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Picnic Chocolate Fondue

This idea has had two picnic outings this summer, both were huge successes.

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Salt + Sweet + Sour + Hot

Thinking about food through these four prisms of taste can open up new possibilities for seasoning and adding flavour to our food.

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Homemade Chicken Soup in 5 Minutes

It’s lunch. I fancied some soup. I opened the fridge and took stock. Leftover bits of chicken and some rice. Chicken soup sounds good. Lunch is over in 10 minutes – and the soup was great.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Cheat in 30 Minutes

Here’s a cheat I’ve been doing for years. It takes 10 minutes to prepare and about 20 minutes in the oven.

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Quick Microwave Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a popular Mexican snack. They are best made on a hot griddle pan, but we have always made them in the microwave, rather like nachos. Here is a method I have developed which makes perfect quesadillas – straight from the microwave.

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How To Make Cheap Grilled Artichokes

Through a process of trial and error – motivated as much by curiosity as thrift – I have finally devised a method to elevate the status of these bland buds to that of a proper chargrilled artichoke.

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The WDC Raclette Egg Toast

Part of Dad’s series ‘Quick cook breakfasts’. The WDC Raclette Egg Toast requires just an egg, some bread and cheese… simplest of breakfasts in 5 minutes.

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How To Make the Perfect Blueberry Smoothie

There is more to the art of a smoothie-making than meets the eye…

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The Best Way To Store Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are great – but why is it so difficult to keep them fresh…

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How To Make A Roast Dinner Last All Week

Here is a real-life example of how to use a Sunday roast dinner leftovers through the week…

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