Mediterranean picnic focaccia

It's something to behold when the very rare opportunity for an actually-sunny picnic arises in England, (as opposed to the all too familiar sandwiches-in-the cold-and-rain, huddled against a wall under a shop canopy, pretending it's fine) and has to be taken full advantage of. Honestly even the most basic of picnics taste pretty good when… Continue reading Mediterranean picnic focaccia

Vegan peach and coconut butterfly cakes

  Admittedly the first deliberately vegan bake I've created, I was convinced to enter into the realm of vegan baking after some of the best and richest chocolate cake of my life incidentally happened to be vegan. My reservations that vegan-ised baking would be simply disappointing and lacklustre in comparison to regular bakes have now… Continue reading Vegan peach and coconut butterfly cakes

Fennel & chilli risotto with bulgur

Spice up your night in with this warming bowl, which makes your house smell of wine, butter and fennel... yes please? Three dried chillies (seeds in) gives the fennel a kick without masking its beautiful delicate flavour. Ingredients: Serves 2. 1 large or 2 small fennel bulbs 1 white onion or large shallot 1 clove… Continue reading Fennel & chilli risotto with bulgur

Cacao courgette cake (Dairy free)

  This cake is very brownie-like; the grated courgette and ground almond give irresistible moisture, but add more texture to it than a brownie or regular chocolate cake, and give it a fluffiness rather than heaviness. Of course normal cocoa powder can be used, but it really is worth buying raw cacao for it's rich,… Continue reading Cacao courgette cake (Dairy free)

Pecan maple banana muffins

No compromises made in the name of "health", these are classic no-nonsense muffins to keep you and your loved ones warm. That said, they're comfortingly un-decadent, and the banana and the maple do provide most of the sweetness naturally.  Ingredients: 100g wholemeal flour 20g plain flour 2 tablespoons soft light brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking… Continue reading Pecan maple banana muffins

Honey-roast carrot and thyme loaf

Somewhere between a cake and a bread, somewhere between lunch and dessert, somewhere between sweet and savoury, can be found this warm and satisfying loaf. Usually an accompaniment to a roast dinner, honey-roast carrots are a classic example of twisting sweet and savoury, but they're so delicious I thought it was a shame to limit… Continue reading Honey-roast carrot and thyme loaf