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.

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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brown rice

how to cook and freeze brown rice

how to cook and freeze brown rice One of the most frequent questions I get in class is how to cook and freeze 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 cooking instructions on the brown rice packet, because...

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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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fennel and lemon freekeh

fennel and lemon freekeh

I’m a bit in love with this fennel and lemon freekeh recipe and I think you’ll love it too. Whenever I think about this recipe I have the sound of Missy Elliot – Get Your Freak On playing in my mind, except I change freak to freekeh. So now it is in yours too. Sorry...

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Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce

Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce

I love a good meatball. And these Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce are the latest iteration of my obsession. Meatballs are such an easy thing to make a big batch of and freeze. Read on for how you can store and serve these in all sorts of ways for midweek dinners and fancier dinners with...

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grain packed healthy pancakes

grain packed healthy pancakes

Ask my American born 4 year old what he wants for breakfast and before you’ve even finished the question he’ll have told you. Pancakes. Always pancakes. I can’t always find the time in the morning to indulge him but when I do, these are the grain packed healthy pancakes I make. These are far from...

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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 10-15 minutes (depending on how helpful children are being you may need to add a few minutes) and is a great way to get...

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one pan fragrant roast chicken

One pan fragrant roast chicken with crunchy chickpeas and vegetables

My students love a good one pan, throw it in the oven dinner so I think you’ll love this. I just got back from teaching a week of classes in California and I’ve already had loads of pictures of this one pan fragrant roast chicken dish from my students after they’ve recreated it at home....

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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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a very San Francisco Greek salad

I’ve had some amazing Greek salad, sitting by little marinas on Greek islands with the sun on my shoulders. Over there they are very simple – a big chunk of good feta, not broken up. Sitting on top of juicy, in season, sun-warmed tomatoes; chunks of crunchy cucumber and raw onion (the only bit I...

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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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sweet-potato-and-black-bean-chilli

fragrant sweet potato and black bean chilli

Accidentally vegan sweet potato and black bean chilli recipe 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...

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