Banana, yogurt and chocolate cake

I had never been a fan of banana cake, the too-moist and almost-mouldy flavour of some banana loafs gives me the cringe. This hearty banana cake is a great way to use up any leftover bananas.  It’s quite light in texture and colour, unlike most banana cakes, and the chocolate pieces complement the banana flavours. The riper the…

Strawberries and cream cake

One of the best things of summer is the strawberry season. While summer weather in England can be hit and miss, English strawberries never fail to impress: they are always plump, juicy and sweet. We’ve grown some this summer in our little courtyard garden and harvested some delicious strawberries, just not enough to turn them into…

Shakshuka

Fry-up breakfast for dinner is a once a week ritual in our house, especially since I live with a carnivore who doesn’t seem to understand that veggie meals aren’t a punishment. Originally from Tunisia, but known to the world as The Israeli breakfast, shakshuka has many brothers and sisters, with huevos rancheros and huevos a la flamenca…

Orange cake 

We went to Marrakech a few weeks ago. It was our second time in this beautiful, busy and colourful city and my fourth trip to a country that doesn’t fail to amaze me from every point of view, but in particular from a culinary perspective. Moroccan food is as varied as its people, and despite…

Gingernuts

Gingernuts are one of those biscuits that taste a million times better when homemade. The ultimate dunker, this spicy, perfectly round, puffy and crackled biscuit is one of the most popular ones in England, which doesn’t come as a surprise…they are full of flavour! These are traditionally a very hard crisp biscuit made for dunking…

Cornmeal bread

Life without gluten would be so much easier in Colombia, where many of the delicious traditional dishes and snacks are made with plantain, rice, cassava or maize. You wouldn’t feel deprived as often as you do in England or the rest of Europe, and you could indulge on empanadas, pandebonos or bunuelos without awkardly asking…

Olive oil chocolate cake

I am always curious to try new chocolate cake recipes, especially those that don’t require a hundred ingredients or have a 20-step method that would take over the whole of Sunday. A good chocolate cake needs to be moist but airy, which is so hard to achieve when you normally bake with butter, but it…

No dairy French toast

It’s Easter! And that means time to remember, be grateful, get together and enjoy the simple things in life. French toast is one of those simple things: a very easy recipe that turns into a real breakfast treat. The perfect alchemy of bread dipped in a mixture of eggs and milk, then fried and drizzled with whatever…

Coffee and peanut butter muffins

Toast, porridge, toast, porridge. School day breakfasts can get really repetitive really quickly, but who can justify having pain-au-chocolat or croissants every morning? I mean, not just from a time perspective but from a health point of view. And so that’s when you need to make these muffins: not only do they taste good, they will…

Chapatis

The generous use of spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits in Indian cuisine makes me think I could easily eat curry every single day, and not get bored of it. It’s the explosion of flavours and colours in which spices run the show, and the variety of dishes and creative use of whatever is available that…

Peanut butter cups

When we were little, holidays abroad meant two things: fun (of course) and being able to get (and stash) tons of sweets and chocolates. Reese’s were one of those. How I went through handfuls of Reese’s without feeling unwell is beyond me. While I am much more selective with the quality of sweets I eat these days, I still reminiscence…

Spanish madeleines

One of the things I remember with fondness from our family trips to Spain as a child is how it was the norm to have sweet things for breakfast. From churros con chocolate to nice pastries, starting the day with something sweet made me feel like every morning was really special. Madeleines were one of…

Spicy tea loaf

I remember the first time I had a slice of tea loaf cake, I thought it was rich and dense, almost like a healthy version of a fruit cake. I was fascinated by the fact it actually had tea in it, I thought whoever came up with the idea was a genius. An actual cup…

Cinnamon roast pecans

Did you know that the pecan is a species of hickory native to Mexico and the southern regions of the US? Not technically a nut but a drupe (a stone fruit, like coffee, mango, olives, apricots…), pecans are full of flavour and goodness, and they are equally tasty when eaten raw or roasted. I have tried…