Whipped feta dip

I had one of the tastiest brunches last weekend, made all the more delicious by an incredible eye-opening dip. I know, who thought a dip could be classed as so? Trust me on this. This plate was full of all things I love, looked incredible and tasted utterly divine. The ingredients were simple; feta cheese, peaches and dukkah. I’m new to this last ingredient, and … Continue reading Whipped feta dip

A taste of summer

I was incredibly fortunate to visit Raymond Blanc’s outstanding two Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in Oxford recently. Not only did I get to sample some of the most exquisite flavours during the five-course taster menu over lunch, but was also taken on a tour of the breathtakingly beautiful kitchen garden. Strolling through the lavender walkway humming with bees busy at work, which led … Continue reading A taste of summer

Vegan banana loaf

One of my favourite cakes growing up was banana cake. My mum’s banana cake, to be precise. It seemed to hold magical powers to soothe stresses, and was always the request of friends after a tough day at nursery aged 4, to those teenage years when life was just “so unfair”. It worked, and the smell of it cooking kept us on tenterhooks with mouth-watering … Continue reading Vegan banana loaf

Vegan chocolate mousse

I had some friends over for supper last week. A chocoholic, a vegan and a coeliac. It sounds like a foodie version of one of those Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman jokes. My usual dessert of choice after a healthy main, would be an indulgent lemon posset with an almond biscuit for dunking. However, the dairy loaded pud, complete with a biscuit was certainly not going … Continue reading Vegan chocolate mousse

Pesto…something

When I was a student, I lived with four other girls. We bonded the first day we met, over a bottle of cheap Cava while watching Neighbours. Like most students, we developed less than nutritious eating habits, and the staple meal – which featured at least twice a week, if not four times – was pesto pasta. Returning home after a weekend visit to catch up with one of my … Continue reading Pesto…something

Nutty almond butter fudge

I recently spent a lovely weekend in Whitley Bay, Newcastle, visiting a friend. On a particularly blustery Saturday we decided to walk the length of the beach and on to Tynemouth, where my phone’s pedometer reliably informed me we’d traced an impressive 15,045 steps. We deserved a treat, surely? I was fixated on finding some fudge; the sea air has that effect on me. Sadly … Continue reading Nutty almond butter fudge