red Rice, Chickpea & Pomegranate Salad

This salad is so easy to throw together and would make a great addition to any weekday packed lunch. (serves 6-8 as  side dish) Ingredients 1 cup cooked red rice 400g tin chickpeas…

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Pearl Barley w/ Fresh Tomato Sauce

This tomato dish is incredibly versatile. You can use it with pasta, spaghetti, most grains and it goes well with fish and chicken too. You can replace the Parmesan with Feta as that…

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Cretan Tomato Salad

This salad is not dissimilar to an Italian Panzanella. Here I blitz the tomatoes rather than macerating them and then the salad is finished with Greek flavours and garnishes.  It’s a great salad…

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Tiger Nut, Banana & Carob Smoothie

Tiger nuts are not actually nuts, they are tiny root vegetables.  These tubers pack an incredible nutritional punch and are nut, gluten free and dairy free making them a great option for those…

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Courgette & Onion Bhajis

  This recipe if fairly straight forward and can be served as a side dish with a curry, as a starter or as light lunch or dinner with some salad. If you’re not…

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Squash & Kale Tray Bake

Squash and Kale go so well together and it’s the sweetness of the squash and the sun-dried tomatoes along with the bitterness of the kale that makes this a winning combination. Feta adds…

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Black Forest Bliss Balls

These bliss balls are handy to snack on and will  keep for up to a week in the fridge in an airtight container.  You can freeze them but don’t roll them in coconut…

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Lentil & Coconut Soup w/ Turmeric

Serevs 6-8 Ingredients 250g red lentils, rinsed ½ brown onion, thinly sliced 1/2 large red chilli, fine diced 1 green pepper, sliced 2 cloves garlic, grated 1 large thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated…

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Moroccan Squash & Lentil Soup

Serves Appox 8 Ingredients 1 small squash (approx 900g), peeled and cut into fairly big chunks 2 carrots, cut into large chunks 1 brown onion, diced 1 yellow pepper, diced 2 bay leaves…

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Sanguine Orange Salad w/ Baked Feta Crumbs & Mint

This salad is pretty straightforward to assemble so I haven’t included any weight measurements.   Ingredients Sanguine/Blood oranges, peeled and pith removed Feta cheese Black olives (I used Niçoise olives but Greek Kalamata…

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Tomato Soup

Use the best tinned tomatoes you can get your hands on for this soup. Higher quality tomatoes will give the soup a better flavour. Makes approximately 8 servings Ingredients 600g baby tomatoes (i.e.…

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Beetroot Hummus

I love the colours in this dish, the contrasts make it so eye catching. The hummus can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to three days. Bring to…

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Dukka

  This spice mix is thought to have originated in Egypt and is often served alongside dishes throughout the Middle-East.  It is used as a condiment to season vegetables or to dip bread…

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Probiotic Lemonade w/ Ginger & Raspberries

Use cloudy, organic and unpasteurised cider vinegar in this recipe.  Clear cider vinegar does not contain probiotics. Serves 4 Ingredients 2 large lemons (juice of) 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated…

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Vegetable Broth

Instead of wasting vegetable peelings, try my vegetable broth recipe.  The broth can be used in soups, risottos, casseroles etc. Ingredients Vegetable peelings (here I used carrot, parsnip, leeks, garlic, onion skins, the…

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Broccoli & Gorgonzola Fritters

I use my food processor for this recipe as it saves so much time. If you don’t have a food processor you can finely chop the broccoli with a knife, whisk in the…

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Celery & Stilton Soup

Serves 6-8 Ingredients 450g celery sticks cleaned, trimmed of any leaves and diced ½ brown onion, pelled and diced 1 bay leaf 1 clove of garlic, roughly chopped 1 vegetable stock cube 200ml…

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Mulled Wine (Vin Chaud)

This mulled wine recipe is very drinkable indeed.  I tend to use a full bodied wine such as Merlot which I buy in a box. There’s no need to spend a lot of…

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Stwnsh Rwdan (carrot & swede mash)

Stwnsh Rwdan is the Welsh name given to a mashed mix of boiled carrots and swede.  My mum would often serve this with a roast dinner when I was a kid.  It’s quite…

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Serves 6 Ingredients 450g mushrooms, finely chopped 1 tablespoon butter 1 brown onion, peeled and sliced 1 bay leaf 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 1 sprig of fresh thyme, or a pinch…

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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Serves approximately 6 Ingredients 4 large red peppers or 8 eight or so smaller ones (see image below) ½ brown onion, peeled and finely diced 1 bay leaf 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped 1…

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Cauliflower Curry

This curry was inspired by a cooking class I did with Julie Sahni (www.juliesahni.com) in New York a few years ago. I spent two full days cooking at her apartment in Brooklyn.  She…

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Leek, Potato & Watercress Soup

This soup gives the humble leek and potato soup a run for its money. The addition of watercress is not only aesthetically pleasing, it gives a nice subtle peppery note to the soup…

