Fudgy chocolate, pumpkin swirl cake (vegan)

I made this cake for the first time last year as a bit of an experiment. I'd just come back from catering for a yoga retreat where the menu was vegan and had had some great success with a batch of vegan olive oil brownies. So I tweaked the recipe slightly and improvised with the pumpkin.

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Alexandra Dudley
Gooseberry, almond galettes

When we were children we had a gooseberry bush in the garden. My mother would make countless crumbles, jams, chutney and fools with the tart slightly fuzzy berries and whenever she wasn’t looking we’d eat them straight off the bush. I can never resist buying a punnet when I see them.

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Alexandra Dudley
Light as air choco-nana-nut sponge cake

A wonderfully light take on the usually dense banana bread, this cake has a delightful bounce to it. Entirely dairy, gluten and grain free it caters for almost all. Feel free to add chopped or chips of chocolate chips to the mix for some extra indulgence. I have included hazelnuts in this recipe but chopped almonds or cashews would also go very well.

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Charred chicory with ricotta, pickled rhubarb, pistachios, mint

There is little not to love. This is a beautiful dish and apart from the pickled rhubarb (requiring more patience than skill) it is incredibly simple. Good ricotta is essential in my eyes so try and get down to your local cheese monger or any good deli.

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Pickled rhubarb

One of my favorite things about February is forced rhubarb and I find something somewhat romantic about the way it grows. First outdoors to toughen the stems before being moved into lightless sheds and kept warm. Here it grows fast and tall as it searches longingly for light. It reminds me a little of myself in February – willingly waiting for brighter days. Forced rhubarb is sweeter than the summer crop

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Spiced swede, tahini yogurt, pickled sultanas and almond-coriander oil

This recipe calls for a kick of chilli and I find the coolness of yogurt works very well. The coriander-almond oil is similar to a pesto but rougher and looser in texture. Coriander is fantastic with the spices but if you aren’t a fan basil or parsley will do.

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Spice roast acorn squash with girolles and crispy kale

When it comes to squash there is little I do not love. I’ve a soft spot for all of them; Butternut – especially with sage, Delicata – sweet and delicate as her name suggests, Gem – small and humble, Onion – wonderfully soft and buttery and very very good spread on toast with a little garlic and black pepper. Needless to say my ‘ode to squash’ could go on

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