Grilled Courgettes

What would summer be without a barbecue? Barbecues are typically a gathering of carnivores, enjoying a summer breeze perfumed with roasting steak, sizzling sausages and grilled chicken. As much as I enjoy a piece of juicy beef on my plate, I tend to mourn the absence of green veg. When I was growing up, my…

Chocolate Crossie Clusters

This recipe for crunchy chocolate crossie clusters has been the bee’s knees in my family since I can remember. When I was little, once a year (usually in the colder months), my mum, my sister and I would gather together in the kitchen and prepare these lovely treats. Numerous trays were laden with chocolaty goodness,…

Spinach & Parmesan Mini Quiches

Mostly utilized in Italian-themed dishes such as pasta or pesto, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is, however, much more versatile and can add unique flavour to all kinds of dishes. The strong taste of fresh goat’s cheese and the umami flavour of Parmesan cheese enhance the eggs and spinach used in this recipe for Mini Quiche Tartlets exceptionally…

Sugar-free Tea Infusions

I have never been a huge fan of fizzy drinks. When I was little, though, I loved to drink cold Ice Tea in the summer, but it came usually from a box and contained a horrific amount of sugar. Therefore, I came up with a sugar-free alternative to quench my thirst. And no, I am…

Parmesan and Walnut Pesto

It doesn’t always have to be the store-bought stuff! Why not make pesto yourself and get a bit creative? This flavour-filled recipe will help you liven up your dinner plate and invigorate your senses. With home-made pesto, any meal will taste better! Eat it with your favourite pasta, on crusty bread or to round off…

Fennel and Blood Orange Salad

Crunchy fennel and zesty blood oranges (regular oranges would certainly work just as well) are a heavenly combination together with the sweet acidity of balsamic vinegar, the slightly peppery taste of extra-virgin olive oil and the both buttery and tart flavour of walnuts. This sweet, aromatic flavour bomb is without a doubt one of my…

Sprouting Salad

Are you out of depth about what to do with your sprouts? Why not make a wonderfully colourful and crunchy salad mixed with raw veg and fresh herbs? Tuck in! Ingredients: For 2 portions Sprouts (e.g. sprouted Adzuki beans, chickpeas etc.), grown from 2 tbsp. of dried sprouting mix Alfalfa sprouts, grown from 1 tsp….

Grow Your Own Sprouts

Is there anything nicer than watching something grow that you have planted? When it comes to flowers, believe me, I don’t have a green thumb. It is surprising that my one and only plant in my bedroom is still alive after 2.5 years, although over time some leaves have turned brown in certain places. No,…

Egg and Cress Dip on Sourdough Bread

Who doesn’t like a nice egg and cress sandwich? This national classic can be found in every packed lunch aisle in UK supermarkets, but it is usually prepared with white toast. Not to say that white bread isn’t yummy – most foods that are not entirely good for you are incredibly delicious (meaning high in…

Baked Vegetable and Pearl Couscous Salad

The smell of baked fennel, peppers and squash gives the summer air a warm, slightly Mediterranean feel. These vegetables are not just reserved for autumn dishes, but combined with chewy pearl couscous and mixed salad leaves, such as rocket, baby spinach, endive and watercress this recipe is a whole meal by itself rather than a…

Cucumber and Lime infused Coconut Water

This fresh and hydrating recipe sure is nicer enjoyed on a hot summer’s days. However, if you want a cool kick start in the morning for your electrolytes, don’t give it a miss! Make sure though that if you purchase packaged or canned coconut water instead of fresh coconut to read the label carefully to…

Lunchtime Special: Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Tower

Believe it or not but this dish is actually one of my lunchtime favourites! It is so quick and easy to prepare. The only things that your office kitchen will need to be equipped with are a sharp knife and a plate. I usually keep an array of frequently used condiments on my desk, such…