Express Lunch: Courgette and Heirloom Tomato Salad

It’s packing up day! I am between making cups of tea, adding ice to jugs of water and wishing I was more prepared for the day (why did we decide to have a ‘Bon-Voyage’ Soiree the day before the packers arrive?!). By 2pm I was wondering why I have lost the will to live and…

Hot in the city…

London has a mini heatwave. It does not happen often but yes it’s here and it is basically all we can talk about. ¬†Heatwaves are fun if you are lying by a pool in say Majorca, but driving back and forth to your local recycling centre in the heat is not. I am hot and…

Spicy Courgette Soup with Trimmings

It is fair to say that after 14years in London I still can’t get use to English summers. Yesterday was sunblock weather and today I woke up to grey and rainy skies. The kitchen is in a bit of a mess as I am desperately trying to clear out the kitchen cupboards before our trip…

Easy entertaining on a warm summers evening

  Soon we will be travelling through Europe on route to beautiful Cape Town. Lots of catching up to do with friends before our travells. This is not the time to be stocking up on food but rather clearing out the pantry and raiding the fridge. A recent trip to my in-laws provided me with…

Ready in 20min: Elegant Entertaining

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Soup with Poached Salmon and Crunchy Mange-Tout, Chilli and Apple and Courgette Salad Impress friends with this quick elegant dish which can be served ready in 20min, ideal as a summer starter or light lunch. PS: there would be no reason not to buy the already poached salmon pieces – I…

Grilled Aubergine and Baby Kale Sald with Spicy Sesame Dressing

This salad has a lot of soul, quite a dark soul actually or an old soul perhaps, packed full of smoke and spice it provides something different in summer. ¬†Top the salad with pomegranate seeds to add a crunch and a burst of sweetness. I topped the buttermilk dressing with sumac. I love the unique…

Thai-Style Coconut Soup with Courgette Noodles

This is my go-to soup if I have to feel ‘human’ again after something out of sorts . A long flight, a nasty cold, a post-indulgence cure – anything whereby I need some food TLC, this is the soup. Ingredients bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked and roots reserved 6/7 stalks lemongrass 50g galangal root or…