Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019

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By now, most people will have either given up on those hastily-made resolutions or doubled down on gymming, dieting and giving alcohol the boot after an indulgent festive period. I am neither – I’ve only written down two goals for the coming year which are hardly breakable at this point but I’ve yet to pull… 

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Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

The day after Halloween, I went for a wander into town armed with vouchers and without any thought of the next impending holiday. But as I searched the stores, with most clothes suddenly transformed into swathes of sequins and glitter, I could hear a familiar hum on the speakers. Interspersed with the usual songs were… 

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Gingerbread Pumpkins

Pumpkin Gingerbread

It’s 1.37am and with a flick of my wrist, the last tiny face has been iced onto an array of gingerbread pumpkins. I sigh happily, inviting Chris over to look at my handiwork. I begin to wish I had red food colouring powder to give these creatures rosy cheeks or perhaps to add a golden… 

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The Great Pancake-Off

After all the excitement of Valentine’s Day; the boxes of chocolate, the bottles of fine wine, the inevitable card from your mum…it’s now time to celebrate the far superior holiday of February: Shrove Tuesday (or, its cooler name, Pancake Day). All across the country, people will be dusting off their frying pans, cracking open dozens… 

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Roasted Celeriac Soup with Parsnip Crisps

A few months ago, I headed off to the SECC in Glasgow, notepad in my hand and finger on the voice recorder app on my phone, ready to act like the perfect food journalist at the Good Food Show. As I was handed over the plastic press pass that screamed I was a fully fledged… 

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Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals Review

Let’s get one thing clear; ALL of us can make a meal in well under 30 minutes. Boiling water, pasta, reheat sauce, place in bowl, done (as another chef quips). But Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook, the foodie’s equivalent of a concept album, requires a little more creativity than that. And an extra arm. True the… 

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Each Peach, Pear Blueberry Smoothie

Did you ever read that book at school? I think I only ever got to it once; at my first primary it was the most sought-after book on the shelf at reading time after The Jolly Postman. Despite only getting my grubby 5 year old mitts on Each Peach, Pear Plum once, its great name… 

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