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.

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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pumpkin chocolate loaf with olive oil glaze

pumpkin chocolate loaf with olive oil glaze

I fell in love with pumpkin loaf (really a cake) in America but had never made my own. Feeling a bit like my American boy was being deprived of his birth right, I decided to have a bash at making it with my boys. There are tons of recipes but one was speaking to me...

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roast pumpkin seeds

roast pumpkin seeds

Carving pumpkins this week? Need to entertain small people? Lots of us have children off school this week or next and need a way to keep them busy and fed without resorting to too much sugar. This roast pumpkin seeds recipe is a great way of ticking both boxes. Roast pumpkin seeds are a perfect...

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roasted tomato, herb and feta pasta

roasted tomato, herb and feta pasta

This roasted tomato, herb and feta pasta is so easy and has become a regular in so many of my students houses since I taught it last year. I love it because it is so simple, has very few ingredients and is packed full of flavour and goodness. It has a ton of variations so...

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rosemary bacon hassleback potatoes

rosemary bacon hassleback potatoes

These rosemary bacon hassleback potatoes are the easiest and most delicious spuds to sit alongside all your feasts. I love these as an easy alternative to my roast potatoes with a roast dinner but I won’t say no to them with some fish and salad or even on their own. These hassleback potatoes have maximum...

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chocolate orange porridge

chocolate orange porridge

I’m already having to swerve the temptation of chocolate oranges and all the other Christmas treats at the supermarket. I’m not ready to start Christmas indulgence yet – I leave that until a week before the big day. But I do love that chocolate orange combo so I try and work that into what I’m...

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tuna avocado poke bowl

When I shared the picture of the tuna avocado poke bowl I made for lunch last week everyone went a bit mad. So rather than leave the recipe to disappear on social media I wanted to keep it here so you can come back to it. When you work from home, as I now do, Friday...

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Kale, roast butternut squash and tuna salad

kale, roast butternut squash and tuna salad

This kale, roast butternut squash and tuna salad isn’t as detailed as my usual recipes. But then sometimes life means that there is no time to follow a recipe and you just have to scrabble something together is super-quick time with what you have. This kind of cooking is what I do most of the...

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blackberry bay infused gin

blackberry bay infused gin

I just posted a video of me giving my blackberry bay infused gin jars their daily shake and social media went a bit wild so I thought I’d better hurry up and post the recipe while there are still berries to be found. Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram will have...

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grilled cheese

grown up grilled cheese with tomato dipping sauce

Until we moved to America I thought the whole world knew what a cheese toastie was, but I was wrong. Over there it is a grilled cheese – even though it is usually cooked in a frying pan rather than under the grill (known as a broiler in the US). Confused much? I’d always made...

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perfect brown rice

brown rice – perfect every time

One of the most frequent questions I get in class is how to make perfect brown rice. So many people invest in space-hogging contraptions or end up with sticky over-cooked rice. My first tip is to stop following the instructions on the packet, because this easy-peasy method gives you perfect rice every time with minimal...

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spanakopita

Spanakopita – spinach, feta, egg and filo pie

Spanakopita is the correct name for this Greek pie made of filo*, spinach, feta and egg. However my boys have named it ‘green pie’ rather than Greek pie since they are a) very literal, and b) not the best listeners. Regardless of the name, they and I agree (for once) that it is the most...

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romesco sauce

romesco sauce – you’ll be adding this to everything

This romesco sauce is so versatile and yummy. It has a perfect Spanish balance of vinegar, smoke, sweetness and is packed full of goodness. It can be made in a jiffy using ingredients that I always keep in my store cupboard. A jar will last in the fridge for a week or two. I love...

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Lemony mushroom ragu on oozy polenta with kale pesto

Lemony mushroom ragu on oozy polenta with kale pesto

This Lemony mushroom ragu on oozy polenta with kale pesto is a 20 minute dinner in a bowl that oozes Italian deliciousness and will win over even the most avid meat eater. The polenta is comforting, the mushrooms are meaty and umami rich. The pesto adds freshness and helps get some healthy greens into even the...

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cousotto

cousotto – the speediest of speedy dinners

Parents of small children lean in now. Purists please look away. This cousotto is the perfect recipe when you get in late and need to get food into mouths fast without resorting to packets. I’ve made various versions of this since my boys were teeny. They and I still love it. We call it ‘cous-otto’...

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