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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A New Year, a New Breakfast: Spring Onion and Feta Mini Frittatas

Breakfast frittata

Sometimes you need limitations to be creative. In my day job coming up with ideas for new TV programmes, it’s often the most restrictive briefs that lead to the most original ideas. And it was a bit like that when I stopped eating gluten. In the weeks and months after I banished gluten from my diet (and threw away my beloved sourdough starter…sob!) I actually found myself being more creative than ever in the kitchen.

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