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Goat’s cheese and beetroot tart
This beautiful goat’s cheese and beetroot quiche is perfect for spring and  summer entertaining.

Adding roasted beetroot to this tart not only gives a delicate sweetness to the dish, but also injects a beautiful dash of colour to the table.

The creamy, tangy filling is topped with crunchy slices of marinated beetroot to create a show-stopping vegetarian tart.

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Marinated Lamb Chops
Any type of marinade can transform an inexpensive cut of lamb into a tender and juicy treat.

The recipe for grilled and marinated lamb chops is perfect for entertaining and for BBQs. You can make it on the grill, hob or even in a crockpot or slow cooker. Serve it with Middle Eastern pilaf rice, homemade spicy potato wedges or with a salad for a low carb meal.

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Chilli & Fennel Chicken Kebabs
For those of you who have attended our one day Indian class you'll know that this Chilli & Fennel Chicken Kebabs recipe is an old favourite, and for something that is such low maintenance, it yields incredible favour and is how a chicken kebab should really taste.

Use this recipe for an easy BBQ chicken dish and you'll never be short of guests for sure.

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Harissa Pork and Summer Salad
Tired of the usual menu? Spice up some pork cutlets and prepare the most fragrant Summer Salad!


4 pork cutlets (about 250 g each)
2 tablespoons harissa paste
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt

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Chard & Ricotta Italian Easter Pie
Easter is fast approaching, and if you are looking for a different recipe, you should definitely try this Italian classic! Known as Torta Pasqualina, this pie is so substantial and satisfying both to make and to eat. The pastry is rather unusual and requires you to make several thin sheets of dough, which are layered to create an almost filo-type pastry. Once the filling has been spooned into the base, deep holes are made where eggs are nestled. Once cooked, the eggs are dramatic and visually very beautiful next to the green filling. If you don't want to make the pastry, store-bought filo would work well, as would shortcrust. This pie is best served hot from the oven.
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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
If you are looking to give a chocolate twist to your Easter breakfast/dessert, you can't miss these Chocolate Hot Cross Buns....with a melting middle!
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Crispy chicken thighs with braised artichokes
This recipe is great for a mid-week spring dinner, and it will be even better if you'll use fresh artichokes!

The juicy and crispy chicken thighs, and the tender artichokes artichokes make this delicious one-pot meal a must in the springtime.

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Rhubarb and Oats Muffins
The perfect breakfast!

This simple, easy and delicious whole grain Rhubarb Muffins recipe is highly adaptable!

This one-bowl rhubarb muffin recipe is made with oats, your choice of flour, optional seeds and nuts and sweetened with honey.

It's also vegan and GF adaptable.

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Indulgent Guinness chocolate pudding
☘️ Happy St Patrick’s Day! ☘️ This year to celebrate, we would like to tempt you with this indulgent, creamy, dark chocolate pudding with a twist…Guinness stout!
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Grain Bowl with Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Peanuts and Miso-Sesame Dressing
This amazing recipe is full of slow-release energy goodness and packed with flavour. The quinoa forms the base of the salad, which is a great vehicle for any green or roasted root vegetable. You can substitute the sweet potato for baby carrots, parsnip or butternut squash and the broccoli can be swapped out for kale or swiss chard.
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Immune Building Smoothie
Nothing quite like a fresh green smoothie in the morning to start your day with a kick of energy! It’s great to regularly clean out our gut just as much as we cleanse our bodies on the outside.

This immune building smoothie is packed with powerful vitamins and antioxidants that will provide you with plenty of energy in the morning...or refresh after a workout!

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Italian Winter salad with pears and blue cheese
Eating seasonally is one of the healthier habits to balance our natural rhythms, help sustainability and improve our overall nutrition.

When we eat foods that are in season we increase our energy levels and avoid introducing chemicals in our system. Produce forced to grow when it's not its natural time to grow will contains more chemicals and/or will be imported, which has a considerable negative environmental impact.

This delicious seasonal winter salad is packed with vitamins and probiotics that will help your immune system throughout the cold months. Chicory is a great source of insulin, manganese and B6, great for brain health; walnuts are a super plant source of Omega 3s and fantastic for gut health, while pears are a powerhouse fruit, packing fibre, vitamins and beneficial plant compounds.

