Skinny Smoked Salmon Salad

I don’t know if you can relate, but I have to wear a bathing suit in a few short months. It’s bad enough that my skin is winter-pale and scaly but having a few kilograms extra of it laying about isn’t helping. I have 3 months until this body hits the beach and so I’ve…

Book Review: Saffron Soul by Mira Manek

I recently had the epiphany that for me, there’s no point in buying a recipe book from a restaurant chef. I don’t want to cook like a chef and when I’m at home I don’t want to eat like I’m at a restaurant. When a long, busy day comes to an end and I’m contemplating…

Get Mor out of Your Sausage

I don’t normally like to post about new food on the market without offering up some kind of recipe to get everyone inspired. But for this particular product, I genuinely feel that they are best enjoyed unadulterated. MOR are a new line of sausages that launched at Tesco this month and just quietly I am pretty excited about…

The Ferry: Cookham

Anyone local to Cookham knows and loves The Ferry. Perched beside the Thames on Ferry Lane, the riverside pub is large enough that you’ll get a table most nights and filled with a mixture of large tables, cosy nooks and snugs to accommodate all kinds of visitors from big parties to canoodling couples. We’ve been going with…

The Oxford Blue: Windsor

  After an 18-month restoration, The Oxford Blue, which has served as a public house since 1829, has been elevated almost overnight to a culinary icon in the unassuming back roads surrounding Windsor Great Park. After only a month of trade The Oxford Blue has already had a visit from Michelin and is fully booked…

Matar Paneer

I’ve always wanted to enjoy paneer but have found the paneer dishes at restaurants to be… not so great. It’s an unusual cheese, sort of like cottage cheese in flavour – which is to say incredibly mild – but it’s dense and closer to tofu or halloumi cheese in composition. The delicate flavour and robust texture goes…

The Secret to Perfect Fried Rice

In China, each region has its culinary speciality. Changzhou is famed for their fried rice and it’s always bought at the end of the meal, almost like dessert. I don’t know why they do this because when fried rice is done properly it is truly the best part of any meal. When I was there,…

Keralan Chickpeas

I was lucky enough to get a personal tutorial for this Kadala curry from a friend of mine who hails from the south Indian region of Kerala. My friend makes hers with soaked and pressure cooked chick peas, but I just used tinned. If you find a good brand of chick peas – where the texture…

Creamy Tomato, Crab and Ginger Pasta

This recipe has been buried deep inside my memory for many years and found it’s way out of the rat’s nest last weekend. When you remove things pasta, rice and large wallops of mashed potato from your weekly repertoire, recipes like this sink to the bottom of your mental recipe pool like a stone. I can’t remember why…

Chicken Satay Pizza

Purists look away now! Avert your eyes and block your ears because I’m about to plunder and pimp the sacred, doughy idol you call pizza. I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of fusion food but I will bend the rules now and then when it feels right. And I don’t know about you, but…

Sublime Steak and Cheese Sub

It’s not everyday you can make someone emotional with a sandwich. On the weekend I had some left over steak and offered to make steak sandwiches for the boys. So far, so what right? Everyone has their own take or secret to make the best steak sandwich but this was different. No trace of tomatoes…

Orange and Almond Cake

I’m a bit late to the party on this one. Kiwi chef Peter Gordon’s boiled orange and almond cake has been floating around the interwebs for some time now. I only found out about it from my visit to Rex Bakery last year where I tasted it and knew immediately it was a winning recipe. Peter…

The Botanist: Marlow

Don’t get me wrong. I love pubs. Even more specifically, I love British pubs and the social comforts they bring to the British lifestyle. But I do miss the excitement of going to a proper restaurant. In Australia dining out is more restaurant-oriented, with all kinds of venues, big/small, formal/casual offering cuisine-specific or a style…

Christmas Greetings

This here is a photo of the spread my sister put on for our tiny Christmas Cocktail get-together. So much effort, love and generosity of spirit was laid out on this table which to me, is the true spirit of the season. I realised this year that my failed attempts to relax at this time of…

Local Food Hero: The Marlow Cheese Co.

