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Delicious Pork and Prawn Fried Dumplings

As the Chinese New Year celebrations come to a close for 2021, I thought I'd share another of my favourite recipes. These homemade pork and prawn fried dumplings are easier to make than you think and are quick and delicious. You can make the dumpling skins from scratch with the recipe below or for a…

Drink Wine Day 2021: Celebrating English Sparkling Wine

Prosecco, Cava, Champagne, Cremant... whatever your tipple of choice, nothing quite beats a nice glass of bubbles. The buzz about English wine is nothing new and I've thoroughly enjoyed the odd glass bottle of English Sparkling over the years but it's only recently that I've had the chance to spend time visiting and even staying…

Cheesy Leek and Chestnut Mushroom Pancakes

To celebrate Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday which is the traditional feast, using up the last of the eggs and fat before beginning the fast for Lent, I thought I'd share one of my favourite Pancake Day dinners - deliciously cheesy Leek and Chestnut Mushroom Pancakes, which of course is always followed by a sweet…

Sustainability: My Top 3 British Brands of 2020

I've worked in sustainability in the corporate world for more than a decade so I'm pretty well read on what the major companies and brands are, or are not, doing to become more sustainable. I try as much as possible to "vote with my pound" and shop with brands and companies - that whilst may…

Allotment: Six things I wish I’d known from the start

I don't suppose there's ever the perfect time to take on an allotment plot but even as an absolute beginner, I got the sense that starting in May was cutting it fine to have any chance of planting, growing and successfully plating something in our first season. At least being in a national lockdown and…

Allotment: 12 words I learnt in 2020

2020 was a year of new words and terminology for all of us; R rate, self-isolation, social distancing, PPE, Coronavirus..... But 2020 taught me a few other things too and thankfully for a far more joyful reason. Here are twelve pieces of allotmenting lingo that I picked up in my first year on the plot.…

Bruschette al Pomodoro

Tomato Bruschetta Preparation time - l5 mins Cooking time - nothing unless you make your own bread Serves 4 Bruschetta is SUMMER. Its a classic Italian appetiser and sitting in the sun, preferably by a pool, with a cold glass of something - absolutely nothing beats this as a tasty snack or a light lunch.…