Lime, Mango and Elderflower Cakes

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You may have gauged from my instagram feed that I’m in New York at the moment! I’ve been eating a whoooole lot of ice cream  – 4 different places in one week, and I have 3 weeks left! I swear Morganstern’s has been recommended to me at least 10 times now, so that’s my next stop don’t worry.

Meanwhile a 6th floor, walk-up apartment means that a) I double check that I have EVERYTHING I need before walking out the door (no way am I walking back up if I do forget something) and b) Tell myself that it’s therefore okay, maybe even required, that I’m eating ice cream all the time. Elderflower, Lime and Mango Cakes 145

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Carrots with Black Garlic & Herb Yoghurt

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I think I’m with a lot of people on the fact that I prefer carrots in raw form. Boiled or steamed ones can be mushy and bland, even the good ones! There’s something so satisfying about that cold, crisp snap of a carefully cut stick along with the slightly green aroma they tend to have when raw.

Roasted Carrots with Black Garlic & Herb Yoghurt

That said, you can tell me to eat any vegetable once roasted and chances are high that I’ll love it – cauliflower and Brussels sprouts being prime examples. In the UK especially we seem to have resigned those veggies to the ‘boil-to-death’ bitterness which makes them infamously unpopular with children. Roasting helps to caramelise and enhance the natural sugars plus it adds more texture. They become soft and buttery inside with burnished, crispy exteriors.

As carrots are naturally sweet, roasting makes them even more candy-like (no wonder carrots are so f-ing good in cakes! ….Now I’m feeling a strong need to make a roasted carrot cake ASAP). This sweetness can get a bit overwhelming and monotonous as a side so I added a yogurty dressing for contrast. It’s creamy and cooling thanks to the herbs with nuttiness from toasted pumpkin seeds. It swings back into a more savoury spectrum with a special little ingredient: Black garlic.

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Black garlic has become a lot more easily available thanks to the publication of the new Ottolenghi book, Plenty More, which calls for it in a few recipes. My mum and I hadn’t seen it in the supermarkets before reading through that book but now, thank goodness, it’s stocked in Sainsburys! The garlic isn’t raw, it’s slow roasted and milder with an added bonus of not giving you garlic breath. Cos mate, no matter how much parsley or lemon you eat after raw garlic touches your tongue, you’d still be tasting it for hours.

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Tomato and Chargrilled Pepper Soup with feta and bacon

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I think charring vegetables has to be one of my favourite, simple kitchen tips. It’s ridonc easy to do and adds that smoky, barbecue flavour to dishes which I looooove. Seriously, I add sweet smoked paprika to anything and everything that I can (this has been bad when I’ve mistakenly used HOT paprika and made food mouth-burningly spicy).

The two main veg I’ve charred before have been bell peppers, which are an obvious one, for things like salads, frittata and focaccia. Secondly aubergine which slumps into meltingly soft and silky strands – at home we use this in a thai dish: stirred into stir-fried ground pork with lime dressing, fresh coriander and noodles. It’s also the main component in baba ganoush! But I could imagine chargrilled bell peppers or aubergine being excellent additions to other dips (smoky bell pepper hummus!? YUH).

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Individual Plum Cakes (Vegan + GF) and Plum Wood Tablespoons!

Individual Plum Cakes-1212 You might remember a while ago I posted about some lovely tablespoon measures carved by Barnaby Carder a.k.a. Barn The Spoon. Well I’ve got a restock in my shop so anyone who missed out last time can grab one. This time they’ve been crafted from English plum wood so are slightly different to the last batch which were sycamore. It felt fitting to therefore make a small batch recipe using plums to suit the wood!

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Waffled Brioche French Toast

Waffled Brioche French Toast

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend (well, in the UK at least) loads of people must be thinking about what to make to surprise their mums with for Sunday brunch. I’m teaming up with Cuisinart this month to create some ‘Classic Dish with a Twist’ recipes like this stunner. It’s super easy to make and is a snazzy mash-up of two of my favourite classic brunch dishes.

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DIY Coconut Yogurt (Coyo) + Blueberry Pie Oats + Dutch Baby Pancakes + Flourless Lemon Cake (GF)

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I’ve had a few recipes up around the web recently! In the pre-and-post-birthday mayhem I haven’t had time to write about these magical birthday breakfast buns yet (photos and recipe coming shortly, though). However while you wait for all that spicy, buttery goodness why not check out my other recipes after the jump!

Flourless Lemon cake + Dutch Baby Pancake DIY Coconut Yogurt

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Sticky Meatballs w/ Cauliflower Quinoa Pilaf (GF w/ Veg Variation)

Valentines Main: Sticky Glazed Meatballs with Cauliflower Quinoa Pilaf (GF with Vegetarian Variation)

We’re onto part two of the Valentine’s meal! Yesterday there were these Lettuce Boats with Sweet Potato, Grapefruit and Paprika Mayo now we’ve got some stellar sticky meatballs with a quinoa pilaf. This is ridonc good. Like so good that I froze the extra veggie ‘meatballs’ and ate them for a week for lunch.

(Also a quick note that I was invited to speak to the lovely Celine of Pure Green Mag on their podcast – if you want you can take a listen here!)

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Lettuce Boats w/ Sweet Potato, Grapefruit and Paprika Mayo {GF}

Lettuce Boats with Sweet Potato, Grapefruit and Paprika Mayo

Valentine’s day is rapidly approaching and given that I hardly ever create occasion-themed food I thought it would be a nice change to make a Valentine’s menu plan. I know that anyone living in London is completely screwed if they don’t get a reservation at least a month in advance for any of the popular restaurants! So for anyone stuck without a booking, or people just planning to stay home for the 14th, that’s what these dishes are for!

While it is primarily intended to be for Valentine’s day, I haven’t gone overboard with hearts and all that crap so it’s basically just a nice 3-course dinner for entertaining….

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Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter (Granger & Co. Style)

Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter (Granger & Co. Style)

It’s painfully obvious that I effing love breakfast. Cooking it, eating it, photographing it – all brilliant. I find that I enjoy food so much more if I’ve made it myself and breakfast is just one of those meals that’s not so demanding to cook for. Once all that mixing, measuring, frying and flipping is done, I appreciate the effort and ingredients that I put into making the dish. It’s different at restaurants though as breakfast menus can be super standard (I mean, I’ve only seen a breakfast burrito on one menu in London!?). It really takes something special to make me love a brunch dish at a restaurant so much that I want to replicate it at home.

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My Fave Gluten Free Pancakes (and Sticky Toffee Pudding Pancakes!)

My Fave Gluten Free Pancakes (and Sticky Toffee Pudding Pancakes!)

Long time no..blog, eh? So long in fact that I am yet to say happy new year to you all!!

2014 was probably one of the most draining (but awesome!!) years of my life. Exams blah university applications blah blah the cookbook blah blah. I was saying yesterday on instagram to someone that I think that by October I’d used up my quota for being able to get my shiz together! It’s pretty evident from the fact that I have like 2 reviews, 2 giveaways and 4 recipes currently in my drafts to finish writing. Whoooopsie.

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