Broad Beans with Pancetta

Broad Bean with Pancetta Recipe

There was a time, not so long ago, that I would have rather gone hungry than eat a plateful of broad beans. I viewed them with the dark suspicion usually reserved for foods like tripe or aspic – those strange oddities of yesteryear that you truly had to grow up with to appreciate. My mum on the other hand loved broad beans, and I remember seeing them bobbing around ominously in opened tins in the fridge, and thanking my lucky stars that she kept her broad bean habit to herself and never tried to sneak them into our dinners.

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Gluten Free Tabbouleh

Gluten Free Tabbouleh

In the run up to Christmas, the arrival of winter seems like an utterly magical thing to me. I love the frosty winter haze that creeps over the autumnal sky, and the low winter sun which illuminates everything in shades of tangerine. I love the way the evening darkness is punctuated by the warm glow of inviting pubs, beckoning and promising warmth and good company. And most of all I love the statuesque beauty of trees stripped of their leaves, crisscrossing the blue sky with their dark, inky branches.

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Leili’s Slipper

Leili's Slipper

Just before Christmas, I moved into my first new home. But after years of subliminal exposure to aspirational John Lewis / Dulux adverts, I’d ended up with a slightly unrealistic view of what to expect. I imagined myself gliding around gaily with boxes; glancing coquettishly at my other half as our hands met over a curtain rail; or maybe suffering a few agonising moments deciding where to put a bouquet of flowers for maximum ‘home-sweet-home’ effect…

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