Middle Eastern Pearl Barley Salad

It’s the hint of sweet spices, orange juice and currants that I love most in this Middle Eastern spiced pearl barley salad.  The flavours and the irresistible turmeric colouring infuse into the nutty pearl barley, making every mouthful layered with taste. A sprinkling of toasted almonds, garnished over the top, adds the perfect and necessary…

Raspberry Almond And Buttermilk Cake

  It doesn’t come naturally for me to share my personal life here on my blog, this has always been a space to share recipes, post my photographs, and write about food. But there are some things, and some events, that change everything. These are the ones that must be shared. So it seems as…

Roasted Brussel Sprout And Chickpea Salad With Garlic Yoghurt

  A dear friends Aunty who I lived with for six months in Brighton, the UK, (20 odd years ago now), would steam her brussels for hours on end. On a Sunday morning (it was always a Sunday) she would begin the day by steaming the vegetables for the evening meal (gulp). The poor overcooked…

Kale And Pickled Carrot Slaw With Green Tahini

I have about half a dozen fantastic salads I’ve been eating over the summer that have all been on high rotation. There’s barely been a sandwich in sight! And why not? Salads have become the staple that make me happy. They lessen the guilt of chocolate… cheese… and wine… The simpler the salad the better. Like…

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…

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…

Bubble and Squeak with Caramalised Onions

This is the only dish I know that’s been named after the sound it makes whilst it cooks (yes it really does bubble and squeak). It’s not a name that you’d expect to hear of a dish that uses up left over roasted vegetables. I’ve tried in the past to make bubble and squeak with freshly…

Basil and Macadamia Nut Pesto

I feel like getting back to basics. I’m officially on holidays from my food editor job, and the past weeks have seen all manner of festive dishes cooked, tested and prepared for the magazine. I feel I’ve already cooked my way through Christmas fare and now I just crave some simple food that requires no…

French Ratatouille

Ratatouille, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s a fancy French name for cooked provincial vegetables, consisting of eggplant, peppers, garlic and tomatoes. It’s one of my favourite dishes, yet I can forget to cook it for months at a time. How can this be? What I love about this ratatouille recipe is everything is…

Dukkah – The King of Spice Blends

There are days where the craving for freshly made dukkah is so strong that I find no satisfaction till a batch is roasted, pounded, and then eaten whilst still warm.  It has to be said, possibly the best way to enjoy duukah is with bread and extra virgin olive oil. It certainly is the way…