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 …

Swiss Chard Baked Meatballs

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Do you need another midweek comfort food staple? Do you also hanker for a sly way of getting some extra greens in your diet? Do you sometimes have a craving for baked meatballs that is so profound that it has to be catered to immediately? If so, I think I can help. What follows is a new addition to the favourite-food-roster in this house. It also contains my ratio for perfect plush meatballs, plus a nifty trick of pre baking and then poaching which allows them meatballs to keep their shape, and prevents any faff with cooking them in the fry pan first. If this is what you need in …