Ginger Chicken Courgetti Noodles

This stir-fry uses spiralized courgettes instead of noodles (obtainable at the supermarket – no spiralizer required), so is stodge (and gluten) free. Courgettes and chicken combine well with the other health-giving ingredients for a clean and bright light lunch or...

Kale and Hearty Detox Soup

Kale, especially the handsome Cavolo Nero, is a brilliant vegetable to grow through the winter (when all the caterpillars and whitefly have gone to ground). Rich in folate, phytonutrients and antioxidants, just looking at the stuff will do you good....

Pineapple Paleo Pudding

This is a healthy, vegan version of rice or semolina pudding. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 oil and other nutrients, so are worth a try, especially in a sweet pudding. The end result does look a bit like miniature...

Broccoli Soup with Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Croissants

Hannah Mills creates a light bite from her new book

Horseradish Borscht with Whipped Cream Cheese and Chive on Rye

At a time of year when meals can start to feel like endurance events, this new book – by Masterchef’s Hannah Miles – is full of brilliant combinations for warming light bites with style

Hazlenut Meringue Gateau

Juliet Bidwell creates an alternative to a traditional christmas pudding

Rosemary Shrager’s Honey Roast Christmas Ham

One thing I advise everyone to do themselves at Christmas is a whole, or half a ham. It’s so easy to do and so much cheaper. You can make it three days before so it’s a very useful holiday food....

Cumin and Onion Rice

Ayurveda believes that the body is made up of five elements – earth, water, air, fire, space. Any problem in the balance of these elements leads to disease, or dis-ease: lack of ease. By dividing people into three categories, or...

Queen of Christmas Puddings

Not everyone loves the traditional figgy pud, so here is a delicious festive alternative

Champagne Jelly

This month’s scrummy recipes were provided for us by Juliet Bidwell, who runs a catering company, providing canapés and dishes for weddings and parties of all sizes. For more information call 01797 270347 or visit