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Chocolate brownies with lemon
The combination of chocolate and lemon might seem odd, but the slight acidity of the thin lemon slices pairs beautifully with the richness of the chocolate.
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Chocolate Orange Pots with Rosemary Sea Salt
Stop what you're doing! You need these chocolate orange pots with rosemary sea salt and olive oil in your life. These seriously mouth-watering, indulgent desserts only contain a few ingredients, so they are super simple to make and are a crowd-pleaser every time.

Extra-virgin olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, is a rich source of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, both of which are thought to protect cardiovascular health. It comes with many flavour profiles: young, fresh oil tends to be peppery, grassy and greener in colour; a year or older will be milder, paler and sweeter. A good quality extra-virgin oil will have a rounded depth of flavour, with slight bitter taste – a perfect match for the sweet and complex flavours of the equally bitter cacao. Find out more on the health benefits of dark chocolate here.

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Chocolate Courgette Cake
Noooooo!!! Stop, don’t roll your eyes ….  Courgettes are a delicious and versatile veggie that work so well in so many recipes, and in cakes – they are just as good, as it helps to make the cake super moist and guilt free!

Contrary to many beliefs, the courgette is in fact a fruit since it is full of seeds. In the UK, courgettes are in season from June-October, so now is the perfect time to make some delicious courgette recipes, as you will get the most out of its subtly sweet, slightly bitter flavour.

The rich and creamy texture of the courgette works wonderfully in this indulgent chocolate courgette cake, a slight twist on traditional courgette loaf for all you chocolate lovers out there!

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The Wonderful World of Watercress
If you’re not a fan of watercress already then this is a must read for you since watercress is one of the most highly underrated salad leaves and ingredients many of us walk by in the supermarket. Its small, delicate-looking round leaves pack in an almighty amount of nutrients which will do wonders for your health. Plus, their peppery, spicy flavour are a great addition to soups, sandwiches, salads or even dips!

Watercress is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. It is believed to have originated in Ancient Greece and is the only commercial crop the Romans would recognise today! It remains an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, which is amongst the healthiest diets in the world.

From a nutritional perspective, 1 serving of watercress contains 100% of your daily intake of vitamin K, which is essential for bone health. Furthermore, it is antioxidant-rich, to protect our bodies against illnesses and stress which is associated with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cancer.

The 2 main types of Cress are:

  1. Watercress – usually the peppery leaves you buy in a packet from the supermarket

  2. Garden Cress – the small plant with sprouts in

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New Potato and Watercress Salad
This is a super quick and easy mid-week summers meal or side-dish, and ready in 20 mins!
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Cauliflower, paneer & pea curry
We absolutely love to cook with seasonal ingredients, not least because it’s usually local produce but also because eating seasonally means we get the right nutrition for what our body needs now.  Cauliflower will be in season up until the end of autumn and we should really take advantage of all its nutritional properties. Cauliflower is high in fibre and is an amazing source of antioxidants and you'd be surprised how easy it is to integrate into your diet!

We’ve also managed to pack another seasonal superpower, the common garden peas!  Peas are an excellent source of plant-based protein, lots of vitamin C and zinc to strengthen your immune system and support our digestive health.

Try this delicious recipe and you'll never have enough!

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Mushroom Sauce
A good mushroom sauce can work with anything and the trick is to be able to knock it up in minutes on the back of already cooking something like a steak, piece of lamb or even for a simple pasta. Mushrooms are hugely nutritious and provide a lot of flavour and texture to food.  The addition of a drop of wine and mustard to the sauce really elevates the flavours to more than just a creamy mushroom sauce. 
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Kung Pao Prawns
Getting closer to to Chinese New Year, we thought we'd share a Chinese recipe.. Kung Pao Prawns.  Kung Pao Sauce is firstly used in the famous Kung Pao Chicken and then further developed into a type of flavor in China which can be used in many other recipes.  It goes well with different types of protein, chicken, shrimp and fish. It goes even better with vegetables and  mushrooms like  lotus root, cauliflower and king oyster mushrooms.
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