• Pea and avocado dip

    This pea and avocado dip can be whizzed up very quickly in a food processor or with a stick blender so it’s ideal when you’re tired or can’t stand up for long. I can eat this dip on its own but often have it with some  tomatoes, cucumber sticks and slices of red pepper for

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  • Pear and blue cheese salad

    This is a hardly a recipe, more a compilation of ingredients which can all be switched round. You can use watercress or rocket and any other salad leaves, any blue cheese you have such as Stilton, Gorgonzola or Dolcelatte, apples instead of pears. If you didn’t have walnuts, you could use pecans or hazelnuts instead.

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  • Tomato and pesto 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.  It’s easily transportable and if I am going to work, I just put it all in a plastic box. It doesn’t look quite so pretty but it tastes just as good. There’s no sugar

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  • Raspberry amaretti trifle

    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 asks for the recipe. In the past, I have made it in various mountain huts in

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  • Avocado and orange salad

    This salad is really quick to prepare and makes a good lunch time dish. This amount serves two but it could always be scaled up. Use whatever soft herbs you have as a garnish. I picked a few mint leaves from a pot in the garden.

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  • Mediterranean bean soup

    This 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.

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  • Fruit salads

    It’s hardly a recipe but a fruit salad is the easiest pudding as there isn’t any cooking. It is a fact universally acknowledged in our household, that if I say,  there’s the fruit bowl for pudding, no one is that interested. But the fruit is cut up and arranged it prettily on a platter, then

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