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Summer salad with goat’s cheese

Summer salad with goat’s cheese

What you don’t want is a heavy lunch when it is nice and sunny outside. Rocket leaves mixed with pear and homey mustard dressing is a perfect combination of peppery and sweet flavours. Add goat’s cheese for creaminess, walnuts for a bit of crunch and all you need is a warm, sunny day to enjoy it.

Italian fish soup

Italian fish soup

It seems like winter this year wants to stay around for longer and I really like eating soups when it is cold. There is nothing better than a wonderful bowl of hot steaming liquid to warm you up. However soups are often considered as a light snack, first course or light lunch at best. It doesn’t always have to be this way though. Simply add a good portion of fish to the liquid and you can enjoy this soup as…

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Leeks, peppers and smoked salmon pasta

Leeks, peppers and smoked salmon pasta

Last Friday we were all home late. My wife, Becky was travelling from Norfolk and I had to pick her up from the train after 7.00pm. So by the time we got home we were starving. We needed something that is quick but also nutritious and flavoursome. For quick, tasty and versatile meals pasta is irreplaceable. Most of the time you can put together decent sauce in the time it takes dried pasta to cook. This recipe is no different….

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Chickpea, lentil and chorizo soup

Chickpea, lentil and chorizo soup

During the last weekend I celebrated my birthday. As usual on such occasion I went away with my family. We have spent a wonderful weekend on a North Sea coast and got back home on early afternoon Monday. The traffic on the way back was bad and we were all a bit tired and did not fancy doing grocery shopping at all. Therefore I had to trawl through kitchen cupboards and fridge to see what ingredients I have available to…

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Red pesto and fusilli pasta salad

Red pesto and fusilli pasta salad

This weekend our little boy turned two. Originally we wanted to have a family barbecue for his party (did I say before that I love bbq?). But Derbyshire weather decided for us that barbecue is not going to be an option. We then went on with plan B. Indoors cold buffet lunch style party. The birthday party was great and the little man had plenty of presents. Amongst many treats we have put a cold fusilli pasta with redo pesto….

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