Smoky pepper vegan tacos

Ok, I’ll level with you, these are in no way traditional tacos. But they are bloody delicious and are quick, easy and most of all, very tasty. I’ve made a pledge to eat as seasonally as possible this year, which means I’m having to be very inventive with greens and roots at the moment (I’m…

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Wake up and smell the coffee chocolate cake

I like chocolate. I like coffee. I like cake. And more than anything I like chocolate cake. It seems all the best things come in ‘C’s’… This chocolate cake was created for Bake Face, a monthly baking club I run. The theme for January’s meet-up was ‘Smash Your Resolutions’, so I included as many things…

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Five spice chicken and pickled sprouts wraps

I am one of the many people who don’t like sprouts. And before you tell me I haven’t had them the right way I’ve done boiled, fried, stir-fried, gratin-ed, shredded, cooked in butter, with spices, you know name it… However, this year I’ve been working towards eating a lot more seasonally, so I’ve been looking…

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A lighter Christmas Cake

It’s come to my attention that not many people like Christmas cake. Or Christmas pudding for that matter. I (without boasting) can personally eat my weight in both and look forward to a post-December 25th supermarket sweep for marked-down Christmas cake and pudding. I love Christmas – it’s not the present giving, but the seasonal…

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Taleggio lasagne bianca

Taleggio is a semisoft cheese and I love it. It’s soft and best of all it’s stinky. With a pinky/orange rind it smells like a farmyard, but get it in your mouth and you don’t taste pigsties, you get fermenting fruit and cream. At this time of year, as the damp cold begins to settle…

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Pumpkin spice millionaire’s no bake marshmallow squares

Pumpkin spice isn’t something we’re that au fait with in the UK, mainly regarding it a naff flavouring used by well-known coffee chains and wondering what all the fuss is about. And I was one of the ‘what is that’ crew until last week. Wanting a Halloween bake (or no bake as it turned out)…

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Beetroot, grapefruit, chicory and goats cheese salad

Don’t you just love the beauty of beetroot? Vivid pink, I marvel at how nature produces such shocking hues. Sugary, earthy and dense it lends itself to comforting autumn cookery, but also adds a balance to lighter, sharper dishes. The versatility of this often overlooked root vegetable is something that I have capitalised on in…

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Leek and cheese puff pastry tart with chorizo pangrattato

This leek and cheese puff pastry tart is the perfect antidote to the oncoming autumn (and winter) chills. Sweet leek is┬átempered by savoury mushroom, with a creamy, yet sharp, unctuous cheese base bringing it all together. I’ve added a zesty chorizo pangrattato and boy, does it make this tart sing. It’s perfectly fine without, but…

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Lemon and blackberry drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake is one of my very favourites. There’s nothing out of this world, weird, or wonderful about it. But when someone cracks out the lemon drizzle my eyes light up. A good one will be light, buttery and a little bit tart – sharpness is something that can be sorely lacking in a…

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