Middle Eastern Cabbage Slaw

The humble white cabbage is the star of the show here, it’s an amazing health food as it’s especially high in vitamins C and K, helps improve digestive health and combat inflammation. I learned recently that pomegranate seeds contain three times as many anti-oxidants as green tea which a great reason to add them to your…

Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients 2 cups hazelnuts Cocoa powder Honey or maple syrup   Method Set about 20 hazelnuts aside then place the remaining hazelnuts in a food processor and blitz to a fine consistency.  Add two heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder and a heaped tablespoon of honey then blitz until fully combined.  When you blitz the nuts,…

Date Paste

Dates are an excellent natural sweetener and are extremely beneficial to health, unlike white sugar which is full of empty calories.  Making date paste is very simple and this versatile paste is great to have on hand to add to porridge, smoothies and cakes.  Dates are high in fibre and contain iron, vitamin B6, magnesium…

Beluga Lentil Bolognaise

Beluga lentils are perfect for this dish as they hold their shape nicely when cooked.  Puy lentils would also work here but I would avoid a less robust lentil which might not hold up as well. (serves 4-6) Ingredients 1 small onion 2 small carrots ½ stick celery ½ courgette 1 small red pepper 4…

Beetroot Tzatziki

This eye catching dish is easy to make and the addition of kefir gives it an extra probiotic hit. Make sure you use a thicker kefir and add it gradually so that you don’t end up with a beetroot soup.  You can add Greek yoghurt to your kefir to give it more viscosity or omit…

Gorgonzola & Kefir Dressing

This simple, probiotic salad dressing is easy to put together.  I served it with charred broccoli, radicchio, apple and walnut as shown in the photo above but it would be really delicious as a dip served with some crudité or potato chips. Ingredients 2 heaped tablespoons gorgonzola 1/3 cup milk kefir (click here for method) 1/2…

Bircher Muesli

Making Bircher Muesli takes me back to Manly in Australia where I was introduced to this dish by our breakfast chef, Debs  at Garfish. This recipe needs to be made the night before and you could make enough for several batches perhaps at the beginning of the week if you wanted to have some to…

Turmeric Tea

With winter fast approaching we all need a natural vitamin C and immune system boost and this delicious Turmeric Tea recipe fits the bill.  You can customise this tea by adding as little or as much turmeric and ginger as you like, by adding cayenne pepper or by leaving the honey out for example. Turmeric…

Spiced Pecan Granola

This granola recipe is easy to make doesn’t contain any refined sugar and salt like the shop bought varieties. It’s gluten free is a great source of vitamins, minerals and dietry fibre. (makes about 1.5 litres) Ingredients 4 cups rolled oats 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped ¼ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup linseeds 1 teaspoon…

Coconut & Date Banana Bread

Who doesn’t love a bit of banana bread?  This is a cracker of a recipe as it’s light and fluffy and doesn’t contain any refined sugar.  It’s the bananas, dates and coconut sugar which sweeten the bread.  Coconut sugar is less sweet than regular sugar so I don’t recommend swapping regular sugar for coconut sugar…

Aubergine Caponata

I’ve tried many different versions of this Sicilian dish but this is inspired by a recipe I picked up years ago from Rick Stein’s Mediterranean cook book.  I’ve tweaked it to my own taste but the main flavour profile here is sweet, sour and salty. It goes well with meat and fish but can be served…

Cretan Tomato Salad

This salad is not dissimilar to an Italian Panzanella. Here I blitz the tomatoes rather than macerating them and then the salad is finished with Greek flavours and garnishes.  It’s a great salad to make ahead for a BBQ and really easy to make. If you can’t find Cretan husks then chunky stale brown bread…

Black Forest Bliss Balls

These bliss balls are handy to snack on and will  keep for up to a week in the fridge in an airtight container.  You can freeze them but don’t roll them in coconut until they have been defrosted as the coconut will become mushy once frozen and will lose its bite. Makes approx 30 balls Ingredients 2…

Probiotic Lemonade w/ Ginger & Raspberries

Use cloudy, organic and unpasteurised cider vinegar in this recipe.  Clear cider vinegar does not contain probiotics. Serves 4 Ingredients 2 large lemons (juice of) 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated 4 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons cloudy cider vinegar 100g fresh raspberries 1 litre sparkling mineral water Ice to serve   Method Blend…

Vegetable Broth

Instead of wasting vegetable peelings, try my vegetable broth recipe.  The broth can be used in soups, risottos, casseroles etc. Ingredients Vegetable peelings (here I used carrot, parsnip, leeks, garlic, onion skins, the tops of peppers, mushroom stalks and broccoli stalks) Salt and pepper Soy sauce (optional)   Method Take any peelings you have, reserving…

Mulled Wine (Vin Chaud)

This mulled wine recipe is very drinkable indeed.  I tend to use a full bodied wine such as Merlot which I buy in a box. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on the wine as it will lose much of its flavour once infused with the fruit and spices.  I use supermarket…

Cauliflower Curry

This curry was inspired by a cooking class I did with Julie Sahni (www.juliesahni.com) in New York a few years ago. I spent two full days cooking at her apartment in Brooklyn.  She was an excellent teacher and a very welcoming host.  This is my interpretation of her cauliflower curry. Serves 6 as a main…

