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.

citrus curd

Great Aunty Joyce’s citrus curd

Citrus curd was the first preserve I ever made and is much simpler than making jam or marmalade. It is a brilliant one to make with children as it only takes 10 minutes and is a great way to get them using scales and understanding some of the science of cooking. I’ve created this 10...

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green herb sauce

green herb sauce – ‘so good you should bottle it’

I made this green herb sauce for a client this week and it blew her and her family away. So much so that she said I should bottle it to make my fortune! The thing is, it is too fresh to bottle so I’m sharing it with you here instead. You’re welcome. All the ways...

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brown rice pudding

coconut brown rice pudding with salted coconut caramel

I’m always on the look out for a dessert that will make my boys feel like I’m indulging them but is healthy enough to dish out midweek on a regular basis. And, I’m sure you know by now that I’m also always looking for ways to make a recipe quicker and more delicious so that...

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yoghurt vanilla honey berry bake

the easiest yoghurt, vanilla, honey and berry bake

If you have the oven on already for dinner, why not make something light and sweet to round the meal off? This yoghurt vanilla honey berry bake recipe gives you a healthy custardy dessert with minimal fuss. It is something I usually make with what we already have in the fridge and freezer. I often make...

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harissa and lemon chickpea soup

My love a good soup is well documented on these pages. This harissa and lemon chickpea soup is a quick to make recipe that uses things you will probably have in your store cupboard. It is a great lesson in flavour balancing and the subtle Middle Eastern flavours taste like nothing you’d be able to...

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Strisce alla Chiantigiana

Strisce alla Chiantigiana – pappardelle in a pancetta and Chianti sauce

This genius combination of simple ingredients results in a complex but super-speedy umami rich red wine sauce. The Strisce alla Chiantigiana recipe originates in Florence. Close your eyes, taste this and you could be there. This recipe serves 2, feel free to double it but for some reason I feel it is a dinner a...

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chicken chorizo stew

chorizo love in – speedy chicken, tomato and chorizo stew with crispy broccoli

One of the nicest things about living back in England (aside from family, old friends and telly obviously), is being able to shop at Waitrose. Most expats in California can be turned instantly misty eyed at the mention of this most British of supermarkets. American friends – imagine a shop that is combination of the...

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beetroot cannellini dip

beetroot, cannellini, basil and sherry vinegar dip

I made a quick batch of this beetroot cannellini dip as part of a nibbly platter for my students last week. I’d been jonesing for these flavours since I had the Marks and Spencer version of this beetroot and bean dip at Christmas. Not only is this dip fabulously purple, it tastes amazing, can be...

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freezer fillers

fragrant sweet potato and black bean chilli

This sweet potato and black bean chilli what I reach to when I feel we need to re-set our eating a bit. It is easy to make, comforting to eat and works for my whole family. It is even better the day after you make it as the flavours mellow together. This one-pan dish is great...

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sausage butternut squash and sage bake with apple lemon salsa

One-pan sausage, butternut squash and sage bake with apple salad

When people ask me what my go-to mid-week meals are, I invariably mention my love of a sausage tray bake. Cooking in this way is hands-off and delicious. Spend the time and money on good sausages (made from happily raised animals please) and a lot of the flavor work is done for you. Below you’ll...

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peppermint bark

peppermint bark – a perfect homemade gift

This homemade peppermint bark recipe is so easy and a fraction of the cost of the bark sold at Williams Sonoma (theirs is $28 per lb, mine is closer to $6 per lb or £2 per 450g). When we lived in California I became addicted to the free peppermint bark samples Williams Sonoma had around...

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negroni

Negroni cocktail

This is a real bartenders’ drink. Many will say it is a man’s drink but I think there is something very cool (not that alcohol makes you cool, obviously) and egalitarian in a girl ordering a ‘men’s drink’. If you do want to soften it up a bit, just mix your Negroni up with a...

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roast potatoes

roast potatoes – the crunchiest ever

If you want extra crunchy, English-style roast potatoes, follow the recipe below. I receive a ton of photos from students and readers who have made these spuds as part of their Thanksgiving and Christmas menus – the highest praise for any recipe. There are so many roast potato recipes knocking about but this technique gives...

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cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is a great make-ahead for Christmas or Thanksgiving. And home made is a zillion times nicer than the bought stuff. You’ll also use a lot less sugar than anything you can buy. In fact I often use maple syrup for extra flavour and less teeth-aching sweetness. We love leftover cranberry sauce on grilled...

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sticky apple one pan crumble

sticky apple one pan crumble

I do love a good crumble and had always made mine in a ceramic dish. Then one day, inspired by the method used for Tarte Tatin, I decided to cut out some dish washing and make the whole blummin thing in a frying pan and my sticky apple one pan crumble was born. The apples...

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Prince Harry cocktail

The Prince Harry cocktail

I created this cocktail in honour of my favorite Prince (sorry Kate) and also for my own ginger prince (red headed, Mr Tomato). The slightly spiced ginger and rosemary syrup is lovely topped with Champagne or cava. I taught this in my Christmas classes last year in California and was blown away how many times...

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gem's gorgeous granola

gem’s gorgeous granola

When you learn how easy it is to whip up a batch of this gem’s gorgeous granola you’ll be a convert. This version is much lower in sugar and oil than many store bought varieties and is full of nutritious ingredients. It is also about a quarter of the price of shop-bought granola. And everyone...

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frozen berries with white chocolate sauce

frozen berries with white chocolate sauce

This frozen berries with white chocolate sauce is a showstopper dessert, influenced by the one originally served at Le Caprice in London (where it was apparently Princess Diana’s favourite dessert). Since then it has cropped up on menus all over England and with good reason. It is easy to make mid-week, and is something my...

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