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The View From ... Lake Garda

The View From ... Lake Garda

The view from the table is looking pretty damn fabulous at the moment. It's very hot but we're right on the lake and we have a little jetty leading from the shade of a cluster of olive trees right out to the water
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Friday Lush: Caipirinha

Friday Lush: Caipirinha

Caipirinha (pronounced cay-per-een-ya) is made with the Brazilian sugar cane spirit cachaca, sugar and lime juice, it screams of summer but we drink it on New Year's Eve, and why not
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Friday Lush:  Mexican Hot Chocolate

Friday Lush: Mexican Hot Chocolate

fresh Mexican street food full of exciting seasonal ingredients and about as far away as you can get from the chimichanga  / sombrero combo of most Mexican restaurants in this country
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A Cake for a Funeral

A Cake for a Funeral

birthday cake, heartfelt toasts with a glass of something cold and preferably fizzy, wedding cake cut together by the bride and the groom, tables full of food attended by friends and family
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Toffee apple pudding for a cold, dark night

Toffee apple pudding for a cold, dark night

 It's the time of year where change is so evident, where nature seems to move on at break-neck speed, keep up or you'll be quite literally left out in the cold
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The can't decide cake

The can't decide cake

 It's from the first Kitchen Diaries book and it's a real winner. not the big ones - the little ones.  I sat firmly on the fence and made this - everyone's a  winner
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Lily Piccalilli

Lily Piccalilli

This love of savoury extends to tamari and soya sauce - soil sauce as she calls it and I don't have the heart to correct her, (which, like balsamic vinegar, she has been caught swigging straight from the bottle) miso paste and Marmite, which she puts on everything - including sweet pancakes
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We Don't Live Near Wagamama Soup

We Don't Live Near Wagamama Soup

We Don't Live Near Wagamama SoupI'm a big fan of coconut based curries, I love Thai food but I tend to shy away from it unless I know for sure that it's not made with a fish sauce, as so much Thai food is
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Friday Lush: Chilli Vodka

Friday Lush: Chilli Vodka

I recommend making it and leaving it for as long as possible to let the flavours really develop and to get a real hit from the chillis
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Good Morning Gorgeous

Good Morning Gorgeous

Good Morning Gorgeous Breakfast Bars  These breakfast bars are made with condensed milk and are from Nigella Express
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The Big Easy (Risotto)

The Big Easy (Risotto)

 This action renders you incapable of doing anything else like setting the table, fixing drinks, answering the door or dealing with any kind of domestic situation at all while you're preparing this tricky dish
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Mini cheese and pickle focaccias

Mini cheese and pickle focaccias

Some time ago I spent a very happy morning at Hambleton Bakery in Exton, Rutland interviewing the head baker and co-owners of the business about their wonderful bakery
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Beet this

Beet this

I got the inspiration for this easy, but very impressive, tart from this month's edition of Vegetarian Living magazine
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Raspberry and Amaretti Teacup Puds

Raspberry and Amaretti Teacup Puds

I got some help scrunching up Amaretti biscuits and whisking the cream from my slightly over-tired and over-wrought with the end of half term children
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The never ending green tomato pile

The never ending green tomato pile

I was brought up not to waste things, in many ways my mum and grandma were ahead of their time in all things recycled and reused, though they were a product of their generations - and they were mostly always brassic too, money not exactly ever being in abundance
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Something wicked this way comes..

Something wicked this way comes..

 Yes, they have pumpkins that are not edible - only for carving.  It is such a versatile vegetable, cheap too
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Reese's Chocolate Cookies

Reese's Chocolate Cookies

 I've always loved peanut butter for that very reason, the sweetness with the odd salty granule that brings the whole taste alive, keeps it from being too predictable