Orange Vinaigrette

For a short time during my London years, I stayed with a friend in Hertfordshire. It was a beautiful old farm which had been converted into a few homes, centred around a courtyard. If you drove through a cattle grid, then a beautiful field filled with cows surrounded by homes, followed by another cattle grid,…

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…

Halloumi, Broad Bean and Pea Salad

Halloumi, what can I say? I love Halloumi! (Let’s just park my dairy ailment for the sake of this post – no I am not eating this. Most sadly.) The very first time I tried Halloumi I was hooked. This is an amazing cheese. It is what I see as perfection between feta and mozzarella….

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…

Aubergine Wraps with Sundried Tomato, Feta & Pesto

This has got to be one of my most requested recipes for a BBQ, followed by my Blue Cheese Burgers! Don’t be put off by the aubergine. My aubergine-detesting husband would agree… they are worthy. Many years ago, when I was living in London, I had a flatmate who let me do all the cooking….

Spicy Lentil & Carrot Soup

This soup recipe came about when a couple of my foodie friends and I went out for lunch, when we were all between jobs. We went to a little cafe which had the most generous selection of cakes and yet, the surprise was the soup. We loved it so much we asked for the recipe…

Alioli (Ali-Oli, Garlic Mayonnaise)

I remember as a child, my father would occasionally sneak into the fridge for food, this was significant as he wasn’t a grazer or prone to eating out with mealtimes, so it was a rare sight when it did happen. There were two things that would lure him, leftover cooked sausages and alioli. For the…

Asparagus Tortilla (Spanish Omelet)

When the asparagus season arrives I am always reminded of my time living in Spain. I went to live there in my early twenties, to indulge in my family heritage and spend some time with my paternal grandparents (my Abuelos). My Abuelos had some horticultural land nearby Valencia and they would grow their own asparagus,…

Almond Berry Açai Bowl

(Pronounced ah-sigh-ee)I was curious about Açai bowls for some time before I tried one. It was in New York where I happened upon a small place near our hotel where I finally gave in. I was buying a couple of smoothies for our breakfast and impulsively added the Açai bowl to our order. I was…

Mushroom Risotto

I remember the first time I tried risotto. I was completely amazed at this savoury rice pudding-like dish. I was hooked instantly and couldn’t wait to have more. Once I learned how to make it, it became a regular in my meal planning. It also happens to be one of the few foods my children…