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.

dairy free chocolate cookies

a gluten and dairy-free chocolate cookie you can eat for breakfast

In a world of no consequences I would eat a chocolate chip cookie every day. But boringly, as I keep telling my boys, there are consequences. So I try and bring some balance and find new ways to get my and their chocolate hit. These dairy free chocolate cookies hit the spot every time. I...

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grilled green beans

On hot summer days I try to avoid using the oven. Our house gets so hot that the thought of adding extra heat is too much. That means we do most of our cooking outside on the bbq. That’s the grill for American readers. I was very confused when I moved here from England and...

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kale salad with avocado dressing and crunchy potatoes

I love a good kale salad. I know we’ve all been on the kale bandwagon for quite a while now. But, for good reason, the kale love-in shows no sign of slowing. So I guess it has matured past the flash in the pan stage and is now embedded in our everyday eating. If you...

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date shake

Palm Springs date, almond, banana shake

The date shake I had at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs has been on my mind since I got back. Date shakes are one of the must-haves when you visit Palm Springs.  Many of them are pretty unhealthy though and rely on ice cream and milk to give substance. I found them a bit...

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veggie stew

end of the week veggie stew

The week before I fly home to England from California I always go into an extra crazy vegetable eating and juicing mission and this veggie stew is perfect. It is my attempt to pack in as many vitamins and antioxidants so we are ready to fight off any bugs flying around inside of the plane. ...

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the joy of a simple goat’s cheese stuffed apricot

This is barely a recipe, more a point in the right direction. It is a perfect illustration of my mantra – good seasonal ingredients, cooked simply and carefully with love. Perfectly ripe apricots, like melon and tomatoes always remind me of childhood camping trips to France. We’d pull our (non-airconditioned) car over at the side...

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wax on wax off – de-waxing citrus fruit and embracing 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.  The problem is that once my tree is bare, and my friends have also handed over their spare fruit I really struggle with paying for...

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roast chicken and garlic sticky brown rice

roast chicken and garlic sticky brown rice with greens

This roast chicken and garlic sticky brown rice was the first dinner I made after being away in England for 3 weeks. I love staying with people and being cooked for and eating out but I really miss cooking in my own kitchen. And, I admit, I miss being selfish and making what I want...

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quick houmus flatbread

This is barely a recipe but as it is something that I make almost every week I wanted to share it. It is so quick and healthy and gets 2 of the 7 a day into whoever is eating it, along with a good dose of protein, good fat and healthy carbs. On nights or...

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Easter

Easter treats for lunch and brunch

I’m in England just now and enjoying the four day weekend we have for Easter. Very civilized having Friday and Monday public holidays either side of the weekend as it allows so many of us to travel back to our families. I always feel that it is like Christmas without the hassle of gifts and...

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chorizo and chickpea stew

Chorizo and chickpea three ingredient stew

Sometimes I forget to post some of the easiest things I throw together and this chorizo and chickpea stew is one. I make them so often that it doesn’t occur to me that other people don’t make them too. Or I talk myself out of posting them because they are so simple I wonder if...

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Pancake Day and the English art of flipping pancakes

As a child growing up in England, Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day was perhaps, one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the year after Christmas and birthdays. The real name for Pancake day, and the name we were supposed to use at school, was Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent starts....

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sesame wasabi crusted tuna

sesame wasabi crusted tuna with kale rice and a cucumber ginger salad

This sesame wasabi crusted tuna is a really nice way of making a dinner that feels that elusive combination of healthy and fancy at the same time. Last month I was hankering for something crunchy and fried. I’ll be honest, I was craving something like fried chicken but my head wasn’t allowing my belly to decide...

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salted caramel burnt creams – perfect make ahead dessert

I first made this dessert in the run up to Christmas. It got such rave reviews from my friends that I made it again and again. When I was thinking about what to post on here for Valentines day these silky creatures sprang to mind immediately. By mid February, after all that kale and quinoa...

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buckwheat bread

buckwheat, coconut and spelt soda bread

Let me start by saying that this buckwheat bread doesn’t taste of coconut. Nor was it born out of any dietary needs. It is delicious and easy and has the rare quality of tasting gorgeous whilst also tasting really healthy. It was, as many of my best discoveries are, a result of me having a...

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party food

ideas for Christmas and holiday party food

I know that what to serve at parties is a hot topic right now so I wanted to share the list I had pulled together of recipes I’d like to eat. Always a good place to start I think. You can also come along to one of my cocktail and appetizer classes if you’d like...

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how to work without a recipe and find inspiration – slow roasted pork with kale pesto, roast butternut squash and greens

Lots of my students ask me how to move beyond cooking with a recipe, to the point where you can come up with your own combinations of ingredients and techniques to create a dish. As I was cooking tonight, I realised that what I was making was a perfect illustration of how I do this....

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welsh rarebit

Welsh Rarebit – no rabbits were harmed in the making of this

I recently hosted a party for my American friends and wanted to introduce them to some British classics. I wanted to make things that I could prep ahead and quickly assemble and heat at the last-minute, so Welsh Rarebit ticked all the boxes. Traditionally, Welsh Rarebit was served as a ‘savoury’, a course after dessert...

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