A Valentine’s Supper

Valentine’s Day is so often shunned, but I do think there is something to it: it’s a day to celebrate love – though not necessarily of the romantic kind. On 14 February, I’ve cooked for friends, my sister, my...

Posted: 12.02.18 0 Comments

Start of the Year

This time of year gets a tough write-up; grey, dark and rainy, and yes, sometimes it is. But my kitchen is filled with arguably the most colourful produce of the year: exotic citrus and blood oranges, pink radicchio...

Posted: 04.02.18 0 Comments

Seven Vegan- friendly Suppers for January

Monday: All green miso soup with perfect brown rice I vary the grains I eat as much as I do the vegetables. In my kitchen, I have a bottom shelf with a colourful line up of jars: red quinoa, black rice, yellow...

Posted: 22.01.18 1 Comments

Seven Vegetable-centred Suppers: Week Two

MONDAY: QUICK POLENTA  Warming, saffron-scented polenta is double-cooked here – once in the pan and then finished under the grill with a scattering of squash, kale and feta. TUESDAY: RAMEN NOODLES WITH...

Posted: 15.01.18 1 Comments

Seven Vegetable-centred Suppers: Week One

January gets a bad write-up but it’s a time of year I love – a time to gather thoughts to let the holiday glow slowly dim. I let it run until about the 15th, when I'll gently lay down some intentions for the year...

Posted: 07.01.18 5 Comments

Laying a Celebratory Table

Laying a table a job I love; every task tinged with the anticipation that the table will soon be filled with friends and family. There is something so magical about leading people into a room with a set table,...

Posted: 18.12.17 0 Comments

Ten Festive Favourites to Feed a Crowd

 Surely one of the best things about Christmas is having a house full of family and friends, not just on the big day but in the day before and those more restful days of limbo between Christmas and New Year. I find I...

Posted: 09.12.17 1 Comments

Top Ten Festive Party Favourites

I am that person at a party, desperately following the one tray of vegetarian canapes around, trying to sneak a second mouthful before I get noticed. I can’t count the number of parties I have left a little bleary...

Posted: 30.11.17 2 Comments

How to Make Citrus Gins

Winter is the time for citrus in every shade, from lemon chiffon to saffron mandarins, tangerines, Moro blood oranges, kumquats and tiny key limes. To my delight, I managed to get my hands on some Meyer lemons recently,...

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Antonio Carluccio’s Pennoni Gardiniera

It was with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Antonio Carluccio last week. An unstoppable force in the world of food, integral to bringing good Italian food to us in the UK, we have a lot to thank him for....

Posted: 17.11.17 1 Comments