Cucumber and Sesame Salad

Sometimes the simplest of ideas are the ones that resonate as being the best.  Such is the case with this Japanese inspired salad that I made from Bill Granger’s Simply Asian Cookbook. Simply make the dressing, cut your cucumber and combine to serve.   This recipe generously serves 2 people but can easily be multiplied…

Vegetarian Curry Puffs

I’m putting it out there, I’m a massive fan of curry puffs. Our local Thai restaurant make some of the best I know with crumbly, buttery pastry and a tasty filling with just the right amount of bite to whet your appetite. Until now I’ve preferred to leave the curry puff making to the experts…

Raw Carrot Cake Bliss Balls

This recipe is one that should be labelled guilt free cake really.  Take the best of a healthy sounding cake and turn it into a raw, vegan option and you’d be forgiven for thinking it may be less than fabulous.  Never fear though, with my inspiration a recipe from Bianca at Wholefood Simply, we can’t…

Pickled Carrots with Schezuan Peppercorns

My meals of late have been rather boring and simple.  We’re eating the same old stuff due to necessity and a lack of time and inspiration.  Our chief cause is one very handsome little boy that is now over 4 months old and dominating our home with his presence.  He’s a very good excuse for…

Baby Potatoes with Asparagus and Caper Dressing

Some great recipes I stumble upon are all about the visual image that accompanies them in a cookbook, whilst others are the combination of flavours that sing to my palate long before they are a reality.  When the two meet in the same location its a happy joy for me and one that I’ve felt…

Tomato Magic

With a title like Tomato Magic how could I not be intrigued by this recipe. As I’ve been exploring Paula Wolfert’s The Food of Morocco for The Cookbook Guru I’ve been very much concentrating on learning the building blocks of what creates the flavours in Moroccan savoury foods. Seeing this recipe gave me a little…

A Simple Carrot Salad

  Jane Grigson spends most of her Vegetable Book cooking the various bounty on offer.  Occasionally though you encounter a beautiful salad snuck in the long list of recipes.  This is the perfect example of something simple and effective in its creation. In fact there is no recipe as such, just a suggestion of a…

Jane Grigson’s Gazpacho

This month begins a new year of The Cookbook Guru, an online cookbook club, where food bloggers from around the world share their cooking experiences from the same cookbook.  Last year by participating I discovered new recipes, learnt new techniques and challenged myself with recipes that I had previously found too intimidating to attempt.  This…

A Bundle of Greens

Recently I inherited an old copy of Home Beautiful magazine.  It’s a publication I’m always more than happy to have a browse through to get some new idea’s for home decoration, but also for foodie inspiration.    When I saw this idea in a special food lift out I instantly grabbed it as something that…

Special Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate is one of those things that is always a good idea.  A small bite of the good stuff can lift your mood, increase your happiness and delight your taste buds.  Plus if you’re a dark chocolate fan there is plenty of evidence out there stating that the antioxidant properties make it good for us. …

Roasted Carrot, Lemon and Harissa Dip

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a dip recipe with you all and to be honest, it has been a while since I’ve made some to share in our house as well.  We have the fall back guacamole but even that has been rare with avocados being pretty expensive.  I’m not quite sure what…

Spiced Vegan Orange and Almond Rumballs

As you may remember I went on a foodie tangent earlier this year when I detoxed for a few weeks.  In the process I started exploring healthier eating options and discovered an amazing recipe for dairy free, sugar free, wheat free coconut rough and a walnut hedgehog which made my taste buds sing.  Well I’m…