My first experience of the sweet, soft, buttery cornbread was at the Big Easy in Covent Garden. This Canadian Crab shack was our spot one evening for an unlimited BBQ feast, and some cute cornbread muffins came out too – they complimented the barbecue dishes so well I knew I had to recreate it at home. Since then I’ve tried a few times to bake my own, each time switching something new in and out of the recipe to find out how to make it taste it’s most awesome – not because I’m an amazing baker, but because cornbread is a fab creation. Cornbread is actually super simple to make. So simple that the first time I started researching recipe ideas, I was sure everyone…

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With the weather still really warm and sunny, iced coffees are perfect for getting that caffeine fix. I used to only like the blended variety, coffee frappucinos, but since my love for coffee has grown (and perhaps I’ve matured slightly), nothing beats a coffee served over ice with a splash of milk when it’s warm and sticky out. For all those times when a hot coffee is just going to make you sweat (I’m sure we’ve all been there), or if you’re just looking to shake up your afternoon drink, this is perfect – my go-to iced coffee. Simple yet delicious. What’s better, the only extra thing you need compared to making a regular cuppa Joe is ice! So grab that ice cube tray and…

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Jerk. No I’m not giving out an insult, I’m talking about the Caribbean seasoning I’ve come to love. Give me anything jerk and it’s a winner – Alex’s mum makes the most incredible jerk chicken, and I love feasting on the stuff at Notting Hill Carnival too! I could probably live on the jerk chicken and wouldn’t get bored. One side which goes so well with jerk chicken is sweet potato – come on, Sweet potato is never going to have had its day. So getting creative in the kitchen recently I started experimenting with combining the flavours – a jerk sweet potato mash to go with my slow cooked BBQ chicken. Combining cooked sweet potato with a little butter and jerk paste, it made…

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Is it just me or does this warm weather change your appetite? Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy the odd comfort meal – burgers, chilli, sausage and mash – but quite often, I don’t fancy anything too heavy. Not too carby, or meaty. Something with plenty of veg so I feel like I’m nourishing myself, especially after a long day at work. A couple of weeks ago I’d decided I was making turkey kofte style kebabs, yet when I got home, I’d completely changed my mind – the pitta just wasn’t what I wanted. So whipping up Alex’s kebab, I decided I’d do myself something different. Throwing together some vegetables I had in the fridge, tossing them in oil and roasting them in herbs,…

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What I eat when dining out often inspires a lot of my home cooking. The new ingredients I decide to experiment with, the flavour combos, the style. I recently had a delicious cauliflower salad, and so have started roasting my own spiced cauliflower at home to add to salads, main dishes, or a delicious vegetable cous cous, which I’ve been having for lunch at work – don’t worry, the recipe is on it’s way. Roasted cauliflower, is so simple, yet get the flavour combinations right, and a spiced version can beĀ 100x better! So much flavour packed into something so nutritious. So here it is, my Roasted Spiced Cauliflower recipe for you to try. I hope you enjoy, and of course, please let me know how…

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