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.

healthy dinner for toddlers (and grown ups) in a jiffy

This is a quick, healthy kid-friendly dinner. It gets me out of a hole every week when I want to get my boys to eat something healthy without me doing much cooking. It’s yummy for grown ups too – I just mash mine a little less! I always keep small pots of cooked brown rice (I...

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shepherds pie

a lighter take on shepherds pie

When the weather starts to turn colder I crave the foods I grew up on. One of my favourite comfort foods is Shepherds pie which my Mum used to make with lamb topped with creamy mashed potato and grated cheese on top which she’d put under the grill (broiler) until it bubbled. She’d serve it...

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15 minute squash soup with chestnut gnocchi – a Jamie Oliver inspired dinner

I bought Jamie Oliver’s new book “Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals” when I was back in the UK.  I’m awful for buying new cook books, reading them then leaving them on the shelf, so my new year’s resolution is to cook from one book a month and try two recipes a week from it.  So far...

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cauliflower and kale soup

a cup of cauliflower and kale soup

I feel cauliflower is often overlooked but I’m increasingly using it to give the creaminess I want in soups without having to use cream or potatoes. This cauliflower and kale soup is easy peasy to make and tastes gorgeous whilst being super-virtuous. I made a big batch and froze some for lunches. My Grandma, Myra,...

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oven baked roots risotto

Dinner tonight is a comforting (I need it) oven baked risotto. Not just comforting in taste but also comforting in that it requires minimal active time as most of the work is done in the oven. It is an old fab from my old treat-supermarket, Waitrose. See the recipe on their site here Feel free to...

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An easy prep ahead roast dinner for friends

I had friends coming over for dinner and knew I had very little time between getting children to bed and them arriving. I knew I’d barely have time to throw on my earrings and lippy so I chose to make things I could prep ahead of time and finish off while my friends chatted to...

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Let menus be your inspiration – LA Turkey Salad

I visited LA for the first time on Labor Day weekend and came back brimming with ideas of things to cook from all the places I ate.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, so much of my inspiration, along with learnings about what flavors work together, come from what I eat when...

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rainy day pretzels

On a horribly rainy day they were more fun than play doh and the grown ups can enjoy them with drinks later too. I got the recipe from a bar where we ate more of these than was polite. You can double up the recipe and freeze the dough for another day. Ingredients: 265g plain...

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egg and kale-slaw

an easy, healthy lunch – egg and kale-slaw

A week of cooking inspired by what I’ve seen on Pinterest starts today. When I was planning this week’s menu I decided to only cook things I’ve pinned. Lunch today is a really easy but unusual egg and kale-slaw which will stay in the fridge and give me a high veggie, high protein lunch for...

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