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…

Salsa Verde

I’ve recently discovered the joys of Mexican foods. I know, I’m not sure how I missed it before either – but not I’ve found it I’m embracing with open arms. Salsa verde is such a great side accompaniment to so many wonderful Mexican dishes I thought it deserved a post all of its own. What…

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…

Striped Mirangue

The first time I saw a big pile of striped meninges balancing on top of on another I thought they looked magical. I also thought they were something I’d never be able to do. I couldn’t begin to imagine how to make the beautiful delicate little clouds, perched precariously on each others’ heads. And then I found out it was…

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…

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…

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…

Rhubarb simple syrup

I can’t help being seduced by rhubarb. Every time. Any time. It’s the colour. A beautiful strip of neon pink coming to brighten up my day, and my kitchen. But, despite how beautiful it is, I sometimes struggle with the bitterness – which is why I’m so pleased to present to you this lovely, sweet,…

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…