Biriani

Biriani

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time 2 hours. Serves 8. This dish is an institution! It originated in the Mughal Empire (mainly Northern India, North Eastern Pakistan and Bangladesh) and is now eaten by people of South Asian origin around the world. There are a number of varieties on the theme of Biriani, and this is my take. The combination of spice flavours and the […]

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Honey cake

Honey cake

Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time 55 minutes Makes approximately 10 generous slices. This cake is traditionally made for Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) to symbolize wishes for a sweet new year. It is as dense and rich as it is delicious. Best of all it improves with age and will keep for weeks if not months. I usually enjoy this cake with a cup […]

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German Christmas cookies

German Christmas cookies

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serves: Enough for all of your friends. Some years ago I lived in a house-share near Brick Lane. One of the house-mates was a lovely German girl called Claudia. In many ways she was Claudia by name and a bit like Claudia Schiffer by nature: tall, beautiful, lovely and creative. Perhaps most importantly she made amazing Christmas […]

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Blackberry focaccia

Blackberry focaccia

Prep time: 90 mins Cooking time: 40mins Serves 10. This is an Italian style sweetbread that is a really good dish to eat at breakfast time. You can prepare it the night before and have have it ready for a delicious breakfast. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ingredients Dough: 375g plain flour, sieved 150ml warm water 3 […]

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Apple crumble

Apple crumble

Cooking time: 40mins Serves 4. This is a classic warming British pudding to keep you toasty on those cold autumnal nights. The fruit filling, which can be made from any kind of apples, benefits from a hint of cinnamon which gives a lovely spicy flavour. This quick, easy recipe takes just minutes to prepare. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the […]

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Duck with plumbs

Duck with plumbs

Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 2 1/2 hours Serves 2 generously as a main course. This is a very simple and fantastically tasty recipe. You just need to be organised and allow time to marinade the meat in advance. I strongly recommend you get nice big fat duck legs from a butcher rather than pre-packaged ones from a supermarket that are invariably a lot […]

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Butternut squash and chicken pasta

Butternut squash and chicken pasta

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 60 minutes Serves 4. This is the perfect dish for an autumnal night in. The spicy flavours of cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon combine perfectly with rich butternut squash and strong Parmesan to create a mouthwatering pasta dish. Wholemeal pasta gives this dish a slightly grainy consistency. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. […]

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Tabouleh

Tabouleh

Preparation time: 20 minutes (plus several hours in the fridge – ideally overnight). Serves 5 as an accompaniment to a main meal. This cous cous salad originates from the Middle East. The fresh flavours of tomato, lemon, mint and red onion make it an absolute favourite amongst my friends. It is a perfect accompaniment to grilled meat or fish (such as the Lamb Kebabs in our BBQ section). What […]

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Tomato and olive pasta salad

Tomato and olive pasta salad

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Serves 6 as a side dish or 2 as a main course. This pasta salad has a certain yummy ‘tang’ to it, created by the rich, slightly sour tomatoes, the salty black olives and the tangy dressing. The green beans add a touch of crunchy freshness. This is perfect fair for a light lunch or served for dinner as an accompaniment […]

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Beetroot and feta salad

Beetroot and feta salad

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Serves 2 as a side or starter or 1 as a main course. This is probably the best salad known to mankind! The sharp earthy feta flavour goes really well with beetroot and the sweet and sour orange dressing complements the whole shebang. Its super quick and easy to make and the ingredients are pretty easy to find. Enjoy, we did! […]

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Cucumber, avocado and spinach salad

Cucumber, avocado and spinach salad

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Serves 4 as a side salad and 3 as a starter. The fresh cucumber and creamy avocado work really well together in this delicious salad. The soy sauce and lime based dressing gives it the slightly salty, sour complementary flavour it needs. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a fish main course or you can serve it as a starter. Listen to […]

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Barbequed haloumi with honey and chilli

Barbequed haloumi with honey and chilli

Preparation time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 5 minutes. We promise these yummy warm haloumi slabs will be as popular with meat lovers as they are with the meat averse (otherwise known as vegetarians). The combination of grilled cheese with sweet honey and a kick of spice is absolutely delicious – enjoy!! Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ingredients […]

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Lamb kebabs

Lamb kebabs

Preparation time: 20 minutes plus marinating time. Cooking time: 15 minutes. Makes approx 4 skewers. These delicious lamb skewers are perfect for a BBQ. The marinade gives the lamb a lovely spicy, yet subtle flavour and the addition of yoghurt makes it nice and tender. Best of all you can use any spices to give the marinade its flavour, so its an ideal opportunity to […]

