• Spring food

    The weather turns from warm sunshine to windy showers 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, ready made croutons,

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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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  • 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.

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  • Month 9 after the TKR

    It was March. Spring was in the air and after my total knee replacement, nine months ago, at the beginning of the month, I feel as if I was truly getting back to normal. My husband commented, that after years of having to walk slowly because he was walking with me, I am now stepping

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  • Winter food

    Winter after an operation calls for warming food, for roasts, stews, bakes and soups. If my operation had been scheduled for the winter instead of midsummer, I would have definitely prepared some dishes like lasagne, shepherds pie, pasta bakes and dhal for the freezer. Food that I could have just taken out to defrost in

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  • Month 8 after the TKR

    Having shingles had put me back completely in my rehabilitation from my total knee replacement seven months ago. It was now February and as if I had gone backwards in my fitness since the New Year. It felt dispiriting.

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  • Month 7 after the TKR

    January started so well. The New Year meant that my total knee replacement felt further away as it was now ‘last year’. On a weekend walk up St Martha’s Hill on the North Downs, I tested out my knee in sand which had always been difficult and it was fine.

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