Red Thai satay tofu

Red Thai satay tofu-4

I spoke at a blogging conference a few weeks ago (BlogStock - conference meets festival, it was fun! I was speaking in a tipi!). There was a free Thai buffet before the event started (I know, a free Thai buffet, I was in heaven), and one of the sauces up for grabs was an amazing red Thai curry sauce. It wasn't any old Thai curry sauce though, it had a slight peanutty flavour … [Read more...]

Epic avocado sandwich

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I think this epic avocado sandwich might just be the most trashy recipe I've ever posted. Sophisticated, it ain't. But really, would you rather eat a delicate and refined sandwich, or an epic sandwich stacked high with avocado, roasted tomatoes, cheese, and crisps? I know what I would prefer (and if you disagree, feel free to check out some of my slightly more elegant … [Read more...]

Healthy apple crumble smoothie

Healthy apple crumble smoothie-3

After indulging a little (a lot) last time with my beer battered halloumi, I thought it was about time I posted something super healthy. Yes, I am calling this 'super healthy' even though it has the words 'apple crumble' in the title. This smoothie contains fruit, spices, a spoonful of oats, and a dash of milk. Now tell me that's not a good, healthy breakfast?! … [Read more...]

Corn and artichoke vegan pizza

Corn and artichoke vegan pizza-5

Here's another recipe that was requested on my Facebook page: vegan pizza. I know, I had the same reaction when I first saw the suggestion - I adore cheese, why on earth would I want to make a vegan pizza? But, you know I love to experiment with different types of food, so I thought I'd give it a go. To be honest, it is a bit of a cop-out to just heap everything with … [Read more...]

Traditional British Pimm’s

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I am allll about the cocktails this summer! First white sangria, then snazzy layered cocktails, now a traditional British Pimm's - with a few impromptu home cocktail nights thrown into the mix as well. I usually just reach for a beer or a glass of wine by default, so it's been really fun having some more exciting refreshments this summer! If you're not familiar with Pimm's, … [Read more...]

Easy Sri Lankan curry with toasted cashews

Sri Lankan curry-4

You may have noticed that I'm not Sri Lankan. In fact, I've never even been to Sri Lanka. So you would be well within your rights to call me out on the fact that this Sri Lankan curry is probably not actually Sri Lankan at all. Buuut, the flavours in this curry were inspired by a dish I was served at a restaurant ages ago, and if they're allowed to call it a Sri Lankan … [Read more...]

Moroccan freekeh with harissa aubergine

Moroccan freekeh with harissa aubergine-4

This Moroccan freekeh with harissa aubergine was dee-lish. And as you can tell from the name, I thought I'd use a couple of new-to-me ingredients in this recipe, in the spirit of trying new things: harissa (a spicy chilli paste), and freekeh (a grain). Don't be afraid of freekeh if you've not heard of it before! FYI, I believe it's actually pronounced 'freak-ah', not … [Read more...]

Honey chipotle roasted peanuts

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Snacking is hard. I don't snack very often, but when I do get a bit peckish in the middle of the afternoon, it's sometimes tricky to think of things to nibble on. Apple, banana, orange, and repeat every three days; it gets a bit old. And much as I would love it, it wouldn't be a great idea to reach for a bag of crisps every single day either. So, here's something you … [Read more...]

How to make a layered cocktail / mocktail

How to make a layered cocktail or mocktail-10

The Twitter addicts amongst you may have noticed that I took a quick trip to Paris last month (90% of my tweets from my trip were about how I was lost in St Pancras train station, so apologies for that...). A few journalists and bloggers (including me, Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and Margot from Coffee and Vanilla) were whizzed across the channel by the lovely people at … [Read more...]

Sausage and puy lentil vegetarian cassoulet

Sausage and puy lentil vegetarian cassoulet-1

I never knew I could love a cassoulet so much. Stews have never really been my thing - I can enjoy them, but I tend to gravitate towards creamy dishes, rather than rich gravy-based dishes. This vegetarian cassoulet, though... so, so good. I think I might now be a stew person. If you didn't already know, a cassoulet is a traditional French stew. It's usually made with white … [Read more...]

