Chicken, Mushroom, Sweet Potato and Borlotti Bean Braise


It’s time for food in bowls. Food that whispers away on the hob and then is portioned out and enjoyed with a single piece of cutlery. Food that allows you to curl you knees up underneath you on the couch and nurse a glass of red wine. Fodder that is the consumable parable of a warm bath and nestling into flannel sheets. The below recipe, a nurturing braise of mushrooms, sweet potato, chicken, nutmeg, kale, borlotti beans and parmesan is all of those things.  If that’s what you need in your life and have no time for preambles, skip straight to the bottom (I’ve recently installed an easy print version …

Cherry Ripe Bircher Pots


Let’s talk about second breakfasts. I’m referring specifically to the snaking, raking hunger which seeps in when you’ve started the day at an ungodly hour.

Yes, the light is pretty at 6 am. But it’s also early.

It might be because you’re demand feeding twins. It might be because your chubby 20 mth old who had his first introduction to croup will only doze through the night while propped upright on your chest. It might be because in order to get to a client site on the other side of the city for an 8.30 am project summit you have to leave the house before the sun starts to yawn. And …

Flourless Fig, Pistachio and Almond Cake



I’ll make a deal with you. First I’m going to have a little natter about getting back into the swing of hosting after a long hiatus. Then I’m going to have a small rant. Lastly I’m going to share a charming (though a touch earnest) flourless almond cake with you- here it was deployed with figs and pistachios, but could easily be tweaked depending on the season and theme of your supper (plums, peaches, apricots, pears, raspberries, blackberries, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts would all be worthy candidates for substitution).


I love a good dinner party. I love the planning most of all; the blank page of possibilities.  It was something we …