Melissa’s Satisfying Salads for all weather

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    Hello, Melissa here! If like me, you’re in the UK, it usually means your salad needs to fit all weather and these ones really do. So here are 7 Summer salads for rain or shine; a delicious mix of hearty and wholesome with fresh and zesty. Lots of great ones to share as well as ones to make double and have the next day or take to a picnic. As ever, feel free to add in any ingredients you’ve got that need using up to minimise your kitchen waste and make your food go further.   1. Lentil Salad with Sumac Dressing This lentil salad with a delicious sumac dressing is a winner with everyone! If you haven’t been swayed with lentils just yet, maybe you will after this. A great hearty salad for a sunny weekend and great to take on a picnic too. Get the recipe.     2. The Big Chickpea Chopped Salad This was pretty much born out of me having an *ingredients check in* and trying to use up everything hiding in my fridge and cupboards before t

Christmas With Jasmine

12 days to go!!!! How does it go from “too early to think about Christmas” to “bloomin’ heck it’s just around the corner!” in a heartbeat?! Check out how I’ve prepped for this party season and the big day itself.

In the run-up to Christmas 2019 I’ve created a brand new recipe for the Christmas table: a colourful roasted sweet potato wreath decorated with rosemary and cranberries that makes an impressive centrepiece, tastes amazing and is so versatile — just pop your favourite festive filling in the middle! I’ve also gathered together the rest of my celebration recipes here if you need a little inspiration.

I’ll be serving the stuffed sweet potato wreath with pickled red cabbage, toasted hazelnuts and griddled apple for a delicious balance of tastes and extra crunch.

I’m also getting down with some bake-off therapy and gifting delicious little baked bites in ribboned jars to friends as an eco gift that I know will go down a treat! I’ve got two new festive recipes, one for all-things-spice carrot biscuits and one for chai spiced cranberry cookies — all vegan and gluten-free.

Botanical cocktails are the way to go during the party season and if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to overdoing the booze. I’ve just taste-tested a full range of alcohol-free and low alcohol alternatives, from gin alternatives to herbal ferments, to turn a teetotal drink into something totally worth drinking.

If you’re still on the hunt for a thoughtful present for your loved ones, I’ve put together a list of ethical and sustainable gift ideas, including beautiful objets d’art and homemade gifts. For something that gives back, I’d love if you would consider one of my charities – the Women for Women International programme Sponsor a Sister, which allows you to support a woman survivor of war through a year-long course to build up essential skills for a brighter future, in your name or on behalf of someone on your list. You can learn more about it here.

With all that preparation, things can get a bit overwhelming, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself, too. Have a browse through my party season tricks to get you through and have a truly merry Christmas!

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