IN THE KITCHEN

Tabasco asparagus with black quinoa

With an abundance of beautiful bright asparagus from Riverford to use up last week, I wanted to do something beyond the usual lemon and black pepper that I usually shove on top. An adaptation of one of Skye Gyngell’s recipes, I found this while browsing Heidi Swanson’s beautiful 101 Cookbooks: she had added […]

Raw cacao and cayenne brownies

It’s Easter, I want chocolate, and I have a packet of amazing raw cacao from Costa Rica and a hankering for some Mexican spice. What easier, simpler and more delicious way to bring this all together than with 5 minute raw cayenne and cinnamon brownies? They’re THE BOMB. Happy Easter […]

Curried chickpeas with yoghurt and scallion

This easy and delicious bowlful of goodness is based on a recipe by Heidi Swanson and when I threw it together last week we were practically licking the sides clean. Chickpeas are one of those things we always seem to have in the cupboard if all else fails. That and […]

Black rice, coconut and mango pudding

  Black rice is my new favourite ingredient. It looks so arresting and mysterious I just want to jump right in to the bowl. This variation on a favourite from my travels in Thailand many years ago is really quick and deliciously simple: rice, coconut milk, mango and rich, butterscotchy, […]

Buckwheat noodles with tofu and sweet sesame paste

A few weeks ago Ben came back from the lovely Earth Foods in Kentish Town with an exciting looking packet of Clearspring organic buckwheat and sweet potato soba noodles. They have been sitting patiently in the cupboard awaiting their destiny for some weeks. Last Thursday, craving something bulky but light, […]

Date, banana and tahini smoothie

Some mornings you just need mega help to jump out of bed and in to the world. For many reasons, including prosecco, today was one of them. I always down a green smoothie in the morning, it gets the vitamins in and makes me feel great and sustained whatever I’m […]

5 minute healthy choc pots

On the weekend Ben, his brother Dan and I went for a long happy walk in Greenwich park, full of ideas and chats and inspiration looking over the city, and came back to their parents’ house starving. Dan whipped up his signature Sunday roast and I was in charge of […]

Raw kale and mango salad

At my first private healthy cooking lesson we made this delicious and simple salad with gluten-free salmon and quinoa burgers and it went down a storm. I also served it at Pura Vida Social Club, pictured, and it disappeared just as rapidly. Kale is packed with nutrients including calcium, Vitamins A, C and […]

Spinach, banana and coconut smoothie

A rare purchase for me, I bought a jar of organic Whole Earth peanut butter the other day to make a deeply-craved raw peanut and cacao cake and have been adding big dollops of it to everything. This smoothie didn’t escape its clutches nd I seem to have whipped up a […]

Raw carrot and vanilla cookies

Is there anyone on the planet who does not madly hunt down sugar at some point of their day/week/month/life? I don’t think so. I will never be one of them. What I will be, and what you can be too, is a healthy sugar hound. Because it’s not just the […]