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.

tuna polpette with fresh tomato and pepper sauce

Doing this job, I’ve found that a lot of people are a bit funny about canned tuna. In fact there are all sorts of foods that people have issues with, usually because of the way they tried something as a child. I love it when I get someone to love something they’d avoided since childhood,...

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romesco sauce

romesco toast with goats cheese

Romesco sauce is so versatile and a jar will last in the fridge for a week or two. I love having it on hand to add to pasta, spoon over fish or chicken, spread on toast or dip raw veg or bread sticks into. It is swoon-worthy with poached eggs and avocado on toast for...

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homemade tortilla chips with guacamole

homemade tortilla chips with guacamole

Homemade tortilla chips with guacamole is a recipe I make all the time with my boys. It keeps them busy for a good half hour and the end result is a really healthy, delicious snack or becomes part of their dinner. My two are almost 6 and 7 and they can make this on their...

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Roast nectarine, thyme and honey cream tart

roast nectarine, thyme and honey cream tart

If you come to my house for dinner over the summer the chances are you’ll get this roast nectarine, thyme and honey cream tart for dessert. It is so easy to make and a joy to eat. I also make it with plums, apricots, rhubarb or peaches depending on what I can buy at the...

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cheese and courgette muffins

cheese and courgette muffins

These cheese and courgette muffins are a great grab-and-go snack. And are a great way to use a glut of courgettes (zucchini) in the summer months. I often pop one of these in my boys’ lunchbox along with some veggie sticks and a flask of soup when we’re going swimming after school and will be...

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speedy spring frittata

speedy spring tomato, corn and basil frittata

On Monday nights I have the combination of meat-free Monday and after school football (soccer) to shape my dinner plans. I’m usually trying my best to delay a trip to the supermarket so dinner is often a mad rush to make something from what is in the fridge and freezer. This speedy spring frittata ticks all...

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fish and chips

Anglo Italian fish and chips

I’ve been making a variation of this dish for years. My children love it and it is just the ticket when you crave something with big flavours, crunch and comfort. Think of it as healthy, fish and chips with an Italian twist. The various elements stand-alone and will work with all sorts of other dishes. My version has...

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herby carrot pancakes

herby carrot pancakes with salmon and avocado

When I bit into these herby carrot pancakes on my last trip to LA, I did my usual food nerd thing of noting all the flavours and textures into my phone and photographing them from every angle so that I could recreate them for class. I’m sure I missed seeing some famous actor walk by...

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black bean burgers

black bean burgers

These protein-packed black bean burgers are one of our favourite meat-free Monday dinners. I know they don’t sound like something you can immediately imagine eating, because they do sound a bit too vegan. But trust me, they’re delicious. They pass the carnivore husband and suspicious child test with flying colours, but I love them because...

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roast rhubarb

pinkly perfect roast rhubarb

Why perfectly pink roast rhubarb? Roasting even the saddest of fruit is a brilliant trick. Because the roasting draws out and evaporates the water, you are left with a much more concentrated flavour. Roasting rhubarb not only gives great flavour, it also leaches out the most fabulous princess-pink juice. As the only girl in a...

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Saltimbocca alla Romana

Saltimbocca alla Romana

This classic Italian dish Saltimbocca alla Romana translates as ‘jump in the mouth’. When you learn how to make a dish like this and master the accompanying pan sauce you will replicate it time and time again. This classic Roman dish is quick (it takes around 20 minutes in total) but is so impressive. Traditionally it...

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pappa al pomodoro

pappa al pomodoro – Tuscan tomato soup

This classic Tuscan bread and tomato soup, pappa al pomodoro, is super speedy, silky smooth, family friendly and works brilliantly for a lunch or dinner. It also freezes well, making it handy for quick after school and work dinners. Italian soups have a much thicker texture than you may be used to, this one has a...

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chickpea feta and herb salad

chickpea, feta and herb salad

First things first, chickpeas are known as garbanzo beans in the US. Now everyone is clear on that, let’s talk about why you need to make this chickpea feta and herb salad this week. This is one of the most-made recipes from my classes. I love how many of you have adopted this as part...

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spanish chicken

one-pan braised Spanish chicken

This Spanish chicken is the kind of dish I grew up eating. We often had braised or roasted one-pan dishes that my Mum could spend a few minutes pulling together then leave to cook in the oven while she went on with all the other things she had to do. This type of meal also...

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banana bread

banana bread – perfect to freeze for lunchboxes

When I posted a picture of this banana bread on social media this weekend I received a bonkers amount of comments. Loads of you sent me recipes for your favourite banana bread recipes. It seems I’m not the only one who is on a quest to find The One when it comes to banana bread....

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chocolate sea salt pretzels and almonds

chocolate sea salt pretzels and almonds

I’m a sucker for anything with salt and chocolate. I’m sure you know that by now. So these chocolate sea salt pretzels and almonds are pretty much like crack for me. The people I’ve given them to seem to agree. Chocolate covered pretzels were a revelation for me when I moved to California. As were...

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stuffing

my favourite stuffing

I grew up, like most of us did, with stuffing out of a box. I do still have a nostalgic taste for that stuff, but once I tried making my own stuffing I found it hard to go back. Because the stuff in a box is so common, I always thought that making stuffing must...

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tomato chilli jam

My mum is a chutney queen and every year she makes homemade chutneys, biscotti and limoncello or sloe gin to pack up for her friends. She’s the one who gave me the tomato chilli jam recipe below – it is simple to make but most importantly it tastes amazing. We pounce upon it and grieve...

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