Mid week

harissa salmon

Life Kitchen harissa salmon with fennel yoghurt salad

A couple of weeks ago I went to help at a Life Kitchen cooking class. This Life Kitchen harissa salmon was one of the dishes that was part of the day and it was so good and easy that I bumped into most of the students in the supermarket over the road right afterwards as...

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coronation chicken tacos

coronation chicken tacos

I love a good Royal Wedding and the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no exception. Pulling together the best bits of California and Britain is something I’m pretty adept at, so to help you celebrate the big day, I’ve created a party menu with recipes that bring together the best of...

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tacos

tacos and how to make taco night delicious

Until I moved to California from England, my experience of tacos was very limited and I’d never heard of taco night. Like most Brits, I had memories of those dusty boxes of crunchy Old El Paso tacos, stuffed with minced beef and topped with loads of cheddar cheese. Not good. My first taste of a proper taco in...

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wholemeal tortillas

Homemade wholemeal tortillas

These wholemeal tortillas are a great thing to make with children and can be used in so many ways – not just as tacos or tortilla chips. We often make them then use them as a healthy pizza base and we love them for breakfast with scrambled egg, avocado and bacon. They are ideal to...

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risella

risella

I’ve eaten a version of this since I was little and cook it all the time for my boys. It makes no claims to authenticity but it is delicious and easy and that is enough for me. My Dad first made it in the 1980s on a single burner when we were camping in Spain...

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Middle Eastern chicken with green tahini sauce and lemon roast potatoes.

In my twenties I could often be found on the Edgeware Road in London late at night, scoffing Middle Eastern food. The combination of char-grilled chicken, citrusy herbs, chilli, and sesame sauce remains one of the flavour combinations I most lust-after. This Middle Eastern chicken is a great summer recipe as it is delicious fresh...

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roasted cauliflower salad

roasted cauliflower salad two ways

I love the bulk that roasted cauliflower adds to a meal. Most children and adult cauli-phobes find that they enjoy cauliflower and broccoli (its greener cousin) when it is roasted rather than steamed or boiled. That’s because roasting vegetables intensifies their natural sweetness by forcing the moisture out. These two salads are hearty enough as...

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lime and salt-dressed cabbage

Shredded lime and salt-dressed cabbage

This shredded lime and salt-dressed cabbage is a perfect taco night addition.  It is so simple to make and really packs a punch. It works perfectly in tacos with pulled pork with roasted carrots, crumbled feta and avocado or steak (pan-fried until rare then rested for a few minutes before slicing finely) with roasted or...

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Roast carrot salad

roast carrot salad with goats cheese, salsa verde and honey

I’ve been teaching this salad in classes for a while and it always gets amazing feedback. It is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish to roast chicken....

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eggplant polpette

eggplant polpette with speedy tomato basil sauce

Meatless meatballs, aubergine balls, vegetarian balls – I struggled a bit to name this recipe. Anyhow, I’ve settled on eggplant polpette. Eggplant because I taught it first in my cooking classes in California, polpette because, well, ‘balls’ is only ever going to get one reaction. If you don’t like aubergine or eggplant I bet you’ll...

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mushroom barley soup

mushroom barley soup with rosemary

This mushroom barley soup came about because I spotted loads of large mushrooms in the reduced area at the supermarket. I also spotted a bag of soffrito, reduced to 10p. Soffrito is just the Italian name for chopped onion, carrot and celery – the basis for most Italian soups, sauces and stews. I never usually...

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store cupboard pizza

store cupboard pizza

This store cupboard pizza recipe is so simple but one of the most popular ideas I’ve shared on social media recently. We all need a tried and tested recipe for when we are tempted to reach for the takeaway menu at the end of, or during, a tiring week. This delicious pizza is so easy...

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spanish cod patatas bravas

Spanish roast cod with patatas bravas, greens and aioli

This Spanish cod is smart enough to serve when entertaining but easy enough to make mid-week. My children love this dinner – I think the tomato sauce and the potatoes are the child-bait. I love it too because there is minimal washing and once you’ve made it a couple of times you won’t really need...

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Crispy skin salmon, kale, avocado and butternut salad

Crispy skin salmon, kale, avocado and butternut salad

I’m not a big fan of food being pretty for the sake of it and god knows the internet is full of recipes that are style over substance. Flavour and texture are much more my bag, but a funny thing happens, often when you’re layering up great flavours and textures in a dish, the prettiness...

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noodle bowls

noodle bowls two ways – the perfect healthy, fast food

Knowing the secrets to building good noodle bowls will always get you out of a ‘I’m starving, what’s for dinner’ situation. The bowls can be prepped and finished off when people need to eat – perfect for houses where there are early and later eaters to cater for. I tend not to follow a recipe...

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one pan pasta

one pan pasta – the easiest midweek dinner

Last night was our usual frantic mid week evening that started with double swimming lessons, showering two soap-resistant children and battling the changing rooms before coming home with another pile of laundry to add to the existing pile of laundry. I made this easy one pan pasta when we got home and it was on...

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fish stew

Italian fish stew – a one pan mid-week treat

First up, this is not a fish stew with all sorts of shellfish, tenticles and gubbins in it. I do love those French stews, but they are a lengthy, expensive process and more likely to turn off the squeamish amongst you. This is definitely in mid-week dinner territory, although I’d be pretty delighted to have...

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easy pilaf

easy pilaf

I know how excited everyone gets about a good one-pan dish. This family-friendly, easy pilaf has minimal hands-on time and dish washing but maximum flavour. Purists will note that this isn’t an authentic recipe, but the results are delicious so that’s good enough for me. This is a great lesson in balancing flavour, texture and...

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