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Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas

The other night, I was in the mood to watch Gangs of New York (again) and was shocked not to find any popcorn or crisps in my pantry, so obviously you can’t sit and watch a Two and a Half hour long movie without a snack, So, I decided to use what I had, and []

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My Summer Fig Salad

I love this salad, it literally takes minutes to put together, and it always seems unbelievably effortless, try to get good quality figs. The best figs always seem to be those that are about to split their skins. ripe figs, green or black figs – it doesn’t really matter a bunch of basil rocket leaves, you []

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The Farmer’s Salad

This is a salad I made up while I was on a farm, called it the farmer’s salad, since any farmer spending the whole day working on the farm can make it without the need of cooking, washing the fruits or even washing their hands 🙂 Who would have thought that fruit and olive oil []

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Baked Braised Carrots with Sage and Bay Leaves

This is a very nice different way to cook carrots. Instead of just boiling them without adding any flavouring, here I have parboiled them first, then placed them in the oven with other ingredients to enhance the flavour of the carrots. This makes a perfect accompaniment to main course dishes, such as meat or rice []

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Marinated Mozzarella in Sour Cream with Lemon and Thyme

This is great when you’re in a hurry and always a big hit when you have guests around, as it’s quick and easy to make. This amazing salad transforms a piece of lovely mozzarella into something really special because it’s really tasty and gorgeous to make a beautiful centrepiece 4 balls of buffalo mozzarella 6 []

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Baked Potato with Mozzarella, Basil and Chilli

Baked potatoes are lovely with a little bit of butter and salt. I love to top them with pieces of mozzarella, some finely chopped fresh red chillies, a squeeze of lemon and  fresh basil leaves, a drizzle of good olive oil and of course salt and pepper Serves 4 4 baking potatoes olive oil butter []

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Walnut, Celery and Apple Salad

This is a simple, modern twist I made to the classic Waldorf salad. Serves 4 4 celery sticks 2 medium apples Squeeze of lemon handful of walnuts, toasted and chopped Dressing: 3 Tbsp of mayonnaise 2 Tbsp of plain yoghurt 1 Tbsp lemon juice salt & black pepper First, make the dressing, by combining all []

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Cheesy Garlic Bread

Simple and easy garlic bread that everyone will love. 125g mozzarella ball 100g butter 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped handful parsley leaves, chopped 1 long baguette pinch of paprika lemon zest, optional red chilli peppers, optional Preheat the oven (375), chop the mozzarella into small chunks and tip into a bowl with the butter, garlic, []

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Broccoli, Stilton and Pear Soup

This hearty vegetable soup is the perfect starter for entertaining, both for its elegance and for its ease of preparation, or just on a cold winters night.        Serves 4 2 large heads of broccoli (about 1 Kg) 800ml hot vegetable or chicken stock 100g Stilton cheese, crumbled 2 ripe pears, but firm 2 Tbs Butter handful []

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Chicken Wrapped Grissini

Grissini’s (Breadsticks) are perfect way to present appetisers in a unique shape; People love to snack on them. Grissini (Breadsticks)  Chicken strips, (turkey or whatever you prefer) Rocket (Arugula) Rinse the rocket leaves, pat dry and remove any hard stems. Cook the chicken strips for around 3 minutes until brown. Wrap two rocket leaves around []

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Pappa al Pomodoro

This is a typical dish of Tuscany that you will find served in every Trattoria in Toscana. It’s a family soup – babies and grandparents (both without teeth!) can eat it. It is a rustic dish that tastes of home cooking, so you should try it. The great thing is that it only takes 20 []

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Creamy Mushrooms

This is so quick and easy; Feel free to use any mushrooms you like. The best thing about this recipe is that with all the juices that naturally cook out of the mushrooms and mix with the butter, you only need to add a touch of cream to get a sauce that gives the illusion []

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Slimy Pea Soup

This is quick and easy to make and it tastes fantastic, the peas go really creamy and the spring onions go silky and sweet. These are just two simple flavours, and even though I’m a bit of a fresh herbs boy, this lovely light soup is very tasty. 4 cups frozen peas 1 spring onion []

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French Toast

Hello my lovely people, I do apologise for not posting any new recipes the last few months, was extremely busy and still my should is in sever pain for the last month or so, still on medications, which i personally hate and don’t like using pills, thanks for all your messages  and concerns, anyway lets []

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Red & Yellow Bell Pepper Soup

Nothing matches the flavour and sweetness of yellow bell peppers when they’re in season.. Using them together with red bell peppers for this recipe also gives you a great combination of colours in your soup. 3 red bell peppers 3 yellow bell peppers 2 tablespoons butter 1 onion, sliced 1 large potato, peeled and diced, []

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