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…

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…

Fragrant Spiced Chicken with Cardamom Rice

This is my family’s absolute favourite chicken and rice dish. It is a marvellous one pan casserole of fragrantly spiced basmati rice with delicious braised chicken pieces, lots of fragrant herbs and a lovely minted yoghurt sauce. Inspired by a dish from Ottolenghi’s wonderful cookbook Jersusalem, your family will love it too. You will need…

Tuscan Vegetable Soup

This simple but very delicious Italian soup is filled with veggies and enriched with a stracciatella mixture of eggs, finely grated cheese and parsley. Stirred through at the end it gives the soup added protein, extra nutrition, a velvety texture and lots of flavour. The soup reheats and freezes very well so if you make…

Middle Eastern Fish Cakes in Tomato Broth

These deliciously spiced fish cakes cooked in a fragrant herbed tomato broth is a simplified version of a recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks; Ottolenghi’s wonderful Jerusalem. I so love his recipes but sometimes find they take quite a long time to make, and a quicker (just as tasty version) can be on the…

Flu Fighting Elixir

Ward off colds and flus this winter with this easily prepared nurturing tonic. Bone broth is a magic potion filled with immune-boosting vitamins and minerals, as well as powerful gut-healing properties. A healthy gut, with a wealth of good bacteria, is a key aspect of optimal immune function. Ginger and turmeric are both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic,…

Coconut Chicken Laksa

This deliciously fresh and spicy laksa recipe should come with a warning – once tasted you will crave it all the time and your family and friends will be asking you to make it again and again! You can make a larger batch of the laksa paste and keep it in the fridge for up…

Shepherd’s Pie

So warming, comforting and delicious….. home made Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect meal for a chilly evening.  When made with leftover slow-roasted lamb, lots of beautiful veggies, bone broth and fragrant herbs the dish has such an amazing depth of flavour, but is also very lovely when made with lamb or beef mince.  Whatever meat…