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Highlights 2015

December 24|2015

This has been an exciting first year for me! First I brought out my second cookbook At My table, which has a selection of vegetarian menu plans with all the recipes to go with each occasion. Then I launched the P for Peckish vegetarian food blog, a labour of love. I was invited to a talk with the delightful Monty Don interviewing me at the Hay festival, we …

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Potato, Onion and Lentil Pie

December 17|2015

This wonderful winter pie makes a great meal centre piece for this time of year.  Flavoured with a mixture of red and white onions, firm dark lentils, peas and small potato pieces in a sage infused gravy sauce. Perfect for winter nights or Sunday lunches. You can make this pie with a ready made short crust pastry, I use Helen’s pastry mix as it is easy …

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A sweeter side to sugar by Glen Matten

December 10|2015

The nutritional landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. For decades, fat was the sworn enemy of the health conscious. Not anymore. Sugar is public health enemy number one, and viewed as more pure, white and deadly than ever before, being strong implicated in the deadly trio of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The sticking point here of course is that we do rather like …

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

December 03|2015

Sticky Toffee Pudding, one of my very favourite desserts! Here I played with coming up with a gluten free recipe that uses different sources of sugar instead of cane sugar such as dates (very sweet but because of their high polyphenol content they are shown to improve metabolic health). Coconut sugar (which gives this recipe an extra caramel flavour) and I used a good gluten free flour …

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Cherry and Almond Clafoutis

July 23|2015

I think the juicy deep red cherries in this dessert make it look as beautiful as it tastes.  I have altered this recipe from my Grandmother’s to use ground almonds rather than flour, as I think it adds more flavour. Cherries are a strong source of antioxidants, another reason to enjoy this satisfying summer pudding. Works really well with ripe apricots too. Serves: 12 Prep time: 20 …

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