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…