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White Bean Meatballs

living nikki legon’s cuisine | 41 ½ tsp chilli flakes 500g jar white beans, drained 1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2 tbsp of water 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped finely METHOD Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper. In a large frying pan add the olive oil, onion and peppers. Cook for 1 minute. Add the olives, mushrooms and garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the oats, salt, pepper, oregano and chilli flakes and stir to combine. Place all of this mix with the beans and the flaxseed into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the parsley. Using wet hands, roll into balls and place onto the baking tray. Bake for 25 minutes until lightly browned. Serve with boiled rice and passata.

Layered Berry Chia Seed Smoothies

Layered Berry Chia Seed Smoothies Chia pudding 4 cups almond milk 12 tbsp chia seeds 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp maple syrup Raspberry smoothie 4 frozen bananas 2 cups of frozen raspberries 2 cups almond milk Mango smoothie 2 frozen bananas 1 mango, peeled and chopped 1 cup of almond milk Fresh fruit of your choice to decorate METHOD Mix all the chia ingredients together and stir well, allow to soak for at least 30 minutes but it is best left overnight. Blend the smoothie ingredients of your choice. Take your glass and make sure it is very dry. Slice your chosen fruit very thinly and press onto the side of the glass. Layer the dishes and top with fruit.

Nikki Legon is the chef and owner of the Hotel Restaurant Karina in Les Métairies, just outside Jarnac in Charente. She and her husband Austin have transformed an old cognac distillery into a luxury 10-bedroom hotel and restaurant. For more information:

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À L’ABRI DES PINS Restaurant en Charente

Philippe & Yveline offer traditional French cuisine using fresh local ingredients

Fixed menu from Weekdays 15€ Weekends 22€/27€ (2/3 courses) Open lunchtimes Tues -Sun

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A warm welcome awaits you ……. Come and discover the Hotel Restaurant Karina, set in a haven of greenery, just 3km from Jarnac in the beautiful Charentaise countryside. Enjoy dining by the open fire in winter or on the terrace in fine weather with a choice of à la carte or fixed menus. In our bar, you will find the original copper alembic and here you can relax with an aperitif. Join us for fish and chips on Fridays - lunch or dinner. We cater for special group occasions, call for more information See our menus on our website | | 05 45 36 26 26

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