Spicy Chickpea and Pepper Hash

Hash/Hash Browns come in all manner of forms.  Whether grated, cubed, diced, smashed or lovingly formed into a crisp rounded triangle for the freezer, I love them all.  Potatoes are a superfood – not in the irritating East London “blueberries are a superfood” way.  In the way that they are just…so damn good. Technically a…

Spicy Bean and Corn Quesadilla

I like to think of a quesadilla as the Central American cheese toastie – glorious, oozing cheese between two tortillas.  There are a few ways to cook them, but I went for the dry hot pan as I think it gives it all a nice crisp.  The beans were both delicious and nutritious, but you…

Goats Cheese and Red Onion Canapé

A good canape is easy to make, quick to eat and packed full of flavour.  You have one mouthful to win them over.  It’s a good opportunity to work with strong flavours and good pairings.  This one in particular combines soft, tangy goats cheese with sweet and sticky caramelised red onion. Ingredients Crackers Soft Goat…

Roasted Squash and Cauliflower Curry Soup

I’ve only recently discovered the joy that is roasted cauliflower in curry powder.  Having always been a fan of Aloo Ghobi, it was no surprise that this worked but WHOA, did it work.  This was a gorgeously silky soup packed with flavour.  The squash gave it a beautiful body and the curried cauliflower offered a…

Spicy Bean Burrito

Living in London, you’d think every cuisine in the world would be available at a heartbeat and, to be fair, that is for the most part true.  Still, I’ve always felt that the wonders of Mexican food are somewhat under-represented in the British Isles.  Fortunately, these stupendous dishes are not as complex as you might…

Sweetcorn and New Potato Soup

We’re well into the cold season now – blankets are being dusted off, radiators being switched back on, and people arguing about the pronunciation of ‘snood’ (for the record, it rhymes with good.) This soup is deliciously filling, the potato and sweetcorn melding together into a velvety, creamy spoonful.  The sweetcorn itself packs a huge…

Roast Pumpkin, Chickpea and Spinach Curry (Vegan)

It’s that time of year!  Hallowe’en decorations are being dusted off, leaves are falling from the trees and basics are making their way to Starbucks for some Pumpkin Spice.  Well, here’s a different kind of spicy pumpkin.  The roasted pumpkin carries a substantial flavour punch with its sweet, thick flesh. It’s well worth making sure…

Banana Peel Burgers (low fat/high protein)

Yes, you read that correctly.  I’ll just give you a moment to get back into your chair, fan yourself, whatever it takes.  The other day I was wondering what kind of savoury food could be made using pancakes…what I uncovered was something far stranger than I ever imagined. Bizarrely, something about the banana peel in…

Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry

I’ve had dishes similar to this in various restaurants over the past few years, but by far the best came from a small vegetarian place in Soho a few weeks ago.  My friends mother was dining on it and after trying a forkful I was so jealous I became determined to replicate it, a task…

Black Bean Falafel with Peanut Sauce

What can I really say about falafel that isn’t said but it’s wonderful taste?  Its crisp outer coating and fluffy, flavourful insides?  It truly is one of the greatest fast-food items the world over, a shining glory of the already fantastic Middle Eastern cuisine. Traditionally made from chick peas and served with tahini sauce, I…