Easter Simnel Cake

For those of you who are still on the fence about marzipan and maraschino cherries (these from Hotel Starlino in Italy are STUNNING). It’s all about the ingredients. If your guests love marzipan, then double up and add an extra layer in the middle of the cake. Mahleb is an aromatic spice made from cherry seeds and gives a slightly bitter edge to sweet foods, with notes of cherry and bitter almonds. It’s often used Greek celebratory cakes.

Thai green curry⁠

Thai green curry⁠, with home-made curry paste. Punchy, fresh and vibrant, and seriously easy to make 💚⁠ Try to get hold of the fresh lime leaves (they are often sold in packs containing the fresh ingredients for a green curry, but do try to get hold of some extra Thai basil too).⁠⁠ Green curry paste⁠…

Snowflake brioche

Festive snowflake brioche – Christmas is approaching fast and I’m not sure I’m ready yet!

Spiced Bundt cake, with roasted pears and a thyme and salted caramel sauce

A full-bodied Autumnal cake, and the equivalent of a big, warm, enveloping hug. The edges are golden brown, caramelised and chewy, while the inside is dark, moist and packed with flavours that linger on the tongue.

This feel-good cake incorporates pears, contributing to our ‘five a day’, as well as dark brown sugar, treacle, stem ginger, and an abundance of warm spices. The plant-based version is perfect for vegans.

Boulangère potatoes with caramelised onions⁠

A delicious and comforting dish, perfect for these Autumnal days. INGREDIENTS 1or 2 large white onions, peeled and finely sliced⁠⠀2 tbsp olive oil⁠⠀1 clove of garlic⁠⠀10 g unsalted butter⁠⠀Sea salt and black pepper⁠⠀5 sprigs of thyme, leaves only⁠ & 1 bay leaf5-7 Charlotte potatoes (depending on size)⁠⠀250 g chicken stock, hot (veggie ok too)⁠⠀⁠⠀METHOD Heat…

Chermoula-spiced giant couscous

Caramelised artichokes with giant couscous maftoul (meaning “hand-rolled”), a traditional Palestinian grain made from bulgur and whole wheat flour.⁠ A very popular new salad in our household. The maftoul has a lovely nutty flavour and a great texture 🌱 ⁠Chermoula is a North African spice with cumin, coriander and lemon 🍋⁠INGREDIENTS⁠Artichoke hearts (as many as…