• 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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  • 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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  • Autumnal food

    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 salad A variation with more autumnal fruit is this one of figs, grapes and dolcelatte.

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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 prettily on a platter, then

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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  a friend or with my husband. He was a comforting, strong and safe presence. It felt strange that I had to summon up courage

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