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Harissa Chicken With Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Earthy, smoky and just a little bit spicy, this Harissa chicken only takes 15 minutes of prep before going in the oven, and it pairs beautifully with roasted sweet potatoes!

Harissa is a key ingredient in this recipe. It’s a North African spice blend that can be used in a multitude of ways – as a marinade for meat, fish and vegetables! Head to our shop to buy this beautiful spice blend, all our spices are pure, unadulterated and organic!

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Roasted Broccoli and Kalamata Olives Salad
Looking for an amazingly simple side that is filled with so many vibrant flavours? Look no further!

This roasted broccoli salad with kalamata olives and almonds is just perfect to compliment any mains in you summer BBQs or picnics. Drizzle with some mustard seed maple dressing and voila’!

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Blackened Salmon Sandwich
This succulent, crusted and cajun spiced salmon sandwich pairs beautifully with some dill sauce and comes with a lot of delicious greens! This sandwich is fresh and crunchy with an irresistible delicious tang!  For a low-carb option, skip the bun and make it into a salad.
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Kale & Ricotta Pasta Sauce
This healthy pasta sauce is made with Cavolo Nero (kale) and delicious fresh ricotta cheese. It's an easy, filling mid-week dinner recipe, and the best bit is .... it's full of seasonal nutrition without compromising flavour!

This kale sauce is simple to make but packs a strong punch of flavour and nutrients. Top it with whipped ricotta, lemon zest and black pepper.

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Roasted Strawberries & Creme Fraiche tart
Roasting strawberries is a wonderful way to bring out their sweetness, and whilst its not typically an English way of eating strawberries - it is delicious.

This pastry is really decadent and flaky and well worth making yourself. The great thing about this tart is that all of the elements can be prepared the day before and assembled just before serving, making it perfect for a spring picnic or gathering.

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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!

SERVES 4

Ingredients
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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