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Spiced chickpea and spring leaf soup

Spiced chickpea and spring leaf soup

This soup evokes memories of travels combined with offerings from the garden. I love soups like this as they are not only healthy but they seem to lift your spirits.

A salad as fresh as spring

A salad as fresh as spring

Salads like this are an assortment of spring. I have combined some of my favourite ingredients to create this crunchy spring salad. Feel free to add your own twist and to use what is available to you.

Candied beetroot, onion and goat's cheese tart

Candied beetroot, onion and goat's cheese tart

This may sound complicated but it can be done in stages and the tart case is an easy and fantastic way to turn any vegetable into a delicious meal.

Asparagus and new potato on rye

Asparagus and new potato on rye

This combines two of my favourite spring ingredients and is served on rye bread. It is great for a light supper or fresh lunch.

Recipe: Spring onion fritters

Recipe: Spring onion fritters

Spring onion fritters Serves 4

Watercress, apple and walnut salad with salad cream

Watercress, apple and walnut salad with salad cream

This salad is perfectly in tune with the oncoming warmer weather. However, I have added a British-inspired dressing to add a bit of decadence.

Recipe: Pear tart

Recipe: Pear tart

I love to cook pears and I love pears included in my puddings. This tart is simple, rustic and divine. It will work beautifully throughout the year with all varieties of fruit.

Recipe: Green risotto

Recipe: Green risotto

Risotto is pretty much a one pot-meal, easy on the pocket and so versatile. I was looking at my vege patch and saw a lot of healthy green vegetables and herbs, resulting in this nourishing risotto.

Recipe: Poached pears with saffron, ginger and cardamom

Recipe: Poached pears with saffron, ginger and cardamom

Pears are still readily available and this fragrant method of poaching adds a wonderful Middle Eastern flavour. I like to serve them with creamy strained yoghurt.

Roasted yam and barley salad

Roasted yam and barley salad

This salad is great as the humble ingredients used add texture and of course the flavours work together beautifully.

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