Cheese is a funny thing. The way we appreciate a fine cheese rather goes against the grain. Mould makes it more marvellous and the worse it smells the better it is. That’s how I knew the Cygnet cheese from The Marlow Cheese Co. was going to be a corker; it ticks both boxes. I’ve never tried a lactic…

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

I don’t know if it’s the same in your neighbourhood or backyard but our neighbours have an apple tree on our fence line that’s bare but for the green baubles that occasionally drop and roll across the yard. I have no idea what kind of variety it is but they taste pretty good. I’ve seen trees…

Smoked Haddock Chowder

Is it that time yet? If you’re not quite ready to get your blender out just yet, then this is the perfect soup for you. This recipe is not overly thick or rich and is in fact the perfect mid-season option if you’re looking for a light fish dish to add to your repertoire. Get…

Suped-Up Scrambled Eggs

This recipe started life out as an omlette. I copied it from a little French cafe we used to go to back in Sydney called Bitton where it was served with slivers of toasted Turkish bread and monkey-nut chutney. I’m not great at making anything too tricksy at 7 o’clock in the morning so this dish…

Blitva

My dad is from a little island on the Dalmatian coast and the food they eat in those parts is very simple and yet superbly delicious. Mostly the locals eat grilled meats and fish accompanied with bread, salad and a dish they call blitva. Blitva is a vegetable usually made with silver beet or swiss…

Avocado & Baby Gems with Honey-Mustard Dressing

I stole the idea for this dish from a restaurant in Notting Hill called Pizza East. A fairly amazing establishment, and not just because I saw Mark Strong there. They serve up pizzas and delicious cured meats but it was their vegetarian offerings that I became acquainted with. I was blown away by the quality of…

Warm Halloumi Salad

I found this recipe in the Waitrose magazine of all places. Created by grain & gluten-free bloggers Hemsley & Hemsley, this salad combines a few of my favourite things, one of those being halloumi cheese. Wilted lettuce is another feature that doesn’t get much press but is truly a sensation. Once you can get over your…

Pulled Pork with Cider Sauce

Those in the my inner circle know and accept without opposition, the title I’ve bestowed upon myself in the privacy of my kitchen. But now it’s time to share it with you. It all began many years ago when I transformed a £4 piece of pork shoulder into a tender, moist and delectable feast of…

Banana Bread

This here is the only way to eat banana bread. Toasted, buttered and preferably with a coffee, first thing in the morning. I can’t remember where or how I first ate banana bread this way, but it was likely at a cafe back in Sydney a lifetime ago. I make this dense, sweet loaf when my stash…

When in Wales

With our passports surrendered to the Home Office, our summer trip to Croatia was sadly not possible this year. However, it forced us to explore the places a little bit closer to home. We’ve been told a few times that we should take the kids to Snowdonia, climb the mountain, enjoy the beautiful countryside. Obviously…

Buttermilk, oat and chocolate chunk muffins

Many years ago, back in the day when we could go out for breakfast in relative peace and quiet, we used to visit a little tiny cafe in Drummoyne (Sydney) called the Bowen Island Bakery. We would order a coffee and these incredible choc-chip and oat muffins. The choc-chips in these muffins were more like…

Caramel Chocolate Slice

The ingredients for this classic Australian slice are simple, as is their preparation. The skill in this dish though, lies in the technique. Unlike some other recipes where you might have a generous mistake buffer, if you over cook any of the components of this recipe or it will not work or taste as good as it should;…

Healing Chicken Soup Infused with Turmeric and Ginger

Maybe you’ve noticed, but I’ve not written a post for a few weeks. It’s because I caught a virus which was bad enough, but then I went ahead got myself a nasty chest infection. The doctor calls it pneumonia. I haven’t baked for weeks and there are so many things I want to try like…

The Perfect Hummus

There’s not much that needs saying with this recipe. It’s hummus. Who doesn’t love hummus? But before you scoff and think about your off-the-shelf variety,  it’s not like that. Grocery store hummus is a grainy, grey goop compared to the silky, subtle flavour of the real thing. And this recipe is the real thing. This…

Blueberry Pancakes

Finally. Finally it’s beginning to feel like spring. On May Day we went to see the Ellington Morris Dancers perform their first dance for the season. Based in the Maidenhead area, this gang call themselves the Ellington troupe because Ellington was the name of Maidenhead in the Doomsday Book.  The Ellington dancers perform early 20th century…

Satollo Italian Eatery and Delicatessen: Marlow

I’ve been looking forward to visiting Satollo in Marlow ever since I first heard about it a few weeks ago. After taking a chance at the deli counter in Sainsbury’s last week, only to be sorely (and foolishly) disappointed on so many levels, I drove into Marlow last Wednesday with the hope and desperation of a gourmand in despair. Tucked…

Guacamole

Everyone once in a while when the wind blows in a certain way and the stars align, my sister and I will get together for dinner and drink wine and watch a DVD. Over time it came to be known as Nacho Night, because while at first we might have tried various meals to enjoy on our sisterly night,…

