Recipes

I've spent years teaching thousands of real people with real lives to cook in my cooking classes in the UK and California. My tried and tested recipes are influenced by my time living in both countries and are written to help you get real food on the table without drama. I share how to tackle feeding a family without cooking more than one meal a night as well as all my tips for stress-free modern entertaining. I love using seasonal ingredients, organic where possible, but I'm also realistic - so I share my favourite cooking hacks and tips to help you save time and money as you cook. You'll find everything from one-pan dinners, healthy family breakfasts, flavour-packed salads and delicious desserts.

Julie's lentil, carrot, tomato soup

Julie’s lentil, carrot, tomato soup

Growing up this was a pretty-much weekly item on our menu. My Mum, Julie, embraced lentil eating in the 80s along with her perm and shoulder pads. So I’m naming this as Julie’s lentil, carrot, tomato soup for her. The hair and fashions have changed but this remains a favourite in our family. She is...

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scandi smoked fish

Scandi smoked fish for lunch or a party

A couple of weeks ago I took a road trip to my old stomping ground of Leeds to cook for a group of 30 interiors lovers who are all members of No House Rules. Given their love of all things home decor, I brought out my favourite food item from Ikea – the giant knackebrod...

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easiest cake

The easiest and most useful cake I know

I don’t like to follow too many rules but with baking you have to. That’s why I love this cake, because it breaks quite a few of the rules that we’re meant to follow and also gives you the freedom to play around with flavours. It truly is the easiest cake recipe I know. It...

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roast sausage gnocchi

roast sausage gnocchi with tomato and greens

AKA ‘easy dins for little ones when the mums need to get on the wine and chat fast.’ I first made this roast sausage gnocchi when my frazzled friend was over with her children one Friday after school. It remains one of the easiest recipes and most quickly gobbled dinners I’ve made this year. I...

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spanish cod patatas bravas

Spanish roast cod with patatas bravas, greens and aioli

This Spanish cod is smart enough to serve when entertaining but easy enough to make mid-week. My children love this dinner – I think the tomato sauce and the potatoes are the child-bait. I love it too because there is minimal washing and once you’ve made it a couple of times you won’t really need...

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Middle Eastern chicken with green tahini sauce and lemon roast potatoes.

In my twenties I could often be found on the Edgeware Road in London late at night, scoffing Middle Eastern food. The combination of char-grilled chicken, citrusy herbs, chilli, and sesame sauce remains one of the flavour combinations I most lust-after. This Middle Eastern chicken is a great summer recipe as it is delicious fresh...

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black bean soup

Black bean sopa Azteca – Mexican black bean soup

This Mexican soup is a regular dinner for us – the add-ins made it really filling and substantial. A few steps at the start of the recipe give the soup a wonderful smoky depth of flavour. And the end additions give it freshness and texture. This soup freezes beautifully, making it great for lunch or...

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mushroom barley soup

mushroom barley soup with rosemary

This mushroom barley soup came about because I spotted loads of large mushrooms in the reduced area at the supermarket. I also spotted a bag of soffrito, reduced to 10p. Soffrito is just the Italian name for chopped onion, carrot and celery – the basis for most Italian soups, sauces and stews. I never usually...

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apple snow

apple snow with blackberry ripple

Faced with piles of blackberries from a recent walk and a bag of Bramley cooking apples from my Mum’s tree, I felt myself lean towards my default blackberry and apple crumble. But then I remembered the cloud-eating joy of apple snow and wondered if it was still as good as I remembered. It was. Better...

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spiced chocolate mousse

spiced chocolate mousse pots

These gently spiced chocolate mousse pots are one of the easiest of make-ahead desserts. They are gluten and dairy free too so they cater for pretty much every guest, children too. They are inspired by the flavours of Mexican hot chocolate but you can make them with or without spice. I love them so much...

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harissa salmon

Life Kitchen harissa salmon with fennel yoghurt salad

A couple of weeks ago I went to help at a Life Kitchen cooking class. This Life Kitchen harissa salmon was one of the dishes that was part of the day and it was so good and easy that I bumped into most of the students in the supermarket over the road right afterwards as...

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curry with spiced squished potatoes

Curry is my comfort food and this curry with spiced squished potatoes is perfect for when I have a curry craving. Being back in England, with so many great Indian restaurants means I don’t have to cook to have a great curry. But making your own is always a healthier option and costs much less...

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nachos

15 minute sweet potato and blackbean nachos

These healthy veg-packed nachos are one of our favourite dinners and have the thumbs up from various children visitors. Always a good sign. You can make them in less then 15 minutes by grabbing these ingredients from your freezer: a serving of my sweet potato and black bean chilli, a couple of wholemeal tortilla wraps,...

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Markle Sparkle

The Markle Sparkle cocktail

I love a good Royal Wedding and the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no exception. A party like this deserves a special drink and I’m sure my Markle Sparkle will be sipped at many a get together. Pulling together the best bits of California and Britain is something I’m pretty adept...

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a giant sausage roll fit for a Royal Wedding

Just one look at Prince Harry and you know he loves a sausage roll. I’m with him. Let’s hope Meghan has learned to love them too. A giant sausage roll is a brilliant party centerpiece. Let people cut a sliver or a wedge off with a bread knife. Add jars of mustard, pickle and a bottle...

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coronation chicken tacos

coronation chicken tacos

I love a good Royal Wedding and the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no exception. Pulling together the best bits of California and Britain is something I’m pretty adept at, so to help you celebrate the big day, I’ve created a party menu with recipes that bring together the best of...

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christmas cocktail

a new Christmas cocktail

At this time of year you might be thinking of what to make for parties as your signature Christmas cocktail or what to serve for non drinkers on the big day. I served this shrub with white port and tonic as a welcome cocktail at my last supper club. Everyone went wild for it. I...

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tacos

tacos and how to make taco night delicious

Until I moved to California from England, my experience of tacos was very limited and I’d never heard of taco night. Like most Brits, I had memories of those dusty boxes of crunchy Old El Paso tacos, stuffed with minced beef and topped with loads of cheddar cheese. Not good. My first taste of a proper taco in...

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