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Spicy Banana & Coconut Relish

Ooh have you got some over ripe bananas that are stinging your eyes OR do you have some waiting for a good idea in the freezer? Well, if yes, then this is the recipe for you?

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Banging Brussels

Gone are the days when these little green gems were boiled to death before the chicken even hit the oven.  This recipe takes Brussel sprouts to a brand new level of delicious.  Great during the cold winter months when they’re in season, as this recipe punches sunshine, personality and flavour into every mouthful.

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Smoked Walnut Dukkah

Every Autumn I have an abundance of walnuts & there’s nothing like a jar of freshly blended dukkah. I sprinkle this mix over soft cheese for platters, salads or hot pasta for flavour & texture.  As a marinade with oil over grilled fish or chicken. When roasting potatoes or veggies a spoonful over 5 minutes before I remove them from the oven. Otherwise, lovely with fresh bread and warm olive oil.

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Victoria Sandwich with Raspberry Vanilla Creme

I love a sponge and can’t really go past a slice of Victoria Sandwich.  These cakes can be found on the counters of most tea shops in and around the UK.  Served in wedges, sandwiched together with lashings of deep red raspberry jam and fluffy light cream, it is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of English Breakfast tea. For sponge perfection – take your time adding the eggs.

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Moroccan Cous Cous and Mint Salsa Verde

Think of these two as the ‘finishing touches’ to my delicious Pan Fried Lamb Loin with Hazelnut Dukkah. They are the perfect accompaniment – but think beyond the lamb and partner these with your favourite barbecue meats, add them to your Christmas buffet or spice up your weekday evening meal. So versatile and so easy… Let your mad scientist out, and experiment tonight!