Cannellini bean cake

Cannellini bean cake

When I suggested to my gluten and dairy-free friend that I was planning on making her and her gluten and dairy-free son a cake made out of cannellini beans, she gave me a bit of a strange glance and changed the conversation. But it didn’t put me off giving it a go. Continue reading

Any night of the week pizza

Cauliflower pizza

My gluten-free mum came over for lunch today. Having tired of whipping up soup or investing in a ‘free-from’ loaf of bread that languishes in the bottom of my freezer until the next time the gluten-free mum comes to visit again, I decided to pull out all the stops and give cauliflower pizza a go.

With this being ‘Anna Jones month’, her any night of the week pizza was my recipe of choice. I’m pretty slow to the cauliflower pizza party (mainly due to the husband not being a huge fan of the choux-fleur), but with gluten being off the menu today and the any night of the week pizza winking at me every time I flicked through Anna’s a modern way to cook book, I thought ‘what the heck’ and whizzed up a head of cauliflower to make the base. Continue reading

Charred pepper and halloumi stew

Halloumi stew

I’m going to apologise in advance. It’s only a small apology as I’m in love with Anna Jones’ recipes – as anyone who has read my blog knows. But, just recently, I’ve decided to stop pretending that I want to eat anyone elses food and cook my way through her books. They are fab and if I had to cook from them for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’d be that bothered. So, sorry! For the next few weeks it’s going to be an Anna fest (or feast, if you like). Continue reading

Butternut and sweet leek hash

Butternut squash and sweet leek hash

When a friend suggested she’d bring along a lovely pot of corned-beef hash and baked beans for us to eat on the first night of a camping trip, I felt a little queasy. Having no other food options other than a few marshmallows and a packet of crisps, I took a  deep breath and tentatively tucked in. Swallowing my pride I had to admit that actually, it was rather nice, and I wouldn’t be averse to eating it again – but not too soon….

With a vegetarian husband and a fussy toddler – when do you stop calling a child a toddler? He’s three-and-a-half and will be starting school next September, so maybe I’ll start calling him the boy, but not yet….but I digress. So, with the husband being a non-meat eater (if you can actually call corned beef meat), a re-make of the campfire dinner was out of the question. Luckily, my food heroine Anna Jones, came to the rescue with her butternut squash and sweet leek hash – a recipe from her new book a modern way to cook. Continue reading

Vegetable paella

Anna Jones paella

It’s happened, I’ve found an Anna Jones recipe that I’m not all that keen on – her Artichoke and Fennel Seed Paella. I’ve got a feeling it was something to do with not having a couple of essential ingredients to hand and being too lazy to pop to the shop, but I have to admit, even if I had cooked the recipe as it was supposed to be cooked, I still don’t I’d like Anna’s veggie paella as much as Yotam Ottelnghi’s one. But, you should make your own mind up. Continue reading