Hazelnut Mocha Banana Bread

This is not your granny’s banana bread. The combination of chocolate, coffee and hazelnuts is deliciously decadent, with an impressive marbled interior that takes the humble banana bread to a whole new level. It has a moist, tender middle, crunchy hazelnuts on top and a generous scattering of espresso and hazelnut Seed and Bean dark…

Roasted Red Cabbage and Borlotti Bean Salad

This salad is perfect for bridging this strange, inter-seasonal gap while the weather’s all over the place; it’s got spring-like freshness from the raw carrot ribbons, but some wintery heartiness from the beans and the comforting warmth of spices. If you haven’t tried roasting red cabbage before then give it a go, as the flavour…

Ratatouille Gratin

The French get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to vegetarian food (steak tartare, anyone?), but ratatouille is one dish they really got right. A staple of humble home cooking, the mellow flavours of the aubergine, courgette and peppers come together to make something that’s much more than the sum of its…

Spring Greens Curry

This is an ideal dish for early spring, as it’s got freshness and brightness from the greens, lime and coriander, but with the comforting creaminess of coconut milk and plenty of warming spices for when there’s still a chill in the air. Roasting the greens first helps bring out their flavours, adding depth and complexity…

Cauliflower Fritters

The humble cauliflower is great vehicle for punchy flavours, and is delicious teamed with plenty of herbs and spices in these fritters. They’re bound together with gram flour, which is made out of ground chickpeas and can be found in the foreign foods section of supermarkets or in health food shops. That means these fritters…

Spiced Aubergine and Tomato Galette

I love cooking aubergines with spices to bring out their flavour, which is delicious when teamed with the mellow sweetness of red onion and cherry tomatoes in this galette filling. A galette is just a free-form tart, baked flat on a baking sheet rather than in a tart tin. Although making pastry can be a…

Chickpea and Cauliflower Stew

As grim as the weather seems intent on being, this is just the type of warming, cosy dish that I need to power me through until spring. Roasting the cauliflower helps bring out its mellow flavour, which pairs beautifully with the spices and freshness of the herbs and lime. I serve this stew over quinoa…

Rainbow Noodle Salad

Although I love cosy food in winter, by this time of year I start to get a little bored of hearty stews and crave something fresher and brighter. This salad is just that sort of dish, with vibrant, crunchy vegetables and a punchy peanut dressing that will help kick any cold weather lethargy. It’s also…

Winter Greens Galette

When it comes to festive food, Brussels sprouts don’t get a lot of love. And while I agree that there’s something a bit school dinners about boiled sprouts, roasting them is a real game changer, leaving you with crips outer leaves and a tender middle. Teamed with sweet leeks and the herby hit of pesto,…

Winter Roots and Goats Cheese

Root vegetables are at their best this time of year, and this recipe gives the humble carrot, parsnip and beetroot a much deserved moment in the spotlight. The vegetables caramelise in the balsamic dressing as they roast, giving them a mellow sweetness that contrasts beautifully with the sharp saltiness of the goats cheese. Leave out…

Shakshuka Pasta

This recipe is a bit of a culinary mash up, bringing together the North African and Middle Eastern favourite shakshuka — which consists of eggs baked in a spiced tomato and pepper stew — and everyone’s favourite Italian staple, pasta. I’ve also strayed from the original by adding in chickpeas and aubergine, although they’re very…

Spiced Cauliflower, Greens and Rice

Now that winter is closing in, I’m craving food that’s full of vibrant flavours to help kick any cold weather lethargy. Enter my spiced cauliflower, greens and rice, which should banish all memories of soggy school cauliflower cheese. In this dish the humble cauliflower is given a punchy makeover, roasted with leeks, green beans and…