Recipe: Ajvar and courgette tart

A new recipe for you! I’ve been working on this one for a while, initially trying individual tarts – but they were a bit fiddly, and who wants to faff about with mini tarts anyway when you can throw together a big slab of pastry topped with gorgeousness?! This makes a super quick and very easy midweek supper and comes together in less than half an hour.
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Recipe: Back to your roots soup

Hello, and a rather belated happy new year! Sorry it’s been quiet on the blog front for the past few weeks. January was a bit of a whirlwind of changes at work, getting to grips with driving lessons (yup, learning for the first time aged 29…!), and wedding venue hunting (James and I got engaged over Christmas, yay!). Throw Veganuary into the mix, and blogging fell by the wayside a bit. But I’m back and have some recipe plans in the pipeline…
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Recipe: The best ever Christmas cake {part 2!}

It’s time to decorate our Christmas cakes! Back in November, just before Stir-Up Sunday, I shared my favourite ever Christmas cake recipe. After periodically feeding it with PX sherry over the last month, it’s now time to cover it in marzipan and icing, and to make it look pretty.
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Recipe: Winter smoothie

I’m really pleased with this one! I decided to make a smoothie especially for winter – for enjoying after a chilly run; as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up; or just for the appley, tangy, gingery joy of it. Drink cold, straight from the blender, or heat gently in a pan for a wintery drink that will really warm the cockles. This recipe yields one large serving.
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Recipe: The best ever Christmas cake {part 1!}

Tomorrow is Stir-Up Sunday! For me, this is the real start of the festive season. I know it’s traditional to make a Christmas pudding this weekend, but I usually make a Christmas cake; I love the decoration element, and how easily it can be shared around family and friends to spread a little festive joy. Over the years I’ve tried out various different recipes for Christmas cake, but this is the best one I’ve found. It doesn’t involve soaking fruit overnight, and the final result is gorgeously fruity, moreish and (sorry, Mum!) …moist. I’ve made many a cake which turned out to be slightly bitter or dry – such a disappointment after all the time and effort you put in – but this recipe is spot on.
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Recipe: Sweet potato and chipotle soup

This is such a cracking soup recipe for autumn. It’s suddenly become very chilly here in London – proper hat and gloves weather! – and while real life might get in the way of an urge to hibernate completely, a good bowl of soup can really warm up body and soul. It’s gorgeously silky and smooth, and I absolutely love the rich smoky flavour given by the chipotle. The hint of spice is super warming and really complements the creaminess of the sweet potato.
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Recipe: Pear and cinnamon galette

Who doesn’t love an autumnal Sunday? I’ve spent mine pottering in the kitchen, cooking up a feast for some of my favourite people, which was topped off with this gorgeous pear galette. I generally steer away from pastry (too much of a faff, and I lack the patience!), especially if I’m also juggling lots of different components for the first course – which I was today, with a roast chicken and all the trimmings to think about – but this was so simple it almost felt like cheating. No blind baking, no messing around with a fancy fluted tin – just a method so easy, even a pastry novice like me could nail it!
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