Creamy Black Rice With Ginger, Coconut And Mango

I wouldn’t for a minute want you to think that this is a breakfast dish I eat regularly. It’s not. Most mornings it’s homemade muesli with yoghurt and fruit, or my latest obsession a green smoothie with chia seeds. But every now and then, when time and circumstances permit, I turn to this slightly exotic,…

Upside Down Blueberry, Hazelnut And Ricotta Cake

Cake has a wonderful way of making everything seem good and bright and cheery. This upside down blueberry cake is light and fruity and not-too-sweet. Why is it an upside down cake? The blueberries sink to the bottom of the cake during baking so flipping it over onto a plate lets the dark purple colours…

Turmeric Potato Salad With Red Quinoa And Yoghurt

This is far from the conventional mayonnaise based potato salad that most people have in their repertoire. This little beauty uses fresh turmeric added to the potatoes before boiling so the colour leaches out and stains the potatoes a vibrant yellow. It’s flavoured with coriander seeds, cumin seeds and nigella seeds, which are all roasted…

Zucchini, Tuna And Borlotti Bean Salad With Chilli And Lemon

Not even I can deny the convenience of opening a can of pulses, rinsing them under water, and having them ready to use. It’s what I call fast food. The type we should all be eating. Whether it’s Borlotti beans, cannellini beans or chickpeas (which by the way, the later two make a great substitute…

Medjool Date And Cranberry Balls With Chia And Macadamia

Truth be known – I adore Medjool dates, and think they are fabulous simply eaten as is. Their soft, sweet, distinct caramel flavour, can’t be beat. But you take that flavour and add it with other goodies like chia seeds, spices, coconut, and nuts and you get date balls. They are my latest obsession, and…

Chicken, Ginger And Udon Noodle Broth

One of my favourite smells in the kitchen, the one that brings feelings of comfort and nourishment, and a guarantee of food that can be shared, is a pot of chicken soup as it gently simmers on the stove top. This chicken soup is one of a sweet nature. The combination of sweet and salty…

Roast Pumpkin, Black Bean and Halloumi Fritters

  Most of you would be familiar with the combination of roasted pumpkin and halloumi cheese, you’ve probably seen it on numerous cafe menus. But did you know how brilliantly these two ingredients combine with black beans for a vegetarian fritter out of this world? I have this thing with black beans at the moment…

Tomato and fennel chipotle relish

So what makes a good tomato relish? Fresh tomatoes (as opposed to tinned) are an excellent start, and if possible, organic tomatoes will improve your relish by a good deal more. It goes without saying to use onion and garlic. And seeds and spices add their own tributes. Fennel seeds are a favourite of mine….

Hot smoked trout and dill croquettes

I decided back in March that I REALLY wanted to throw a dinner party. A grown ups dinner party. My birthday was approaching and I had no care for presents. I wanted a party. A party with food. A party with friends. A party with many delicious things to eat. The brief was simple. Each…

Lamb and Chickpea Kofta with Kale and Tahini Salad

As a rule of thumb I will only make kofta with freshly ground lamb mince. For this you will need to visit a respected butcher.┬áThe spices to flavour the meat are important. I use Middle Eastern flavours – cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg. To heighten these spices I add smoked paprika and lemon zest. Now,…