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 …

Rockmelon and Lime Granita

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  Do you need a relatively easy, light and breezy dessert? Are you enough of a zealous host that beyond a dessert, what you really are hankering for is a ‘pre-desser’t palate cleanser to add to your repertoire? Do you need something that is refreshing and handily happens to be dairy free/ gluten free/ refined sugar free/ nut free/ paleo to feed the chaotic constellation of dietary requirements that are descending to your table this holiday season? Or, is it just 3 pm, stinking hot, you’re the size of a small elephant, with a rogue rockmelon on the kitchen bench and you’re trying not to get too friendly again with the …