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…

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…

Lychee champagne cocktail

I love lychees, I love champagne, I love my new champagne coupes, and I love when everything you need for a perfect cocktail comes together. There simply can’t be any cocktail in the world that’s easier then this, and nothing looks more luxurious when you’re in the mood for some indulgence. What you need: 2…

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…

Low Fat Dauphinoise Potatoes

Nutritional Information: Serves 6. 232 calories per serving. I LOVE Dauphinoise Potatoes, and when I got serious about cutting calories and getting healthier, I thought they were lost to me forever. Happily everyone is wrong sometimes, and this time it was me. This recipe has fewer than half the calories of the traditional Dauphinoise Potatoes recipe that…

Grapefruit and Olive Oil Cake

With moving house and having our gas supply cut, baking was very much on the back burner for a while. When we were up and running again I kept thinking of this beautiful grapefruit olive oil cake that we first made when our friend Hugh came for brunch, and haven’t has cause to make again…

Urban Family Christmas Dinner

It’s always said that Christmas is a time for family, and in a way I think that’s true. What I think is usually overlooked though is that most of us now live a life that is more detached from our biological families than people were a generation or two ago. I say biological family very…

Roast Candied Beetroot Quinoa with Basil Pesto

On a recent Sunday trip to our greengrocer I spotted golden and candied beetroot. Until that moment anything other than red beetroots were like snow leopards to me – I’d seen them on TV but had never tracked them down in real life. I know that whatever I made I wanted to make sure they could be…

Wild Figs with Goats Cheese & Pomegranate Molasses

It’s no secret that ever since I found a fig tree growing near the entrance to another office on the road where I work I’ve become obsessed. I visit at least twice a week, climbing the wall, hanging off the gate, answering questions from the people who work in the office but never seem to…

Dinner Club – Mini Apple Tart Tatain

This week Dinner Club fell on Bastille Day and since, as I’ll tell anyone who will listen, I lived in Paris for two and a half years, I insisted we celebrated. One of the early Dinner Clubs was ‘Three Pie Week’ – a terribly misguided idea that it would be funny to have a meal…

Dinner Club – Papaya, Halloumi and Watercress Salad

This week for Dinner Club, since it’s still super hot outside, we went for a light dinner with tropical tastes, because – when in Rome. Hemsley and Hemsley have a fantastic cook book, and are regular contributors to Vogue. We used this recipe exactly as Vogue printed it – because I didn’t make any additions or changes…