braised Italian lentils & eggs with pesto

Last Saturday Nick and I made dinner together (a rare occurrence indeed, but on the the ‘to-do more regularly’ list) delicious braised lentils with fish and salsa verde. It was so good I immediately became re-addicted to lentils, so much so that I made up this recipe as a way of being able to enjoy […]

basil pesto & caramelised onions – the holiday essentials

These are two things that you will almost always find in my fridge as both can instantly bring even the dullest meal to life – and they are perfect to pop in the packing pile to take camping – even a humble sausage is transformed! In winter I often swap out the basil/pinenut combo in […]

Welsh-ish Rarebit with Fried Eggs

Hi there! Well it’s a weird feeling being back from my travels, with loads of work to get on with, and the annoying wait for my mole biopsy results to come through. To divert myself, I refuse to work today (goddam it- it’s Saturday!) and instead I am going to photograph a recipe that I […]

Banana (or Pumpkin) and Ricotta Hotcakes with Manuka Honey (or Maple) Butter and Bacon

As you will know if you read the words that go with my recipes (there aren’t many admittedly) recently we blatted down to Wellington to catch up with Henry (our 19-year-old design student at university) and to go to the World of Wearable Arts show. Seeing as Henry walks everywhere in Wellington (up to 12km […]

Hot Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Poached Egg on Toasted Ciabatta

I am not even going to attempt a recipe with this – it’s just a no-brainer perfect combination for a  spring breakfast or lunch – toasted ciabatta slathered in aioli topped with steamed asparagus, hot smoked salmon and a poached egg. Lots of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and some dill, and you’re […]

Bagel with Melted Gruyere, Ham and a Poached Egg

Bagels with Melted Gruyere Cheese, Ham and Poached Eggs Bonjour!!!! Happy 14th of July – and may I present my sneaky tribute to the classic French Croque Madame – a plump toasted bagel, topped with melty gruyere cheese, good quality ham and a poached egg. I have nothing against the original in fact I love […]

Morning, Noon or Night Salad

The other night just before heading to Dubai, Henry was asking for something light for dinner, and Nick concurred (the lovely 16 year-old Richard would never request a salad, he’s more your sausage and mash kind of guy). So, can’t quite remember what Rich had (!) but this is what I put together for the […]

Bircher Muesli

This is one of my all-time favourite breakfasts, in fact I had to stop photographing it this morning, when I could no longer restrain myself from digging in! Two versions of Swiss-style Bircher Muesli – one with almonds, blueberries and raspberries, and the other with hazelnuts, golden raisins and dried pears. Nutty, fruity, oaty goodness in […]