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Many of us are still in holiday mood. I speak as someone eyeing up an unclaimed box of chocolates whilst also contemplating when it is seemly to ask my lovely in-laws if they would like a glass of Prosecco (it is not quite 4 pm; but it is Boxing Day.). ;-)

Sometimes a great meal is made by writing a careful list, driving to the store, loading up the cart with all manner of esoteric and single-use items, bringing in so.many.bags, tying on an apron, flicking on the radio and getting busy in the kitchen. Some hours later – and a teetering pile of dirty pots and pans …

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This time of year – despite the falling temperatures and falling leaves – is a favourite time for me as a homecook, and glutton. And figs are one reason why. Beautiful, black bursa figs – with their soft, edible dusky-leather jackets, and their tiny crunchy seeds – are my favourite fruit of autumn. I know …

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This post is in support of the Waitrose #AutumnWarmers campaign. Details below. Have you ever had an idea that pesters you until you make it a reality? You go about your daily tasks, head down in work, or beetling about ferrying kids hither and yonder, but still the thought doesn’t leave you. It drifts into your …

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I can’t believe it is almost the end of August. I’m not ready to let it go. One of the reasons is that here in Scotland we are experiencing a late burst of summer, after a rather underwhelming (okay, quite miserable) July and early August. Out of necessity I have shed my jeans and sweaters for shorts and …

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This is the fourth edition of my “Look What I Found!” Friday feature, where I share what I have found, been given, picked, planted and bought. I love a nosy in peoples’ kitchens. I hope you enjoy having a nosy around mine.

You’ve caught me in a green phase, and in this case involving the rather disparate pairing of courgettes and Kaffir lime leaf. Last week it was of course the polenta with a kind of two-way broccoli and the rather lovely English blue cheese, and today it is cake. A cake I’ve made rather often in one form …

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Follow your nose and you may just find free food to be had in damp woods and shaded river banks in Britain. But get out there quick. This silky leaved wild herb – the darling of nature-inspired chefs at this time of year – won’t be around for much longer. The pretty white star-shaped flowers are …

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Nature is most surprising. At a time when nothing much is ready to eat in the spring garden (at least here in the UK), some of the brightest, most nutritious fruits are at their peak. Throughout the bleak winter months, with root crops and cold-stored orchard fruits doing their best to sustain us, citrus is one of …

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In households up and down the land, children are up to something. Hiding a spilt Ribena stain – perhaps; red pen marks on their homework – most assuredly. But no doubt they are also deciding what they can surprise their mum with for Mother’s Day.* We mums can usually bank on a gorgeous homemade card (schools are good …

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