I finished eating the last of the 500g bag of dried fruit. That was exactly 400g of left-over-from-Christmas-cake sultanas in one sitting. Five minutes before, celebrity plastic surgery ‘before and after photos’ had caught my attention. And before that, a six-part series on Aussie budget weddings served up a perfect procrastination plate. After writing seven cookbooks, their structure is familiar to me. I think of a simple dish, then change it substantially to make it my own. A shepherds pie with both rosemary and thyme. A creamy mash topping enhanced with some squash. A splash of sherry to give…

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I used to live in a small town outside of Oxford. When we moved in, we had a patch of garden at the back of the house. At first, it was just a pile of earth, but my mother paid someone to come in and cover it with AstroTurf. When it was finished, it was beautiful, perfectly lush and green. However, each morning when we woke up it looked a mess. Dog owners were walking passed and allowing their dogs to wander into the garden. Our beautiful lawn was becoming a magnet for dogs to poo and for people to…

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You know how it is when you get so busy? Things fall by the wayside new projects come up and time runs away with you? And before you know it several weeks have gone past. Well, I have been in that state for the last few months. I am writing a book, and it is not about food, It’s about life — the perils and the pitfalls and how and how to rise above them. All Written by me. I have had lots of trial but much more error. Cooking has taken a back seat. I am looking at an…

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Authentic self Hey guys. How you doing? I’m just here on hols, almost the final day. I wanted to to say a big thank you to all of you, who watched and commented on the video I did, about worrying what other people thought about you. Then, the post, also, on being your authentic self. Amazing messages I had some amazing DMs and messages about some people that worried about changing jobs, changing careers, becoming entrepreneurs. People worried about what to do after they graduated … from some people that were really concerned even, about changing their look, to the…

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Confused on the career path If there’s something you want to do, if there’s a career path you want to take, and you’re a bit confused because everyone’s telling you not to do it, or just something you want to change in your life, as long as you’re being kind, and as long as you’re not hurting anyone, it’s really … I mean, as long as you’re not being mean on purpose, I think it’s really important to do what you want to do, and not worry about what people think because they don’t actually care as much as we…

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