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After what feels like years of ‘making do’ with a kitchen that I outgrew years ago, the room that I spend the most time in is finally made over and complete - and I absolutely love it. The incredible march of technology means cooking has never been easier, and while I’m always more than happy to whip up new dinner ideas, I’m actually having to schedule my own cooking time around my family, they all love creating in the new kitchen so much. And I’m not complaining! Since I started writing about our kitchen adventures, several of you have written to me asking to see the final result – see page 122 to check out the before and after photos. The winter issue of Food magazine is often one of my favourites. While I love the freedom of barbecues, picnics and salads during summer days, there is something wonderfully cosy about cold weather cooking. It brings to mind fireside moments and intimate family get-togethers that can make you feel like you’re the only people in the world, while the wind and rain rage outside. Personally, I can’t resist a hot savoury pie in winter, and if you’re like me, there is plenty in this issue for you! Jo Wilcox’s Creamy Saffron Seafood Mornay (page 38) is utterly divine – just naughty enough to be cheesy and delicious while still stuffed full of garlic, ginger and vegetables to keep you well-nourished; while Helen Jackson’s beautiful Hunter’s Pie (page 50) will satisfy the meat lovers in every family. For those with a sweet tooth, you can’t beat a good cheesecake. Moreish and delicious, these age-old favourites in our Cheesecake feature on page 66 are the perfect way to treat yourself (and a friend – wine and cheesecake go very well together!). Yes, a cheesecake is a ‘sometimes’ food – that’s why we’ve also included plenty of healthy food ideas that will counter those little indulgences we all deserve sometimes. Just as with any good recipe, it’s all about balance. If you’re keen to give the blender an airing, and perhaps get the family starting the day well, Anna King Shahab’s colourful smoothie ideas on page 28 will point you in the right direction, and give you energy in droves! Don’t have a blender? We’ve even got you covered here. Simply send us your favourite blender recipes and you could be in to win a fantastic Electrolux Masterpiece Collection blender (see page 141). Whatever your food favourites are, I hope there’s something here for you. Wrap up, stay warm and happy cooking.

Catherine Milford, Editor

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