Shakshouka

If you’ve been living in a cave then you might wonder, ‘what is shakshouka?’. Well buddy, I’ll let you in an the big (not so) secret. Shakshouka, or shakshuka is a North African dish believed to have originated from Tunisia. Your average shakshouka will consist of eggs poached in a tomato and pepper sauce which practically screams out for bread to be dunked into it. Countries all over the Middle East (and world) love it, and prepare it in similar yet ever so slightly different ways. For example in Cyprus it is commonly heavily flavoured with cinnamon and cumin, whereas in others, a simple dash of turmeric and cayenne pepper will suffice. Continue reading

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Summer Minestrone

I once talked about how a simple bowl of minestrone is the ultimate comfort food. But in the summer months I crave something a little lighter. I’m a huge believer in using produce that’s in season, which is exactly why this minestrone is not only light and delicious, but completely accessible and affordable.

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Summer Courgette Salad with Ricotta Stuffed Courgette Flowers

These mini marrows, also known as courgettes or zucchini, are magical little things. Summertime is their season, and you will find them everywhere. Despite all of the rain we’ve been having here,  beautifully vibrant courgettes with their delicate golden yellow flowers always manage to bring some sunshine to the table. Continue reading

Kitchen Cupboard Pasta

Pasta Saturdays. This is what it’s all about. After a whole week of slaving away doing whatever you’re doing, you deserve this. It’s pasta, and it’s delicious in all forms.

But busy bees don’t always have a million years to create a tasty pasta dish from scratch. Imagine all of the flour, the time, the mess! More importantly, what would a busy bee do when a pasta fiend of a friend (and a hungry one at that) is moments away from their door? Panic!! Continue reading

Conchigliette di Farro with Super Greens

One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is head to the local farmers market. I often take a stroll down there to gather some inspiration and hand pick ingredients for lunch. The farmers market near where I live is admittedly a little small, but they really do have some wonderful produce on offer as well as beautifully prepared hot food, which draws a number of people to the market to have lunch on the go and a nose around.

One particular stall that I really love sells a variety of farro and spelt, as well as a modest selection of farro pasta. I absolutely love farro, but before Saturday I had never tried it in pasta form – so I grabbed a bag of conchigliette intent on throwing together something pasta based and healthy.  Continue reading

Goats Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato and Thyme Cake

The other day I came across a wonderful show on the BBC called The Little Paris Kitchen, and it’s now a firm fave. This is possibly due to the tiled wall in Rachel Khoo’s minature kitchen, or possibly due to the fact she clearly likes to cook with goats cheese.Whatever the reason, I’m a fan. Continue reading

Simple Pea and Feta Salad

Ok I admit it, I took the ‘it’s Christmas so I can eat what I want’ idea a little too far. So January, old pal, seeing as we’ve never really gotten on, what with broken resolutions and empty bank accounts, I figured this year I’d make an effort.

No more late nights in front of the TV, tub of ice cream in one hand, spoon in the other, oh no. This year, I’ve swapped my January blues for fitness. Boot camp training, to be precise. Continue reading

Butternut Squash Lasagna (not for the traditionalist)

Ah, meat.

Does my enthusiasm translate? Or my sarcasm at least?

I love a bloody rare steak from time to time (and anytime if we’re talking about dining at Gaucho), but when it comes to day to day meat eating however, I would class myself as a vegetarian.

And although I love a good lasagna, most days I’m not in the mood. This is where this bad boy alternative version comes in. Continue reading