• Pear and blue cheese

    This pear, walnut and blue cheese salad is a hardly a recipe, more a compilation of ingredients which can all be switched round. You can use watercress or rocket or any other salad leaves, and any blue cheese you have such as Stilton, Gorgonzola or Dolcelatte. Apples instead of pears are fine but eat the

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  • Spring food

    The weather changes from warm sunshine to windy showers in one day so we veer from winter soups and stews to summer salads and cakes. All the ideas below are simple to make and can be made with the minimum of standing or split out into separate stages. This could be made with bought cooked chicken,

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  • Tomato tart

    If if you can’t stand up for long to prepare food, this quick tomato and pesto tart is brilliant to make as it uses ready made puff pastry and pesto. For the nicest results, buy puff pastry made with butter and fresh pesto, not the stuff in jars. Its simplicity belies how delicious it is.

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  • Bircher muesli

    I eat this Bircher muesli every week day for breakfast and I am quite particular about the way I prepare it. I like the fruit on the top and not mixed in so that it looks a Barbie pink mess. It’s easily transportable and if I am going to work, I just put it all

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  • Raspberry trifle

    A raspberry amaretti trifle is my favourite easy pudding to make. It can be assembled in a matter of minutes and everybody always loves it. The taste belies the fact that all the ingredients are in packets and cartons and people always ask for the recipe. In the past, I have made it in various

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  • Avocado salad

    This avocado and orange salad is really quick to prepare and makes a good lunch time dish. This amount serves two but it could always be scaled up. If you have any fresh herbs, use them as a garnish. I picked a few mint leaves from a pot in the garden.

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  • Beany soup

    This Mediterranean bean soup is such an easy soup as it’s so flexible and can be adjusted to what you have in the cupboard or what you like eating.  Sometimes I don’t add the beans and stir in some fresh spinach leaves at the end which wilt in for a bit more green goodness. It can

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