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Kale, Bean & Winter Roots Soup

My gorgeous friend, florist Nikki Tibbles, has the most beautiful house in the country and I have been lucky enough to spend many weekends there, foraging, cooking and sharing suppers together. She makes a big batch of soup every weekend with whatever seasonal vegetables she has and packs it up…

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Vegan Protein Omelette by Camilla Fayed

A recipe inspired by socca Niçoise from the South of France. This delicate chickpea flour omelette is a fresh and healthy alternative to a traditional egg one and can be served with a combination of fillings. We add chard, a yogurt cream and a roasted carrot harissa sauce. Chickpeas and…

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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

Ian Fleming had a long fascination with diamond smuggling, and his investigation into the illicit trade in 1950s Africa yielded both a well-received non-fiction book, The Diamond Smugglers, and the JamesBond novel Diamonds Are Forever. In it, Bond investigates a diamond-smuggling pipeline which begins in French Guinea and ends in…

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New York-style baked cheesecake

PREP TIME: 15 MINS | SOAK TIME: 30 MINS | CHILL TIME: 2 HOURS | COOK TIME: 55 MINS This can be served as it is, or with a fruit coulis, chocolate sauce or caramel sauce, or with fresh berries. SERVES 8 | GF | WF INGREDIENTS FOR THE TOPPING: 125g unroasted…

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Food and drink gift list 2018

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Oxtail Cottage Pie

Quite simply, the tastiest, most indulgent cottage pie you will ever eat. Rain is pounding the windows, and a gale is blowing outside. The dog walk can wait while you focus on filling your home with fabulous cooking aromas. The marinated oxtail is ever-so gently braised in the oven so that it falls from the bone, and creamy Duchess potatoes add a layer of extravagance.

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Christmas countdown by Gizzi Erskine

I’m not going to pretend that organization is my strong suit, BUT avoiding stress is the key to enjoying the festive period – the idea is to have a good time, not a nervous breakdown. Recipes for my Christmas puddings, mincemeat, chutneys and Christmas cake will improve greatly with a…

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Christmas turkey pie with all the trimmings

The beloved Christmas lunch shouldn’t be exclusive to 25 December. Now you can indulge at any time of year! Chestnuts, turkey, bacon and sausage meat are encased in a gorgeous golden parcel, which can be eaten hot, warm or cold, and very easy to prepare ahead.   Serves 10 A…

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December by Lia Leendertz

THE KITCHEN Cheese of the month – Beauvale Stilton is a winter cheese, and this is the same for Beauvale, a creamy, naturally spreadable Stilton made by traditional Stilton makers Cropwell Bishop in Nottinghamshire. The reason for the timing is the quality of the milk. In August and September the…

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Super-green green curry

Thai sticky rice is easy to find in big supermarkets, as is galangal, but you could use basmati if you prefer and simply leave out the galangal. Miso paste is also widely available – along with the lime juice and salt, its intense savoury flavour replaces the fish sauce traditionally…

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