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…

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…

Vegetarian January

Spurred on by the over-indulgence of Christmas, and a desire to generally be a better person in January, I felt a little bit of a detox was in order. Veganuary is all the rage this year and I can’t log into social media without seeing or reading something about it. However, I’ve never been that…

Puy Lentil, Cauliflower & Halloumi Salad

Lately I’ve been trying to cut back on the amount of meat I eat. I’ve always toyed with the idea of going fully vegeterian because I love vegetables in all their glorious forms but, to be honest, my heart’s not in it. Human’s didn’t evolve as herbivores, we evolved as omnivores, and unless there’s a…

One Pan Hake with Tomatoes & Beans

This is dish is one of my favourite midweek meals, mainly because it involves almost zero effort yet it feels a little bit fancy. I’ve made it in many various forms with different types of beans and different types of fish but this combination has to be my favourite. Any white fish will work, I…

Prawn & Mango Courgetti Salad with Sweet Chilli Dressing

In recent months I’ve really been trying to pay a lot more attention to what I put into my body and how it responds. Last year, after quite a long period of trying to figure out why I was getting stomach pains, I had my gall bladder removed. It’s a pretty minor operation and very…

Halloumi, Bean & Chickpea Salad with a Chilli Lime Dressing

Do you ever get stuck in a rut when it comes to lunches? It’s a really important part of the day, we’ve all been working hard all morning and lunch is vital to refuel and get you through the afternoon until dinner time, however it’s often over looked as an interruption. We end up skipping…

Roasted Broccoli & Sweet Potato Salad with Tarragon Dressing

I cannot remember where I originally got this recipe from. It’s one of those things that I jotted down because it looked good, cooked from my notes and have made a few times and developed slightly with each one. It’s been popular in my house as I often steam green veg to go on the…

Grilled Tuna with Aubergine & Freekeh Salad

As tuna of the tinned variety has become so common in our diets we often dismiss it as a bit of a store cupboard staple and forget what a nice piece of fish it really can be. Don’t get me wrong, I always have a supply of tinned tuna in the cupboard but it’s become…