Banana Oat Breakfast Bars

After a year of on-and-off lockdowns, if I never see another loaf of banana bread it will still be too soon. These bars are a great way to use up a big stash of overripe bananas, without the feeling of impending doom. With that said, at this stage I feel I ought to include aContinue reading “Banana Oat Breakfast Bars”

Spiced Cheddar Cheesecake

A showstopper, make-ahead appetizer, and addictive in the extreme. This would also make a really nice cheese course in lieu of dessert. To make this, you will require a 5-inch diameter springform tin, easily procured online. Make sure your cream cheese is very soft before starting, otherwise you won’t get a light, fluffy cheesecake. ThisContinue reading “Spiced Cheddar Cheesecake”

Caesar Braised Beef on a Bun

For the uninitiated, a Caesar is kind of like a Bloody Mary but with a briny, salty hit. The flavours are bold, rich and spicy, and work amazingly in a beef stew. I can think of no better way to celebrate Canada Day (albeit from afar, in southern England) than with this patriotic interpretation ofContinue reading “Caesar Braised Beef on a Bun”

A Very English Garden Party

Summer is finally here, and restrictions in the UK are slowly but surely lifting for social gatherings. To celebrate, how about a traditional English garden party? You’re invited! Come join the party in my garden… The Set-Up For me, a garden party needs a string or two of bunting, a couple of lawn games, andContinue reading “A Very English Garden Party”

Refreshing Red Pepper Soup with a Shrimp, Chorizo and Fried Parsley Garnish

A cold summer soup in the right context is refreshing and really wakes up the taste buds. However, in the wrong context a cold soup is jarring and unpleasant. Pick your moment wisely. Serve as a first course on a hot day, in small portions, with this garnish. The hot and cold contrast is justContinue reading “Refreshing Red Pepper Soup with a Shrimp, Chorizo and Fried Parsley Garnish”

Couscous with Sweet Potato, Snap Peas and Mint

The sweet heat from the spiced sweet potato against the cool, refreshing mint and peas is a very summery combination – fantastic alongside some barbequed lamb or sausages. Also great on its own as a healthy lunch. Feeds 4 as a side Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes Olive oilContinue reading “Couscous with Sweet Potato, Snap Peas and Mint”

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Last year during deepest, darkest lockdown I ordered a box of heirloom tomatoes from The Tomato Stall on the Isle of Wight. A far cry from the refrigerated packs of tomatoes available at the supermarket, these have so much flavour and taste of summer. What a revelation. We ate tomatoes in everything for almost anContinue reading “Heirloom Tomato Salad”

No Notice Nibbles: Halloumi with Honey and Thyme

A sealed packet of halloumi lasts for ages in the fridge, so if you’ve got thyme growing and a bottle of honey kicking around, you can knock up a beautiful nibble at a moment’s notice. Feeds 4 Ingredients 1 x 225g packet halloumi cheese 3 – 4 sprigs of thyme Drizzle of honey Method: PreheatContinue reading “No Notice Nibbles: Halloumi with Honey and Thyme”

Crispy Cod with Pine Nut Romesco

I regard this meal as a bit special and celebratory, though it needn’t be reserved for a formal occasion. (If you wanted to, it makes a lovely main course for a celebration meal like this one.) A healthy, easy and quick-to-prepare meal that really looks the part. Feeds 2 (but easily scaled up with aContinue reading “Crispy Cod with Pine Nut Romesco”

Black Olive Tapenade and Goat’s Cheese Crostini

Together, tapenade and goat’s cheese are a match made in heaven. Obviously you can eat the elements separately, but do encourage anyone you’re feeding to spread them on their crostini together. A couple notes on anchovy. As long as everyone you’re feeding loves olives and isn’t a vegetarian, just put them in and don’t tellContinue reading “Black Olive Tapenade and Goat’s Cheese Crostini”