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…

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…

Nutty white chocolate bars

For the last two months, I’ve been trying to increase my intake of fruit and veg, struggling at times (who am I kidding? an apple doesn’t fill me up as much as cake) and running out of ideas for work snacks that aren’t carrots and hummus. I’ve been buying a variety of raw bars, from…

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…

Coconut and lime cake

February may be the shortest month but it certainly feels the longest if you live in the Northern hemisphere. By February, not only have you completely run out of impetus -and Christmas snacks- but also the cold is fierce and constant. You have chapped lips, don’t remember what sun looks like and have had enough looking at tree…

Mocha cake

Coffee and chocolate is a pretty amazing combination. Nutty, caramel and warming.  Two bitter and rich flavours that really compliment each other. So for when you want options to the classic coffee and walnut, or the indulgent tiramisu, this cake will give you a subtle double caffeine kick. The sponge is made with olive oil, making it very light and fluffy….

Date and honey cake

It’s cold, I am cold and I’ve got a cold. I want to eat and drink sweet treats, to temporarily soothe my sore throat, and I want warm and comforting food, so I feel like I am getting fixed. I have dates and honey, and I want to make something rich with them. And I want it to…

Tiramisu cake

It’s nearly the end of 2014 and what a year! No better way to celebrate it than with this rich and boozy cake: an ode to tiramisu, which won’t require hours in the kitchen but will make a very special dessert. It’s quite simple: a basic sponge cake, soaked in coffee, sugar and rum, then topped with fluffy…

Pear, rum and spices cake

Christmas is nearly here! The season of indulgent food, mince pies, sherry and mistletoe. The time of the year in which we can get away with incorporating spirits into our puddings without feeling too judged or worrying about the extra calories. While most desserts are quite heavy this season, I decided to incorporate some fruit into…