Chocolate Cake (Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe)

Not so long ago, I was invited to the house of some dear friends for dinner. They happen to be vegetarian and with my dairy issues, they very kindly served me this amazing vegan cake. I don’t think I can honestly convey how lovely this cake is. We greedily ate our servings, despite being served…

Date Squares (Oat Date Bars)

I remember the first time I saw one of these. It was in the lunchbox of my childhood best friend, her mother was known for her amazing baking, and it didn’t look like the usual tempting treats she had. In fact, it looked plain boring! I think my first taste of it would come much…

Japanese Curry with Carrots, Potato and Sweet Potato

One of the most amazing things about having lived in Vancouver, is the access to the diverse Asian foods. Whilst living there, I was also really lucky to have an amazing foodie friend to help me navigate my way, she was of Hong Kong Chinese decent. She was one of the most adventurous people I…

Creamy Strawberry & Kiwi Smoothie

As we hang on to the end of summer with white knuckles (okay, it is the beginning of autumn but I am still hanging on!!), I am reminded of a lovely tart which inspired this smoothie. It was a simple tart on a pate sucre base, topped with a sweet cream cheese mixture and beautifully…

Overnight Chia Oats

I know oatmeal is supposed to be good for me. I just haven’t got the love for it I should. Not enough to choose it over most things. Cereals, well… I still struggle with that one. Then one day, I came across a post in Pinterest with overnight oats. I was intrigued. I saved it…

Vegetable & Lentil Soup

This is probably the very first soup I ever made. It is very simple to make and very hearty. I have a preference for soups which are chunky. They make me feel like I have eaten something, which means I can have them alone as a meal and feel satiated. This soup is great both…

Coco-Berry Smoothie & Almond Smoothie

We consume a lot of smoothies in this household. Really, a lot! Half of our freezer is filled with frozen fruit and we buy at least three bunches of bananas a week, never mind the kilograms of superfood powders, nuts, seeds and medjool dates. But then there are five of us, which makes huge amounts…

Maple-Mustard Sausages

For a time, when I was living in London, I helped out a friend by taking a few shifts in her lovely, cornflower blue food shop in South Kensington. In addition to her successful catering business, she ran a lovely food shop which was popular with the locals. The window was filled with platters of…

Carrot, Apple & Ginger Juice

   When you start out juicing, it is really easy to be overwhelmed and not know where to start. I remember going to my first juice bar and walking away embarrassed because I didn’t know what to order and nothing seemed appealing. It wasn’t until I went with a friend who introduced me to this…

Blueberry Crumble Cake

Much of my childhood was spent at our family lake-side cottage. Most weekends through the summer and a few through the winter. There were no other children nearby, so I spent much of my time at our neighbour’s (and dear friends) cabin, baking. This is almost certainly where I shaped my association with relaxation and…

Raspberry Peach Smoothie

Raspberries are one of my favourite fruits and this smoothie captures their sweetness beautifully. I have complimented it with ripe peaches and Lucuma powder. Lucuma powder has a light nutty, caramel sweetness to it – similar to custard. It comes from a fruit which has a texture like that of a hard-boiled egg. The powder…

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

The culprit for our excessive banana consumption can easily be attributed to our smoothies. On average we have one every second day for our breakfast. I wouldn’t say I have this one for breakfast, but it doesn’t mean you couldn’t. This just happens to be the very first smoothie I ever made – many years…