Prawn fried rice

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than cooking up a quick and tasty meal made from odds and ends found in a fridge-freezer forage. Where there is leftover rice, there is always a lonely carrot or green pepper at the back of my fridge on the right side of wrong crying out to be used up…

Coconut and gooseberry cake

This adapted Jane Hornby recipe is utterly scrumptious! I used gooseberries defrosted from my freezer stash but fresh, frozen or canned berries would work just as well for this recipe. The fruit keeps the cake really lovely and moist and the crunchy buttery coconut topping brings this cake to the next level! The cake will…

Asian spiced salmon and coconut rice

After a hiatus in the kitchen, I’M BACK! 2016 was largely spent at my parent’s home in north London while the husband and I saved up for a home of our own. It was a pretty uneventful time – beavering away at our house fund and diligently bringing in packed lunches to work. Every. Single….

Fennel, orange and parsley salad

Sorry for the silence. Settling into a new house and kitchen has taken far longer than anticipated, but I’m back! If the rumours are true, London will hit scorching highs this week so I’m sharing my favourite summer salad to enjoy al fresco. I love the crunch and hint of the licorice flavour from the…

An education in Chablis: Bacchus On A Knife Edge Supper Club

The ever eloquent Mr Douglas Blyde invited myself along with a fine group of food bloggers to his Bacchus On A Knife Edge Supper Club at Andaz Studio in London’s Liverpool Street on a hot July evening. In store for us was a journey through the Burgundy region of France, and more specifically a deep…

Zesty pea and prawn risotto

So far 2016 has largely been spent hiding underneath a blanket in the foetal position with a lingering cold. Concocting meals from the store cupboard and freezer has become the norm and this zesty pea and prawn risotto has been my saviour. These two ingredients are my freezer fail safes. I’ve also thrown in mushrooms,…

Red currant and French goat’s cheese frosted chocolate brownies

Happy Valentine’s Day y’all! Love it or loathe it, I’ll take any excuse to get my bake on and these decadent brownies are perfect for wowing your Valentine. Using up some lovely plump and tart red currants I had in the freezer from the in-laws allotment, these gave a wonderful tang coupled with the fresh…

Dim sum making with Veku cookery classes

Sharing small plates of food is without a doubt my favourite way to eat. A stroll into London’s Chinatown for an afternoon grazing on basket upon basket of steamed dumplings bursting with delightful fillings washed down with tiny cups of Jasmine tea is how I wish every weekend could start. I’m a sucker for anything…

Thai green curry noodle soup

The story of my life for the past few months has been: wake up, work, home late, eat, sleep, repeat. It’s not within my DNA to pop a ready meal in the microwave. Growing up in a typically large Vietnamese household where my mum made practically every meal from scratch – the thought of such…

Curried chickpeas

If you’re after a quick and tasty vegetable side dish or looking for a way to spice up your lunchbox, this is IT! Deliciously spiced curried chickpeas make a great accompaniment to grilled meat or fish or just a superb addition to a meat-free meal, all in lightening bolt time. No doubt the ingredients list…

Rhubarb & almond loaf

This Hummingbird rhubarb and almond loaf recipe was born to stand out in an afternoon tea line up. It’s incredibly moist, well spiced and the stewed rhubarb adds just the right balance of sweetness and tang. It’s such a simple recipe and I always take great enjoyment in sprinkling the delicate flaked almonds onto the cake…

Cookies and cream ice cream

Happy Easter folks! I’m celebrating the occasion with my trusted, fail-safe vanilla ice cream recipe. This makes a brilliant base recipe for you to get creative and experiment with other flavours. I’ve tried rippling raspberry compote and salted caramel previously, all super yummy, but today, I’m going for a personal favourite of mine, the glorious…

Pancakes

Another Pancake Day has come and gone and as always, I’m reminded that I really must eat them more often than once a year! Half of the joy is in pancake-flipping which never loses it’s child-like charm and the list of toppings and fillings is endless (and something I find myself day dreaming about regularly)….

Butternut squash risotto

I was gifted a magnificent home grown butternut squash from my in-laws and after much deliberation on how best to do it justice, I settled on this comforting and creamy risotto which ticks all the boxes in this wintry weather. It’s worth the extra effort to oven roast half of the squash as it really…

Fish, chips & mushy peas

I think I’ve cracked it. A (relatively) healthy version of the British classic fish and chips, hoorah! My university days were some of the best. They transport me to a simpler time when days were filled sat on Brighton beach with friends devouring fish and chips out of vinegar drenched paper. Looking out to sea,…

Spicy mussels with parsley and wine

This seafood recipe wins on all accounts. Not only does it look mighty impressive and taste delicious, it’s lightning bolt quick to cook once you’ve prepped your ingredients and cleaned the mussels (a lot easier than it sounds and worth the effort). After devouring all of the plump mussels, I love to sup the delightfully…

Sausage and bean casserole

This comforting and hearty casserole inspired by a Hairy Bikers recipe is super quick to whip up and really packs a punch with the tomatoey beans laced with the chilli flakes and Worcestershire sauce. The sausages can be fried in the pan after the bacon goes in to make it a one pot but I…

