Easy cheese straws

Some people might call this cheating. Those people might be right, but I don’t see anything wrong with that from time to time. Picture this: it’s a balmy summer’s evening, maybe a Friday night. You’re sat in your garden or on your balcony, or maybe the window is wide open allowing you to bask in…

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Gravlax with savoury buttermilk pancakes and dill cream cheese

I used to have gravlax twice a year, once at Christmas and once in the summer. At Christmas it was, and still is, served side by side with home-smoked salmon, mayonnaise laced with sweet mustard sauce and fresh herbs as a starter before Christmas lunch. In the summer it would usually mark a weekend of…

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Blistered padron peppers

This is one of the easiest things you will ever make. In fact, it’s not even really a recipe, more of a good idea, which is why this post is so short. It tastes of mediterranean holidays overlooking a marina while the sun beats down on your face. Are padron peppers spicy? No. Well kinda.…

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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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Cured egg yolks: a (successful) experiment

I’ve seen cured egg yolks growing in popularity around the internet of late, with slivers of grateable golden yolk showing up on instagram and pinterest. A quick google shows similar adaptations of eggs cured in salt and sugar showing up in Epicurious, bon appetit, America’s Test Kitchen and bloggers like Eva from Adventures in Cooking…

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A meat free month: week four

It’s over! No more restrictions, no more unrequited cravings. Meat is back on the menu. If you’re just catching up, Harry and I gave up eating meat in January. If you want to read about it here’s week one, week two and week three. Whilst we have never been the type that eat meat every…

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A meat free month: week three

By now you guys know the drill, January has been a meatless month for me in a bid to cook more creatively and explore whether I feel any health benefits after cutting meat out of my diet. If you want to catch up you can read about week one here and week two here. When…

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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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A meat free month: week two

Read about week one here. This week I planned to make the most of so much of the great root veg that’s in season at the moment. I filled the fridge with beetroot, celeriac and leeks, thinking of nourishing warm winter salads with their comforting earthy flavours, whilst I tried to put week one’s lapse…

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