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Lemon & Mozzarella Arancini

Begin preparing the risotto the day before as it is easier to mould when chilled. Ingredients For the lemon risotto: ½ a small brown onion, peeled and finely diced 1 garlic clove, finely…

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Squash & Beetroot Croquettes w/ Feta

Makes approx 20 croquettes Ingredients For the filling: 1 whole butternut squash 2 raw medium/large beetroot 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs 200g Feta cheese Small bunch of dill, coriander…

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Peperonata

Peperonata is a sweet and sour cooked salsa made by cooking peppers with vinegar and sugar.  I like to serve it on sliced baguette with some fresh goat’s cheese (it also works well…

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Cicchetti Sandwiches

You can use any bread to make these sandwiches. I found this lovely “Orientale” bread at Grand Frais which has a nice crust but is really soft in the middle but you can…

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Involtini

Makes approximately 16 Involtini Ingredients 2 aubergines 50g sliced Parmesan cheese 200g fresh Mozzarella 100g Prosciutto, cut roughly into 2cm x 2cm pieces 100g sun-dried cherry tomatoes 70g rocket leaves Salt and pepper…

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Mont D’Or

Mont D’Or is a type of vacherin cheese and is ripened in the wooden cylindrical boxes you buy it in. There is some debate as to whether this soft, seasonal cheese comes from…

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Home Made Chicken Pot Noodles

As a kid I loved a pot noodle. I thought they were so tasty and they literally took minutes to make. These pot noodles take a bit longer to prepare but what you…

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Carrot & Cumin Soup

This soup is one of my favourites and it’s a winner on a cold winter’s day. This recipe makes a fairly large batch but you can easily halve it or freeze whatever is…

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Asian Chicken Broth

Ingredients 1 whole chicken 2 carrots 3 spring onions 2 celery sticks 5 garlic cloves, peeled 2 thumb-sized pieces of ginger, sliced Pinch of chilli flakes 6 star anise 2 cinnamon sticks 12…

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Aubergine “Tagine”

Tagine refers to a clay pot used in North Africa and the Middle East. My dish is cooked on the stove in a stainless steel pot in stead of in the oven in…

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Spiced Plum Clafoutis

This dish was inspired by Raymond Blanc’s Cherry Clafoutis recipe. Allow the spiced sugar to infuse for at least a day, if not longer. The clafoutis is best served warm, not piping hot…

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Parsnip Rosti w/ Turmeric

This recipe is vegan and gluten and dairy free but would make a very nice vegetarian lunch or dinner served with a fried egg and a tomato salad. Makes approx 12 rosti (can…

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Beetroot, Grapefruit & Ginger Juice

Makes 2 servings Ingredients 2 raw beetroot 2 pink grapefruit 1 sweet apple 1 or 2 thumb-sized pieces of ginger (depends how fiery you like your juice) Method Peel the grapefruits, wash the…

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Chickpea & Spinach Curry

  When I make curry for the crew I like to make a few different dishes because the vegetarian options always appeal to me while I know the boys love their meat. Having…

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Fragrant Coconut Rice

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 cup Basmati rice ½ a small brown onion 1 clove of garlic 10g peeled ginger 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 2 cloves 1 teaspoon black cumin seeds 1…

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Kale & Carrot Salad

Makes a large salad of about 8 side servings, can easily be halved Ingredients 700g mixed carrots 120g kale 100g pecans 100g cranberries 10g grated ginger 3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar Zest and…

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Thai-pot’s Pumpkin Soup

(makes 4-6 servings) Ingredients 750g pumpkin/butternut squash, peeled and chopped into large pieces 1 small/medium sized potato, peeled and diced ½ a small onion, diced 1 celery stick, diced 10g ginger, sliced 1…

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Spiced Honey Roasted Parsnips

Parsnips are a root vegetable belonging to the Apiaceae family. They are especially high in potassium as well as zinc and iron and vitamins K, C and B. There are many ways of…

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Celeriac Remoulade

  Celeriac is also known as Root Celery and belongs to the same family as the carrot i.e. the Apiaceae family of vegetables.  It’s quite an ugly vegetable to look at  but it’s extremely…

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Baked Chicken Kiev

Makes 4 Kiev’s Ingredients 100g unsalted butter, softened 1 clove garlic ½ tsp chopped flat leaf parsley Salt and pepper Zest of 1/2 – 1/3 of a lemon 1 1/2 cup plain flour…

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Cauliflower & Fourme D’Ambert Soup

Ingredients 1 cauliflower, roughly chopped into small pieces (main stalk and leaves discarded) 1 small onion, diced 1 medium sized potato, peeled and diced 300ml milk 1 bay leaf 1 vegetable stock cube…

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Vegan Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients 225g dark cooking chocolate 115g coconut oil 4 flax eggs (see below) 1 cup agave syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups ground almond meal 1 cup coconut flour Handful of dark…

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Panzanella

This recipe makes a large batch, you could easily halve it to serve approx 4 people Ingredients 1 stale loaf of bread (ciabatta for example) 750g cherry or baby Roma tomatoes, halved Salt…

