15 Dec

MY ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS FEAST

  Confession time – I’m not actually the biggest lover of turkey and all the trimmings. When it’s just us, we actually go BBQ style and cook Christmas lunch outside on our outdoor kitchen instead. This year we’re being hosted for Christmas, so I will smile sweetly and of course enjoy the turkey. But I’m the host for Boxing Day with the fam, so for that I’m thinking either mini beef wellingtons, or a recipe for roasted salmon over juniper branches from the fabulous Nordic Cookbook. Followed by a massive cheeseboard from Neal’s Yard and homemade pecan pie, if I can only perfect the...
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22 Oct

Violet’s Fig leaf ice-cream

Violet’s Bakery is a bit of an institution round our way. The owner, Claire Ptak, is a Cali girl who sold her amazing home bakes at Broadway Market for 5 years before opening Violet’s. It’s just down the road from us, and a favourite indulgent lunch stop. Their rosemary infused cheese toasties, coconut macaroons and ginger and molasses cakes are TO DIE FOR. Violet’s are always experimenting with flavours and take inspiration from all sorts of different cuisines… case in point their roasted fig leaf ice-cream. It’s a personal favourite of mine, because the fig leaves Violet’s use actually come from my own...
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02 Mar

ENJOYING MARCH

I cannot believe it’s March already, this year is running along scary fast. I’m really excited for Spring though, the book gets launched, lots of new projects are underway and the days are getting longer at last. Now I feel like I want to fling open all the doors and windows and get going with a spring clean of the house too. It’s not just interiors – I always feel inspired to shake things up with each changing season, so now I’m itching to swap out wintry casseroles and bakes for huge jugs of spring flowers and deliciously bright blood oranges. We’re not...
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