Fig, walnut and honey brownies made with parsnip
Autumn | Baking and puddings / In season

Fig, walnut and honey brownies made with parsnip

These fudgey brownies bring together some of my favourite ingredients (figs, walnuts, honey, chocolate). They also have parsnips in. I am not the parsnip’s biggest fan. When they’re a component of a roast dinner, I tend to plump for ‘just one, please’. I don’t know what to make of them. They’re sweet but (usually) covered in … Continue reading

Black bean and chocolate chia seed cookies
Store cupboard | Baking and puddings

Black bean and chocolate chia seed cookies

A couple of weekends ago, A. and I had a cookie bake-fest. Seriously, there were plates stacked with cookies covering the table – much to my delight. One recipe we tried out (with only a couple of changes) was the wonderful Jennifer Medhurst’s black bean chia chocolate cookies and it didn’t disappoint. The cookies were soft … Continue reading

Veggie bean chilli with fresh guac, coriander yoghurt and corn
Store cupboard | Meals

Veggie bean chilli with fresh guac, coriander yoghurt and corn

Chilli’s a great, versatile dish that always tastes great whatever (probably inauthentic) ingredients you choose to chuck in. My recipe uses a pile of veg including sweet potato, courgette and celery as well as red kidney beans and chickpeas. Smoky chipotle chillies sit happily alongside dark chocolate to create a rich and warming flavour. The guac and … Continue reading

Beetroot chocolate and hazelnut cake
Autumn | Baking and puddings / Winter | Baking and puddings

Beetroot chocolate and hazelnut cake

This cake is rich, dark and moist. It has chunks of slightly-melted chocolate which give it a lovely brownie-like texture. The beetroot isn’t detectable and makes me feel (the smallest bit) less guilty about my giant slices. This cake was intended to be a ‘thank you’ for my colleagues at a fantastic organisation which I recently … Continue reading