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…