Vegetable tempura

Vegetable tempura-3

I love tempura. I almost always order it whenever I see it on the menu at a Chinese restaurant - the rest of the time I go for spring rolls, another firm favourite. Tempura is actually a Japanese dish, and it's just vegetables (or sometimes seafood, though I avoid that for obvious reasons) that have been dipped in a really light batter, and deep fried. I am aware that using … [Read more...]

Mediterranean chickpeas with sweet potato mash

Mediterranean chickpeas with sweet potato mash-2

I've called these 'Mediterranean chickpeas', but really I have no idea what they are. They're sort of Moroccan, sort of Greek, sort of Italian... so I thought I'd just stick with Mediterranean. I bet someone who lives near the Mediterranean Sea would eat something like this... I just can't tell you which side of the sea they live. … [Read more...]

Peach and basil white sangria

Peach and basil white sangria-2

Helloooo, sunshine! We've been having fairly mixed weather here lately - one day it'll be chucking it down, and the next it'll be gloriously sunny. Today is the latter, thankfully! So let's make the most of the sun while it's here, and celebrate with sangria! (which, by the way, you have to say in an obnoxiously bad Spanish accent: sangriiiiaaaa!) … [Read more...]

33 tasty vegetarian kale recipes

33 tasty vegetarian kale recipes

Kale! It's a vegetable that I don't think I had ever tried until last year, when I was introduced to it via a cookbook all about kale (Let Them Eat Kale! by the absolutely lovely Julia from The Roasted Root - you can read my post about it here!). Since then, it's quickly shot up to a pretty prominent position on my 'favourite vegetables' list (which is a list that I've never … [Read more...]

Green goddess sandwiches

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Hellooo, new favourite sandwich! Well, maybe it's a tie with my halloumi and sun-dried tomato sandwich, which I still think is bloomin' incredible - but, these green goddess sandwiches are definitely up there. So what on earth does 'green goddess' mean? Honestly... I have no idea. I don't know where the name originated (please enlighten me if you know!), but I've heard the … [Read more...]

Balsamic roasted strawberries with coconut cream

Balsamic roasted strawberries with coconut cream-4

So, you've roasted your strawberries - what next? Well, if you can resist eating them straight off the tray (or at least can be bothered to make a second batch after you've polished off the first), there are any number of ways of using them. You can go the fancy route (like these two beautiful cakes that were left in the comments on my Facebook post by two lovely readers); … [Read more...]

How to make roasted strawberries

Balsamic roasted strawberries with coconut cream-2

I know what you're thinking: why on earth would anyone ever want to roast a strawberry? Strawberries are pretty amazing as is, why roast them? Well, yes. I agree with you. Strawberries are amazing - especially when they're perfectly in season and you can get huge, juicy British ones (or ones from wherever you're from!). But there are a few reasons why you might want to roast … [Read more...]

White bean and pesto burgers (Amuse Your Bouche and Marley Spoon!)

White bean and pesto burgers-4

I have something a bit different for you today - there's no recipe in this post, but there is something even more exciting! I've teamed up with Marley Spoon to bring one of my recipes right to your doorstep (literally!). For those of you who don't know, Marley Spoon is a recipe delivery service - they deliver recipe cards, along with all the ingredients you need to make the … [Read more...]

Roasted red pepper falafel

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I have a love-hate relationship with falafel. I love the flavours and the crispy bits on the outside - and, as a vegetarian, I feel I really should enjoy them (especially considering that falafel and hummus in a wrap is the only vegetarian option in about 97% of cafés around here). But as I've told you before, I sometimes find them sooo dryyy that they just suck all the … [Read more...]

Carrot and red lentil koftas

Carrot and red lentil koftas-9

I actually made these carrot and red lentil koftas aaages ago (my Instagram picture serves as proof - I wonder whether Instagram has ever been used as evidence in court?), but I've only just got around to sharing them. Sorry if you were waiting for the recipe! Koftas are usually balls of meat, but here I've made a lentil version (the whole 'vegetarian' thing, and all), and … [Read more...]

Aubergine red Thai curry noodle bowls

Aubergine red Thai curry bowls-5

It's another dinner bowl! I'm obsessed with these things. This time I went for a noodle bowl, with red Thai curry aubergine. And it was amazing. The thing that takes this recipe over the edge, from 'mmm yummy Thai curry' to 'mmmm yummy yummy Thai curry noodle bowl' is: garnish. So much garnish! All sorts of delicious bits scattered over the top, which add heaps of extra … [Read more...]