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Burger

Burger

Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 15 minutes. Makes approx 6 smallish burgers. This scrumptious burger contains a yummy balance of subtle flavours which really complement the juicy meaty flavour of the minced beef. It’s perfect barbecue food, served in a bun with a dollop of ketchup or relish and some salad. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. […]

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Jerk chicken

Jerk chicken

Preparation time: 20 minutes (plus a minimum of 2 hours marinading time) Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves 6 The combination of delicate spices in this lovely Jamaican marinated chicken combine to produce a fabulous spicy, piquant flavour which will keep you and your barbeque guests coming back for seconds. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ingredients 850g (1 […]

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Cappuccino cake

Cappuccino cake

Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves 6 I call this delectable cake ‘Cappuccino Cake’ because the coffee coloured sponge has caramelised nuts on the bottom and fabulous creamy white icing on top which gives it the appearance of a cappuccino. It is quite a rich and sophisticated cake, which required a bit of preparation so I would say it is most suitable […]

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Chocolate orange muffins

Chocolate orange muffins

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Makes 12 Muffins Without doubt muffins are some of the best in the cake kingdom and these chocolate orange muffins are surely some of the best there are. You bite through the sweet crunchy coating and into the soft gooey middle filled with rich chunks of chocolate. These are delicious served warm while the chocolate chunks are […]

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Apple cake

Apple cake

Cooking time: Preparation time: 25 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes. Serves 6. This scrummy apple cake is perfect for a spring or summer day serves with (or even without) a small dollop of ice-cream or cream. The combination of apple and sweet cinnamon and the texture of buttery sponge is lovely. It’s super easy to make, as you don’t even need to peel the apples. […]

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Melt in the mouth and oh so simple lemon cake

Melt in the mouth and oh so simple lemon cake

Cooking time: Preparation time: 25 minutes. Cooking time: 40 minutes. Serves 6. This lemon cake melts in your mouth like no other, the combination of lemon and white chocolate makes for a lovely fresh and smooth cake – perfect for any occasion. In fact, it’s been voted my best cake yet by my work colleagues. It’s so quick and easy to make and the ingredients […]

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Beef pie

Beef pie

Cooking time: 160 minutes. Serves 3-4 as a main course. This warm, meaty pie is perfect for a cold winters night in. The flavour of the rich stew and light buttery, melt in the mouth pastry together is exquisite. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ingredients Pastry 350g puff pastry (bought pre-made) 20g butter to grease pie dish […]

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Salmon pie

Salmon pie

Cooking time: 90 minutes. Serves 3-4 as a main course. This delicious pie has a light fresh salmon filling, encrusted in rich crisp pastry. Its ideal as a winter dinner with some steamed veg on the side, and equally perfect eaten in summer served cold with a salad. It’s a fairly healthy option as pies go – we’re sure you’ll love this one as much […]

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Portuguese chorizo stew

Portuguese chorizo stew

Cooking time: Serves 3. 90 minutes. This stew has rich, fresh flavours of Portuguese food; chorizo and lemon, with a sweet kick of honey. The fresh tomatoes that sit on top, brown in the oven, adding a lovely roasted taste. The perfect meal for a cold winters day – enjoy. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ingredients 1 […]

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Spicy tomato quiche

Spicy tomato quiche

Cooking time: 90 minutes. Makes 12 mini quiches I created the recipe for these lovely mini quiches years ago and have made them for practically every party I have held. A twist on your average quiche, the tomato cuts through the richness and they’re vegetarian so everyone’s happy. They can be made in advance and frozen. You can also make this as a large quiche […]

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Goats cheese and pear canapes

Goats cheese and pear canapes

Cooking time: 60 minutes. Makes 10-12 Canapés Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ingredients Caramelised onion 2 tsp olive oil 1 medium Red onion, copped 1 tbsp brown sugar Pear Half a pear juice of half lemon ¼ tsp cinnamon Other Ingredients 100g bread Bread (remove crusts) 60g butter, melted 90g Goats Cheese, cut into very thin, 2mm […]

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Coconut, orange and passion fruit tarts

Coconut, orange and passion fruit tarts

These scrummy little tarts are perfect for a party, because they are small and manageable and delicious.  I think the flavour of passion fruit and coconut in a creamy tart is almost like eating ice-cream and the orange gives it a little tang. I promise you these will be eaten up before you can even blink.  You can serve them on their own or with […]

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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Preparation and cooking time: 30-40 minutes Makes 9 brushettas This Bruschetta is perfect for a dinner party.  The flavour of roasted garlic and fresh tomato and basil is amazing.  The bruschettas can be made the day before and the topping put on just before the party, to make your life that much easier. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio […]

