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Moutabbal and Lavosh Crisp bread

Moutabbal and Lavosh Crisp bread

Moutabbal is the new hummus. Or I hope it is anyway, because hummus has become just a little bit boring. Sure, it is delicious but it is literally being thrown at you in every single restaurant or supermarket in London. Moutabbal is fun. It is […]

Pistachio Madeleines

Pistachio Madeleines

  My first encounter with madeleines was in the form of a Christmas gift; a handful of chocolate chip madeleines in a little plastic bag tied shut with a golden string. They were light and delicate, at first crumbling and then melting in your mouth. […]

Parsnip Gnocchi

Parsnip Gnocchi

Come December, parsnips are everywhere. It seems you can barely set foot into a supermarket without tripping over bags of the creamy white root vegetable. Parsnip gnocchi are a delicious alternative to roasted parsnip and are a creative and delicious vegetarian main course. I first […]

Iced Spiced Biscuits

Iced Spiced Biscuits

  German Christmas is all about biscuits. And it is the first December weekend where most people start to manically bake at least 3-4 different types of biscuits, which are then stored in various tins that fill up every available kitchen surface. Those unlucky enough […]

Pesto Siciliano

When I first watched the array of ingredients wandering into the food processor in front of me I was, lets put this mildly, confused. Anchovies? Raisins? Almonds? Cherry tomatoes? How could this possibly make anything remotely tasty? Annie, our teacher at Leith’s School of Food […]

Crispy Yoghurt Aubergines

Crispy Yoghurt Aubergines

  This crisp yoghurt coated and fried aubergine recipe is by far my favourite way to eat my favourite vegetable. I admit, it is slightly unusual – the recipe is based on a childhood favourite of mine. First coated in yoghurt, then in flour and […]

Banoffee Muffins

Banoffee Muffins

  My first ever cookbook was a flimsy little thing not even 60 pages long entitled “Even more muffins” – the sequel to “Muffins” (which a part of me always regretted not owning). It is in German with the cover depicting a single blueberry muffin […]

Keiko’s Japanese Style Fried Chicken

Keiko’s Japanese Style Fried Chicken

There is a tale of two tales here. Yes, one is certainly about fried chicken; and much can be said about fried chicken. The outside crips, the inside juicy and succulent. Universally loved. Often consumed at the end of a night out, when any shame […]

Free From Chocolate and Pear Cake

Free From Chocolate and Pear Cake

There is a part of me that has always been a little bit scared of free from recipes. Perhaps it is the fear that whatever I am making is going to fall so short of my idea of a good recipe or because, having been […]

Muhammara

Muhammara

  What I remember most about Syria is how friendly the people were. Not just the people you usually expect to be friendly like the hotel receptionist or the tour guide. No – everyone we met was extremely kind and helpful. Our slightly run down […]