breakfast and brunch

buckwheat bread

buckwheat, coconut and spelt soda bread

Let me start by saying that this buckwheat bread doesn’t taste of coconut. Nor was it born out of any dietary needs. It is delicious and easy and has the rare quality of tasting gorgeous whilst also tasting really healthy. It was, as many of my best discoveries are, a result of me having a...

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welsh rarebit

Welsh Rarebit – no rabbits were harmed in the making of this

I recently hosted a party for my American friends and wanted to introduce them to some British classics. I wanted to make things that I could prep ahead and quickly assemble and heat at the last-minute, so Welsh Rarebit ticked all the boxes. Traditionally, Welsh Rarebit was served as a ‘savoury’, a course after dessert...

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pumpkin spiced pancakes

These pancakes are a great way to use up any random bits of pumpkin purée at Thanksgiving. In fact, I’d go as far to say they are worth cracking open a fresh can of the stuff. Just take around a cup of leftover pumpkin purée and put it in a jug where you whisk it...

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food processor Victoria sponge

food processor Victoria sponge with balsamic strawberry jam and crème fraîche

I’ve made this food processor Victoria sponge cake twice in the last week and both times have had lots of compliments and requests for the recipe. So I’m guessing you’d like it too. This is something I’ve been making for about 10 years – ever since I first got my paws on Nigella‘s ‘How to...

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orange and rosemary bundt cake

orange and rosemary bundt cake

I’m not as confident a baker as I am a cook of savoury things. I’m not by nature a precise person and I think that’s why cakes don’t appeal to me as much. One mistake and things can fall flat – literally. Baking doesn’t have the luxury of being able to be rescued like most...

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flapjacks

flapjacks for lunchboxes, teatime and road trips

I love a good flapjack. We never left home for a holiday when I was little without a tin of flapjacks and shortbread.  Long before granola bars had ever been thought of, these were what my Mum packed for us. Like granola bars, they are a real treat but give you a bit of a...

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Piedmontese peppers

These beauties are simplicity itself. They are my nod to the ’90s when Delia Smith made these a regular dinner party starter along with the, then unusual, baked goats cheese. Sometimes its easy to dismiss things that have gone out of fashion but these are still delicious and a gorgeous way of using all that...

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peach (or any fruit) crumble

I was lucky enough to get myself down to Andy’s Orchard last week to pick up some peaches. Pim Techamuanvivit‘s photos of his fruit (which she uses for her amazing jams) were just too tempting so I bundled the boys in the car and headed down to the farm shop to taste for myself. Andy hand...

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baked oatmeal

baked oats with berries and banana – perfect weekend brunch

Midweek eats Porridge, or oatmeal, is a pretty much daily breakfast in our house. I make mine with thick rolled oats and flaxseed cooked just with water then finished with a mound of yoghurt and fruit. The baked oats with berries and banana recipe that follows would be a good one to make on a...

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one ingredient ice cream

one ingredient ice cream, a healthy treat and entertainment in one

I am not the first person to fall off my chair at learning that ice cream can be made in seconds with one ingredient. Blogs galore share this fact. But if you have either read and discarded this recipe before or have no idea what I’m on about, prepare yourself for a revelation. We now...

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homemade baked beans – a bit fancier and healthier than Heinz

Before I start, let me say that as a Brit it would take a lot to dent my love of Heinz Baked Beans. But living somewhere where a can costs five times as much as they do in the UK means beans have become a huge treat in our house. Something we have to really,...

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egg and veggie bake

This recipe comes from a friend of a friend. She claims to have been eating this dish for breakfast for the past year. It ticks lots of boxes – high protein, veggie packed and make ahead. If I feel the need to have a super healthy week, I usually make a lasagna dish full of...

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easy shortbread

easy shortbread

My mum’s easy shortbread recipe This easy shortbread recipe is one that has been a part of my family as long as I can remember. It was always in the biscuit tin when we went on holidays and my Mum made it for many a summer fair, various picnics and parties. We often made it...

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Easter hot cross buns

Ask any Brit what their taste or smell of Easter is and they will go misty eyed over the thought of a hot cross bun. Their appearance in shops (increasingly as soon as the Christmas decorations are packed away) was always a sign that spring was on the way, even if the weather wasn’t suggesting...

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cardamom scented orange yoghurt loaf. Easy, but a bit ooh la la

The (rather snooty) mother of a French friend of mine once told me that every French Maman can make a yoghurt (yogurt) cake without a recipe for guests at a moments notice. She scribbled down her recipe for me but you don’t really need it written down – the formula is so memorable because it...

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Gwyneth’s oatmeal cookies

Gwyneth Paltrow’s oatmeal and chocolate chip/raisin cookies are delish and vegan as well as being gluten-free so I find them a regular fall back for entertaining. I actually measure all my dry ingredients in a bowl and put my wet ingredients in a jam jar the night before if I know I have a busy...

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huevos rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

This is a really easy, pretty healthy Huevos Rancheros recipe. I love it for brunch because the beans and guac can be made ahead. The tortillas can be kept warm in the oven then I just need to cook the eggs at the last minute. We also have it for dinner and weekend lunches too....

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