Christmas and Brussel sprouts go together like mulled and wine. For a long time, I could not abide Brussel sprouts. I loathed them with the passion I reserved for PE (netball – I was rubbish) and country dancing (why?). I’m haunted by overcooked, bland Christmas school dinners, with Brussel sprouts…

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The clocks have turned back, the weather has turned, it’s distinctly colder. The winter chill is starting to bite. It is time to start thinking about recipes that are going to warm you from the inside out. Recipes, though they may take a little time to cook, they warm the…

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I’ve gone a little crazy for fresh beetroot. I can’t get enough of the purple stuff. Fresh beetroot is so much better than the beetroot, pickled in vinegar, and packed up in supermarkets. I always thought beetroot had that sour flavour taste. But once I tasted fresh beetroot, there’s no…

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Earlier this year we planted two runner bean plants, for most of the year they grew slowly, inching up their bamboo supports. It was only after returning home from our summer holiday in late August, we were welcomed back with a bounty of beans. We have had two harvests from…

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This is absolutely one of my favourite curries. It’s a typical Sri Lankan recipe for a pork curry yet you probably won’t find it in restaurants. This is a curry for the home. And it’s made in my home, a lot. It takes a bit of effort, but a Sri…

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