Pumpkin Quinoa Bars

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Are you looking for a nifty way to use up some of the pumpkin that’s languishing in your fridge? Do you want a one handed snack that’s plump with protein, savoury yet mellow and can help stop you reaching for a piece of cake at 3 pm? Are you looking for an alternative to polenta chips or toast – by which I mean something that can be crisped in a panini press and served with cured meats, bitter leaves for either brunch or a light supper? Are you optimistically hoping to find a new snack your toddler will eat? If so, I might be able to help. These Pumpkin Quinoa …

Watermelon, Strawberry Chia Pots

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Do you need a fruit based breakfast that isn’t a smoothie and isn’t bircher muesli? Are you looking for something that is coincidentally gluten free/ easily dairy free, that takes like a frolic through summer sunshine and adds a good jolt of morale to your morning? If so, then I think these watermelon, strawberry chia pots can help. Alternatively, if you’re the size of a whale, having carried a watermelon inside you for the last week (hello 39 weeks gestation) and unable to eat, sleep or move properly, then these may also be the sort of sustenance you’re looking for. If you’re in a hurry, skip straight to the recipe …

Leek and White Bean Soup

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Do you need a silky bowl of soup, stat? Do you need something that is deceptively dairy free, elegant but homely, calming and pluckily thrifty? If so, then I think this slow carb twist on vichysoisse might be what you’re looking for. This leek and white bean soup, rounded with the surprising sweetness of a little pear is the edible equivalent of wearing freshly washed pyjamas to the dinner table (comforting beyond belief, but still exhibiting enough self care to be able to dine with a modicum of civility). If you want the recipe in a hurry, skip straight to the photo at the bottom. If you have time for …