Smoked Haddock & Sweetcorn Chowder


Sponsored by Iceland.

I’m really pleased to be working with Iceland Foods again to bring you another recipe aiming to help reduce food waste using the #PowerOfFrozen.

I don’t know about you, but I find planning what to eat in the summer much harder than in the winter. In winter I know it’s going to be cold, dark and a bit miserable outside and so my meals are always going to be warm and comforting. But the summer is different. Last week I was planning this recipe in 30ºC heat wandering if anyone would really be wanting to eat soup. Today I’m sat wrapped up in layers contemplating putting the heating on knowing that I really want to bowl of nice warm chowder…

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Win a fabulous day out at BBC Countryfile Live

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Sponsored by BBC Countryfile Live

I’m excited to tell you all that I’ve got 3 pairs of tickets to this year’s BBC Countryfile Live to giveaway worth £54 per pair.

It’s this summer’s most action-packed countryside day out and will be taking place on 3-6 August 2017 in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. You’ll be able to explore farming and wildlife exhibits and enjoy live animal arena shows; try your hand at a range of outdoor activities, from fishing to off-roading; be inspired by cooking and craft demonstrations; join live debates and interviews; and shop and eat to your heart’s content.

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Roasted Cornish New Potato Salad


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I love potato salad, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a summer barbecue or to pack up for a picnic, so when I was asked to create a recipe using some delicious Cornish new potatoes it was the obvious choice.

I’ve chosen to roast the potatoes for this salad as it really brings out their flavour as well as adding a bit of extra texture. It’s also allowed me to add in some extra subtle flavours during the roasting by adding cloves of garlic and some sprigs of rosemary to the tray. If you prefer a stronger garlic flavour in your salad then you could blend some of the roasted garlic from the pan into the mayonnaise…

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Croque Monsieur Hasselback Potatoes with Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano


Sponsored by Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano.

One of my favourite ways to cook potatoes is the Hasselback potato. For anyone that’s not come across them before they’re very similar to a jacket potato, but slits are cut into the potato before it is baked. This means that the potato can absorb more of the flavours around it. Another advantage of the slits is that they present a great opportunity to stuff them – adding even more flavour and turning your potato from a side dish into a delicious light meal.

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Minted Lamb Burgers with Herb Mayonnaise


Sponsored by Tasty Easy Lamb

One food I have a huge weakness for is minted lamb burgers. If I ever spot them on a menu when I’m eating out then they’ll almost always be what I’ll end up choosing. I’ve talked before, when I shared my recipe for spiced lamb burgers earlier this year, about why lamb mince is so perfect for burgers, and adding in plenty of fresh mint to the mix too makes something extra delicious – a classic flavour combination and one I just love…

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Teriyaki Beef Burgers


Sponsored by Irish Beef.

A few weeks ago I was asked to create a recipe using some delicious Irish beef. I love cooking with beef (as you can see from all my recipes – it’s definitely a regular in my kitchen), so I was full of ideas. I wanted to create something a little bit different that was perfect for summer, full of flavour but also allowed the high-quality Irish beef to shine through. In the end I settled on these teriyaki beef burgers…

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The Best Cheese Straws (and Three Extra Flavours)


Sponsored by Comté cheese.

A few weeks ago I was challenged by Comté cheese to create a Father’s Day recipe to make it #BetterWithComté. I thought about all the times we’re happiest as a family, the things we love doing the most and one thing that immediately sprung to mind was having a family picnic. At the park, the beach, even in the garden, there’s something wonderfully informal about it and when we’re picnicking we always seem to feel happy and relaxed (unless of course it starts to rain!)…

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Prosciutto di San Daniele & Grana Padano Pizza (and a Giveaway)


Sponsored by Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano.

One of our favourite family meals is homemade pizza. One thing we love about it is that you can get really creative with toppings and today’s recipe is one of our recent (and favourite) creations – Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano pizza. It’s very straightforward to make and if you don’t fancy making your own pizza base then you could simply add the toppings to an Italian flat bread instead, bake for a few minutes to melt the Grana Padano cheese before adding the prosciutto and rocket.

The flavours in this pizza go together beautifully, there’s the saltiness of the prosciutto and cheese, the sweetness of the tomatoes, the spiciness of the chilli and the pepperiness of the rocket. I love eating food where in each bite you get something a little bit different, it makes it all the more interesting and enjoyable to eat and this pizza definitely delivers that…

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Chocolate Meringue Nests


I am a massive fan of meringues and it would seem by the popularity of my meringue nests recipe that you all are too, so I thought I’d create a recipe for chocolate meringue nests if you fancied something a bit different. These chocolate meringue nests are made from the same basic french meringue recipe but with added cocoa powder and grated dark chocolate…

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Buttercream


A few days ago I shared my dairy-free chocolate cupcakes with the promise of sharing the buttercream (can you call it BUTTERcream if it’s dairy-free? what do you think?) to go on top.

As with the cupcakes, this buttercream gets it’s really chocolatey flavour from using a combination of both cocoa powder and real melted chocolate (dairy-free of course) in the mix and as with the cupcakes, you’d have no idea it was dairy-free unless you’re told – it’s delicious…

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