Spiced Apple & Parsnip Soup

With Christmas round the corner, I’ve been up in Manchester visiting family. Outdoors has been cold and thick with fog, but curled up inside the warmth, all cosy I’ve had more time to cook again. A few of us are suffering colds so warming, nourishing soups have been welcome. My inspiration for this soup came from…

Butter Bean Dip with Roasted Tomatoes & Kale Chips.

Crunchiness, creaminess, smoothness, enough nesses to shake those morning blues away. Low fuss, healthy breakfasts are a winner and with a bit of basic prep the night before your good to go in the morning. Step one. It’s the evening; pop a tin of butter beans in a bowl, add a generous squeeze of lemon,…

The Perfect Pear – Made In Hackney

Tis the season of the pear, and what an excellent showcase Anton Petrov created today with his masterclass Gourmet Vegan. The class was held at Made In Hackney, a local community food kitchen and charity that supports local residents with donation only cooking classes. Today’s paid for class helps bring in funds to the organisation…

Adventure to bliss – Cacao Tahini Energy Balls

Packed full of protein, b vitamins, iron and calcium, these balls will get you jumping. I needed an easy breakfast option this morning after a weekend camping outdoors with storm Brian generously whipping up lashings of rain and gale force winds. Why was I camping in October? I was at Yestival, a 2 day festival…

Sweet Potato Fritters

 For a sweater wearing breakfast that makes you feel like your winning against the elements, colour is key. I’ve been making a lot of pretty looking smoothies and porridges lately but last night I had chance to prepare these sweet potato & bean fritters. These came out so well that I have to share them…

Spiced Carrot & Banana Pancakes

As the mornings grow colder, the comfort breakfasts make an appearance and who doesn’t love pancakes? These carrot and banana pancakes are delicious, and super easy to make. For the topping I added carrot, raisins, linseeds and cinnamon cashew cream but they also taste great with berries so play around with your favourite toppings. Spiced…

Sweet Potato Canapés

Move along cocktail sausage, these canapés are bound to please even the most hardy meat eater. They’re pretty to look at, delicious and gluten free. Sweet potato forms the base with 3 easy to make toppings. Guacamole, sun-dried tomato paste and cashew cream. Sprinkle seeds on top for added texture and crunch. Sweet Potato Canapés…

Cranberry & Walnut Chocolate Truffles

Find me in chocolate heaven. The ultimate soul food, these truffles are irresistible and effortless. I’ve used Uncle Roy’s Hazelnut essence in this recipe. If you haven’t heard of Uncle Roy, he is a man, now company who set out to create allergen free essences to help his family and others with allergies. If you are…

Czechmate

Goulash. A warming, comforting stew that wraps itself around you, lifting you up on the greyest of days. Traditional goulash is made with beef, with an onion as it’s vegetable counterpart. It originates from Hungary but arrived to Czech lands largely because a Prague chef Magdalena Dobromila Rettigova presented the dish in her 1910 cookbook Household…

Czech Mushroom & Dill Soup – Kuljada

Mushroom and dill soup is a mainstay in Czech cuisine and reminds me of childhood. Being half Czech means I was brought up with Czech cooking but I’ve often missed out on the main affair at family meals. Traditional Czech dishes are mainly meat based, so I’ve survived off mountains of Smazeny Sir (fried cheese) when…