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A Scandinavian-influenced coffee cake marbled with a deliciously crunchy mixture of pecan nuts, warm spices and dark brown sugar, and kept soft with chestnut puree. This easy bake recipe can even be made gluten-free. Mums deserve homemade.

This is a commissioned post. A Scandinavian-influenced coffee cake marbled with a deliciously crunchy mixture of pecan nuts, warm spices and dark brown sugar, and kept soft with chestnut puree. This fairly healthy cake is easily gluten-free. Mums deserve homemade.  I have recently found out that I am a good bit Scandinavian; I rather suspected …

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Make the most of rhubarb season with this easy, healthy, vegan traybake. Cardamom seals the deal.

I have just realised that while I have been happily geeking out on gochujang this, and aquafaba the other (and then some), perhaps I have neglected the normal side of my cooking. And I am normal – I swear! As witness, my fridge currently contains white wine (opened), hummus (a meagre scrape left), celery, live yogurt, …

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This is a Scandinavian-influenced banana bread that thinks it’s a cake, with optional naturally-coloured and flavoured blueberry glaze. Gluten-free, vegan and lower in sugar, my blueberry and cardamom banana cake is a delightfully soft and squidgy breakfast cake or healthy snack. For years I have had a not-so-secret crush on cardamom.  Although I enjoy savouring the superlative …

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What do get when you combine creamy cashew butter, tiny pearls of puffed quinoa and heady, exotic cardamom? The most delicious two-bite biscuit this side of a bakery. Sweetened with date syrup – and containing no grains whatsoever – if you have a food processor you can be eating these in less than 20 minutes. No …

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Greetings from Anna Maria Island, Florida, named by readers of Conde Nast Travel magazine as home to one of the best beaches in the world. The small evil bit in me had wished so much to be able to write something along the lines of “as I struggle to concentrate with the glare of the brilliant sun and …

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Don’t let the fancy name fool you, tartine is just French for ‘open-faced sandwich’. And I find it easier to say than the Danish smørrebrød, or the Finnish voileipä – the latter of which I have eaten when ages ago I did some work in Helsinki. Cured herring and butter as I recall. I ate it to be polite but …

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Lassi, the quintessential Indian yogurt drink to temper the fiery spices of Punjabi cuisine. In India, both sweet and savoury varieties are enjoyed – with the savoury ones often having spices such as cumin, and of course not a little salt. In the West we are perhaps more familiar with the sweet ones, mainly mango. …

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I am a real advocate of what I call the ‘meal salad’; multi-sensory, bold salads that are platters of  amazing colour, clear tastes, contrasting textures and even a hint of fragrance. I crave salads that invariably cause you to leave the restaurant with a little dribble on your chin because you were enjoying your food …

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For years I have had a not-so-secret crush on cardamom.  Although I enjoy savouring the superlative pearl sugar-topped cardamom buns served at Edinburgh’s Peter’s Yard coffee house, I usually settle for a low-effort swirl of ground cardamom in my morning porridge. It’s not only me who rates this underused (at least in the UK and …

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