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At this time of year you see a lot of soup recipes around that stuff in a load of veg in an attempt to be as healthy as possible- as much as I love lots of veggie soups there is no need to have something bland and boring. I am such a big fan of this soup that I made a huge batch this weekend, and now I have a load of portions made up in the freezer! ...

Persian cranberry rice pilaf

We had this gorgeous rice as a side dish to our alternative Christmas feast Friendsmas- read all about it here! I have always been hopeless at cooking rice for big groups of people- it nearly always gets all glutinous and stuck together! This is rinsed through very thoroughly and also soaked, and it was perfect! The cranberries were a little nod to ...

Crushed carrots with harissa and pistachios

  // I can't claim this recipe unfortunately, it is from the amazing Yotam Ottolenghi, one of my all time favourite chefs- he can really work magic with vegetables! This recipe is from his book Plenty More (click here to see). We had this as part of an alternative Christmas dinner for Friendsmas (click here to see the full menu) and my ...

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A Persian Feast for 'Friendsmas'

I feel like I've got my Christmas dinner down to a tee now, we always have a huge turkey from the farm local to my Mum and Dad, we have to have Tom Kerridge's polished carrots, goose fat on the potatoes (slimming's out of the window on Christmas day as far as I'm concerned) and 2 types of stuffing. However, there's a new type of Christmas celebration ...

Step-by-step picture guide- how to make an asparagus, garlic mushroom and sweet potato quiche

This is a really delicious quiche- The full recipe and ingredient list can be found here- but here's how it's made: 1. Peel and slice the potatoes, and layer them in circles (overlapping) into a quiche dish (pre-sprayed with cooking spray)   2. Spray with cooking spray, and bake at 180c for 20 minutes   3. Fry ...

A Slimming World Christmas, and a sneak peek into Head Office!

  I was really excited a few weeks ago to be invited up to a Slimming World bloggers' Christmas lunch, not only to meet the PR team who have sent me some lovely surprises in the post over the past year, but to have a look around the Head Office and meet some others who spend a lot of their time writing about and photographing Slimming World friendly ...

A River Cottage Christmas Feast

You might be able to tell, from my rather large stack of cookery books, that I am a bit of a fan of River Cottage! My husband and I have always watched Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's television programmes- it's not only the lovely and inspiring recipes- but the comfort factor of the farmhouse and the rolling Devon countryside. When we first became ...