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Baked Feta in Tomato Sauce

This recipe is inspired by a dish from Katerina’s restaurant in Little Venice, Mykonos.  It is best served warm as part of a mezze/tapas meal or on it’s own with lots of toasted…

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Basic Tomato Sauce

This recipe will make approx 750ml tomato sauce Ingredients Olive oil 1 clove of garlic, cut in half 150g cherry tomatoes (or similar) chopped in half ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt Ground pepper…

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My Copy Cat Passionatte Latte

My friend Jackie introduced me to a lovely health food café in Ibiza on our last trip called “Passion”. I had a nutty latte there a couple of times and felt inspired to…

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Torte

Ingredients 200g coconut oil 200g cooking chocolate 200g honey 4 eggs 50g ground almonds 50g coconut flour Cocoa nibs to garnish (optional) Method Pre-heat your oven to 180C. Line a 20cm cake tin…

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Strawberry Mint Cooler

Feeling the heat? Try this strawberry smoothie which is sweetened using a date puree which means this tasty beverage  is sugar free (apart from the naturally occurring sugars in the fruits).  Soak some…

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Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

These chocolate mousses are SO delicious and decadent. A little goes a long way, believe me. If I’m serving this mousse to our guests I normally serve it in a nice glass with…

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Zesty Lemon Coconut Cookies

These cookies are vegan, made with unrefined sugar and are just totally delicious. Our guests couldn’t get enough of them on our last trip and even requested the recipe… so here it is.…

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Rhubarb & Custard Panna Cotta

This recipe should be made a day ahead then set over night for the best results.   Ingredients 200g rhubarb compote (click here for my rhubarb compote recipe) 500ml double cream 2 vanilla…

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Curried Cabbage Salad

This dish was inspired by a salad I had many years ago from La Ferme de Foie Gras in Antibes who did the best salads in town.  I’ve tried to recreate the salad…

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Rhubarb Tiramisu

This recipe should be made one day or at least eight hours ahead   500g rhubarb compote (Click here for my Rhubarb Compote recipe) 4 Eggs 500g Mascarpone 5 Tablespoons Caster Sugar (Sucre…

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Rhubarb Compote

This makes quite a large batch of compote.  You could halve it or make the whole batch and freeze some which is what I tend to do. Ingredients 1kg rhubarb 2 cinnamon sticks…

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Asparagus Slaw

Ingredients 1 bunch green asparagus 1 carrot ½ red onion 50g dried cranberries 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley ½ orange 2 tbsp orange scented olive oil (or extra virgin olive oil if…

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Mojito Curd Cheesecake

Ingredients   9 large gelatin leaves (about 22grams) 600g mascarpone 200g cream cheese 5 limes (juice and zest) 300g fine caster sugar 300ml double cream 300g jar The Cherry Tree’s Mojito Curd 300g…

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Queen-Green Goddess Salad

This salad is so refreshing, simply eating it feels as though you’re doing your body some good. The lemon in the salad gives it a wonderful zesty tang which would make this salad…

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My Green & Blue Soup

As per Lou’s request, here’s the recipe for my Green & Blue Soup.  The reason for separating the florets from the stalk of the broccoli at the beginning of the recipe is that…

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Chickpea Pancakes

Ingredients 300g Chickpea flour 2tsp Cumin 2tsp Coriander 1tsp Garam Massala 1/2tsp Turmeric 1tbsp Nigella seeds Pinch Chilli flakes Salt and pepper 1/2tsp Bicarb soda 2 Spring onion, finely sliced 2 tbsp Coriander…

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Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Turkish Delight Buttercream

Ingredients 85g self raising flour 85g plain flour 170g caster sugar 170g unsalted butter (room temperature) 3 eggs 1tsp bicarbonate soda 170g jar wild strawberry concentrate 10g dehydrated strawberries (optional)   Method Cream…

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Easy Chocolate Brownies

If you’re a chocolate lover and you’re thinking about baking this weekend then have a go at my Chocolate Brownie recipe. It’s a really simple recipe and they taste delicious. Ingredients 225g dark…

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Butternut Squash, Chorizo & Cheddar Patties

Ingredients 1 Butternut Squash (approx. 1.5kg) 100g frozen peas (defrosted) 50g chorizo, finely chopped 100g grated cheddar 1 egg, beaten 2tbsp roughly chopped fresh coriander ½ tsp paprika 80g breadcrumbs Olive oil Salt…

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Kale, Cabbage & Radish Salad

I was shopping at Metro in La Seyne yesterday when I came across these lovely “Radis Bleu” or Purple Plum Radishes as I think they’re known as in English. I love the grainy…

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Blueberry & Coconut Milk Chia Ripple

Ingredients Frozen blueberries (about a handful) Honey or maple syrup Chia Seeds Coconut milk (or the milk of your choice) Grated or desiccated coconut   Method Defrost a handful or so of frozen…

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