Lamb kofta flatbreads with griddled courgettes, feta and mint yoghurt

Okay winter, I’ve had enough now. It’s March for fuck’s sake. I’m so sick of the cold weather, the frosty walks to work and worst of all – the terrible lighting. I’m also bored of eating stodgy winter warmers instead of balanced, fresh meals. Sure, this is slightly more within my control than the weather,…

King prawn curry laksa

If you don’t already know this about me, you should probably learn that I love seafood. Not a particularly controversial claim, I know, but an important one nonetheless. And if there’s something I enjoy more than a juicy prawn, mussel or lobster, it’s all of the above with the addition of a bit of spice….

Spicy vegetable peanut soup

I’m sure I’m not alone in my surprise (and slight disappointment) at the postponing of spring. As this frosty winter weather rears its ugly head, I don’t know about you, but I’m craving proper cold weather fare – a hot bowl of steaming soup that warms you from the inside out. But I’m starting to…

HDL COOKS: Huevos Rancheros

A weekend brunch is really the most comforting thing. Whether you’re gearing up for a busy day, nursing a hangover or just want to unleash your inner middle-class white woman, brunch is ever the solution to your weekend woes. Brunch has always promised that little bit more than the traditionally beige breakfast plate. I’m not…

HDL COOKS: Dijon cream chicken with duck fat roast potatoes

If there’s anything I pride myself on, other than my rapid mental absorption of odd facts akin to one of the QI elves, it’s my roast potatoes. I’ve tried many a roastie, and I’ve met many a person who stubbornly will not concede that anything but their mum’s roast potatoes are the best. Until they’ve…

HDL COOKS: Chilli Con Carne

As much as I am a clear introvert, and my kitchen is often where I retreat to be alone with my ideas, I love to cook for people. Part desire to show off, part innate need to please everyone I hold dear, part teaching opportunity for anyone unlucky enough to be in the vicinity, there…

HDL COOKS: Chicken Arrabbiata Pasta

I promise that one of these days I’ll do a recipe for something that’s not pasta. Maybe. It’s just that I love pasta so much (well, most pasta anyway – don’t get me started on spaghetti). It’s quick, cheap, versatile, and most importantly, it’s delicious. I’d happily kiss the person who first thought that boiling…

HDL COOKS: Thick and Fluffy American-Style Pancakes

You know you’re starting to reach adulthood when your friends start moving away. It doesn’t hit you until people start graduating from university, and you realise that the temporary exit they made from your life is becoming permanent. Last week, one of my good friends moved out of Southampton and into the capital, and I…

HDL COOKS: Thai Peanut Chicken with Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles

When I received my spiralizer (a generous Christmas gift from my bestie’s family), I vowed that every week, I would make myself a delicious, spiralized meal. Now, while I definitely haven’t kept that promise, I have more than made up for it in the excellent quality of meals that I have used my spiralizer for….

HDL COOKS: The Cheat’s Goat’s Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tartlet

Okay, I’ll be honest with you. Sometimes I’m a lazy cook. There are just some nights where I want to eat nice food without spending hours slaving away over every last little detail. Especially when there’s baking involved. So when, on Monday, I decided I wanted a goat’s cheese and caramelised onion tartlet without the…