• Arugula Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese

    Winter in California is the season for peppery arugula. Several years ago my parents planted some arugula in their garden and for years the arugula would re-seed itself, taking over the entire garden with a flourish, starting in December. While mature arugula can be…

  • Chicken Fajitas

    Homemade Chicken Fajitas Yay, chicken fajitas! So easy to make, and so quick. The method involves quickly searing the meat on a griddle or grill, and then slicing and serving with quickly seared peppers and onions. And, of course, flour…

  • Potato Leek Soup

    When cooler weather appears, nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of potato soup. Potato leek soup is a classic, and so easy to make! How To Make Potato Leek Soup To make this soup, cook chopped leeks in…

  • Gluten-free bread

    400g gluten-free white flour (Doves Farm is available at most supermarkets) 1 tsp salt 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast 284ml buttermilk (or the same amount of whole milk with a squeeze of lemon juice) Buttermilk buh-ter-mill-k There are two types…

  • Harissa chicken traybake

    4 chicken legs Chicken chik-en Chicken’s many plus points – its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it… 4 tbsp harissa paste (rose harissa is nice) 1 garlic bulb, broken into cloves 1 lemon, cut into…

  • Flourless chocolate & pear cake

    85g butter, plus 1 tbsp extra for tin Butter butt-err Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an… 85g golden caster sugar, plus extra for tin 85g gluten-free dark chocolate, broken into…

  • Purple sprouting broccoli orecchiette with an almond crumb

    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 6 good-quality anchovies in oil Anchovy ann-choe-vee Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic… 1 shallot, finely chopped Shallot shal-lot Related to the onion (as…

  • Spring fish pie

    250g bag washed leaf spinach Spinach spin-atch Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable… 450g small new potato New potatoes n-ew po-tate-oes New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy…

  • Greek roast lamb

    1 large leg of lamb, about 3kg/6lb 8oz 6 garlic cloves 1 bunch oregano Oregano or-ee-gar-no Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more… zest and juice 1 lemon Lemon le-mon Oval…

  • Herby spring chicken pot pie

    2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra for brushing over the pastry Olive oil ol-iv oyl Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It’s… bunch spring onions, sliced into 3cm pieces Spring…