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We can't make it to the Olympics this year, but as we watch on from our TVs, tablets and smartphones, even in lockdown, there is a way to bring a little taste of authentic Japanese culture into our homes. Why not try a baking project like this light, fluffy and colourful Japanese green tea cake?

A dish of sukiyaki simmers and cooks. In the pot are strips of beef, shitake mushrooms, greens, enoki mushrooms, tofu and broth.

In celebration of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, we are bringing a little Japan to you. Whilst you may immediately think of foods like sushi, and fish-based meals. This is something different. Sukiyaki originated after Japan opened its ports to trade with foreign merchants in the 1860s. These foreigners introduced new cooking styles and the use of meat in more mainstream foods. This dish simmers the meat and vegetables in a light sauce/ soup.

A pancake stack on a plate with apricot jam drizzled and peaches.

Move over maple syrup, we have enticing pancake toppings for you to try along with a simple recipe for pancakes.

Some plain biscuits stacked on a blue plate, a teacup is in the background.

The great trick with this recipe is that you can choose a flavour to fill it with. Split it into 4 and make 4 different variations, or leave it as a plain sweet biscuit.

A quiche is cut in half with small mini quiches behind it.

This recipe is quick, great for lunch boxes or to make ahead and freeze. It can be packed cold for picnics or on-the-go lunches, or reheated and served warm. Using cream instead of milk will give a lovely texture.

Cooked chicken wings served on a plate. To the side are chopsticks and some condiment bowls.

If my entire extended family voted on their favourite recipe, this would be the winner! This recipe is great for feeding a crowd, and if you need to feed an army, you can double or triple the quantities. Kids love them!

a cast iron skillet filled with crumble. applies, cinamon sticks and star anise arranged around it.

For a warming dessert on these cooler, crisp nights, a comforting crumble can be the ultimate hearty and healthy-ish comfort food. It can be prepared in advance, ready to place in the oven, and makes a great leftover the following day as the flavours improve. In this recipe, we discuss changing texture for sensory needs.

A tray of hot cross buns, milk, blueberries, and butter.

A comfort food staple, the classic Bread and Butter Pudding gets an Easter makeover! Using Hot Cross Buns rather than slices of humble white bread gives this recipe a more indulgent edge, and is a great way to use up any stale hot cross buns this Easter.

An image of a glass mug with lemon drink. Lemon, honey and comb, and a honey drizzler.

One of nature’s best remedies that can help hydration, soothe throats, and help to boost your body’s natural immunity is a hot lemon drink. 

An image of a person in a light grey winter jumper. In one hand they hold a speckled bowl, inside the bowl is porridge, topped with raspberries, blueberries and almonds. In the other hand they hold a silver spoon over the bowl.

We've noticed an autumn chill is on the way! If you need a boost on a brisk morning to warm you, porridge has been a favourite for generations. Move over, humble breakfast. Healthy or decadent. Savoury or sweet. Our topping ideas will transform your porridge into a nutritious and hearty feast.