Banoffee Ice Cream

My granny had her signature dishes that my brother and I would request time after time. Fudgy, chocolate devil’s food cake was one, a big marshmallowy strawberry pavlova was another and the third was a fabulous banoffee pie. If I’m honest, I really don’t like bananas. The taste is fab, but the slippery, slimy texture…

Butternut Squash Pancakes

Although undoubtably delicious, the health benefits of pancakes are questionable (especially when stuffed with Nutella). When you’re as big a pancake fiend as I am, you have to get clever about what goes in to them so you can eat them on the reg. Banana pancakes or ‘protein pancakes’ as they are now known, were…

Jerusalem Artichoke Papdi Chaat

The majority of my money every month goes on one of two things: rent and food. As much as I adore cooking for myself at home – I love eating out just as much. Going to restaurants, visiting street food stands & markets and researching menus gives me so much inspiration for my own kitchen,…

Lemon & White Chocolate Cookies

A properly soft and chewy cookie can be surprisingly tricky to get right. Too little time in the oven and they are too squishy, too long and they are a crisp biscuit instead. I find making these with melted butter and brown sugar means that it’s a lot harder to get them wrong. It’s a…

Watermelon & Mint Salad

With spring/summer threatening to make an appearance, the usual waistline panic has set in, which means only one thing: salads are back on the menu. Thankfully salad has come on a long way from the mind-numbingly dull combo of lettuce, tomato and cucumber and salad need not be a form of dietary torture. This one…

Rhubarb And Rose Compote

Rhubarb always has and always will be one of my favourite ingredients. The colour, the flavour the smell – for me it ticks every box and I can’t get enough of it during rhubarb season. There are so many things you can do with the pink stuff; bake it into cakes, top it with crumble…

Pad Thai

Taking on the national dish of any country is always going to be risky business, especially so when it’s a different country from your own. Fortunately, I think I know my noodles. Traditional breakfast foods have never done it for me you see. The smell of toast makes me feel physically sick, why anyone would…

Nutella Stuffed Pancakes

Pancakes make up a large part of my diet. Whether they are thin crepes dusted with sugar and spritzed with lemon, small and squat scotch pancakes with fresh berries and syrup or big fat and American style filled with juicy blueberries – I’ll take the lot. Quite why you’d want to reserve pancakes for just…

Fig & Pistachio Frangipane Tart

Who isn’t partial to a little tart every now and again? A combination of buttery pastry, pistachio and rose frangipane, honeyed figs and more crushed pistachios – they are a real moreish treat. This is about as fancy as I get when it comes to desserts and if you cheat a little bit and buy…

Chipotle Chicken Tacos With Mango Slaw & Coriander Salsa

Chip-ot-el, chip-oat-lay: I honestly have no idea how you pronounce it, I just know it tastes ruddy marvellous. Mexican food and tacos are having a bit of a moment currently and rightly so; they’re absolutely delicious! The beauty of a taco is its size. Usually size matters but in the case it’s small demeanour is…

Lemon & Vanilla Curd

My Grandma’s lemon curd tarts were always one of my favourite sweet treats as a child. The sweet buttery pastry and the zingy curd were a perfect partnership and I could polish off at least three per sitting. However, I have a strong suspicion that my grandma’s curd was made by another famous double act…

Sweet and Smoky Chilli Jam

  Surprisingly, I haven’t found giving up sugar for Lent all that difficult. There are only eleven days to go until it’s over and although there are some things I could really fancy, like a big family sized bar of Dairy Milk, I’ve actually quite enjoyed it. I didn’t eat a great deal of added…