spinach pesto risotto

Wishing you a very happy summer solstice! Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and the solstice been celebrated in the UK for centuries. Since it’s now officially midsummer, we had better celebrate! We’ve been having a mini-heatwave here. London has hit temperatures of 35°c, and my city around 30°c…

tempura samphire

Tempura is a Japanese dish referring to small strips of food that have been fried in a light batter. If you’ve not yet tried tempura vegetables, I urge you to; this batter is the lightest, airy, fluffiest, and probably healthiest batter that you’ll come across. A true defining mark of the dish is that the coating is always…

shaved fennel & mandarin orange salad

We’re currently going through that awkward time of year when it’s still winter; still cold, bleak, and unapologetically, seemingly, never-ending. And then you spy the little daffy-down-dillies popping up by the side of the road, tossing their heads as if to beckon the sunshine. And suddenly spring sunshine and April showers don’t seem quite so…

portobello scotch eggs

A British picnic classic, the scotch egg takes on a new identity as a vegetarian delight. Best served with a fresh simple salad of green leaf and a chutney, this makes for tantalising snacking potential. With the summer days lengthening, picnics are in store – and what better food companion to take along with you. There…

mushroom and parsley risotto arancini

This is the quintessential comfort food; full flavour, trendy presentation and an absolutely delectable aroma make it perfect to serve as a vegetarian/vegan starter at any function, dinner party or house table. Before now I had never tried arancini – in-fact, I’ve only eaten restaurant risotto twice, and I hated it both times. They were a soggy…