View Happy yellow split pea soup

Happy yellow split pea soup

Inspired to make a happier version of my client’s childhood lentil soup, I have swapped the school uniform bottle green pulses for sweet, smiling yellow ones. For this recipe, it is also helpful and heartening that psychological research supports the idea that yellow foods are associated with warmth. I love this soup; its cheery colour…

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View “Roots stew” with carrots, cannellini beans and tahini dumplings

“Roots stew” with carrots, cannellini beans and tahini dumplings

The story behind “I love you” … “I know” inspired this. The roots of this recipe are in a dish from a galaxy far, far away: Yoda’s rootleaf stew. But there’s no (science) fiction here – this is real, hearty food. This vegetarian stew is the kind of cooking that is elemental to Greek-Cypriot kitchens,…

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View “Mum Bolognese” with orzo

“Mum Bolognese” with orzo

“It’s not Mum food” is the story that inspired this recipe. This is my “Mum food”. It was on our family dinner menu each week, without fail, when I was growing up. Whilst for me this dish has key attachment ingredients of familial connection and care, it also contains a fair amount of culinary hijacking,…

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Ouzo calamari

“I’m not eating that. Fish fingers are not circles”  inspired this recipe. My mum battled hard against my own food neophobia as a child. In an attempt to get me to try calamari, she appealed to my inner dancer – she would call the tentacles “twirly ballerinas”. Eventually it worked and I grew to embrace…

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View Mellow mint and halloumi pesto

Mellow mint and halloumi pesto

Take a look at the life lesson that inspired this recipe – you can find it here. This recipe is one of my favourite emulsions – it’s quick, easy and has a comfortable amount of closeness to classic Genovese pesto. Halloumi and mint have got a good amount of flavour distance from each other: the…

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