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

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Lemon and Raspberry Drizzle Loaf

Guys. Big news. The sun is out! It’s actually out, and the outside temperature has surpassed the 20°c mark. It’s officially summer in the UK.

I know this sounds a tad enthusiastic for what actually is mediocre weather, but here’s the thing: when the sun comes out in London, it won’t be there for long.

We have a couple of bursts of what I like to call ‘hyper-summer’ every year, if we’re lucky. These tend to occur at odd times of the year, e.g. March, and us Brits take advantage by pretty much stripping down to the point of IPE (indecent public exposure), whacking out the BBQ (having a BBQ tonight, obvs), and getting severely burnt. Ah, the great British summer, eh!

Anywho, sunshine calls for sitting outside and eating. Fruit should be involved in everything that’s not on the BBQ. Deserts need to be zesty. Just like this lemon and raspberry drizzle loaf. Continue reading

Carrot Chicken Soup

There is nothing like some warming chicken soup, a bowl of which comes in handy on many an occasion. Whether you’re feeling cold, hungry, down and out – chicken soup will be there for you, like a true friend.

My mum makes a killer chicken soup with carrots, leeks and vermicelli pasta. However, her recipe is pretty top secret, so instead I will share with you my own chicken soup, which is equally as simple to make and marginally better in taste (kidding, mum!). Continue reading

How to make: Chicken Stock

Every now and then my mum comes back from the supermarket with a rotisserie chicken. We tend to pick at it for a couple of days to put in sandwiches, salads and soup. After the succulent chicken meat has been devoured we’re left with the carcass, which just screams out to be made into a beautiful homemade stock.

So the next time you’re faced with the remains of your Sunday roast, turn those bones into stock. Here’s how:

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Oven Roasted Red Mullet with Fennel

I’d been waiting for the sun to come out again before I posted this beaut of a recipe, however that seems highly unlikely given the fact that the UK is destined to be cold, wet, windy and grey for the foreseeable future. Today for example, not only did it rain, but it was 10.5°c and so grey it seemed like dusk. This is England. In June. Continue reading

Muesli Pancakes

I think I’ve made it quite clear that I completely and utterly heart breakfast. But you know, I’m not the type of girl who can eat eggs and hollandaise sauce every morning, especially when we’re officially in bikini season.

Yeah..I’m one of those girls that eats a modest bowl of muesli most days – what a bore.

However, muesli in a pancake? Amazing life choice. Continue reading

Eggs Hemingway

Something quite exciting happened on Friday. I sat the final exam for my degree, the climax of three years of hard work, and in my case a lot of frustration.

I am ecstatic. I feel like Roger Daltrey.

However, now I need to find a job and make life plans – scary stuff. A hearty breakfast will help me on my way. Continue reading

Fede’s Crostata

For a fair amount of time my Italian teacher Fede had been asking me to make her a crostata, using the same shortcrust pastry that I use for my mince pies. Then a couple of weeks ago she handed me a gorgeous jar of blueberry jam for the filling, prompting me to get to work in the kitchen (a sign of patience wearing thin perhaps after months of promises and no delivery!).

I’d never made a crostata before, although the concept was simple – pastry filled with jam, caged in with pastry in a lattice design on top. I could totally do that. 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