Warm squash and fig salad
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Warm squash and fig salad

IT’S SQUASH TIME. Eating seasonally is a fairly simple and brilliantly tasty way of maintaining some connection with the natural world when reluctantly living in the city and hopping from the central heating of home to the oppressive heat of public transport to the air con of the artificially lit office. Happy days. No but … Continue reading

Blackberry and pistachio kefir cake
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Blackberry and pistachio kefir cake

This recipe was developed with samples from Little Bird Kefir. Following my fermentation fail back in February, I’ve been pretty reluctant to have another go. No-one wants to experience that foul smell twice. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to eat fermented foods done properly by somebody else. Lots of literature suggests that eating … Continue reading

Black bean and chocolate chia seed cookies
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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
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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