SMASHED PEA DIP WITH LEMON AND GARLIC

SMASHED PEA DIP WITH LEMON AND GARLIC

Sometimes simple lunches are the best. A few fresh ingredients mixed together and spread over a crunchy piece of toast  infused with garlic and oil. This smashed pea dip is easy to make and full of flavours. All you do is cook the peas then drain. In a food processor...
PLUM, CINNAMON AND MARZIPAN MUFFINS

PLUM, CINNAMON AND MARZIPAN MUFFINS

A warm muffin, freshly out of the oven with a glass of milk is close to perfect an a cold autumnal day. When it’s dismal and grey outside, peeling a hot muffin away from a paper case and placing that first bite of soft cinnamon sponge in your mouth is the...
HUMMUS, AVOCADO AND HALLOUMI ON TOAST

HUMMUS, AVOCADO AND HALLOUMI ON TOAST

On a rainy and cold day in the North East it’s necessary to have a delicious lunch to keep you going, especially when your days are being spent reading Plato back to back in the library. Hummus and halloumi are two of the greatest loves of my life. The salty flavour...
GLUTEN FREE ‘MACARONI’ CHEESE WITH KALE

GLUTEN FREE ‘MACARONI’ CHEESE WITH KALE

If there’s one comfort food you can rely on it is macaroni cheese. Rich, creamy and crunchy on top, everything you need in an autumnal meal to eat whilst hunkering down with a blanket. I’ve made an adapted version of ‘macaroni’ cheese using...
CINNAMON, PECAN AND CRANBERRY GRANOLA

CINNAMON, PECAN AND CRANBERRY GRANOLA

Granola is the perfect food to keep in your cupboard. It makes the most delicious breakfast with creamy yogurt and a bowl full of sweet berries but it also serves as the best mid-afternoon snack to nibble on – full of fibre, fruit and all of the good things...
QUINOA, SQUASH AND WATERCRESS SALAD

QUINOA, SQUASH AND WATERCRESS SALAD

Yesterday was the first day of the year I could sit outside with a coffee in the sunshine and appreciate the summer warmth. Even if it was only for the day, it gives you hope that summer is on its way. Hope that they’ll be months upon months where sitting...
GINGER MARZIPAN DARK CHOCOLATES

GINGER MARZIPAN DARK CHOCOLATES

Ginger, marzipan and dark chocolate are three of Mum’s favourite ingredients. So the winning combo for her birthday would be stem ginger, wrapped in marzipan and coated in dark chocolate. Chocolates are so simple to make, which means you can focus on choosing...
HARVEST – JESMOND

HARVEST – JESMOND

Back in the toon things are changing. Location wise, I’ve moved from the safety of student halls to the lovely area of Jesmond. I’m now in possession of a set of keys, an npower account and a yellow front door. Jesmond is an area full of students, bars, a Waitrose...
BAKED NECTARINES WITH HONEY, GRANOLA AND MARZIPAN

BAKED NECTARINES WITH HONEY, GRANOLA AND MARZIPAN

I absolutely love granola, the crunchiness, nuttiness, perfect yogurt topping-ness. However, I’ve never found a shop bought granola that’s just right. The dorset cereal’s honey granola comes quite close but the coconut sadly ruins it for me. Making granola is quick,...
CREME PATISSERIE TARTS WITH RASPBERRIES AND PISTACHIOS

CREME PATISSERIE TARTS WITH RASPBERRIES AND PISTACHIOS

Maximum procrastination is taking place at the moment. Eating and cooking is much more tempting than revising about the 1066 conquest. Being at home means rediscovering all the new foodie treats that have been bought in my absence. Along with a pasta attachment for...
COURGETTE AND BROAD BEAN SALAD

COURGETTE AND BROAD BEAN SALAD

With the heat of summer soaring high, the appetite for salad increases. Nothing is better in the heat than a zesty light summer salad bursting with flavour but will keep you cool. Zesty lemon, nutty garlic, crunchy broad beans and soft courgette creates the salad that...
CHOCOLATE, ORANGE AND PECAN COOKIES

CHOCOLATE, ORANGE AND PECAN COOKIES

I can’t think of anything better to dip in a glass of milk than a chewy cookie packed full of chunks of dark chocolate, zesty orange and pecan nuts. In the film Matilda, I vividly remember Matilda sitting at the table in Miss Honey’s house with a glass of milk and a...