Perked-up packed lunches

Normally, there are two things wrong with an at-your-desk salad or sandwich. The first is that it’s at your desk, in front of your screen, and the second is that we often get stuck in a rut, making the same thing over...

Posted: 05.10.18 1 Comments

Five After-Work Suppers for Meat-Free Week

I’m not usually a fan of a ‘national day or week’. National mulled wine day on March 4th anyone? And I’m always torn between celebrating national carrot cake day (3rd Feb) and international carrot cake day (4th...

Posted: 23.09.18 0 Comments

Ideas to help you use less plastic

It seems that the tide is finally beginning to turn against plastic. As the full realisation of what we are doing to our oceans begins to hit us, it’s time to look at the wealth of alternatives out there, which often...

Posted: 05.09.18 10 Comments

A Wedding Feast in Wales

It's two years and a couple of months since John and I got married on an island off the coast of Anglesey half way out to sea. The day started with a sea mist, my Dad drove me to the edge of the sea in his old BMW 3...

Posted: 13.08.18 5 Comments

Five Ways with Fresh Herbs

Herbs hold a special magic for me in the kitchen. As a young chef I remember listening to a talk by the amazing Jekka McVicar, the queen of herbs, a guardian of rare herb varieties and an expert on all thing herbal; she...

Posted: 12.08.18 0 Comments

Natural Beauty Favourites

I keep things pretty simple when it comes to beauty. I always have and now with a toddler things have become even more stripped back. I have spent a long time trying and researching products that I love the feel...

Posted: 06.08.18 2 Comments

The Guild of Food Writers Award Winners

I was beyond thrilled last month to hear that  The Modern Cook’s Year had won the Cookery Book of the Year award from the Guild of Food Writers. Awards are funny things, while they are lovely to win (especially...

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Quick Summer Pickles

I came home late one evening last week and it was still light at 9pm. I had a bounty of summer vegetables and citrus left over from a shoot I'd been on that day -  so much that two of us had to carry the box from...

Posted: 20.07.18 1 Comments

How to make a great salad

Last week, in the middle of our heat wave, I was asked to go on the brilliant Woman's Hour to talk about what I like to eat when it's hot. My answer was easy: salad. (Listen again to the show here.) A leafy...

Posted: 10.07.18 0 Comments

Eight Favourite Ways with Tomatoes

In peak tomato season, I'll eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Squashed on to bread with oil, salt and a little cheese on the side in the morning; at lunch, in heavy wedges with a dousing of sea salt alongside a...

Posted: 18.06.18 2 Comments