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Quorn tikka masala

Quorn tikka masala

Rumour has it that chicken tikka masala was invented in Glasgow in the 1970’s, the story being that a chap had ordered chicken tikka from an Indian restaurant in Glasgow’s West End and sent it back to the kitchen because…
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Summer couscous with falafel

Falafal and summer cous cous salad

This is a gorgeous light and healthy meal, perfect for a light dinner on a summer evening or a delicious take-to-work or picnic lunch. It’s packed full of big flavours and just shouts out summer. I used shop bought falafels…
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Creamy tomato and blue cheese pasta

Tomato blue cheese pasta

I’ve been feeling a bit poorly this week and my body was seeking out some serious comfort food. My comfort foods of choice are usually steaming hot bowls of thick and brothy soup or a big ol’ plate of soft…
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Baked onion bhajis with yoghurt and mint dipping sauce

This was an Indian banquet on a somewhat smaller scale. I’ve always shied away from making my own Indian knick knacks before, preferring instead to buy the packaged variety from the supermarket, thinking it would be ridiculously time-consuming and bound…
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Creamy mushroom and sherry soup

Creamy mushroom sherry soup

Soups are meant to be a winter thing, but I’ve always liked them all year round. They are great for squeezing in your daily quota of vegetables and can be surprisingly filling. This soup was very rich, made all the…
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Pea and mint soup

Pea and mint soup

This is probably the easiest soup in the world to make. You throw everything in a pot, leave it for 20 minutes, then come back and puree it up. It really is as easy as that, and the soup itself tastes…
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Summer couscous salad with grilled halloumi

Summer couscous with grilled halloumi

Here in Scotland, whilst still very cold, the sun is starting to make more of an appearance. Summer is still a fair bit off but I can’t help but feel less wintery. I thought I would get myself in the…
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Mushroom stroganoff

Mushroom stroganof

This recipe ticks all the boxes. It’s great if you’re on a tight budget, costing just pennies to make. You can throw it together in around ten minutes, about the same amount of time it would take to nuke an icky microwave…
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Gnocchi with cheesy mustard sauce

Cheesy gnocchi

Ummm, so you know my big plan to go vegi for a month, get all healthy and lose a few pre-holiday pounds in the process? Well, that clearly isn’t going to happen. I seem to have gotten fruit and vegetables…
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Three cheese spinach and mushroom lasagne

Spinach mushroom lasagna

The meat-free month has commenced. I’m going forth full of both nervous anticipation and a tiny little bit of fear. What will become of me? Will I start wearing socks with sandals and hugging trees? Most likely not, but I am…
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Honey soy chickpeas

Honey Soy Chickpeas

The humble chickpea is a delightful little thing – you can roast them, fry them, boil them and puree them. You can add to them a multitude of flavours, both savoury and sweet. I’m their number one fan, in case…
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Sesame peanut noodles

Sesame peanut noodles

My love for peanut butter knows no bounds, and if I can incorporate into my main meal, joy all around. Theres quite a few ingredients in this dish but don’t let that put you off – it can be thrown…
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Butternut squash and coconut curry

Butternut squash curry

I’ve gone curry mad this week. Rather than go for a heavy meat-based curry, I’ve decided to keep it light and reasonably healthy by using butternut squash, spinach and peas as a substitute, and adding the coconut cream gives it a…
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Jumbo gnocchi

Jumbo gnocchi

I’m looking forward to someone bringing up gnocchi in a conversation in the near future. I’ll listen intently to what they say, nod my head in agreement, then casually remark ‘Oh yes, I make my own gnocchi from scratch’. My…
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Quorn satay noodles

Quorn Satay Noodles

Are you a ravenous carnivore? Yup, me too, but bear with me. While I have no intentions of giving up the meaty loveliness anytime soon, I think its good to give yourself a wee break every now and again. If…
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