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…

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…

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…

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…

Mushroom & Lentil Lasagne

Throughout my years as a blogger, my most constant and best source of inspiration has been other bloggers. As much as I love my cookbooks, my food magazines and my Saturday morning cooking shows, I love to see what other people are making in their own homes as part of their own busy, real lives….

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…

Aubergine, Sweet Potato & Butternut Bake

This January I decided to go vegetarian. This is not a permanent change for me, more a personal challenge, to see if I could stick to it and a chance to give my body a break after the incessant indulgence of the Christmas period. For the first week or two I was really enjoying it,…

​ Batch Cooking: Moroccan Chicken Stew

Recently life seems to be getting increasingly busier. I love to meal plan and I love to cook but sometimes it’s just impossible, impractical or I really don’t have the time. When The Boyfriend and I are on different schedules it can also be really difficult cooking for one without wasting ingredients or cooking too…

Gluten-free Chocolate, Courgette & Pumpkin Seed Loaf

I’m a huge fan of vegetables and I’ve always been one to stuff as many as possible into most of my meals. It goes without saying that the trend for vegetable cakes is right up my street. All of the vegetable cakes I’ve tried making have turned out really moist and delicious and you can’t…

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…