• Mango, halloumi salad

    Mango and halloumi salad is one of my favourites as it tastes so fresh and summery, but in fact, it can be eaten all the year round. A pack of halloumi lasts a long time in the fridge and so it can easily be brought out and combined with anything else going to make a

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  • Sticky toffee loaf cake

    Sometimes you just need cake. In fact, my children say I offer cake as an answer to everything. This sticky toffee cake with fudge icing is one of my favourites. It contains dates and pecan nuts and is moist but easy to cut and carry about. I made it recently for a big outdoor picnic

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  • 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 often have it with some tomatoes, cucumber sticks and slices of red pepper for lunch. Pitta crisps make a good alternative.

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  • Leek and celery soup

    This leek and celery soup is one I make all the time. The exact weight of ingredients doesn’t matter, as whatever you use, it will work out fine.  I freeze it in one portion sizes so there’s always something to have for lunch, including a work packed lunch if you have access to a microwave.

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  • 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 and any other salad leaves, any blue cheese you have such as Stilton, Gorgonzola or Dolcelatte.

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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.  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 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 asks 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. 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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