A lighter Christmas Cake

It’s come to my attention that not many people like Christmas cake. Or Christmas pudding for that matter. I (without boasting) can personally eat my weight in both and look forward to a post-December 25th supermarket sweep for marked-down Christmas cake and pudding. I love Christmas – it’s not the present giving, but the seasonal…

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Taleggio lasagne bianca

Taleggio is a semisoft cheese and I love it. It’s soft and best of all it’s stinky. With a pinky/orange rind it smells like a farmyard, but get it in your mouth and you don’t taste pigsties, you get fermenting fruit and cream. At this time of year, as the damp cold begins to settle…

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Pumpkin spice millionaire’s no bake marshmallow squares

Pumpkin spice isn’t something we’re that au fait with in the UK, mainly regarding it a naff flavouring used by well-known coffee chains and wondering what all the fuss is about. And I was one of the ‘what is that’ crew until last week. Wanting a Halloween bake (or no bake as it turned out)…

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Beetroot, grapefruit, chicory and goats cheese salad

Don’t you just love the beauty of beetroot? Vivid pink, I marvel at how nature produces such shocking hues. Sugary, earthy and dense it lends itself to comforting autumn cookery, but also adds a balance to lighter, sharper dishes. The versatility of this often overlooked root vegetable is something that I have capitalised on in…

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Leek and cheese puff pastry tart with chorizo pangrattato

This leek and cheese puff pastry tart is the perfect antidote to the oncoming autumn (and winter) chills. Sweet leek is tempered by savoury mushroom, with a creamy, yet sharp, unctuous cheese base bringing it all together. I’ve added a zesty chorizo pangrattato and boy, does it make this tart sing. It’s perfectly fine without, but…

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Lemon and blackberry drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake is one of my very favourites. There’s nothing out of this world, weird, or wonderful about it. But when someone cracks out the lemon drizzle my eyes light up. A good one will be light, buttery and a little bit tart – sharpness is something that can be sorely lacking in a…

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Mushroom and kidney bean vegan chilli

I love chilli – its smoky warmth is perfect as the nights come on earlier, the leaves fall and there’s mist and woodsmoke on the air. This vegan chilli is just that ticket – smoky, savoury and super comforting. As you’ll know from my instagram feed and past posts I’m reducing my meat intake, especially red…

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Roasted vegetable lasagne

This vegetable lasagne is the perfect transition dish, just what you need for the cooler evenings that herald the onset of autumn, yet still light enough that it won’t weigh you down on those nights that still have a hint of warmth in them. Over the past few years I’ve been eating less and less…

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Roasted carrots and dukkah eggs on toast

This roasted carrots and dukkah eggs on toast recipe was inspired by my first visit to Trove a few weeks back, the café/bakery located out in Levenshulme. Many people have recommended to me, but to be honest I’d just written it off as ‘just another brunch place.’ Boy was I wrong. Trove’s food mainly revolves…

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Chorizo traybake with gremolata

This chorizo and chickpea traybake is a quick and comforting meal perfect for pepping up simple fridge ingredients. Please make and serve with the gremolata, it really lifts the dish and is an integral part of making this meal what it is. With only three ingredients it’s not exactly taxing, bar a bit of chopping!…

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