Asparagus, pea and rocket risotto

  My boyfriend’s parents went to Florence recently and bought me the ultimate foodie gift… a truffle gift set! It included truffle-infused olive oil, truffle dressing, mushroom and truffle sauce and truffle parmesan cream, the latter of which I used liberally in this recipe. If you can find some, I highly recommend you try it…

Simple sautéed asparagus with a lemon and caper dressing

Asparagus is best served simply. It has such a gorgeous flavour that it needs very little to bring it to life. A glug of oil, a good grind of salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon and some parmesan shavings are more than enough to impress with this veggie. I’ve suggested a lemon and caper…

Smokey baked beans

I first had homemade baked beans at my favourite little brunch spot in Canterbury, called the Refectory Kitchen. I would go pretty often with friends from uni and always loved the rustic, chunky baked beans they served alongside the full fry up. My housemate and I then borrowed the concept and began trying and testing…

Salsa verde

I LOVE salsa verde. It’s tangy, sharp and packed full of flavour and can be batch-made on a Sunday, ready for the week ahead. I take every opportunity to dollop it on top of my dinner, but it works best with lamb, chicken, white fish, roasted veggies, halloumi and green salads. I even like to…

Salted caramel flapjacks

Who doesn’t love a salted caramel flapjack? These little squares of joy are sticky, sweet and slightly salty and are the perfect afternoon treat for the Easter weekend. They can be made with butter or coconut oil and honey or maple syrup making them vegan friendly and completely delicious. They’re a fab bake for kids…

Roasted broccoli and halloumi salad with a lemon and caper dressing

A woman I work with has an allotment and grows all the best veggies, including purple sprouting broccoli, my favourite food on the planet. Earlier this week we were discussing food, as we often do, and she told me how much she loves to grow her own produce as there’s a real sense of satisfaction…

Fruit-infused water

I’ve never been very good at drinking enough water. As a kid I remember being pulled to one side throughout the day by members of my family or the mums at my play dates and encouraged to drink a glass of water and I hated it. Unless reminded, I would go the entire day without…

Creamy lemon and rocket tagliatelle

There’s something really comforting about a big bowl of pasta, especially the kind you can twizzle round your fork! This is the quickest dish I’ve ever whipped up, yet it really packs a punch in the flavour department. The lemon zest and chilli give it a tangy kick while the crème fraiche keeps it light and refreshing,…

Yoghurt, honey and orange tart

This recipe seems to be dividing opinion. While some (myself included) really like this dessert, others just don’t understand the appeal. It made me a little unsure as to whether I should post the recipe or not, but I decided that different people like different things and that’s what’s so great about food – everyone…

What’s in season – March

Cooking seasonally is a really great way to cook. Seasonal produce is fresher, tastes better and offers more nutritional value than out of season fruit and veg, plus is often cheaper to buy as it’s more readily available. It’s also far more environmentally friendly as it supports local farming and produce and minimises transportation. And if that…

Charred spring onion and sweet potato salad

I spend most of my Sunday afternoons in the kitchen, recipe testing and prepping my meals for the week ahead. I like to make a whole load of salads to keep in the fridge so I can pick and choose throughout the week and don’t spend a fortune on ready made bits and pieces in London….

Spring onion focaccia

This is one for the weekend. Proving bread does take a while, but this recipe isn’t too complicated and can be whipped up much faster than you think. Make the dough on a Sunday morning, have a coffee or meet a friend as it proves and it will be ready by lunchtime. Perfect for dipping…