Chocolate raspberry pots

The last time I made chocolate truffles I had some of the mixture left over, so I made this recipe to use up the excess. We can’t have chocolate going to waste. What you need: 300g milk chocolate 3 tbl spoons coconut oil 300ml coconut milk 1tsp cinnamon 1tsp mixed spice 0.5 tsp nutmeg 1…

Baumkuchen

So, you have people coming over for dinner, and you want to knock their socks off? This (easier than it looks) beauty of a cake takes a lot of time, and a lot of patience, but not as much skill as you might think. Simply, it looks SUPER impressive, but it’s deceptively easy – basically…

Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is a real real Christmas staple in our house. I don’t remember why we made it for the first time 4 years ago, but now as soon as it starts to get colder and darker one of us will turn to the other and say ‘it’s almost sticky toffee pudding time‘. It just makes…

Golden and Candied Beetroots, Roast in Honey

As mentioned before, any time I see candied beetroot I’m immediately under their spell. I have no choice but to buy them. So, when I spotted them in the week leading up to Christmas I knew I needed a way to bring them in to Christmas dinner. What you need: A mixture of normal, golden…

Purple Roast Potatoes

Christmas dinner is a tried and tested beast, and familiarity breeds contempt. I’m not really the traditional type in any area of my life – I’m more of a fan of shaking it up and trying out something new. Little twists like roast candied and golden beetroots, or purple potatoes are a good way to…

Winter Minestrone Soup

Serves 8, 175 calories per serving This year I’ve developed a deep love for hearty warming soups, bringing cosyness in wintery evening. This is hands down my favourite, and it’s amazingly easy to perfect. What you need: 1 clove of garlic 1 red onion 2 carrots 1 courgette 1 small leek 1 large potato 1…

Best Christmas Morning Bloody Mary

There are too few times in the year that having a breakfast cocktail while you’re wearing your pyjamas is ok. That’s why it’s so important to grab hold of the opportunities whenever they come and have a festive Bloody Mary to start the day off right. I’ve experimented with a few variations on this, and…

Roast Cauliflower

Serves 4. 205 calories per serving One of the tricky things about hosting Friends Christmas every year is that most of the people we’re cooking for are meat eaters. We know that vegetarian food can be every bit as varied and wonderful as more traditional meat based Christmas dinners – but every year we need…

Foraged Christmas Garland & Table Centrepiece

At home or at work I love the feeling of having successfully pulled off a project and made something from scratch. Every year we hand make Christmas tree decorations, but this time I wanted to combine my well documented love of foraging with the joy of hand making. It started with a forage. I went…

Baked Christmas Camembert & Orange Ricotta with Honey Figs

For me, baked cheese at the start of a meal, is ten times better than a standard cheese course at the end. Perfect for dipping bread in, this is the perfect kick off for any festive dinner party. What you need: A selection of semi soft cheeses. I’ve had best results with Ricotta, Camembert and goats…

Friends Christmas 2017

It’s the moooost glittery time, of the yeeeaarrr! Christmas is a time to be with the people you love, who ever they are. It can be the people you’re linked to be genetic chance, or the people whose relationships to you you’ve loving nourished and cultivated. I love friends Christmas as a chance to share…

The Most Beautiful Christmas Fig Salad

Nutritional Information Serves 4. 200 calories per serving I’m always looking for ways to make Christmas dinners with my friends and family 10/10 beautiful, but only around 4/10 difficult, and with this really simple but undeniably beautiful salad, i’ve cracked it. What you need: 4 figs (I used 5, I bought a pack of 5…