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ONE-TRAY SAUSAGE & MASH

A fuss-free way to make sausages, mash and gravy in one tray and no saucepans. Oven-baking the potatoes results in very fluffy, creamy mash. You could speed this up by microwaving the potatoes to start their cooking process. Blast them on full power for 10 minutes, turning them once halfway through, and omit the first […]

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CACAO CHIA PAN BROWNIE

Brownies are one of the easiest cakes to bake – perfect for those times when you just need a chocolaty treat. We’ve added chia seeds into the mix, although we have to admit the butter and sugar mean this isn’t the healthiest recipe, but we couldn’t resist including it.   MAKES 16 BROWNIES 120g butter, […]

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DOUBLE SWEET POTATO PIE

Sticky sweet, an amazing colour and made with over 50 per cent fruit, veg and nuts, this is James Wong’s nutrient-dense, no-added-sugar take on the soul-food classic. I am way too lazy to spend hours rolling out pastry, so I have concocted a super-easy crust using little more than sweet potatoes, coconut and almonds that […]

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin, like other squash, is delicious roasted when it becomes sweet and rich. The curry spices complement the pumpkin and give an extra warming flavour. Keep the seeds from the pumpkin, clean to remove any fibres, then roast and scatter over the soup before serving. SERVES 3-4 1 medium pumpkin, cut in half, deseeded (keep […]

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Read an extract of ‘Falling Leaves and Fireworks’ by Chrissie Manby

The Benson Edwards family meet a little black cat in this funny, feel-good autumnal novella.   Chapter One   Ronnie Benson, Mark Edwards and their toddler daughter, Sophie, had not long moved into their new house on Three Spires Close when the little black cat first came calling. It was a scraggy wisp of a […]

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Friday Favourites: Autumn 2016

Brooklyn Nine-Nine I have been looking forward to this moment for so long – it feels like a lifetime ago that Brooklyn Nine-Nine graced television. It makes its glorious return on 20 September 2016, and yes I know it is the US season premiere, but that doesn’t make me any less excited. If you haven’t seen […]

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Jo Thomas tells us how her love for the autumnal seaside inspired A RED SKY AT NIGHT

Well, the clocks have gone back. The evenings are darker and autumn is slowly but surely showing us her true colours – red, orange, yellow and gold. I love this time of year; love it! I love the early evening mist as it rolls in through my village, mixing with the smell of wood smoke […]

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Photographing in the fog

Here in the northern hemisphere the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us, and many of us are waking to fog-wrapped mornings. Weather extremes can present photographers with wonderful opportunities for strong imagery, but also particular challenges, so how does one rise to the issue of fog? Apart from the general admonishment to […]

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Top 5: Dan Doherty’s Top 5 Ingredients for Autumn

We asked Duck & Waffle’s Executive Chef, Dan Doherty, for his top five ingredients for Autumn. Jerusalem artichokes Roasted with garlic and thyme, the nutty, earthy flavour gets me every time. Guinea fowl Pot roasted with pancetta and lots of onions, it’s the perfect autumnal dish Wild mushrooms This is when there is an abundance of […]

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To everything there is a season

To everything there is a season, and with your camera there is hardly a better way to record and enjoy the change from winter to spring to summer to autumn, and back to winter again. But don’t take them for granted, either. Every season has its own characteristics, some of which are fleeting and should […]

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Is Jack Frost nipping at your fingers, toes, and photos?

The sure sign that autumn is with us and winter is on its way is the arrival of frost, caused when moisture in the air freezes on contact with a cold surface. Frost is closely associated with early-morning photography, especially after a cloudless night has allowed the heat from the previous day to dissipate, leaving […]

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Capturing autumn's colours in abstract

Autumn’s complementary colours are perfect for creating beautiful abstract images, where colour, rather than an identifiable subject, becomes the main component of the shot. You might want to use a slow shutter speed to blur leaves as they move in a strong breeze against a deep blue sky (perhaps using a polarising filter to enrich […]

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