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Scholars of speciality coffee – a day of cupping and cooking, plus a charity cookbook giveaway

Every day I feel like I learn something new, and while I try and retain as much as possible (though my brain seems to be intent on making space for new things – aka – having massive memory lapses), it’s often a case of relearning, and reminding yourself of things you learned before. Such was the case a few weeks ago when I went back to cookery school for the second of our Taylors of Harrogate x Creating For Good workshops.

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Recipe for a foolproof warming tomato and coconut dal

At this time of year, it’s so nice to have some recipes up your sleeve for dishes that are comforting, warming and nourishing, but also – more crucially – that don’t take hours and hours to prep. With Christmas just around the corner, we’re all going to have so much cooking to do, and subsequent kitchen fatigue, it’s a relief to find some dishes that hit the spot and only take a matter of minutes to rustle up. Dal is one of the few things I could genuinely eat every day – it’s both satisfying and interesting, not just in the context of curry, but as a vehicle for eggs, poached or fried, and a side for all manner of proteins.

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Recipe: meadowsweet and cherry ice cream

I’ve just found a new ingredient that is currently rivaling my affections for elderflower – Meadowsweet (also known as mead wort)! Also a native wildflower and herb, it’s a part of the Rosaceae (rose) family and grows in damp meadows. Which means it’s everywhere in the marshes at the moment.

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Recipe for Eggs Florentine on crumpets with ‘new’ hollandaise

  You will need: 2 free range organic eggs 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 crumpets 1 tbsp unsalted butter 200g spinach leaves, washed FOR THE NEW HOLLANDAISE: 4 tbsp full fat natural yoghurt 1 tbsp tahini Pinch of sea salt 2 tsps lemon juice 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil TO GARNISH: The green…

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Chicken courgetti ‘ramen’ with soy-marinated dippy egg

After the calorific onslaught of Christmas (I like gravy on my gravy), I always try to make a few healthy, lighter choices when I can in January. To kick-start this I’ll try and cook up a batch of really good chicken stock that I can dip into for fast, warming and nutritious low-cal soups as-and-when.

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No-cook blackberry and chocolate cheesecake recipe

Happy New Year! Here’s a delightful cheesecake recipe for you to say thanks for all your wonderful support in 2014, and to look forward to a tasty 2015 together. It’s almost time to dust-down your favourite healthy recipes and get cracking on that January help-me-feel-better-about-scoffing-twenty-seven-mince-and-drinking-everyday regime, but for one final foray into indulgence before you start to be all ‘New year, New you’, here’s a simple and sumptuous cheesecake recipe.