Roman Holiday

Eating well on holidays is not an easy thing to achieve. It doesn’t have to mean finding the perfect French bistro in France because often you’ll find excellent global cuisine in the most unexpected places. Even in your home town, finding good food takes time and is usually the result of taking risks; and sadly, both…

French Onion Soup

The first time I had French onion soup was in L’Entracte brasserie on 1 Rue Auber, opposite the Opera Garnier in Paris. I wrote about it here. The last time I ate French onion soup was this weekend, as the rain and wind swept away the promise of fun and relaxation this Easter weekend. Ok, so…

Cheese and Quinoa Cakes

I had no faith in this recipe. First of all I’m not a huge fan of quinoa, and second, I didn’t really think the combined ingredients were exciting enough to turn quinoa into something palatable. But I admit, that I was dead wrong. These quinoa cakes are amazing and versatile. If you don’t have the…

Sweet Ricotta Panzerotti

I don’t make panzerotti very often and if I still lived in Sydney I never would have even tried. You could buy them in a little Italian cake shop in a place called Haberfield – and I was always glad for an excuse to go into this Italian suburb to max out on freshly made Italian cheeses, bread and…

Bristol Fashion

In the last school holidays I took a whirlwind trip to Bristol with my sister. With a few stops on the way to pick up a tiny accordion, have a salt-scrub and enjoy a large glass of rose on the wrong side of midday; we were perfectly poised for a relaxing jaunt to a city we’d never seen before….

Local Food Hero: Pierozek Polish Delicatessen

Have you ever walked into a shop on Edgeware Rd or Chinatown  in London and felt transported to another place? I love nothing more than walking into a deli or grocer and being immersed in the delights of another culture. Since moving to Maidenhead I found this experience a little more difficult to come by, but…

Super Food Stew

You feel healthier just looking at the photo of this pot of vegetables don’t you? If only it were that easy. While it not be as easy as moving your eyeballs across a computer screen, this recipe for curried vegetables is simple enough for even the most inexperienced cook because mostly it just requires chopping vegetables up….

Homemade Pizza

I’ve written about pizza before on this blog, but it feels like something that needs sharing every once in a while. If only the world knew how easy it was to make pizza at home, then I’m certain more people would get on board. If only people knew that in a typical take-away pizza there are about…

Flourless Carrot and Walnut Cake

I don’t really want to add much to this post, because frankly, I don’t want to distract you. You might already know this if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time but I’m on the search for the perfect carrot cake. I know it’s out there, I’ve tasted it and I will not rest until…

Eating Healthy: Not Just for January

After indulging over Christmas and New Year, I’m sure we’ve all been shamed into getting back on track. If you’re anything like me you’ve tried Dry January and it turned out to be more like Partially-Dry January and while there are still chocolates hanging about the place, their numbers are falling and soon, the kitchen will…

Baked Ricotta and Sour Cream Cheesecake

Early January is not the greatest time to have a birthday. By new year, everyone’s had enough of revelling, pigging out and parties and so the Capricorn must seek humbler means to celebrate. This year, mum bought a home-made feast to my house. She made her legendary lasagne and surprised me with what was possibly the most perfect…

Welcome to 2016!

I took this photo when I got up really early one morning while on holiday. The calm and beauty of a sunrise reminds me of what it feels like to welcome the new year. After the chaos of Christmas, you get a chance to unwind for a few days to reflect on what’s been and dream about what…

Cheddar and Chutney Scones

I’ll let these photos speak for themselves. As much as I’d like to recall, these buttermilk, Cheddar and Christmas Chutney scones didn’t just happen spontaneously because unlike chutney and cheese, it’s not often I have buttermilk in the fridge. And you really need buttermilk for this recipe. These scones were a premeditated craving. I’d also…

Mince Pie Crumble

In the exciting months leading up to Christmas, foodies have to contend with deliveries of festive treats, and the latest and likely my last for this year were some seasonal offerings from Rosebud Preserves; Christmas Fruit Chutney made with prunes, dates, apricots, aromatic allspice and strong dark ale and Almond and Orange Mincemeat made with with Bramley apples,…

Ricky Ricardo and Reposado

Today, it’s all about Christmas cocktails. This is an unusual recipe, and an unexpected flavour sensation, strictly for those who love the finer, more understated pleasures in life. If you’re after something bold and sweet like a Cosmopolitan, then look away because the Ricky Ricardo is smooth and subtle and guaranteed to make your Christmas party sizzle….

Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

There’s no use fighting it. Party season has arrived, it’s upon us, we’re boarding the train to Christmas Town and I’m going to get that ball rolling with this amazing recipe, that until now – I’ve kept to myself. Buffalo wings; they’re not made of buffalo meat, they get their name from their place of…

Glowing Butternut Squash Soup

It’s not often that I post a recipe while I’m eating it. That’s why the photo is so utilitarian but it’s hot off the press folks and it’s a keeper, and while I have written in the past about ‘Sweet Chilli Pumpkin Soup….that recipe is more of a lazy-man’s way to spice up the usual recipe without going to too…

Thai Fish Cakes

Proper Thai fish cakes. I can guarantee you’ve never had them before, because since moving to the UK, neither have I, despite the fact that they abound on pub menus all over the nation. I’m going to throw you a bone here and share a recipe for proper Thai fish cakes. The bouncy and pungent kind…

The Gateway Cheese and Beautiful Boards

In the lead up to Christmas, I get the opportunity to try new products and sample foods being launched for the festive season. It is a rare occasion that I’ll turn down the chance to try cheese or chocolate and happily I had the good fortune to take delivery of both recently. Paxton and Whitfield are one…

Local Food Hero: Gordon Stores Maidenhead

It’s October and in our family that means pumpkin carving, autumn trees and turning on the heating. We carved out pumpkins last night and draped some cobwebs and spiders around the place. Just a bit of fun for Halloween which is one of my favourite festivities. People say Halloween is an American cultural quirk and one…

5 Ways to Use Up Old Bread

This was supposed to come after the Love Your Left Overs post that I wrote after attending an awareness campaign for the RBWM and Green Redeem. But I got distracted by Paris and pasta-free lasagnes. So here’s five ways that you can love your leftovers and avoid wasting food. Remember that shocking statistic- that 1/3 of landfill…

Pasta-free Lasagne

I want to call this paleo lasagne, but the truth is that I cheated and put a little mozzarella cheese on the top. However – if you’re strong enough to forgo the cheese, then yes, this would be a paleo meal, which means free from dairy, grains, sugars…. etc. Personally, I believe that by adding a…

Instinct and Accident: A Guide to Eating Well in Paris

This time last Monday I was in Paris; walking into the Latin quarter to see where Earnest Hemingway and James Joyce lived, to see Paris’ Pantheon and soak in the atmosphere of student life. But really, honestly, I was there for some noodles. If you ever ask a member of my family for travel tips,…

The Golden Ball Pub: Maidenhead

I’d been to The Golden Ball pub in Maidenhead once. It wasn’t great so I didn’t go back, and while I’m sure it was the go-to of anyone within walking distance, I wouldn’t have called it a destination pub. However, thanks to the team at Epic Pubs, The Golden Ball has been transformed into just…

Love Your Left Overs

Last week I was invited to participate in Green Redeem’s Love your Left Over’s food challenge At Stubbing Nursery for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Did you know that… In the Royal Borough 30% of all rubbish that goes to landfill is food waste. The average family throws away around £700 of food…

Roast Butternut with Pistachio Pesto

Every once in a while I like to try out new side dishes, because let’s face it, grilled meat is a dietary no-brainer. With a nice piece of chicken, fish or lamb, sometimes just a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a nice hot pan is all you need. But it’s often the vegetable component of a meal…

Caesar Salad

There was a time that I played cook in a cafe we used to own and run. It was called On a Roll. I didn’t like it much. The mornings were very early, usually before sunrise, and the work was repetitive, lots of shredding chicken, lettuce, tomatoes etc for the sandwich bar, roasting joints of…

Summer in Croatia

This is the fifth time in six years that we’ve been to Croatia for the summer holidays. But before you decide that I’m unimaginative, you have to realise that it’s not just a random beach on some random island that draws our family back year after year. As a child, my dad used to go swimming…

Local Food Hero: Palmieri’s Gourmet Italian Cafe

This loaf of bread might not look special but if you could smell it and taste it, you’d realise that it wasn’t like other loaves of bread. It’s special because it’s real bread and it’s special because you can only get it on a Thursday at one place in Maidenhead. This bread is the reason that…

Chicken Tinga

Let the photo set the scene; Father’s Day, Pineapple Margaritas made with reposado tequila and chipotle-chicken tinga served with tostadas, guacamole, and limes. This is the second Mexican feast we’ve had at the Cory house this year and I’m hoping that my experiments will become less of a special occasion and more of a weekly…

