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Dinner at The Ivy, Tower Bridge

What better way to cheer up a grey Monday evening than with a lovely meal and some great company. I’ve been meaning to try one of The Ivy’s brasseries for ages, so as Mum and I were heading up to London for an evening class, it seemed the perfect time…

Hoisin duck stir fry
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Hoisin duck stir fry

I love cooking a stir fry midweek as they are quick, healthy and most importantly delicious. This one is a little more luxurious as duck is quite an expensive ingredient, although it works just as well with pork, beef, chicken – whatever you like. I tend to chuck in whatever…

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Lunch in the Kent countryside

My husband Neil and I recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and he treated me to a wonderful day out in the beautiful Kent countryside as a surprise treat. Driving out through the stunning scenery to the pretty village of Biddenden we were lucky enough to have blue skies and blazing…

Chocolate fondant at Marin
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Denia’s best restaurants

I’m back into the swing of it now, back to normality as it were. But, I’m missing the sunshine and definitely the fantastic food from my recent trip to Denia, Spain. So in case you happened to fancy a trip over there, or you’ve already got one booked (lucky you!),…

Pain au chocolat bread and butter pudding
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Pain au chocolat bread and butter pudding

This is the perfect indulgent pudding that’s easy and quick to put together for entertaining. The pudding can be made in advance and stored in the fridge ready to cook whenever you’re ready. It’s also easy to multiply the recipe if you need to feed a crowd. Who doesn’t love…

Chicken satay with frites
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5 Dutch foods you must try

The Netherlands may not be famous for their cuisine, but there are some wonderful creations available all over Holland that you must try on your next visit. Trust me, they are worth the travel. Here’s few of my favourites from my recent trip to beautiful Maastricht in the south of…

Ultimate Lemon Drizzle Cake
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Ultimate lemon drizzle cake

What makes this cake worthy of being called ‘ultimate’? Well it’s the combination of drizzle and icing, that makes this cake a real crowd-pleaser. It’s also really easy to make which is a bonus if you’re short on time. For the cake: 10 oz/280g unsalted butter, softened 10 oz/280g caster…

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Moroccan Orange and Almond Cake

Marrakech is one of those cities that really excites all of the senses. The bustling Medina, filled with sights, sounds and the aromas of wonderful spices is something that any explorer would enjoy. The recipe for Moroccan Orange and Almond Cake is a lovely way to create some of those…

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Easy Chicken and Chorizo Paella

If you’re looking to add a bit of Spanish flavour to your normal midweek dinners, this is the perfect recipe to do it. Easy to make and big on flavour, you can have this paella ready to serve up in only 30 minutes. It’s also a great dish for entertaining,…