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Read my tips for getting real food on the table without drama. Learn how to organise and stock your kitchen, where I like to eat out and how to max out the flavour in what you cook without spending long in the kitchen.

All I know about grilling and cooking on the bbq

First off – In England we call the grill a bbq. So excuse the interchangeable terminology that follows – just know I’m talking about that thing you cook on outside...

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Happy place – Borough market in London

Borough market is a must-see (or must-taste) for anyone visiting London. I’ve been going for years but I still get excited when I step off the tube, cross over into...

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Wax on, wax off and the joy of zest

As a Brit I still cannot get over the thrill of being able to wander outside and pick a lemon, orange of grapefruit off a tree in my California garden....

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How to plan to cook

Planning what we’ll eat each week is the only way I manage to cook from scratch, stay healthy, avoid waste and save money. I love to cook but I don’t...

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A better way to serve bread and butter

I love really good bread and salty butter. If you aren’t in the locale of a fancy butter maker, and Stateside it is tricky to get the good European-style stuff...

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What to serve at parties without stressing out

I know that what to serve at parties is a hot topic so I wanted to share the list I had pulled together of recipes I’d like to eat. Always...

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Kitchen design inspiration

As I write this I’m just starting a whole house remodel. Words that I know bring a feeling of dread to many people but, perhaps naively, I’m so excited about....

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LA eating and travel guide

I’ve escaped to LA twice now so while I don’t pretend to be an expert, I did spend a lot of time hunting out the best places to eat and...

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How to organize and choose kitchen equipment

How I decide if something is worth buying Having lived in a flat in London prior to moving to America 4 years ago, my kitchen had always been pretty teeny....

10 easy ways to make your cooking taste amazing
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The new salad rules

If you want to step up your salad making read on as I’ve pulled together my top salad rules. Think of them as building blocks – when you’re making a...

10 easy ways to make your cooking taste amazing
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Places I love to eat in London and Manchester

I’m finally getting around to writing about my recent trip home to England and wanted to share some of the places I loved along with a few photos of some...

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Win my favourite kitchen kit and a 1 hour class

Win a parcel of my essential kitchen kit and a 1 hour Facetime cooking class or coaching session with me. We can cover whatever you like in that hour. I...

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California road (and eating) trip – Santa Barbara

I’m just settling back in after a fab two-week road trip around Southern California.  We’d never been further south than LA so we can now say we’ve been almost all...

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The books that inspire me to cook – part one

People are always asking me which books are my favourites so I’ve finally had chance to write them down. Below are my all-time most loved and most used cookbooks. These...

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some new ingredients

A couple of the ingredients I’m using right now aren’t easy to get at the supermarket. You can buy them from Amazon using the links here. Nduja This comes as a...

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