Val Stones

How to enjoy and maintain a healthy diet in later life

2 June, 2023

She may be famous for her sweet foods and bakes from her days in the Bake Off tent, but our insightful baking expert Val Stones still...

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Val Stones

Which flowers are edible? How to use and prepare edible flowers, by Val Stones

23 May, 2023

It's not just our gardening expert, Mark Lane, who loves flowers - our treasured baking expert Val Stones takes pride in her garden...

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Leek, pancetta, and chorizo pasties, by Val Stones

20 December, 2022

Leek, pancetta, and chorizo pasties, made with homegrown leeks,is the final recipe of our Plant to Plate Calendar, put together by our...

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Golden vegetable and Chicken soup, by Val Stones

1 November, 2022

Our featured recipe for November, as part of our Plant to Plate calendar, is a golden vegetable and chicken soup. Combining the...

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Try Val Stone's Chilli Jam recipe this Autumn

10 October, 2022

Our beloved gardening and baking experts, BBC Gardener's World’s Mark Lane and Great British Bake Off contestant Val Stones, have...

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Val Stones’ courgette, lime & pistachio cake

1 September, 2022

Mark Lane, our gardening expert, encourages harvesting courgettes in September to make the most of your homegrown produce. Here, our...

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Try Val Stones’ baked cod traybake recipe this summer

15 August, 2022

Our August Plant to Plate recipe uses home-grown potatoes as the base for a baked cod traybake. This is thanks to the expertise of our...

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Pea and mint soup

Pea and Mint Soup, by Val Stones

1 July, 2022

As pea and mint are two of our gardening expert Mark Lane’s suggested harvests in July, baking expert Val Stones has brought the two...

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Carrot cake tray bake

Carrot Cake Tray Bake, by Val Stones

1 June, 2022

Our treasured baking expert, Val Stones, is a firm fan of twists on traditional bakes – as she showed on The Great British Bake Off....

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Spinach and leek pastry

Homity Pie – a spinach and leek pastry treat, by Val Stones

1 May, 2022

Our talented baking expert, Great British Bake Off star Val Stones, is a big fan of home comforts. There’s no better heart (and...

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How to perfectly temper chocolate, by Val Stones

13 April, 2022

Our treasured baking expert, Great British Bake Off star Val Stones, had to brush up on her baking techniques in order to take on the...

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Stir-fried Asian Chicken Noodle Salad, by Val Stones

1 April, 2022

Our inspiring baking expert, Val Stones, has always run an experimental kitchen at home, and this recipe is no exception. The Great...

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