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Wild garlic and pumpkin seed pesto

Ever since I moved back to Devon I have made an annual event of going up to the woods near where my parents live and picking some wild garlic to make pesto. At this time of year it carpets woodland, and isn't one of those foraged things that is impossible to find! If you haven't picked it before, then make sure you google it to ensure you are definitely picking the right leaves (I have popped some pictures below for reference!) , although it's pretty easy to identify with it's strong ...

Chinese char siu pork (bbq pork)

I wanted to have a go at making my own char siu pork as I love the look of it! We never get takeaway as there isn't anywhere to get it where I live, but I still love the takaway experience (lots of dishes to help yourself to!) so will often do a Chinese, Indian or Mexican at the weekend. Because there are so many amazing flavours in these cuisines anyway, you really don't need all the fat and oil that you would get in a takeaway dish in order to have something that still tastes amazing. ...

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 Christmas and worked really well in this rice and alongside the other dishes Pulled Persian chicken  and Crushed carrots with harissa and ...

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 husband and I both agreed that this was one of the star dishes. There is a hint of orange (perfect for the alternative Christmas dinner), and it ...

Pulled Persian chicken

This year I cooked an alternative Christmas dinner for a group of friends, a Persian feast (you can read all about my Friendsmas by clicking here, as well as seeing the full menu)! It was inspired by a Persian Street Food stall that I visited at a Food Festival earlier this year. I knew that I wanted to cook some kind of shredded chicken dish, with lots of rich flavours, but I couldn't find a recipe anywhere that seemed to be the sort of thing that I was looking for, so I bit the bullet ...

Bacon and mushroom quiche with sweet potato crust

  A sweet potato crust is my favourite way to do quiche at the moment- it's so easy (way easier than making pastry and more healthy!) and it really adds both filling power and flavour to your quiche. When I made this one, I was actually planning to do a chilli courgette quiche, but it turned out I had run out of courgettes, so I just used what I had in the fridge which was mushrooms and bacon! To make the crust I just thinly slice sweet potato with a  sharp knife and layer into a ...

Pavlova wreath

This recipe is from the Slimming World Festive Feasts cookbook. I was lucky enough to try it at the Slimming World head office blogger's Christmas lunch (read all about it here) It tastes lovely, looks great on the table and is only 3 syns per serving. The one in the picture was made by the fabulous staff in the Slimming World Head office kitchen, and photographed by me //  

Winter raspberry and chocolate log

I was lucky enough to be invited recently to a Christmas lunch at the Slimming World head office(you can read all about it here )- this was one of the pudding choices and it was absolutely lovely! It is only 3 syns per slice so perfect for a guilt-free Christmas treat and it makes a gorgeous centrepiece for a Christmassy table! This is from the Slimming World Festive Feasts Cookbook which is available in Slimming World groups, priced £4.95. Please note the one in the picture was ...

Asparagus and garlic mushroom quiche with a sweet potato crust

Click here to see a step-by-step picture guide of how to make this I'm a big fan of the sweet potato crust on a quiche, I find the completely crustless ones a bit difficult to get through as they are just a bit too squishy, and as much as I love pastry,  I know it is really not a good thing to eat when you are trying to keep your diet as healthy as possible. I have tried a 'hash brown' style sweet potato crust before (Tuna and courgette sweet potato crust quiche), but this time ...

Mini tuna quiches

I can't believe that I have never experimented with filo pastry before! It's so much fun to use, and so easy to use, with the plus-side being that because the sheets are ultra thin it's super low in fat (and syns!). On Slimming World, the average sheet is 3.5 syns, so for something like these mini quiches you can manage a brilliant snack with very few syns. Out of one packet of filo sheets I made a chicken pie (for the kids- but will definitely do a healthy version soon- I use butter to fry ...