gluten-free chocolate cake

Gluten-free Chocolate Cake

This gluten-free chocolate cake is not just for those with intolerances – anyone who loves a rich, chocolatey bit of lushness will be into this – it’s so moist, with a delicious depth of flavor from the coconut and almond, and best of all it’s a total cinch to make, with barely any dishes to wash afterwards! Free from gluten and refined sugar, this cake … Continue reading Gluten-free Chocolate Cake

Get chopping

Hot days are absolutely the time for the kind of textural, colourful, lime-drenched salads and salsas that Mexico and South East Asia share a love of. Whether it’s a classic tomato salsa, an Isaan som tam, a Balinese shallot salad or a simple cucumber and sesame seed number, one of my biggest love affairs is with these crunchy beauties. They go wonderfully with anything off … Continue reading Get chopping

Tamarind braised summer medley

It’s 9pm and I’ve just walked back into my house after a beautiful evening walk round the hood. Gardens this time of year are off the hook. It’s been hot, but not for long enough yet for things to have dried out. The star jasmine has just about done its dash, the blooms are starting to turn and the scent is at its peak of … Continue reading Tamarind braised summer medley

Cauli pizza base

This an idea I first came across in The Green Kitchen (HardieGrant), the debut cookbook by Stockholm-based bloggers Luise Vindahl and David Frenkiel of Green Kitchen Stories. It’s a very pretty book and full of virtuous, easy to make, vegetarian and clean-eating recipes. It makes me want to abandon animal protein (almost) and move to Sweden.  Okay, I admit, it’s not just the uber-cool Vindahl-Frenkiel talent that … Continue reading Cauli pizza base

The banana cake with benefits

I’ve been experimenting with using different types of flours and natural sweeteners in baking, hoping to build up a repertoire of recipes that don’t contain standard wheat flour or white sugar. It’s not that I’ve cut those ingredients out of my diet, but I do think there’s a growing awareness that we consume too much of those particular ingredients, creating an imbalance in our diets that can easily be … Continue reading The banana cake with benefits

Grapefruit a Go-Go

To me, winter is well and truly here when these heavy golden orbs start dropping from heavily burdened branches onto soggy lawns throughout the country (well, in the subtropical North at least – do grapefruit survive frosts? I’m not sure.) A few years ago I wrote a piece about grapefruit for Taste magazine and discovered in my in-depth research (I didn’t study Arts for nothing) that what … Continue reading Grapefruit a Go-Go