• 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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  • Autumnal food

    SALADS As the weather changed, I couldn’t just fling a salad on the table and be done with it, although I did try my best. This pear, Gorgonzola and walnut salad is one of my absolute favourites. Pear, walnut and Gorgonzola dolce salad A variation with more autumnal fruit is this one of figs, grapes

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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 if the fruit is cut up and arranged it prettily on a platter,

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  • Rehab Week 5

    This week’s progress led me further afield. It was time to go out for a walk on my own as all the walking I had done so far outside had been with my husband. He was a comforting safe presence. It felt strange that I had to summon up courage to go on a routine five

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  • Simple food

    I had to change the way I cooked after my total knee replacement and it would be the same after any  operation. You have to deal with pain and fatigue but at the same time, feed yourself and maybe cook for others too. KEEP IT REALLY SIMPLE  It really doesn’t have to be complicated. One

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  • Entertaining

    After my total knee replacement, it was really important for me to have friends around.  I enjoyed  lunch dates and then later on, when I was feeling less tired, having people round for dinner.  I didn’t want to feel isolated; I wanted to chat, to hear news, to gossip and what better way to do it

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  • Summer salads

    The weather was too hot for cooking so we ate a lot of salad. This is all easy food that can be made so quickly but it looks really pretty laid out on a platter. I often invited friends for lunch to keep me company and I  made a variation and served it with ciabatta

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  • Easy Food

    After a total knee replacement, or indeed any major operation, then food just has to be easy. It’s the time that I thanked my lucky stars for ready meals, takeaways, freezer meals, and for vegetables, frozen, already prepared or tinned.  I am also very much aware that I wasn’t on my own as my husband

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  • Rehab Week 1

      Coming home from hospital after a total knee replacement reminded me of when I first took my elder daughter home from hospital although this time I had a new knee and not a new baby. I was relieved but anxious.  I didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing and had to work

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