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.

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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kale, date, almond and quinoa salad

Palm Springs kale, date, almond and quinoa salad

Lunch today is a recreation of the kale, date, almond and quinoa salad I had when we were staying in Palm Springs at the Ace hotel. I had their kale, date, almond and quinoa salad every day for lunch when we were there. I never usually get the same thing twice, especially when we’re in...

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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, 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 the...

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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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pea pesto crostini

pea pesto crostini

This pea pesto crostini recipe is dear to my heart as it was taught in my first ever You say Tomato class. Since then it has become a regular in my students’ houses. They love it like I do because it is colourful, healthy, child and budget friendly. Most importantly, because it is mainly make-ahead...

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smoked salmon fishcakes

smoked salmon fishcakes with pea tartar dip

These easy little smoked salmon fishcakes can be made ahead. I love them to soak up drinks at parties, or to serve a quick hit of omega 3s to my kids for dinner (tip – don’t tell your kids they’re having ‘cakes for dinner’ as they may be disappointed). They’re great on top of a...

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roast cauliflower chickpea salad

roast cauliflower, chickpea, Dijon and parsley salad

This roast cauliflower chickpea salad recipe perfectly illustrates the importance of balance in flavour and texture and will teach you new techniques for making vegetables the star of the show. Why roasting cauliflower is a game changer Roasted cauliflower is such a handy addition to meals. It has just the right amount of stodge to...

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parmesan and poppy seed shortbreads

Parmesan and poppy seed shortbreads

Forget Pringles – these crumbly cheesy Parmesan and poppy seed shortbreads are so moreish that you’ll be lucky if one batch is enough to last you between the cooling rack and the serving plate. They are a perfect pre-dinner drink partner. My children love them with soup too. The dough for these can be frozen...

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mulled wine

mulled wine – the best recipe for winter cheer

A coffee cup filled with mulled wine is just the thing to get you through carol concerts, freezing cold rugby matches and Christmas shopping – as long as you’re not driving. It may make you ugly cry a bit more during the Joni Mitchell CD scene in Love Actually (is that just me who doesn’t...

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brussels sprouts

sweet, salty and bright Brussels sprouts

Until relatively recently, I, like most Brits, had a slightly unfair view of the possibilities presented by a Brussels sprout. I also had been spelling them wrong for years, missing the ‘s’ off the end of Brussel. Sorry about that. I know so many people don’t like them and that’s because they’ve only had them...

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21 day

Thai turkey or chicken salad with puffed wild rice

Almost as much time is devoted to dealing with leftover turkey as is spent talking about how to cook the blummin’ thing in the first place. To be honest, I love a good sandwich (toasted sourdough, Dijon, stuffing, crispy bacon, Maldon and cranberry sauce please). But what I often crave amidst the party food of...

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sticky toffee pudding

This classic dessert was invented a stones throw from where I grew up and is, frankly just delicious and comforting. You will want to lick your plate and that is fine with me. This pud contains wonderful warming winter spices, making it perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. The smell of it cooking is one of...

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carrot and swede mash

carrot and swede (rutabaga) mash

This way of eating carrots has been in my family for generations. I’d put money on this being one of the first foods I ate as a baby as it was on our table with well over half the meals we had each week. My children love it too. We always have it with shepherds...

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