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Apple and Chilli Jelly Recipe
One of our chefs recently brought in a bounty of apples to the cooking school, chef Sarah Leary spent her weekend creating jars of apple and chilli jelly ready in-time for national apple day to make the most of this much-loved ingredient.
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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
Not only is this a real treat, the spices also have a nutritional boost. Cinnamon is a rich source of iron and calcium and has the highest antioxidant strength of all food sources, ginger is a circulatory stimulant with anti-inflammatory properties and nutmeg is a good source of minerals. So it tastes good and it does good!
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Tiramisu Desserts with Conker Coffee Liqueur
Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert that in my eyes never goes out of fashion it's that gorgeous. Tiramisu is Italy's 'pick me up', a rich burst of coffee flavour and a little alcoholic edge, so it's the perfect dessert.
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Spiced Pumpkin Soup
One of our favorite Autumnal ingredients is pumpkin. This velvety pumpkin soup is mixed with a little harissa for added spice, no doubt it will warm you up!
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Quick lunches in jar
Mason Jar Lunches

These mason jar salads are perfect for a healthy office lunch, which can also be filling. There are so many variations of salads you can make, and it doesn’t have to be complicated either. This quick and simple mason jar hack will save you time, effort, and money! Prepare them all on a Sunday and you’ll be set for a week’s worth of lunches.

The only thing you need to think about is the order of layers in your mason jar; the quantities are up to you:

  1. Start with your dressing

  2. Crisp Ingredients

  3. Soft Vegetables

  4. Meats/Cheese

  5. Grains/Pasta

  6. Leaves

  7. Toppings

Close the lid and either take it to work or keep it in your fridge. These jars should usually last up to 5 days, so you are set for Monday through to Friday! If you are worried about the lettuce going limp, add it in each morning when you choose which jar to take to work.

Get creative and add whatever ingredients you like! It’s also a great way to use up leftovers.


  1. Dijon mustard vinaigrette

  2. Tomatoes cucumbers

  3. Sweetcorn

  4. Chickpeas

  5. Herby couscous

  6. Salad

  7. Sunflower seeds

Mediterranean Style

  1. Greek vinaigrette

  2. Cherry tomatoes and cucumbers

  3. Kalamata olives

  4. Grilled aubergine

  5. Feta cheese

  6. Herby couscous

  7. Romaine lettuce

Asian Style

  1. Asian style dressing

  2. Sugar snap peas and grated carrots

  3. Bean sprouts

  4. Shredded chicken

  5. Rice noodles

  6. Shredded Chinese leaf

  7. Cashews

Italian Style

  1. Olive oil and vinegar dressing

  2. Cucumber and tomato

  3. Artichokes and sundried tomatoes

  4. Bocconcini (mozzarella pearls)

  5. Orzo

  6. Rocket leaves

  7. Pine nuts


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