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

Jasmine’s 5 Valentine’s Day Bakes You’ll Love

If there was ever a brilliant excuse to do something a little special in lockdown, it has to be Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re baking for your sweetheart at home or want to deliver a lovely treat to your nearest and dearest, I’ve rounded up some ideas to brighten up your weekend.

Lemon Basil Almond Drizzle Cake

This cake is a firm favourite from East by West (page 95). This is a lighter take on a classic lemon drizzle, with a beautiful freshness from the basil. It’s made using a base of ground almonds and tapioca.

Chocolate Raspberry Muffin Volcanoes

The ultimate Valentine’s Day recipe, these muffin volcanoes are ooey-gooey and oh so delicious. They are not too sweet but just sweet enough thanks to sticky jam and dark chocolate. I make these using a gluten-free flour mix.

Blackberry Apple Ginger Buckwheat Cake

A mouthwatering cake that’s vegan and gluten-free — what more could you ask for? Delicious for a special breakfast hot out the oven or an afternoon tea, I love the tangy fruit paired with fresh ginger, and your loved ones will too.

Choc-Carob Love Cake

If you haven’t tried carob yet, this is your chance. Not only is it delicious in its own right, but it’s also a wonderful alternative to chocolate, which can be quite high in caffeine. This is a grown-up cake that’s complex thanks to the molasses and sesame oil, and just sweet enough.

Rose and Cardamom Gram Flour Bites (Ladoos)

Ladoos are a traditional Indian snack that’s perfect for packing up in a nice box and gifting. These no-bake rose and cardamom ones, made with toasted gram flour (chickpea), are super fragrant and absolutely delicious — think melt-in-the-mouth shortbread with a twist.



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