Spinach gnocchi with cherry tomato ragù

Spinach gnocchi with cherry tomato ragù

Gnocchi has a tainted reputation due to the prepackaged varieties available in the supermarket. They are bland and very stodgy. Freshly made gnocchi should be light and fluffy like little pillows. If you’re not a fan of gnocchi and have never tried freshly made, give...
Polenta with Mushroom Ragu

Polenta with Mushroom Ragu

As with most things that are not cooked or seasoned properly, polenta has an undeserved bad reputation. Please let this recipe for Polenta with Mushroom Ragu change your mind. Yes, you can purchase pre-cooked polenta, but why would you bother when freshly made polenta...
Mexican Lasagne

Mexican Lasagne

Mexican Lasagne has been in my little black recipe book for over 15 years. This recipe uses cupboard and freezer staples to create a delicious, wholesome recipe that is full of flavour. It can be adapted with the seasons but incorporating things like winter squash,...
Vegan Lemon Tart

Vegan Lemon Tart

This recipe for Vegan Lemon Tart has been with me for most of my culinary career. I just realised that I have been keeping it secret and not sharing! I do apologise. The tart is lemony, zingy, creamy, sweet and tart, everything a lemon tart should be. The macaroon...
Curried Split Peas with Courgette

Curried Split Peas with Courgette

Curried Split Peas with Courgette is inspired by trips to the Caribbean where I first had split peas cooked in this manner. The split peas are not mushy like in soup or dhal, but indvidual, cooked, but still with texture. The last 15 minutes of the cooking time the...
Roasted Summer Vegetables and Quinoa Salad

Roasted Summer Vegetables and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is a powerhouse food that contains a high amount of protein in every serving. Roasted Summer Vegetables and Quinoa Salad is great a main meal or a side and keeps well in the fridge for a few days. Instead of roasting the vegetables, try using the bbq if you...
Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese rice paper rolls are not fried, they are served fresh. Rice paper is soaked and packed with fresh herbs, vegetables and rice noodles and served with a gorgeous dipping sauce to create an explosion of taste. These work great as an interactive starter for a...
100% Abbey Home Farm Fritters

100% Abbey Home Farm Fritters

100% Abbey Home Farm Friters Today I spent the day doing cookery demos for the Open Farm Day at Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester. Abbey Home Farm is home to the award winning farm cafe and shop, The Organic Farm Shop. Nestled only a few minutes drive out of...
Sesame Quinoa and Kale Bowl

Sesame Quinoa and Kale Bowl

Quick, easy, nutritious and tasty is what I look for in a weekday meal. Sesame, Quinoa and Kale Bowl ticks all of those boxes. Quinoa is a complete protein, kale gives you all the benefits of dark leafy greens and sesame, as well as providing flavour, adds a kick of...
Chickpea Pancakes Gluten Free and Vegan

Chickpea Pancakes Gluten Free and Vegan

Pancake day is upon us, I have had many requests for a gluten free pancake recipe. Low and behold, Chickpea Pancakes Gluten Free and Vegan. These pancakes can be served sweet with lemon and sugar or with alternative sweetener of choice, honey, agave syrup, coconut...
Beetroot Velvet Cupcakes

Beetroot Velvet Cupcakes

Beetroot Velvet Cupcakes made with beetroot, chocolate and blood orange juice are my tribute to the classic red velvet cake on Valentine’s Day. Red velvet is a popular American cake notorious for it’s red colour mainly due to red food colouring, during the...
Chinese Fried Rice

Chinese Fried Rice

Happy Chinese New Year! To celebrate here is a great recipe for Chinese Fried Rice. I am a big fan of Chinese food, but not the take away kind, the home cooked kind. Fresh crisp vegetables and delicate flavours of spring onion and soy sauce. This recipe is simple,...
Ten Top Smoothies

Ten Top Smoothies

Whether it’s for breakfast or a snack, a smoothie is a great way to incorporate fruit into your diet. I have put together Ten Top Smoothies recipes that are tried and true. Protein powder or your choice can be added to any of them to boost the protein content....
Sesame Kale Crisps

Sesame Kale Crisps

Sesame Kale Crisps make eating healthy easy. Kale is a powerhouse vegetable, it is full of fibre, helps to reduce the risk of cancer, contains a high amount of antioxidants, supports the bodies natural detoxification process and it taste great. Sesame Kale Crisps...
Root Vegetable Cobbler

Root Vegetable Cobbler

This recipe for Root Vegetable Cobbler uses celeriac, swede and carrots, but can easily be change to include parsnip, Jerusalem artichokes or potatoes. Root vegetables are cheap, tasty and full of vitamins and minerals to send you sailing through the winter. This...
Mincemeat Chelsea Buns

Mincemeat Chelsea Buns

Not everyone likes mince pies, but who can resist a Mincemeat Chelsea Bun? These festive treats are very easy to make and are irresistible. Mincemeat Chelsea Buns Flying Sponge 200g strong bread flour, Shipton Mill is great 10g dried yeast, Doves quick yeast is my...
Root Vegetable Hot Pot With Dumplings

Root Vegetable Hot Pot With Dumplings

Autumn is in full swing, embrace the season by making Root Vegetable Hot Pot with Dumplings.  This recipe is perfect for chilly autumnal nights and very easy to make.  Forget the old stodgy dumplings of days past, these fluffy dumplings are made with cheese, butter...

Swedish Apple Pie

Today is Apple Day, celebrate with this easy peasy Swedish Apple Pie.  We are very lucky in Gloucestershire to have a strong apple growing history.  Embrace that history by visiting a local pick your own farm.  I have great childhood memories of apple picking each...
Pumpkin and Tomato Soup

Pumpkin and Tomato Soup

Autumn is finally here, celebrate the season with Pumpkin and Tomato Soup. Any type of pumpkin or winter squash can be used for this recipe. Even better, this soup is a great way to use up the bits of pumpkin leftover from carving jack-o-lanterns! This soup is great...
Quinoa Peanut Burgers

Quinoa Peanut Burgers

The recipe for these Quinoa Peanut Burgers was born out of a trip to St. John, US Virgin Islands, aka Paradise, with my friend Cat to visit our dear friend Susie. She had just moved into her cabin and did not have a lot of ingredients stocked in her cupboards. What...
Parsnip Croquettes with Honey Mustard

Parsnip Croquettes with Honey Mustard

Parsnip croquettes are very kid friendly both to make and enjoy. Parsnip is a staple in our house over the winter months. It’s a very versatile vegetable and can be enjoyed raw grated into a coleslaw, in soups, as a mash and of course roasted. Finger foods are a...