Beautiful basics: Carrots

Between June and August in the UK is when we can pick up the slightly sweeter new season crop, but we’re lucky enough to be able to grow this reliable staple almost all year round. Just look at them 😍 Making the most of beautiful basics this weekend with these gorgeous carrots, with toasted cumin seeds,…

Recipe : Sausage, kale and egg breakfast pizza

Breakfast on a Sunday is my raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. I love trawling Pinterest for new recipes (one of my favourite boards to follow for inspiration is ‘Breakfasts & Brunches’ by Donal Skehan), ordering the ingredients with my weekly shop, waking up on a Sunday and taking my time to create something…

Recipe : Tuscan sausage and kale soup

Ahh, comfort food. Sometimes you just need it. It’s good for the soul, y’know. But it’s summer! And comfort food will make me podgy! Well, how about a creamy soup? You can even substitute full-fat cream out for low-fat alternatives and it’ll still do the trick and it’s very low in those naughty carbs, so you…

Recipe : Hong Shao Rou

Sichuan food is my fave. My love of Chinese inspired cooking stems from many moons ago when I was a young girl – my parents, sister and I, every Saturday night, would set up camp on a towel on the living room floor in our Yorkshire home, in front of the fire, watching Blind Date, with a…

Recipe : sesame seabass burgers

So I asked him what he’d like for dinner – he replied with his usual stock answer of ‘burger’. Unfortunately (or fortunately, as it turned out) I had what seemed to be a full fisherman’s haul worth of sea bass in the fridge. I met him in the middle and the outcome was brilliant. This is a really…

Recipe : pork belly & Jansson’s Temptation

Saving up generally means more fatty cuts of meat. Oh, what a shame! I grabbed a kilo of pork belly at Dombey Meats in Brixton’s Market Row for two pounds something, mixed up a garlic, rosemary and thyme rub and got them cooking for a good three hours. My ancient oven did it’s best to…

Recipe : cinnamon rolls (no yeast)

Sometimes a person just needs a cinnamon roll. It was freezing outside and so I set about trying to make cinnamon rolls by chucking together ingredients I had in the house. It was looking good, ’til I discovered I was missing that impish little ingredient: yeast. I turned to Google and found this recipe from La Creme de la…