Napa Valley and The Culinary Institute of America at Copia

On my many visits to Northern California one thing I hadn’t managed to tick off my bucket list until recently is a trip to Napa Valley. It’s a beautiful part of the country and the best place to try some local Californian wine. The main hinderance to this plan however has historically been that none…

Making Halloumi Cheese

What do you get up to when you go to visit your parents for a nice Sunday afternoon in the countryside? Perhaps Mum might make a nice Sunday roast or Dad will get the BBQ going? These are all fairly standard. What did my Dad and I get up to a few weeks ago? We…

Salmon Noodle Bowl with Green Thai Broth

Green Thai curry is absolutely one of my favourite flavours of all the smorgasbord that is Asian cuisine. I’ve made more green chicken curries than I can remember but I wanted to use salmon this time and I wanted to make it a bit lighter. I’ve made a few Thai curry soup type dishes before…

Vegan Courgetti Pad Thai

As regular readers of this blog will know, I am an avid lover of vegetables, and always have been. I was the strange child that asked for a second helping of brussel sprouts at Sunday dinner. There’s a huge movement towards veganism and plant based eating in today’s society and whilst I can’t see myself…

Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Tart

As recipes go, I almost feel like this is a bit of a cop out because there’s absolutely zero skill involved but the result is absolutely scrumptious so I’m sharing it with you anyway. Puff pastry tarts make such a great midweek meal as you can buy the ready-rolled sheet, plonk a few things on…

Black Bean & Roasted Veg Quesadillas

Quesadillas are one of my all time favourite things to make for a casual snacky dinner on a hot day. They’re so tasty, quick to make and I kind of like the laid back eating with your hands vibe. Enjoy them out in the garden on a hot summer’s evening. I also think they’re a…

Rambla, Soho

If there’s one type of cuisine I’m guaranteed to always get excited about, it’s tapas. A childhood of sunny Spanish holidays seems to have ingrained it in my blood and if there’s a new tapas popping up somewhere, it’ll shoot straight to the top of my (ever expanding) list of places to try. Such was…

Broccoli, Leek & Bacon Risotto

Risotto is one of my all time favourite dishes. It’s so simple to make and you can literally throw anything in it and it’ll be wonderful. It’s my go to dish for clearing out all the the random veggies left knocking about in the bottom of the fridge at the end of the week. Occasionally though,…

Creamy Tarragon Chicken Stew

Tarragon is such an amazing herb that in my opinion is grossly under used. It’s something I don’t often cook with myself as I tend to forget about it, but every time I do I think why don’t I use tarragon more often?! Tarragon with chicken is such a classic pairing and when I decided…

Grilled Peach & Duck Breast Salad

I have to confess I’ve always been sceptical of putting fruit into savoury dishes, in very few cases does it actually work, apricots in a Moroccan tagine for example, but if you want to start chucking strawberries in a salad I really can’t get on board with that. I will, however, admit that I can…