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Jerk fish traybake

I'm so keen to get more fish into our diets- it's such a healthy option, and with so many proven health benefits- fish really is a superfood, way more than all of the fads that come and go. Unfortunately I haven't been as super-organised as I planned to in getting to a fishmonger, and therefore our diets definitely don't include the recommended 2 fish-based meals a week. I've found the perfect way to address this, and I can't really believe I didn't clock on sooner! Frozen fish! The ...

Lemon & thyme chicken penne

  I sometimes struggle to find a meal that I know the whole family will like- my daughters have complete opposite tastes! This is something I cook if I need both something quick, and something that I know everyone will eat. It is very simple to make, but is really tasty- It certainly feels perfect as a lighter pasta dish now we are having longer, sunny evenings! Thyme is a readily available herb, but also so easy to keep yourself- it's very hardy! I am a terrible gardener, and it ...

Lemony chicken and cannellini bean stew

I recently reviewed the Riverford Quick and Light recipe box (click here to read the review), and this was my favourite recipe- It's a perfect stew for Spring/summer, with fresh flavours and both light and satisfying. The Riverford version uses sorrel- if you can get hold of it, then that's fantastic, and I  defintiely recommend adding it. If you can't find it, don't worry- the lemon zest provides a beautiful lemony flavour and it's still completely delicious. This is a great one for ...

King prawn and sweet potato curry

I was excited when Iceland asked me to create a healthy dish using their frozen fish and seafood range- I love seafood, and I've been meaning to get more into our diet. I popped along to my nearest Iceland store to have a browse, and was so impressed by the range of frozen fish- I was very tempted to pick up the red snapper after watching the video of how Iceland freeze it at source- I quite liked the idea of a jerk style red snapper curry (might still do this at some point!), but when I ...

Za’atar spice mix

Za'atar is one of my favourite discoveries in the past 6 months. I was introduced to it by Sabrina Ghaynour in her fabulous book Sirocco which is full of beautiful Middle-Eastern food ideas. Just before Christmas I hosted a Persian themed dinner party in which za'atar was a key ingredient! However, I have found it pretty expensive to by compared to other spice mixes, and so far I have only seen it in Sainsburys and Waitrose so it's not super-easy to get your hands on. That is why I had a ...

Blueberry and cinnamon pancakes

I am often playing around with different 'alternative' pancake recipes, as pancakes are my girls' favourite breakfast. These ones took me 3 versions to get right, but they were absolutely delicious as a finished dish! I chose not to add any sweetness into the actual pancake mix- I love the natural sweetness of blueberries when they are warm and bursting apart, and I like to drizzle maple syrup over the top of these afterwards. If you prefer them sweeter you can always add some stevia ...

Zesty chilli salmon with courgette and ginger noodles

I've always loved the combination of salmon and noodles, and when the Norwegian Seafood Council asked me to create an easy supper using their salmon from Norway, I wanted to create something served with noodles, but with a real burst of flavour to complement the salmon. I chose an orange and chilli glaze, as it turns beautifully sticky when it's baked in the oven, and the orange zest really packs in extra flavour. When it's baked like this, salmon really comes out with the most ...

Oaty blueberry pancakes with toasted almonds and Manuka honey

I love a treat breakfast, it takes me back to a visit to America with my friend's family when I was 16- every morning her Aunt cooked these amazing treats, waffles, blueberry muffins, pancakes... I still love at the weekend to make a more special breakfast, but I'm also conscious about keeping it healthy. When Rowse honey asked me to create a superfood breakfast containing their Manuka honey, I was well up for the challenge! My biggest discovery in the past year is oats- I can't believe I ...

Lemon chicken penne

We have a favourite new roast chicken recipe from my newest cookbook, Sirocco ( absolutely amazing book by the way!)- it uses the zest of 2 oranges and 2 lemons, so I needed to find a way to use the juice so it wouldn't go to waste (we just drank the orange!). I've often mixed seafood with lemon and pasta, but never chicken, so this recipe was a bit of an experiment but I thought it was a winner! My kids love this too, without the chilli. I have loads of chicken breasts at the moment as ...

Chicken pizzaiola

If you have followed this blog for a while you may well have picked up on the fact that I love a good pizza sauce! Perhaps it's because it tastes so good without being unhealthy, or it has that echo of eating something really indulgent (a big old pizza) and chases away cravings for junk food. This is the sort of meal that I would always go for if I was at an American-Italian restaurant, it's such a satisfying meal to eat. This is the super-quick version- most of the time I would add in ...