Basmati and wild rice with chick peas golden-berries and herbs

This Ottonlenghi recipe is great – it’s pretty simple, but it looks great, tastes great, and is pretty wonderful for picky eaters since as well as being vegetarian it’s also gluten and dairy free. If we’re honest, everyone is winning. What you need: 50g wild rice 220g basmati rice 330ml boiling water 2 tsp cumin…

Low fat spanakopita

I really believe filo pastry is a diets’ best friend. All of the joy of pastry, almost non of the calories, it’s win win. And the little sheets of translucent pastry are just so lovely to work and make things with.   What you need: 500g fresh spinach 1 finely shopped shallot 6 spring onions…

Exotic fruit pavlova

I love making meringues, I think they have an unfair reputation for being difficult, which means that when you put them on the table in front of your guests they think you’ve been slaving away all day to make them something wonderful. The reality is there’s a little bit of work at the beginning, but it’s easy…

Fresh homemade pasta with lemon, basil & capers

I had always thought that making your own pasta seemed like a hassle – it’s so easy to just buy it, so what’s the point? It turns out not only is it easy, it’s also really satisfying an it looks super impressive if you have people over for dinner. I would say you need a…

Heritage tomatoes and garlic

This dish is so simple, but it’s absolutely wonderful. Everything melds to come together in a flavour combination that’s so intense and wonderful you’ll want to eat it none stop. It’s simple and comforting enough to be a quick weekend lunch, but it’s also impressive enough that I served it at the last dinner party…

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…

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…

Cinnamon & Salt Baked Christmas Kale

Calorie information – Serves 8 50 calories per serving   Kale is reasonably new to my life – I don’t have any childhood memories of being coerced into eating it, which means I’m happy to image it as a fun time snack now.   This is probably the easiest thing in the whole entire world,…

You are what you (don’t) eat?

I don’t remember starting to love food – as far back as I can think a day taken up by baking fairy cakes in the kitchen, or mud pies in the garden was a day well spent to my mind. This has remained a constant throughout my life – during the two years I spent…