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This dish made me think of Masterchef for some reason – you know when they’re talking about the contestants and they say “that guy really knows how to get flavour into his food”? I always remember them saying that and kinda thinking – what does that actually mean?? But that’s basically all that happens in Masterchef, a bit of cooking and lots of nonsense comments and Gregg making those “oooooer” noises while scarfing a dessert…

In any case that is what I’ve tried to do with this chilli recipe – get lots of flavour into it. Because if I’m honest, I often find vegetarian chilli a bit bland and disappointing. But I had a really nice one the other day and it inspired me to try again and see if I could create a chilli I can be a bit more excited about. This is that chilli and it is pretty damn tasty…

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Doesn’t this curly kale look beautiful? If only we judged vegetables by their looks sometimes. Not that I would’ve been up for eating this a few years ago, no matter how pretty it is. But now I’ve learned to stop worrying and love the greens. Black kale (cavolo nero) has definitely been in my top five vegetables for a few years now. What, you don’t have a top five vegetables list? Oh well, maybe one day there will be more of us in the vegetable geek club. In the meantime, here are some of the recipes that made me change my mind about greens..

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No butternut squash risotto allowed! Sorry, I don’t hate risotto but am I the only one who’s noticed that this is the ‘go to’ dish for any chef who needs a vegetarian option for their menu?? I don’t mind if I only get one option at a restaurant or pub but I’d love it if that option was just a little bit more creative please. Anyway! Here are a few different recipes for these very versatile vegetables…

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Back in the autumn I was given quite a few kilos of pears, from a tree no one else was harvesting. I hate the thought of all those other pears rotting on the ground and I was determined to put mine to good use. If you’ve got a few pears, of course you can just eat them as they are, but when you’ve got a few bags of pears you need some more creative solutions…

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Broccoli has always been one of my favourite veggies. Before I got my vegetables via a box scheme delivery service (like an American CSA), I would buy it religiously every week. And then I didn’t eat any for ages – I guess I got a bit distracted by all the other vegetables I was discovering and I just forgot about good ole broccoli. But these are the recipes that remind me why I will always go back to where my love for vegetables began…

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The best dishes seem to come from the dregs of my refrigerator. Somehow a full fridge just isn’t as inspiring as a mishmash of random items that you have to cobble into a meal. This was one of those nights. A few potatoes, half a can of sweetcorn and a pepper was all I had to work with when I got home. It was 9 o’clock and I’d just walked back through the wind and the rain from my first attempt at getting back into shape after a very lazy Christmas, ugh. But none of it mattered once I ate this…

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Does a pizza stone make any difference? I got one for Christmas because we like to make our own pizzas for dinner, but is it really worth the money (and the cupboard space)?? So we decided to test it out…

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