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Ultimate houmous sandwich

Ultimate houmous sandwich

Cooking time: 10 minutes. Serves 1. This is a more exciting version of your average houmous sandwich, so you’ll look forward to a scrummy lunch at work. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ingredients 2 large slices wholemeal bread 1 tsp margarine 80g houmous ½ tsp chilli sauce or ¼ tsp chilli powder 1/6 cucumber, finely sliced or […]

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Oriental niçoise salad

Oriental niçoise salad

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Serves 1 for lunch This salad is ideal for taking to work for lunch, as it’s healthy but the egg and tuna make you feel comfortably full. The salad dressing provides a delicious oriental flavour. It takes as little as 10 minutes to throw together in the morning, as the main ingredients can be prepared the night before. Listen to the […]

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Egg and roasted tomato sandwich

Egg and roasted tomato sandwich

Cooking time: 50 minutes. Serves 1. This is a simple, easy and filling sandwich to take to work. The flavours of rich roasted tomato complement the and creamy hard-boiled egg so much more than raw tomatoes. To make life even easier, the fillings can be made in advance. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ingredients 5 cherry tomatoes, […]

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Winter vegetable soup

Winter vegetable soup

Cooking time: 1 hour. Serves 4 as a main course or 6 as a starter. Soup season is fast approaching and this recipe holds the key to a healthy, warming lunch. It is made from all the best winter vegetables, and the key to the flavour is in the coriander and parsley stem that are added. It’s ideal to take to work in a thermos […]

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Avocado and chicken sandwich

Avocado and chicken sandwich

Cooking time: 15 minutes. Serves 1. This is a delicious, original sandwich that provides a great way to use up left over cooked chicken. Use chilli powder rather than paprika if you like things with a little extra spice. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element.   Ingredients Approximately 50g of cooked chicken (any cut will do), removed from […]

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Sweet and sour chicken curry

Sweet and sour chicken curry

Preparation and cooking time: 2 hours 15 minutes. Serves 2. I love a good curry – who doesn’t? This curry is influenced by Kashmiri flavours of dried fruit, and is also similar to an Achari curry because of its tangy flavour. These sweet, fruity and sometimes sour flavours are created by the dried cherries and olives (not something that usually pops up in a curry!). […]

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White fish, coriander and lemon risotto

White fish, coriander and lemon risotto

Preparation and cooking time: 50 minutes. Serves 2. The lemon and coriander complement the fish in this fresh, tasty risotto. If you have space in your kitchen for people to sit then it’s ideal to cook for friends when they come over, as you can chat to them while you’re stirring. But I wouldn’t cook it for more than three people or for a dinner […]

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Brown bread and butter pudding

Brown bread and butter pudding

Preparation and cooking time: 55 minutes. Serves 4. This yummy pudding takes no more than 15 minutes actual preparation time. The ingredients are really cheap and it’s got a comforting, warm yet light texture. Your friends will love it, which is why it serves four – so there are always leftovers to go around. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the […]

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Sausage casserole

Sausage casserole

Preparation and cooking time: 1 hour. Serves 2. This sausage casserole is great to make for a group of friends for dinner. It’s instant comfort food with a slightly fresher feel than your average sausage casserole, because of the topping you sprinkle over before serving. Listen to the recipe podcast: Your browser does not support the audio element. Ingredients Sausage Casserole: 1 tbsp olive oil […]

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Stir fry

Stir fry

Serves 1. Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes. You can’t beat this stir fry for a quick, nutritious meal after work. It’s better than your average stir fry because of the added kick given by the sauce. You can vary this recipe quite a bit, depending on taste and what you have in the cupboard, and if you’re a passionate carnivore there’s the option to […]

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Creamy salmon gratin

Creamy salmon gratin

Serves 2 Preparation time: 40 minutes. Cooking time: 40 minutes. This is the ultimate comfort food. It’s inspired by my old German flatmate. She was great at cooking hearty food and knew what to do with a pot of cream. I would come home to find the kitchen smelling heavenly. She always made cooking the dish look easy, so I tried it myself and found […]

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Dinner time poached eggs

Dinner time poached eggs

Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes. Serves 1. This is great as a quick dinner for when you can’t be bothered to cook anything more strenuous, as it’s super easy to make. After eating this you feel pleasantly full but not too stuffed so it’s ideal if you’re going out afterwards. It’s made of ingredients that you are likely to have in your cupboard and […]

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Pork ball noodle soup

Pork ball noodle soup

Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes. Serves 2 as a main course. This is a delicious dark, rich, oriental-flavoured soup with mouth watering spicy pork mince balls which really make the dish. It’s great as a fairly quick dinner to prepare for yourself or for friends and also makes a nice starter. Pork mince is very inexpensive, which is a bonus. Listen to the recipe […]

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