Lamingtons

This is what a lamington looks like. It’s pieces of sponge cake that have been dipped in a thick chocolate glaze and then covered with desiccated coconut. They’re very popular in Australia. Popular enough that you can buy them pre-made in little packets at every supermarket. I haven’t had eaten one for over four years…

Pasta Hacks: Part Two

As promised, I have two more pasta hacks for the Giovanni Rana ‘Make it My Way’ creative cook-up. The first one is a chicken pie using the Creamy Carbonara Sauce from the Italian Indulgence range of stir-in sauces. Sticking with the theme of convenience, I devised this super easy recipe for turning a pasta sauce…

Lemon Blondies

After the excitement of Berlin, pasta hacking and winning a Lurpak hamper for my Bad-ass toastie for #freestylefood month – this post feels rather boring in comparison. I’ve been so busy working on promoting Animal Music that I’ve got no stories to tell about this recipe except that it’s delicious. Despite all the chaos, I’ve…

Pasta Hacks with Giovanni Rana

One of the fun parts of food-blogging is the challenges that you get to try. I was approached by the people who promote Giovanni Rana pasta and sauces here in the UK, to take part in the ‘Make it My Way with Giovanni Rana’ challenge; where bloggers were asked to create recipe hacks for the new range of…

The Best and Wurst of Berlin

I was in Berlin for a few days last week. While I usually like to write about the food I ate while I was away, my affair with food abroad this time was a little bit… different. I was travelling alone and this meant that I didn’t have to worry about feeding anyone but myself; a…

Local Food Hero: Quintessential Meats

At AT’s work, there are a handful serious BBQ guys…guys who know about meat, guys who build smoke pits, South Africans…you know the type. When asked where they buy their meat – the answer was unanimous: Quintessential Meats in Warfield. I don’t like to be left out of good things, especially when it involves food…

Crumbed Pork Fillets and the Perfect Friday Wine

I met Jo Randell at one of the Cookham Media Hub events. I knew she’d been writing about wine for a local publication and a friend told me she was good at it. I don’t usually read about wine, but in her column and on her blog Perfect Friday Wine, Jo strips back all the jargon…

Best-ever Bad-ass Toastie

Ok, so I burnt the outside a little bit. I don’t make toasted sandwiches much these days but when I do, they tend to be pretty amazing. This one even has a name, we used to call it the ‘Dolce’. We named all our sandwiches back when we had cafe, waaaaay back in the late 90s in…

An Ethiopian Adventure with Sarah Parfitt

It’s not often that we get to escape the comfort zone, that’s because it’s nice being comfortable. But once in a while, an opportunity arises that pushes you out into a world that’s very different from your own daily experience. Sarah Parfitt was fortunate enough to have one of these adventures when she went to Gende Tesfa in…

Spiced Root Vegetable Fritters

  I love the look of beetroot. I like the way the dirty root bulbs belie the firm, bloody flesh inside. Beetroots are another one of those vegetables that we don’t each much of but are packed with bioflavonoids and other fun things that we’re told is good for us. But aside from that, they…

Bee-sting Choux Buns

I celebrated my 14th wedding anniversary recently and as you might guess, for such an ordinary number and because it was karate night, we did nothing. Well, we said we’d do nothing but AT bought me some lovely long-stem roses, and I made him some choux pastry. And yes, it was looking as boring as…

The Blackwood Arms Burnham

Since moving to Cookham, we’ve been exploring the areas north of Maidenhead, driving along dark lanes to find pubs buried in the woodland, and so on the advice of one of AT’s work colleagues, we tried a new pub on the weekend. It’s called The Blackwood Arms and is secreted between Littleworth Common and Twelve Acre wood on…

Home Espresso Blends and the Third Wave

Apparently we’re in the midst of the third wave coffee movement. This was news to me. I didn’t even know there were waves where coffees were concerned but it turns out that things are moving pretty quickly and there’s whispers of a Fourth Wave. Sort of like feminism I suppose, but much less important (to some),…

Cosmic Donuts

Can you imagine how Stephen Hawking must have felt when the concept for the expanding universe dawned on him? Or how Tesla might have felt when he first realised the potential of wireless technology? That’s kind of how it was for me when I bit into some donuts that I made last week. It was like time…

Pozole

You probably don’t know what pozole is. I didn’t until recently. In fact I’ll admit that I’m embarrassed at how little I know about Mexican cuisine – despite the fact that I love Mexican-style food so much. Note I’ve used the word ‘style’ because it’s not Mexican food that I’ve always loved, it’s really something else….

