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Pumpkin, ginger & apple soup

Pumpkin, ginger & apple soup

Although I find pumpkins a huge effort to cut and peel, I tend to spend most of October eating pumpkin with everything – souffles, pasta dishes and of course, good old pumpkin soup. This is a twist on the traditional one, full of goodness to keep colds at bay. You will need: Around 750g pumpkin...
Summer Prawns with a Raw Courgette Salad

Summer Prawns with a Raw Courgette Salad

This is summer on a plate. Perfect for those super hot days when no one can be bothered to cook, it’s quick and easy to prepare. You will need: For the prawns (serves 2) - 250g large prawns (or tiger prawns if you want to splash out) Juice of 1/2 lemon and zest of the...
Horseradish ice-cream

Horseradish ice-cream

I know what you’re thinking. But really, it’s one of the best ice-cream flavours I’ve ever tried – and believe me, I know my ice-creams. I recently came across it in an Italian ice-creamery in Munich (I made the mistake of combining it with a scoop of thyme ice-cream, which was far too intense) and...
Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is the easiest thing in the world to make – which means you no longer have to spend upwards of five pounds for a lilliputian supermarket bottle. Plus, it makes a great (and cheap!) gift. You will need: vanilla pods cheap vodka (the good stuff can be saved for drinking!) Simply split the...
Fillet Steak with a Herb Crust

Fillet Steak with a Herb Crust

It is totally worth splashing out on a couple of good-quality steak fillets for this recipe – I used New Zealand steaks, which were wonderfully tender. Perfect with a roasted garlic potatoes, caramelized carrots and a good bottle of red. 2 good-quality fillet steaks, around 2cm thick 125 g soft butter 1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard...
Roast Pork with a Coffee Bean & Bay Leaf Crust

Roast Pork with a Coffee Bean & Bay Leaf Crust

It’s that time of the year when recipes for cauliflower cheese and leek and potato soups start springing up in food blogs. Yes, we need soul-warming, hearty meals when we leave the office and it’s dark and wet. While I’m all for cheesy goodness and healthy soups, I can’t add anything new to what has...
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