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December by Lia Leendertz

THE KITCHEN Cheese of the month – Beauvale Stilton is a winter cheese, and this is the same for Beauvale, a creamy, naturally spreadable Stilton made by traditional Stilton makers Cropwell Bishop in Nottinghamshire. The reason for the timing is the quality of the milk. In August and September the cows have been out all […]

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Happy National Cake Day!

Here at Bookends HQ, we love any excuse for a slice of cake and a cup of tea. So on National Cake Day, we will definitely be indulging ourselves in a slice of cake (or two…)! To celebrate National Cake Day, we are giving you an exclusive recipe from the queen of cakes herself, Mary Berry, from […]

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Spicy Tomato and Lentil Layer Pie

This is a really tasty vegetarian recipe that can hold its ownn as a main dish, with layers of aubergine, tomatoey lentils and creamy ricotta cheese wrapped in a pastry crust. Don’t worry about leftovers; this pie is delicious served cold the following day. SERVES 8 FOR THE WALNUTTY PASTRY 400g plain flour, plus a […]

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Seaweed Broth with Nori Crackers

This broth is a delicious starter to any meal, or when you just feel like a very light lunch or supper. You can add some noodles, rice or tofu if you want a little more substance. SERVES 2 For the dashi broth 8cm piece of kombu 10g dried bonito flakes (optional) 1 tablespoon dried wakame, […]

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BREAKFAST SHAKSHUKA

This is my go-to recipe for a lazy Sunday morning. It’s got everything you could want in a breakfast. I love spicy lamb merguez sausages, but if you can’t find them, replace them with uncured chorizo sausages. By the time this is ready, the aromas wafting through the house will be making everyone ravenous. Bring […]

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Chicken and Ham Hock PIE with Garlicky Butter Bean and Kale Mash

Serves 4 – 6 This is one of my family favourites, especially for those chilly autumnal evenings. The butterbean, garlic and mascarpone mash that we’ve used to top this pie makes a great alternative to pastry and what’s more, it’s gluten-free. Serve with your favourite greens and a good helping of family and friends. – […]

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Lazy Tamago Bento

Making ‘tamago-yaki‘ – Japanese rolled omelette – the traditional way may seem a little daunting, but here is my fail-proof, super-reduced version that‘s ready in 2 minutes (yes, really!). It was one of the first recipes Andy tested for this book and he makes it all the time now for his own bentos. Layering the […]

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TEAR ’N’ SHARE SLOPPY JOE SLIDER BAKE

I’m not sure why this much-loved American classic hasn’t hit it off over here in the UK. What’s not to love about mounds of spiced minced beef in a sandwich, topped with one of my guilty pleasures, processed cheese? I love the sharing nature of this dish – bring it straight to the table, tear […]

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MATCHA ETON MESS

For an even easier version of this, you can use pre-made meringues, but it’s even more delicious when you make your own. Prepare the Eton mess on the same day while the meringues are super-fresh.   SERVES 4 270g raspberries, washed and patted dry 1 teaspoon honey 250ml double cream 2 teaspoons matcha powder, plus […]

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VEGETABLE FRITTATA

Frittatas are one of the best portable meals. They taste great cold and are so diverse – you can pretty much add what you like. This mixed veg version is perfect as it contains protein, healthy fats and non-starchy vegetables to keep you feeling satisfied and properly fuelled all afternoon. SERVES 2 PREP 5 MINS […]

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Madame Wouezna’s Moroccan carrot & green olive salad

Traditionally in Moroccan cooking, carrots are enjoyed on their own, boiled and flavoured with lots of fresh herbs, cumin, paprika and olive oil. When my mother left Fes in northeastern Morocco for Belgium, right after she married my father and long before I was born, she was introduced to her neighbour, Madame Wouezna, also a […]

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Peach Melba with Raspberry Compote & Lemon Shortbread Shards

The esteemed French chef Auguste Escoffier claimed to have invented the Peach Melba in the early 1890s at the Savoy Hotel in London, in honour of the Australian soprano Nellie Melba, who was a guest at the hotel while performing at Covent Garden. Conjuring up images of Abigail’s Party, it’s as cute and kitsch as […]

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