Poached chicken with sesame pak choi

And so the seasons have turned. Despite a last minute heatwave, Autumn has arrived in Germany signalling itself with the yellowing leaves on the tree in my courtyard. This time of year always feels a bit like coming home. There’s the relief of drizzle after the hot weather and a back-to-school newness that year after…

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Cherry tomato sourdough toasts with crispy capers

Tomato sourdough toast recipe Serves 2 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 200g cherry tomatoes 2 thick slices of sourdough 80g ricotta 2 1/2 cloves of garlic 1 tbsp capers, rinsed Small bunch of basil Olive oil Method: Pop your bread in the toaster. If it’s a day old then that’s even…

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Niçoise salad

Niçoise salads remind me of one particular scene from my childhood, which has been repeated throughout my life. It’s a Thursday evening. Maybe it’s a balmy evening with the smell of honeysuckle wafting through the open back door or maybe there’s rain lashing at the windows despite it being June. Either way, in the middle…

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Chicken and spring veg traybake with spring onions, asparagus and peas

May is probably my favourite month. There’s a feeling of anticipation in the air as the weather starts to turn warmer. There are the first days of the year where you can sit sipping a beer in the park, prematurely wearing sandals and shorts and trying to cover goose pimpled legs with the bed sheet…

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Pasta alla Sorrentina

Oh boy. I love pasta. I’m sure I’ve harped on about it enough, but if you aren’t aware I could eat nothing but pasta for eternity without too much complaint. Pasta (be it rigatoni or penne or fusilli or whatever I happen to have in my cupboard) alla Sorrentina is on constant rotation at Casa…

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Spiced roast cauliflower soup (it’s vegan too)

Ah, the humble cauliflower. Over the last decade it saw something of a renaissance. Once a reminder of overcooked school meals we saw it transform into rice and pizza bases, seen alongside pasta and fish and even hidden in smoothies. Alongside other brassicas (looking at you, kale) it rose to stardom and has settled into…

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Roasted pepper vegetarian chilli

There are some evenings that demand an easy recipe, where you can chuck in the ingredients and just stir from time to time. Minimum thought, minimum effort. This week, after a day dealing with German bureaucracy, that’s exactly what I needed, so this is what I made. I love that I can just relax and…

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Turkey, quinoa and charred lettuce salad recipe

Oh boy, it’s new years. Another fresh start, diet, hobby, business, brand with new resolutions, intention setting and visualisions of your dreams. It’s a funny time of year when the collective self-improvement tide takes force, especially when most of us don’t really believe it will last ’til March, but we do it because we hope…

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Portuguese cabbage soup (caldo verde) recipe

Dishes that we now deem to be comfort food were often once peasant dishes, made from the need for filling, cheap food. Over the years as economies have grown and salaries have increased they have often been refined, sometimes shrugging off their once lowly status. Portuguese cabbage soup is almost one such dish, as despite…

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Spinach and nutmeg ravioli recipe

Since moving to Berlin, Harry and I have definitely cut down on the amount of meat that we eat. I’ve always wanted to eat less meat, but of better quality. Now, when I’m standing with two versions of chicken in front of me and one costs £3 and the other costs £10, I can’t tell…

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