Vegan Pot de Crème

A trip to Paris is on my 30 things to do before 30 and we hope to make it happen before the end of the year, particularly because I have a good friend we’d like to visit, who lives there. Whenever we talk about planning the trip, we end up daydreaming about the food. That may be a bit tricky because Laurence is sensitive to wheat and dairy (he may just have to break the rules and book time off to recover!). When La Redoute asked me to create a recipe for a French-inspired dish, I was intrigued to try…

Avocado potato salad

This is not that groundbreaking but this avocado potato salad is something I’ve been making recently so I thought I’d share it. Our diet is mostly vegan/vegetarian these days – we’re eating little meat and sourcing it carefully – and salads are perfect summer time fare. This potato salad works perfectly with that, swapping mayonnaise for avocado. Boil your potatoes (don’t overcook – I did a little in the picture above). In a bowl, mash an avocado. Mix in chopped mint, fresh lemon juice, crushed garlic and salt. Add the mix to your potatoes, gently stirring. A meal of three…

Mexican sausage and bean chilli

I’ve mentioned before that Talitha can be rather, um, selective in her eating. I’m not sure that really conveys the level of frustration I feel about a lot of our meals but I’ve had to let it go. Bit by bit, she is branching out on her own. She recently decided to add sausages and, off and on, beans to the list of things she will eat so I’ve been keen to try recipes that incorporate these. Thinking about it, I hadn’t made Mexican sausage and bean chilli in yonks so I thought I’d give that a go. At first,…

More olives in our cooking

With the craziness of Christmas and New Year, I’m only just getting around to telling you about the Spanish cooking class Laurence and I took last year. Well, that’s misleading. He and Sian of The Bristol Eater did most of the cooking and I mostly chatted and drank wine! We were invited to take part in an olives cooking class at Bordeaux Quay Cookery School with Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy of the Tapas Revolution. We dropped the kids off with my brother and his wife (thanks for moving to Bristol, guys!) and got set for a date with a difference.…

Win a private tapas cookery class for two in Bristol …

I was recently invited to take an olive cooking class with celebrated Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy (pictured above) in a couple of weeks. Since it’ll be my turn to plan date night, I thought I’d go big and fancy and invite Laurence along. We’ll be learning to make a selection of tapas, followed by dining on all the food prepared and enjoying carefully selected wines. I’m not quite sure how he’ll top that. I may just have planned date of the year. I always think of olives as being quite a festive food. We eat a lot of them in…

Vegan and Vegetarian Food Guide to London

We used to go to London loads when we lived in Brighton. It was strange to me how normal this fantastical city I’d grown up with in books, songs and films once I moved to this country. It took on a new look for me again when I worked in Sloane Square. And now, every time we visit, I see it through the eyes of my children. London is always changing. I feel like I want to keep the magic of the city going for them – especially as they actually get to visit the place – so when we…

Five nourishing foodie must-reads

We have been thinking and talking a lot about nourishing food recently. We want our children to grow up with a healthy relationship with food, connecting it to both the land and to its effects on our bodies. Actually, we want this for ourselves too. Here are five places we’ve been looking to lately for a bit of inspiration. 1.Refined to Real Food: Moving Your Family Toward Healthier, Wholesome Eating This book gives a great foundation in the basics of eating whole foods as a family and makes a strong case for moving away from processed, convenience “food”. I’ve always…