Fish pie

Comfort food at its best, this fish pie is best served in your pjs on the sofa and is very much a treat. I love the smokiness the haddock adds to the dish and it’s such a delight finding a couple of slices of egg hidden under the creamy mound of mash, delicious! Fish pie…

Granola

I gave up trying to find the perfect granola from the supermarket (too nutty, too fruity, too oaty!) and settled on making my own. It’s so quick and simple to whip up and the smell of this oaty mixture baking in the oven is quite lovely. Tailor the ingredients to suit your tastes but after…

Vietnamese summer rolls (Bánh tráng)

These healthy summer rolls are scrumptious! I’ve used prawns in this recipe but grilled fish and tofu work just as well. Filled with rice noodles, plenty of herbs and vegetables, these fresh and crunchy summer rolls make for a great starter or light lunch and are perfect for wowing friends. Also fantastic served alongside my…

Asian smoked salmon

With an abundance of smoked salmon leftover from the festive season, this Asian style smoked salmon is fresh and zesty paired with the cucumber, avocado and lime. It’s utterly delicious. It makes a change from the usual scrambled eggs or cream cheese bagel combo, and makes a great starter or light lunch. I adore the…

Crab and sweetcorn soup

This soup brings back fond memories of my childhood. With 7 children to feed, my mum would cook the soup in a ridiculously huge pot. It was always my job to shred the seafood sticks, a task I was always happy to do, knowing that a bowl of this heartwarming and creamy soup was soon…

Lemon drizzle loaf cake

This lemon loaf cake gets whipped up when friends call in for a brew and only a quick homemade bake will do! A slice of this moist, tangy cake with a cup of tea is so rewarding. The drizzle adds a lovely glaze and delicious stickiness to the cake and dials up the zestiness. This…

One pot smoked haddock pilaf

I’m a huge believer in one pot cooking and this recipe is fast becoming one of my mid-week favourites. There are so many lovely flavours in this dish, and it’s just so simple. I know many people use the 1 part rice to 2 parts water rule but I swear by 1 and a half…

Vietnamese pickles

These moreish pickles accompany practically every family meal and add a spicy crunch in sandwiches and alongside cold cuts and cheeses. The chilli and garlic add a good kick to this recipe, but omit them if you prefer a more traditional pickle. This is my mum’s trusted recipe and is also commonly used with thinly…

Salmon and spinach quiche

This quiche is perfect for a lunchtime spread or light supper. I love the creaminess, even though I’ve used Elmlea (dairy substitute) to cut down on the calories. Put in the effort to make the pastry, it’s much easier than it looks and rolling out the pastry between a sheet of greaseproof paper is an…

Chorizo and thyme bread

I finally got over my bread making fear with this incredibly simple but delicious chorizo and thyme bread recipe from bake queen Lorraine Pascale. I had a ridiculous sense of achievement when this beautiful loaf came out of the oven! Chunks of the warmed bread smothered in butter and dunked into my roasted tomato soup…

Roasted tomato, onion and thyme soup

This rich and creamy soup is so comforting; it’s the perfect winter warmer. It makes for a really simple supper, bursting with flavour from the roasted veg. Every spoonful is packed with the flavour of the red onion, garlic and thyme – a winning combination! I always freeze a tub of this soup as it’s…

Pork chops and gooseberries

Pork and apple is the obvious flavour pairing but gooseberries work just as well, adding a lovely tanginess against the sweetness of the pork. The combination of the cider, thyme and mustard add a real depth of flavour to the gravy – great for mopping up roasted veg. This recipe serves 4. Pork and gooseberries recipe 4 pork chops…

Blueberry pancakes

These American style pancakes are light and fluffy and a treat for a weekend brunch served with lashings of maple syrup and crispy bacon, if you’re serving them the traditional way. They also work really well with banana and a sprinkling of cinnamon. I love them for dessert with ice cream and strawberries. 135g/4¾oz plain…

Courgette and anchovy pasta

For days when you just can’t face sweating over a big pot, this recipe is a winner. It’s super quick to throw together and packs a real punch with very few ingredients – the anchovy melts into the rich garlicky courgette sauce and the chilli flakes add a serious kick. For rock bottom days –…

Skinny blackberry ripple ice cream

This skinny ice cream is insane. Once you’ve made your first batch, you’ll be saying goodbye to shop bought. It gets its skinny by using Elmlea Double Light instead of traditional double cream. Elmlea is a dairy cream alternative, and is a blend of buttermilk and vegetable oils. Ice cream purists will be horrified, but for…

Pulled pork

This pulled pork recipe is perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch. It being slow cooked does mean for an early start, but throw the ingredients together, bung it in the oven and go back to bed as the smell of this melt in the mouth pork wafts through the house. Seriously good. I served it…

Meringue

I’ve always shied away from baking meringues fearing the worst – sloppy mixture; under baking; over baking – all very headache inducing! I gave this recipe a go and it worked a treat. The meringues were light, airy and melt in the mouth. This recipe made 14 individual meringues and also works for one big…