Carrot Soup with Hazelnut Dukkah

A sprinkle of hazelnut dukkah, a beautifully aromatic and incredibly delicious Middle Eastern blend of seeds, spices and nuts, adds so much flavour this simple and easy-to-make carrot soup. Any leftover dukkah can be stored in a glass jar in your pantry. It is very lovely sprinkled over eggs; over grilled or roasted vegetables, salads…

Pear, Almond and Cardamom Cake

This flourless upside-down cake with a base of beautifully caramelised winter pears is naturally sweetened and fragrant with almonds and lovely spices. Any type of pears are perfect for this cake, as long as they are not too ripe.    

Spiced Slow-Cooked Lamb Shanks

I have been making these spiced lamb shanks, based on a dish from Jamie Oliver’s first ever cookbook, every winter for 10 years and they are always perfectly tender, delicious and aromatic. Cooking lamb long and slow on the bone makes for the most nutritious and tasty dish, with the anchovies adding a beautiful depth…

Flourless Coconut, Almond and Honey Cake

You will love this coconut cake wth its slightly chewy crust and deliciously moist centre as it takes only 15 minutes to prepare and is wonderfully versatile – perfect for afternoon tea or serve it warm with a dollop of cream and some berries for dessert. The cake is adapted from Belinda Jeffrey and Yotam…

Apple, Almond and Ricotta Cake

This gorgeous moist and light cake is both flourless, gluten free and refined-sugar free. It is charmingly rustic and a delightful crowd pleaser. Serve it with a dollop of creme fraiche, cream or thick yoghurt for the perfect afternoon tea. The recipe is inspired by similar ones from the Gourmet Traveller and Epicurious websites.  …

Roasted Spanish Fish

Fish is wonderfully nutritious, such a great source of vitamin d, protein and omega 3 fatty acids, benefiting your brain, heart, skin and hair and reducing inflammation your the body.  Consume wild-caught seafood twice a week to reap these health-giving advantages. A whole fish is so flavoursome and easy to cook but if you prefer…

Spiced Walnut and Orange Cake

This luscious Spiced Walnut and Orange Cake, fragrant with the beautiful Middle Eastern flavours of cinnamon, pistachios, walnuts and orange, has a lovely crunchy nut topping and is bathed in a spiced syrup, making it gorgeously moist. It is gluten free, grain free, refined-sugar free as well as Paleo friendly    

Spicy Spanish Mussels

This tasty dish is so easy to prepare and makes both a quick and delicious mid-week dinner or a great dish to share when you have friends over. If making it for children you can always reduce the amount of chilli. Mussels are a nutritional powerhouse – a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc,…

Persian Love Cake

This Persian Love Cake, gorgeously fragrant with beautiful Middle Eastern spices, is moist, delicious and so very easy to prepare. It is grain and gluten free and a lot less sweet than most versions. You will need a 22cm springform cake tin for this recipe.