Food & Drink: Festive meal ideas

Like many who love to cook, I adore this time of year, it excites my creativity. So many dishes to plan and think about, food is rarely far from my mind. I’d like to say I start with a plan, but I don’t. Instead I tend to let my imagination go and see where it…

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Food & Drink: Winter warmers

Once the clocks go back Winter is hard to ignore with it’s short daylight hours and long dark nights. Curled up indoors, house full of candles, glass of red wine, very Hygge! In fact throw in a great Winter sunset and I’m truly happy. Of course come February I’m bored with foul weather and want…

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Food & Drink: Family favourite cooking

There is much written about the importance of sitting down and eating with our children. I am lucky as on the whole this is something I am able to do most nights, but something I’m a stickler for at weekends. However I won’t pretend that family dining is always harmonious. There is nothing more frustrating than…

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Food & Drink: Simple cooking with fish

I love eating fish, as do all my family! A meal with fish is one that I can place on the kitchen table knowing that everyone will eat it without question. Furthermore take my family to a seafood restaurant and I please everyone! Fish is a fantastic protein, quick to prepare and cook whilst being…

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Food & Drink: Grow your own

The desire to be able to grow a little of what you eat is increasing in popularity. I grew up in a house with parents who were self-sufficient when it came to fruit and vegetables. What my Mum couldn’t use she either stored over winter, preserved in jams and chutneys. She also made great use…

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Food & Drink: Cooking in the Great Outdoors

There’s an old adage that food tastes better when eaten outdoors and we couldn’t agree more. A picnic in the park, a barbecue on the beach, or dinner sat outside a tent, food tastes better in the fresh air. In fact we will happily picnic the year round, substituting the picnic rug with the car…

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