Involtini

Makes approximately 16 Involtini Ingredients 2 aubergines 50g sliced Parmesan cheese 200g fresh Mozzarella 100g Prosciutto, cut roughly into 2cm x 2cm pieces 100g sun-dried cherry tomatoes 70g rocket leaves Salt and pepper White balsamic vinegar Olive oil Dried oregano Method Slice the aubergines lengthways, about 3mm thick and lay flat on a clean work…

Spiced Plum Clafoutis

This dish was inspired by Raymond Blanc’s Cherry Clafoutis recipe. Allow the spiced sugar to infuse for at least a day, if not longer. The clafoutis is best served warm, not piping hot so allow time for it to cool before serving. Serves 4 Ingredients For the spiced sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 4 star anise…

Fragrant Coconut Rice

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 cup Basmati rice ½ a small brown onion 1 clove of garlic 10g peeled ginger 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 2 cloves 1 teaspoon black cumin seeds 1 black cardamom pod 1 teaspoon nigella seeds 100ml coconut milk 1 chicken or vegetable stock cube Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons coconut…

Baked Chicken Kiev

Makes 4 Kiev’s Ingredients 100g unsalted butter, softened 1 clove garlic ½ tsp chopped flat leaf parsley Salt and pepper Zest of 1/2 – 1/3 of a lemon 1 1/2 cup plain flour 2 or 3 egg whites 100 – 150g Panko bread crumbs (you can use other breadcrumbs but I prefer this brand as…

Vegan Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients 225g dark cooking chocolate 115g coconut oil 4 flax eggs (see below) 1 cup agave syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups ground almond meal 1 cup coconut flour Handful of dark chocolate chips or chocolate buttons Cacao nibs, chopped Method Line and grease a 23cm square baking tin or casserole dish. Heat oven…

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Torte

Ingredients 200g coconut oil 200g cooking chocolate 200g honey 4 eggs 50g ground almonds 50g coconut flour Cocoa nibs to garnish (optional) Method Pre-heat your oven to 180C. Line a 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper and coat with a thin layer of coconut oil. Melt the coconut oil and chocolate over a bain-marie. Meanwhile…

Strawberry Mint Cooler

Feeling the heat? Try this strawberry smoothie which is sweetened using a date puree which means this tasty beverage  is sugar free (apart from the naturally occurring sugars in the fruits).  Soak some dates in cold water overnight then blitz them in your food processor the following day.  Keep the date paste sealed in an…

Zesty Lemon Coconut Cookies

These cookies are vegan, made with unrefined sugar and are just totally delicious. Our guests couldn’t get enough of them on our last trip and even requested the recipe… so here it is. Ingredients 60g coconut sugar 100g soft but solid coconut oil (needs to be malleable) Zest of 2 lemons Pinch of pink Himalayan…

Rhubarb & Custard Panna Cotta

This recipe should be made a day ahead then set over night for the best results.   Ingredients 200g rhubarb compote (click here for my rhubarb compote recipe) 500ml double cream 2 vanilla pods 5 eggs (yolk only) 100g caster sugar 10g gelatine leaf   Method Pour the cream into a small saucepan then take…

Rhubarb Tiramisu

This recipe should be made one day or at least eight hours ahead   500g rhubarb compote (Click here for my Rhubarb Compote recipe) 4 Eggs 500g Mascarpone 5 Tablespoons Caster Sugar (Sucre Fin) 250g Lady Finger Biscuits (you may have some left over)   Method Put 3 yolks and 1 whole egg into a…

Rhubarb Compote

This makes quite a large batch of compote.  You could halve it or make the whole batch and freeze some which is what I tend to do. Ingredients 1kg rhubarb 2 cinnamon sticks 2 vanilla pods Honey and or Maple Syrup to taste (you can also use sugar)   Method Wash the rhubarb in cold…

Mojito Curd Cheesecake

Ingredients   9 large gelatin leaves (about 22grams) 600g mascarpone 200g cream cheese 5 limes (juice and zest) 300g fine caster sugar 300ml double cream 300g jar The Cherry Tree’s Mojito Curd 300g digestive biscuits 125g unsalted butter, melted   Method Place the gelatin in a small bowl and cover with cold water, this will…

My Green & Blue Soup

As per Lou’s request, here’s the recipe for my Green & Blue Soup.  The reason for separating the florets from the stalk of the broccoli at the beginning of the recipe is that it prevents the broccoli from over-cooking which will give the soup a dull green colour and will give it that unpleasant smell…

Chickpea Pancakes

Ingredients 300g Chickpea flour 2tsp Cumin 2tsp Coriander 1tsp Garam Massala 1/2tsp Turmeric 1tbsp Nigella seeds Pinch Chilli flakes Salt and pepper 1/2tsp Bicarb soda 2 Spring onion, finely sliced 2 tbsp Coriander stalk, finely chopped Coconut oil for frying   Method Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl, mix well then slowly…

Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Turkish Delight Buttercream

Ingredients 85g self raising flour 85g plain flour 170g caster sugar 170g unsalted butter (room temperature) 3 eggs 1tsp bicarbonate soda 170g jar wild strawberry concentrate 10g dehydrated strawberries (optional)   Method Cream butter and sugar using a kitchen aid or an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Slowly add the eggs one at a…

Easy Chocolate Brownies

If you’re a chocolate lover and you’re thinking about baking this weekend then have a go at my Chocolate Brownie recipe. It’s a really simple recipe and they taste delicious. Ingredients 225g dark cooking chocolate 115g unsalted butter 4 large eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cup white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3/4…