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,…

Pan-fried sea bass with sauteed leeks and salsa verde

Leeks are an underrated vegetable. They’re easy to cook, incredibly versatile and are slightly sweet in flavour making them a great veggie to add to soups or salads. They’re an allium vegetable, closely related to onions and garlic, and contain sulphuric compounds such as allicin which is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral and generally boosts health….

Carrot cupcakes with orange mascarpone icing

As many of you know, I gave up chocolate for lent. It’s going well so far and I haven’t touched the stuff for 3 weeks which is pretty good going for me, considering it’s one of my favourite ingredients on the planet! But it has left me at a loss of what to eat for…

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….

Meet Matthew

THIS WEEK’S STRANGER: Matthew, Barista at Pret Kings Cross Station The story behind the stranger: I was heading home after an evening in London and was craving a chamomile tea for the train journey. Pret have now stopped selling chamomile tea (I took this news pretty hard) so I was at a loss of what to…

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…

My birthday treats

I celebrated my 22nd birthday early last month and received some really lovely presents, so I thought I’d share and recommend a few of my favourites:   Good Karma Elephant Cord Bracelet, Daisy London This beautiful bracelet was a gift from my boyfriend and definitely one of my favourites this year. The elephant symbolises strength,…

Beetroot, grapefruit and goats cheese salad

This salad is loosely based on a dish my boyfriend and I had at Michel Roux’s michelin star restaurant in Parliament Square. We had a 7 course tasting menu there for my birthday and the beetroot and goats cheese dish was one of my favourites. It was of course far more refined than this recipe…

LENT – I give up chocolate!

Yes, you read that right, I will be giving up chocolate for 40 days and 40 nights… eek! I’ve always given up something for lent. (Last year it was coffee… I’m never doing that again!) I’m not religious and I never have been, but I honour the tradition for two reasons. The first is that…