Double Chocolate Muffins

Well…we can’t be good all the time. Here are the rules. Think of it like Fight Club but instead of fighting to escape spiritual somnambulance we’re fighting to escape the disappointment of below-average chocolate muffins. We’re fighting to make a chocolate muffin that rises above the ordinary, sets the bar, goes beyond… This is a good recipe,…

Educational Eating in Scotland

So you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the person who crossed 3 borders and drove for most of a day over rough terrain to eat cevapi in Sarajevo, also travelled for 6 hours in a train and spent 3 nights in Edinburgh to do nothing else but eat. I’m not kidding. I didn’t…

Mushroom Risotto

I was recently made aware of #mancrushmonday. I’m in the process of creating a Top 10 list to share with my sister and yes; Gary Oldman, Mark Strong and Mads Mikkelsen if you’re reading this – you will make the cut. And speaking of hash tags, I made up my own one for the boys…

Pease Porridge Hot

When I originally thought of posting a recipe for split pea and ham soup, I knew it was going to be problematic. Like dhal, pea and ham soup is not pretty, but worse, it’s not textured like dhal. In reality it’s one of the ugliest meals you’ll ever eat. I remember when my mum used to…

Pea Shoots and Paris

As you know I recently had a friend from Australia visit me here in the UK. She spent a few days in the area with her partner, but mostly came to spend time with me and the boys. We met when I was pregnant with KT and have been friends ever since – that’s coming…

White Chocolate Blondie

Remember when I said I was looking to post more exciting, healthy recipes this year? I thought I might start at the bottom end of this aspiration and work my way up. I’ve been busy with some visiting friends and looking to try some fresh, light and tasty sides to go with our main meal…

Ready Steady Cooks & Co.

Welcome to 2015. It’s taken me a while to crank up my mojo but here I am. Christmas was a whirlwind of rocky road and truffles and cellophane and curling ribbon and I came out the other side of December needing a little break from the kitchen and indeed the temptations of the festive season….

Rocky Road

I was chatting to another mum in the school yard the other day and we were talking about how hard it is to choose those incidental gifts; the ones you give to your neighbour, your hairdresser, teachers and workmates. It can get expensive and really difficult to think up meaningful gifts on top of all the other…

Rip Snorting Roasts

Whether you’re a wiz at making roast dinners or perhaps taking your first piece of meat for spin, there’s a always room for improvement when it comes to making the perfect roast dinner. I’m yet to attempt the Yorkshire pudding and always trying hard not to overcook the green beans. Anyone with experience will tell that it’s all about…

Lemon Myrtle Yoghurt and Macadamia Shortbread

A friend from home sent me an Australian bush food recipe book for Christmas, along with a couple of packets of wattle seed and a chilli, wild lime and lemon myrtle seasoning blend. What a thoughtful gift and it truly got me thinking about the good friends I have left behind. It also got me…

Treacle Pudding

Am I jumping the gun a bit posting a recipe for treacle pudding? It’s not really cold enough yet or dark enough and with the twinkling lights and festive cheer, winter gloom hasn’t quite set in. Does it count that I made this last month and that I found it perfectly fitting to eat the…

African Peanut Stew

This is a recipe from the vegan cookbook Oh She Glows. Author of the Oh She Glows blog and book of the same name, Angela Liddon is a bit of hero for vegans and those looking to reduce the amount of meat in their diets without feeling as if they’re missing out. Her recipes can…

Cooper’s Coffee Marlow

As London’s coffee culture moves at light speed, with the likes of Monmouth marching across the terrain like caffeinated Kiwi warriors, and hole-in-the-wall cafes springing up in unlikely places, Maidenhead seems to have been overlooked by the destination-coffee house revolution. Costa, Nero and Starbucks don’t count. I drink their coffee, I sit in their cafes and I enjoy the…

Green Lentil Dhal

When you make and eat food like this, you realise why the western world is getting fatter and hungrier. Dhals are ugly, they’re really easy and cheap to make and they are nutritious and filling. Not much room for profit here is there? When you consider the holy trinity of sugar, fat and salt that…

Roast chicken and vegetable pie

I was looking for something special to cook last Saturday night. Not because I’m a domestic doyen but because I needed to make up for the sausages and fish-fingers that I threw around like proper food last week. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be whipped up pretty quickly and you can turn…

