• Avocado and proscuitto salad

    This avocado and prosciutto salad can be assembled so quickly if you have the ingredients in the fridge.  It shows the importance of shopping and the prosciutto or any other type of dried ham such as Serrano or Parma will last quite a while if you want to stock up in advance of an operation.

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  • Moussaka

    This is my moussaka recipe which feels nostalgic as I threw one of these together on the morning of my operation and then froze it for when I came home. I can make it on automatic pilot. Cooking the aubergines in the oven means that they don’t soak up lots of oil and you don’t

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  • Mango, halloumi salad

    Mango and halloumi salad is one of my favourites as it tastes so fresh and summery, but 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 delicious meal

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  • Sticky toffee loaf cake

    Sometimes you just need cake. In fact, my daughters 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. Sometimes I

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  • Leek and celery soup

    This leek and celery soup is one I make all the time. Soup is so comforting after an operation and someone else can make it and leave it for you to heat up. The exact weight of ingredients doesn’t matter, as whatever you use, it will work out fine. I freeze it in one portion

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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 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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  • 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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