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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…