Pippa’s Venison and Beetroot Stew

You may or may not know that Princess Kate’s pert bottomed little sister Pip has just published a book all about partying and the organisation thereof. It’s from this book that I discovered Pippa’s Venison and Beetroot Stew (technically I’m pretty sure it’s a casserole since it goes in the…

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Winter survival guide – don’t let colds and flu in

Essex cold snaps, endless drizzle, an extra hour in bed at the weekend and Epping Forest getting thinner every day add up to one thing: winter is on the horizon! If colder months usually leave you sniffling and flu-ridden, now is the time to take action against viral infections and…

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Salt is good for you – as long as it’s pink

Salt. Elixir of flavour, bursting with trace minerals, nature’s antiseptic (cat owners will know the joy that is bathing pussy’s poorly paw in a saline solution), ancient preserver of food stuffs, foe of snow and water softener. But in modern times, salt has become eeeevillll. The invention of table salt,…

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Ten ways to lose fat and get more energy

You want to lose fat and get more energy but there’s so much noise out there that you’re almost stunned into inactivity! Where do I start? Social media has made everything EXTREME and polarised. Extreme or new diets have always been good for a headline, that doesn’t mean they work.…

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Hearty Chicken, Carrot and Squash Soup – with a super greens twist

On Monday I wrote about rain. Or rather how to fight the rainy day, wintry blues. As much as I love the summer with all its warm sunshine, there are certain things about the kitchen in autumn that just don’t work for me in 30 degree July heat. One of…

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Sticky chicken thighs with roasted veggies and cherry tomatoes

I’ve always been a fan of the humble chicken thigh. They’re full of flavour which lends them perfectly to curries and strong flavours; they’re great in the slow cooker; they’re deliciously juicy simply roasted – and to my mind far superior to the humble drumstick which can be a bit…

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