Baked gnocchi, meatball & mozzarella bake

Baked gnocchi, meatball & mozzarella bake

I think I must be quite mad because I made this on new year’s day for new year’s dinner – one of the hottest nights of the year quite possibly!  Anyway, obviously something stuffed full of meatballs, gnocchi, cherry toms and cheese baked in the oven is going to be wonderfully decadent.  We added a crusty baguette with[read more…]

Smashed crispy loaded potatoes

Smashed crispy loaded potatoes

I love these crispy smashed potatoes, particularly with deliciously decadent but easy toppings.  You could top them with just about anything; I used some leftover mince from spaghetti bolognese for some and smoked salmon and garlic lemon sour cream topping for others.  You could easily make these vegetarian with some spicy Mexican beans or just use the sour cream dip[read more…]

Nigella’s mint julep peaches (and a mint julep)

Nigella’s mint julep peaches (and a mint julep)

I saw Nigella making these the other day on her Forever Summer series and thought how lovely and fresh they looked, I also loved the idea of the classic julep flavours of mint and bourbon for plump, sweet summer peaches. The fragrance of this syrup while cooling was so beautifully fragrant!  It tasted wonderful, sweet, orange and vanilla[read more…]

Lemon raspberry trifle with Limoncello

Lemon raspberry trifle with Limoncello

Well it’s just not Christmas without some sort of trifle so this year, I made a lemon flavoured trifle with my favourite berry, raspberries.  You don’t have to make this only at Christmas either, it’s an easy yet pretty summertime dessert which you can make ahead and also, anything with layers of different things looks like you went to[read more…]

Spicy sweet potato cakes with herb and lemon tzatziki

Spicy sweet potato cakes with herb and lemon tzatziki

I always feel kind of old fashioned thrifty when I use up leftover things as I did a while back with this dish, especially when they make up delicious, fried potato cakey things .. and despite the crispy appearance of these spicy little patties served with a garlicky, creamy sauce, they’re super healthy.  My sweet potato mash is also[read more…]

Spicy sweet potato black bean burgers with chilli lime coleslaw

Spicy sweet potato black bean burgers with chilli lime coleslaw

I see a lot of recipes for sweet potato vegie burgers around so thought I’d give them a go. I roasted/sautéed the sweet potato and onion first as it gives a lovely caramelised flavour however apart from that, these are so easy to put together, they’re well worth it. I loved the sweet and spicy taste[read more…]

Lemon streusel muffins with home made lemon butter

Lemon streusel muffins with home made lemon butter

I felt like something super lemony the other day, you know? So these little cakes are fluffy, soft and citrusy with a buttery streusel topping; they’re perfect with a cup of coffee.  I just love lemon desserts with coffee, it seems a perfect match. Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I made lemon butter to go with[read more…]

Smoked salmon & herb sandwich with egg free lemon yoghurt aioli

Smoked salmon & herb sandwich with egg free lemon yoghurt aioli

Greek yoghurt is so much a part of my daily diet, I don’t know what I’d do without it.  I tend to buy unsweetened Greek yoghurt rather than the flavoured kind as it’s far healthier and you can add whatever you like to it.  It’s also a wonderfully versatile ingredient for cooking and baking. I loved this version[read more…]

Fig, walnut and spice friands with vanilla bean custard

Fig, walnut and spice friands with vanilla bean custard

Friands are sweet, little, oval teatime cakes traditionally made with almond meal and egg whites.  I don’t make them that often, not because they’re difficult, they’re not at all, but because they use egg whites which means you then have all these lovely egg yolks left over. So last weekend for afternoon tea I put together a[read more…]

Summer vegetable lasagna

Summer vegetable lasagna

I love vegetarian lasagna however it occurred to me recently I’ve never made a summer vegetable lasagna.  My usual recipe uses spinach, ricotta cheese and pumpkin which is more appropriate to cosy cooler weather and I decided I wanted a lighter version for warmer nights using seasonal vegetables. Disclaimer: I’m notoriously bad at layering lasagna so haven’t advised[read more…]

Tomato relish, the return of doorstop sandwiches and school days

Tomato relish, the return of doorstop sandwiches and school days

My bread carbohydrate addiction started early in life. After school, I’d run home from the bus stop, throw my bag in my room, my dog Goldie panting at my heels, run into the kitchen and cut massive doorstops of mum’s homemade wholemeal bread and add peanut butter or Nimbin cheese (the best cheddar cheese), think wistfully[read more…]

New York baked cheesecake with cherry sauce

New York baked cheesecake with cherry sauce

Baked cheesecake is one of two of my favourite desserts in the whole world ever (the other is creme brulee).  I don’t make it often because despite normally avoiding moral judgments about food, it’s difficult to rationalise eating quite so much fat and sugar in one sitting in a normal day-to-day setting.  And I refuse to make low fat desserts[read more…]

Luscious cherry sauce

Luscious cherry sauce

This luscious, beautifully coloured sauce is wonderful served warm over pancakes, Greek yoghurt or ice cream.  It’s super easy to make and will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days or so.  

Nigella’s chocolate peanut butter fudge sundaes

Nigella’s chocolate peanut butter fudge sundaes

Nigella never fails me.  She somehow manages to make food which is both easy and decadent. Her chocolate peanut butter sundae is no different and it’s one of those desserts where combinations are really important; The hot sauce competing with the cold ice cream, the dual flavours of chocolate and peanut butter, and the sweetness and richness of the dessert compared[read more…]

Easy peasy blueberry sauce

Easy peasy blueberry sauce

I really like this sauce in summer as it goes with absolutely everything – Greek yoghurt, pancakes, waffles, porridge, ice cream.  I use slightly less maple syrup than the original and add a tiny bit of cornflour.  It has a lovely taste of blueberries without being too overpoweringly sweet. Here’s barely a recipe: 300g blueberries,[read more…]

Kale and walnut pesto

Kale and walnut pesto

Pesto is such a fresh, savoury and nutty dish – it’s the perfect thing to keep in the fridge for a quick sauce for pasta or a piece of grilled chicken or fish, to mix in with mashed potatoes or to use as an impromptu dip.  I even sent Ant off to work the other morning with a[read more…]

Marinara sauce

Marinara sauce

I know everyone has their own way of making pasta sauce, and there’s no wrong or right way but I thought I’d post my own recipe, which I make regularly and freeze. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with tomato sauce in a jar, and god knows I use it when I’m whipping up a quick lasagne,[read more…]