Category Recipes

Making water kefir

“I’ve brought you something,” said my friend Charlotte in an ominous tone, producing something blurry in a tiny Tupperware box from her bag. We were in a cafe near Waterloo and my kids were running rings around the table. She handed over something that, when I opened the lid, looked like frogspawn without the tiny […]

Banana, date and coconut oat bars

My daughter E is nearly 7 but ALREADY I am making her cringe on a regular basis. I knew this would be my role when she was, like, say 11 upwards, but not now! It all feels a bit soon for such eye-rolling. When my husband and I recently attended her Sports Day, we were […]

Thai mango and sticky rice

I am not a very adventurous traveller. Despite the stamps in my passports, indicating that I’ve been to quite a few far-flung countries, I am always cautious, terrified of dodgy transport, impassable roads, diseases, bugs, and every kind of peril you can name. My husband will never let me forget how we travelled around most […]

Vietnamese summer rolls – gỏi cuon

  My three-and-a-half-year-old son is going through a really exhausting, fiesty, “f*ck you” phase, which has been dragging on for months. He wakes up, usually in a terrible temper, and starts shouting NO at anything we suggest. We have to be on alert for biting, kicking and hair-pulling. He’s wise to us bribing him, and […]

Bergamot lemon macaroons

Bergamot lemons. Who knew about these? I certainly didn’t. I honestly thought there was probably only one kind of lemon, the usual kind that I squeeze on everything. To be honest I don’t spend much time thinking about lemons. Well. There are actually different types of lemon lurking out there, quite independently of me knowing […]

Roasted cauliflower linguine

And now it’s 2018. Let’s see how this year goes, shall we? Perhaps unicorns and rainbows will shower down upon us all? That is all I have to say on the matter. Anyway, in matters of grave importance, I now have an obsession with pasta and cauliflower in a dish together. That doesn’t sound very […]

Supersonic miso ginger sauce

I call this a ‘supersonic’ sauce because it’s so deliciously addictive and full of good things that it will surely give you superpower! I got inspiration from Smitten Kitchen for dressing a bowl of roasted veggies and rice with a sauce that is tangy, savoury with umami and full of gingery spice, then ramped it […]