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Nearly everyone and everything says that autumn has arrived: my flame-red Virginia Creeper climbing up the garage; the carpet of crispy oak leaves on my sad excuse for a lawn; excitable foodies on Instagram going pumpkin latte-mad; pull-out newspaper supplements with food porn shots of, yup, pumpkins. So I’m finding this warm weather really confusing. The shops are full of pumpkin this …

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This is the easiest and quickest way to make Gochujang - the essential Korean red pepper paste used in so many Korean dishes. Date syrup rather than honey or sugar is the key to adding the depth of flavour often missing in commercial brands. Not fermenting. Just five minutes, a few easily obtained ingredients. one pan and a jar.

If you like Korean food – or even Korean-style food – you will know about gochujang. It is the richly sticky, piquant spice paste essential to many Korean stews (jjigae), and of course the deeply sensory, sizzling stone bowl rice dish, bibimbap. It is also often added into the unofficial national South Korean dish, bulgogi. …

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This hearty yet light pasta supper is full of colour and texture, and is perfect for a midweek meal. Easily vegan and gluten-free too.

For the past wee while I’ve been daring to cook with the kitchen door open. This may not seem a big deal to you, but as Edinburgh winters tend to be of the cold, low, steel-sky variety, punctuated by not infrequent temper tantrums of bracing, leaf swirling wind, door propping in March is of note. I do …

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I had hoped to come up with something profound to say on the subject du jour: New Year, New You. I might have gone on about fresh starts, turning over new leaves (leafs?), spring cleaning your diet/life/soul/refrigerator (maybe I should do the latter, if only as a good incentive to actually  do it). But, to be …

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I first became acquainted with this style of dish – a healthier sweet and sour, for want of a better description  – after Andrew came back from a working weekend clutching a hand-written recipe, and near-demanding that we make it. To him it was called Cressida’s Chicken, named after the sister of the hostess for whom …

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“No way am I poaching pears” I hear you say, if only in your mind. But trust me on this. Truly this whole recipe is very simple. And you can even use that dusty bottle of tawny port sitting in the bottom of the sideboard – next to the binoculars and the emergency candles. Oh, is that …

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Those of us fortunate enough to have space for a greenhouse, a sunny patch of garden, allotment, or indeed – in my case – a brilliantly-bright conservatory, are rubbing our hands in either glee or tense anticipation. Months of tending, cutting out pesky suckers, watering, feeding and tying up are about to pay off with …

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I really really wanted to title this, “Bloody Freakin’ Genius Chocolate Mousse,” but that a) might have sounded a bit rude to the more sensitive among you (sorry), and you might have clicked away; and b) it might have sounded a bit hyperbolic – and you might have clicked away, this time shaking your head at the …

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Vegan banana ice cream probably needs no introduction. Although it has long been a vegan-community secret, suddenly, a few years ago, this creamy, dreamy concoction started zinging around the Internet and into the conscience of dessert-lovers everywhere. You may have even made it yourself. At its simplest it is just blitzed up coins of frozen banana scooped straight …

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After days of simple breakfasts like my beloved avocado toast (how cliché am I?), interspersed once or twice by a bowl of plain yogurt topped with homemade granola and slow-cooked fruit compote (rescued from the freezer), I fancied a change. It was a day off, after all. No make-up to put on, no matching shoes to find. The world …

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