7 April 2019

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

One of my most fond memories is of eating this meal; I was in Sorrento last summer with my parents and we found the cutest little restaurant, completely authentic in both the food and decor and serving up the best house wine in a little homemade jug. The service was excellent, the food even more so and just the thought of it now fills me with warmth. The restaurant was so good in fact, we broke our holiday rule of trying a new restaurant each night and just had to go back there again, this time sitting outside at dusk, feeling the warm summer breeze of Sorrento and it was just as perfect. 

With such lovely expectations of this dish, it really surprised me when I ordered it at a restaurant in London and it unfortunately just fell really short of the mark, it was then I knew I just had to make my own version, to do it justice! This dish honestly couldn't be simpler, with just a few key ingredients, simple techniques and the whole dish coming together in just 15 minutes. Be sure to follow the recipe and you'll have something just incredible in front of you! 

2 March 2019

Tomato Pearl Barley Risotto

Creamy, delicious tomato pearl barley risotto. Serve up with a side of rocket tossed in olive oil and balsamic, or some sauteed greens with a little lemon and chili for a weeknight meal, or go the extra mile with the addition of garlic bread and a glass of red for a weekend treat.

This risotto uses pearl barley in replacement of the usual arborio rice. Pearl barley is a lot chewier and much hardier than rice, so it adds a lovely texture to the dish; its nutty flavour emphasising the sweetness of the rich tomato sauce. The creaminess of this dish, brought partially by the starch from the grains, is heightened with a little vegan cheese melted through, it adds a base seasoning as well as giving the sauce a wonderful gloss and mouthfeel. I also used tinned cherry tomatoes in this recipe; they add a wonderful sweetness and a real pop of flavour.

16 February 2019

Chunky Monkey Blondies

I have three words for you: Chunky. Monkey. Blondies. Vegan banana blondies with chunks of walnuts and dark chocolate. Who said chunky monkey was just a flavour for ice cream?

These are somewhere between banana bread and blondies; a deep banana flavour, with gooey chunks of rich dark chocolate and crunchy walnuts, not too sweet, yet just sweet enough that all the flavours work together perfectly. Moist and a little fudgy and totally moreish. 

3 February 2019

Vegan In London

Having lived in London for a year now I've visited more than my fair share of places with incredible vegan options and it seemed selfish not to share them with you all! Here's my ultimate guide of where to eat vegan in London. From matcha lattes to breakfasts, brunches, burgers and desserts, from vegan options to fully vegan, here are 40+ places to get your hands on some great vegan food in London! I'll keep updating this list as I try new places, so watch this space and comment below if you know somewhere I just have to try!

20 January 2019

Ultimate 5 Bean Chili

There's something so comforting about a bowl of chili and having not eaten meat in over 12 years, bean chili was always something my mum would cook when I was growing up, we'd serve it with some nachos, sometimes guac or sour cream too and dig in! This is my ultimate 5 bean chili, served with crispy tortilla pieces, guac, cashew sour cream and fresh coriander! 

My mum's chili has a secret ingredient that, in my opinion makes the whole dish; a humble can of baked beans. It adds a unique flavour and sweetness that perfectly compliments the smoky, spicy flavour. You can whip this meal up in 20 minutes if you're in a rush, or sit back and let it simmer away, after all, meals like chili, casseroles and curries always taste better as leftovers! When all the flavour has been cooked off for longer and just marries together perfectly. This is definitely more of a milder chili, but there's nothing stopping you adding hot chili powder, extra chipotle flakes, or even serving up with jalapenos if you're a spice lover!