Going Paleo – The end of a chapter..

Going Paleo this past year has been a major hiatus, as a foodie it's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do but thankfully the sacrifice was worth it and a year later I'm able to enjoy food that once gave me so much trouble and while there are still things I'm best avoiding [...]

Going Paleo – More breakfast! Gluten, Grain & Sugar Free Granola Recipe

Having mastered a cashew nut loaf recipe as an alternative for my beloved daily bread, I figured I had breakfast in the bag. As long as there was the time to whip up some eggs to accompany, my early paleo days got off to a pretty decent start. But what of the mornings where time is short and a quicker fix [...]

Queen of Tarts – Blackberry, Lime & Elderflower Tart

Blackberries are versatile and delicious things. For me they've made star appearances as jewels, sprayed silver on macaron towers and more humbly been boiled down for jam for the base of mini 'Blackberry Bakewell Tarts' and transformed into into compote in a layered, 'Blackberry, Limonchello Cream & Hazelnut Verrine.' (Recipes here..) Blackberry, Limonchello & Hazelnut Verrines [...]

Going Paleo – Finding alternatives; Cashew Nut Bread Recipe

In my last post I started writing about my new venture into eating Paleo in an attempt to help heal my long-standing IBS issues and shared my top tips on surviving the first few weeks of living like Wilma Flintstone. Avocado Dreaming When it comes to cooking and planning meals, what quickly dawns is that without [...]

Going Paleo – A new journey – Top 5 tips on surviving the first weeks…

Recently, I set foot on an unnatural food path for me. Under the supervision of a recommended natural health expert, Philip Weeks, I committed to going Paleo, that is dairy, gluten, sugar and grain free. To be clear this is in no way for purposes such as detoxing, losing weight or because it's simply on trend but because like so [...]

Ham Yard Hotel – Wedding Party Desserts

I was commissioned a couple of weeks ago to create a dessert table for a lovely lady's pre-wedding party at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. I sketched a few ideas out and sent them over, thankfully she liked them all so I got baking! I decided on three different ideas and set about making 50 [...]

Queen of Tarts – Camden Mirabelle Plum Tart

I wrote most of this post over a month ago so apologies for the delay. I have since been holidaying in France ( a fig tart to come on this, never have figs tasted so good) packed up my flat and moved house from Camden to Hackney and more to the point am now without [...]

Queen of Tarts – Sweet Pastry Recipe Tips

Studying for a Professional Patisserie Diploma at Westminster Kingsway, the first discipline on the syllabus was pastry and I still work with the basic sweet and savoury recipes I was taught then. After the method was demonstrated we were given two French classics to make, the Tart au Citron and a fresh fruit tart (pictured). They were [...]

Queen of Tarts – Blog Post – A life in tarts

There was never shop bought pastry in our house. Banish the thought. I’m not entirely sure whether this was because there weren’t quality options available in the 80s, or simply the objection of a keen baker to the idea full stop. Regardless, dessert was commonplace and always homemade. There’s little doubt my passion for baking was [...]

Summer Garden Party with The Style Traveller & Veuve Clicquot

I had the pleasure of providing a box of macarons for a party with The Style Traveller, Bonnie Rakhit and Veuve Clicqout at the weekend. I decided on the ever faithful and winning combination of champagne and strawberries, filling the pretty pink and yellow macarons with a fresh strawberry and white chocolate ganache. With some simple [...]