Healthy and Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

It gets harder to be enthusiastic about salads when the weather turns. Fresh, raw vegetables suddenly don’t seem as appetising or satisfying when there’s a chill in the air. But don’t let a craving for comfort food be an excuse not to eat healthy, nutritious food. This chicken soup is an old favourite from a…

Coconut and Ginger Slice

If you ever wanted to cunningly plot the demise of an enemy with a cake-induced-heart-attack, this recipe would be your weapon of choice. It is one of the most supernaturally seductive slices I’ve ever tasted and contains a whopping one and a half blocks of butter, tasting every bit as delectable as you’d hope. I’ve made buttery…

Scrappy Supper: Toast with Garlic Mushrooms

I love scrappy dinners. I couldn’t tell you why. Maybe it’s that break with routine that signals something exciting, something different. For us, Tuesdays have become our night for scrappy suppers.  With all of our activities falling on one night of the week, I gave up cooking. I’d make meals that were usually only half eaten…

Local Food Hero: Daniel

I could never bring myself to pay over £20 for a garlic press. Even £11 seems steep to me, and this is because I’ve owned expensive garlic presses in the past and they’ve never been very good. I have one criteria for the perfect press and that’s no removable parts. Not easy to find let…

Coffee, tea and …lino cuts

I’m breaking with convention today. This might come as a shock, but I’m not going to write about food. Today I’m going to write about art. I’ve been helping to promote the first Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail in recent months and the event finally took place over the weekend. Completely organised by the artists exhibiting at the trail,…

Roasted hazelnut and orange blossom cake

I think we’ve spent enough time making up for the sins of the summer holidays. Can we all agree that’s it time, once again, to enjoy sweet treats with our cup of tea? It’s become cold all of a sudden and the trees are turning and I think we can officially say goodbye to summer. But I’m…

Curried Courgette Fritters

Whether you’ve got an allotment, a patch in the garden or you’re the recipient of surplus from a friend or neighbour, chances are you’re enjoying the bounty of harvest time. At the end of summer vegetables and fruits are ripening and ready for the pickings. I paid a visit to the Cookham Dean Fete on…

Blackberry and Apple Pie

So many blackberries, so few recipes. I had to toss up between a pie or a crumble because I’m not interested in baking blackberries any other way. Whether you’re scrumping them from the side of the road or picking them off your neighbour’s rampant bush, blackberries abound and this pie is going to change your life….

A Foodie Pilgrimage to Sarajevo

I’ve become one of those people who holidays in the same place each year. I didn’t think I was that sort of person, but it turns out I am. I love to explore the world and embrace new and challenging holiday destinations, but when it comes to summer holidays, my family and I love to…

Local Food Hero: Macey’s Organic Butcher

Village life can be frustrating. You know by now how I feel about the limitations when it comes to food, but there are other basic services that life outside of the city simply cannot provide. Namely sharpening services for kitchen knives. I’ve tried everything. I’ve called up restaurants, asked mobile services and even tried calling up…

Cheung Fun in the summer

  When I lived in Sydney dumplings were never too far away. They could be bought at an Asian grocer and cooked up at home or found in a nearby Chinese restaurant in one of the many Chinese hubs around Sydney. Since moving to the UK, London is the only place where dumplings can be found…

Luscious Lemon Pie with Coconut crust

I’ve made loads of lemon tarts… but I’ve never felt moved enough, confident enough to share a recipe. It’s all been a bit hit and miss. Sometimes grainy, sometimes too tart and often too flat. But, I made a lemon tart the other day – and perhaps I’m jumping the gun a little here, having…

Creamy raw broccoli and roasted nut salad

It’s salad mayhem here. This will be the last one for the season. I promise. This raw broccoli salad is the jewel in the crown. The first time I tried it was at my turkey-carving masterclass at Copas Turkeys last year. They had put on a lunch for the visitors and this was one of the…

Roasted broccoli, cheddar and spiced walnut salad

I recently tried Applewood Cheddar for the first time and while I don’t make a habit of eating cheese unless it’s mouldy, I couldn’t resist seeking out a recipe for this much-loved British cheese. With its subtle smokey flavour and creamy texture, this white cheddar is perfect for salads because it holds it shape despite being…

Date, toasted almond and spinach salad

I don’t know if it’s my impending beach holiday or the heat, but I’ve been eating lots of salads lately. Who am I kidding, I eat salad everyday because if I didn’t then I don’t know what. This is the first of a few salad recipes that I’ll be throwing at you in the lead…

