Start lowering your carbon footprint on ‘Meatless Mondays’ with these dishes.

It is so important to not only help the planet but to also maintain (or reduce) our waistlines by having at least one meat-free meal a week. I have many more than that and I love sharing them here for your inspiration.

Dannika’s easy broccoli and fetta quiche

Posted on March 25, 2013

Do you avoid making quiche because you hate blind baking pastry? Or hate making your own pastry… or like making it, but just don’t have the time?

Today’s recipe is for you my friend!

And really, it’s for me too. Because even though I love to faff about in the kitchen for hours on end, the days of me actually doing that are long gone.

With a very busy toddler and another babe on the way, I like my cooking fast and healthy. And on Mondays, vegetarian, to support the Meatfree Mondays campaign.

My excellent friend Hanna sent me her friend Dannika’s recipe via text message and said I had to try it because it was amazing. Who the hell am I to argue? Besides, I do lurrve a challenge of delicious proportions. (more…)

Moroccan Pumpkin Curry for Sample Magazine

Posted on March 11, 2013

This article and recipe first appeared in the Autumn 2013 issue of Sample Magazine.

Pumpkins; entice with Moroccan spice

There isn’t a vegetable that screams Autumn more than pumpkin. At this time of year, the sheer variety and abundance of pumpkins at the farmers market, coupled with their silky smooth flesh, makes them a joy to work with in the kitchen.

Cooking with spices

The cooler evenings of Autumn call for meals that are comforting, but not too rich. That’s when I reach for my spice rack to inspire me and help avoid the temptation of fatty braising meats. After all, there are plenty of opportunities to stock up on calories over Winter with all the puddings on offer. (more…)

5 minute tropical sorbet {sugar free, dairy free, vegan}

Posted on February 25, 2013

Do you want to hang onto summer for just a little while longer? Me too.

Well lovely, you’re in luck, because I’ve come up with a solution.

First, go and buy the last of the cheap mangoes and bananas, then hurry back to the kitchen. Next, peel and chop up the flesh and chuck it into a container and pop it into the freezer.

The last bit is the tough bit… wait 4 hours or overnight for those fruit babies to freeze. Once they’re completely solid, you’re only 5 minutes away from stuffing your face full of sorbet. Healthy sorbet. (more…)

Hummous with unhulled tahini {vegan, GF, dairy-free}

Posted on February 18, 2013

More everyday dishes. That’s what I pledged to you recently.

Well you can’t get anymore everyday than this.

Hummous. A staple dish on any Lebanese dinner table and a healthy snack for people all over the world.

Forget buying those tubs of insipid, bland and preservative-filled crap at the supermarket. Make your own instead. You’ll never look back. I promise. (more…)

Spiced plum syrup {vegan, GF, sugar-free}

Posted on February 13, 2013

Crepes are one of my most favourite naughty breakfasts. Or desserts. Or snack while walking around Paris.

I always remember how wonderful they are when Pancake Tuesday comes around each year, as I never seem to make them in between. And, sadly, I don’t take that many trips to Paris.

This year I happened to have a glut of plums from the market. I bought them for Poppy as a substitute for her beloved nectarines, of which the season has ended, however she didn’t really take to them.

Three days in the fruit bowl next to some ripening bananas rendered them too soft to eat, so there was only one thing to do.

Make syrup. Obviously! (more…)

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