Paltrow’s Puttanesca

January is no time to be living on lettuce and water. March, maybe. January, just cruel. As if the sudden end of all things twinkly, boozy, foody, Pogues-y, party-y and Christmas 24-y isn’t bad enough. Hearty food as ascribed by Gwyneth Paltrow – whether you like her or not – is the solution. Take this … Continue reading

Grilled Fish Tacos in London

Many, many fish tacos were consumed on a recent honeymoon to Hawaii. See exhibit 1, top left. Eating fish tacos became an integral part of my daily life, like brushing my teeth and texting my mum. It was inevitable that returning to London and normality would bring with it a deep gaping hole where once … Continue reading

A Prosecco Slush Puppy

Five steps and three ingredients to Prosecco heaven…   The official name for a Prosecco Slush Puppy is a “Sgroppino”. This Italian lovely is made up on Prosecco, vodka  and lemon sorbet – and you can make it in 5 easy steps. The only props you need are a blender and glasses. Here’s what you … Continue reading

Summer roll with it…

Vietnamese summer rolls. Made by me. In my own kitchen. I must admit I’m pretty impressed with myself. I went to an Asian supermarket and everything. They’re 74 calories a roll, too – perfect for 5:2 diet days. (Yes, I have two of those a week. But in my defence, I do stuff my face … Continue reading

The Simplest Blueberry Smoothie Ever Made…

This smoothie – my first attempt at one – was a Sunday morning off-top-of-the-head thing, which is why it was very basic. It involved three ingredients and an immersion blender. And I think it was healthyISH but, obvz, by no means the healthiest smoothie on the block. A whole tub of Rachel’s organic low fat … Continue reading

A Leek and Potato Soup… (told you…)

Getting back into the culinary saddle last weekend, I decided to make my first-ever soup – a leek and potato one, using leftover veggies. Soups have always been a mystery to me. And stock cubes a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. People who makes soups and use stock are in a special members club, one that … Continue reading

Tuna Nicoise Salad

You can’t beat a tuna nicoise for a healthy, chic dinner. Because it’s French and everything French is stylish (even that ex-policeman Georges, from Master Chef, who looked a bit like a robber) this is worth making with precision and TLC. As much as I just wanted to chuck everything in a bowl and eat … Continue reading