Cornflakes; not just for breakfast

The only time I buy cereal is when Kellogg’s have their annual Grown-ups Go Free promotion. Last year we used them to take the boys to Lego Land for the first time and I’ve got my tokens on the fridge ready for this year’s visit. And this time we’re all going on the big roller-coaster. My…

Local food-hero: Italian Continental Stores

When I moved to Britain I wanted to make sure my blog also felt like it had moved and changed to reflect my life here. So many things are different about life here compared to back in Sydney. Surprisingly the availability of food, equipment and services are much harder to come outside of London. As I’ve…

Fruit Dip

Sweet dips for fruit is always a popular search on my blog, and so I thought I’d share this recipe just in time for those super summer strawberries. So often the sweetness of a perfect strawberry needs nothing else, but after dinner or perhaps when you’re having a visitor, a bowl of strawberries doesn’t quite cut…

Custard Creams

6oz of butter, 6oz flour, 2oz of sugar and 2oz of custard powder is all you need to make one of Britain’s favourite snack time treats. Custard Creams have been one of the nation’s favourite biscuits since Victorian times, and while this recipe is not the same as store bought – they’re just as addictive. Using icing…

Elderflower cordial

“Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” so says the Wiccan Rede. If you want to cut an elder you must ask permission of the Elder Mother, the spirit said to inhabit the tree, “Old girl, give me some of thy wood and I will give thee some of mine when…

Carrot, Feta and Almond Baklava

    Here is another recipe from my middle-eastern luncheon odyssey a Carrot Baklava from my trusty Maria Elia cookbook. Ever since my brother and his main squeeze ditched animal products, our family has tried to embrace their choice by looking out for super tasty vegetarian and vegan meals that we can all enjoy. This recipe…

Wiltshire wonders; food to seek out when you’re out west

It’s something I’m rather proud of that didn’t involve feeding my face, so I’ll begin by saying that I walked over 14 miles on Sunday from Salisbury to Stone Henge. If you’re curious about the route, it’s something I found on the Saturday Walkers’ Club website. I was, I’ll admit, a little anxious about it…

Home made Baguette: yes you can!

I’ve tried making bread at home for years. The loaves have always come out too dense, or stodgy, or the results simply weren’t worth the effort. I’ve come to realise that bread-making is more of a habit than anything else. I can’t think of the last time I had a good loaf…or maybe it’s just…

On the chopping block

There’s a plethora of chopping woods, blocks and sheets available today, which makes choosing the right board difficult. However, if you’re not sure about what the best kind is, consider that wooden chopping boards have natural anti-bacterial properties in the wood that make them hygienic and safer to use. While both plastic and wooden boards get nicks and crevices that…

Savoury Coeur a la Creme

There’s the kind of recipe that you make, it’s great, but for some reason, you don’t make it again. Perhaps it was too fussy, the ingredients too difficult to source or it just wasn’t worth the effort. And then there’s the kind of recipe that’s great and you continue to make it again and again. They’re the…

Sweet Hoisin Pork

This recipe explores all four corners of the taste world: sweetness, spice, salty and sour. This Hoisin Pork recipe is another Kylie Kwong classic. I can’t praise her recipes enough, they are fresh, simple and always on the money. I love this recipe because it has a lovely combination of sweetness in the pork marinade and the crunch…

Smarties Cookies

My Dad bought me this apron back from a trip to Zagreb. It’s a hand stitched motif of a pretty lady in the kitchen. It says ‘I’m sweeter than sugar, I’m your dinner’….which sounds strange but it’s a translation and rhymes in the Croatian Language. I think I love this apron so much because it’s…

Pineapple upside-down cake

This pineapple upside down cake has an unusual texture that makes it somehow very luxurious. The recipe isn’t exactly easy but it isn’t exactly hard either. If I hadn’t eaten one of the pineapple halves, there would have been the perfect amount in one tin. So one tin is fine as long as you don’t help…

The Only Chocolate Brownie Recipe You’ll Ever Need

I stand by my outrageous claim that this is indeed, the best brownie recipe ever. In the world. I have made it countless times and it never fails to impress. It’s moist, rich, delicious hot or cold and thoroughly and deeply chocolatey.  It’s easy to make too. There’s no double-baking and not even a pinch of…

Christmas Spiced Nuts

  I must pass on my thanks and a kick in the shin to Nigella Lawson for passing on this recipe – the bar snacks at Union Square apparently. I’m sure they are responsible for at least 1 of the obligatory 3 pounds I put on over Christmas time. These make excellent edible Christmas gifts for teachers, neighbours,…