Chorizo, kale & blue cheese pasta bake

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Let’s start the week with the absolute best food in the planet: pasta (duh!). Ever since I was a kid I loved everything about pasta: all the varieties and their versatility, how they’re basically the perfect canvas for different sauces and ingredients, textures and layers. From a perfectly green, salty and nutty pesto, the elegance of a squid ink sauce, or the wonderful simplicity of a one pot dish, pasta is king. As part of a tuna salad, in a jar or featuring the best summer ingredients, to more wintery versions, featuring dark colours and no frills. And of course, my all time favourite version: covered in a cheese sauce and baked until bubbly, golden brown and delicious. If I had to choose one comfort food, it would be this. Every time. [READ MORE]

Coquina squash, quinoa & goat cheese salad

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Coquina squash, quinoa & goat cheese salad

It’s pumpkin season and I’m in love. And by pumkin, I generally refer to all you wonderful squashes out there. All the different shapes and colours and textures- every year I get so excited and overwhelmed, I end up covering every corner in our house and sneaking squashes and pumpkins into most of our meals: from soups, snacks and mini cheese pies to main dishes and dessert, come October, chances are there will be squash or pumpkin in there. [READ MORE]

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

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Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

Every September, I’m dreading the whole back to school transition: until my work schedule is all figured out and most of my boring everyday affairs are in order, I’m constantly in a mild frantic state. At the same time, I love going back to parts of my routine, especially those involving exercising, eating and cooking. Even more so, I’m looking forward to the activity which involves the latter two, plus our friends: casual dinners at home.

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

One of my favourite things to make is a stuffed loaf- from a classic garlic & parmesan to this one, it really does not get easier and more delicious than this. When I first made this aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf back home, I used the most delicious aubergines from our Friday farmers market, parsley from our pots and the best hand model ever, my sis. I’m now really looking forward to making it for our friends too, once we’re back from California and just in time to catch the summer’s last aubergines.

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

So, grab your favourite loaf (crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside is best) and get ready: aubergines, grilled for that perfect smoky flavour and mashed with garlic- a match made in heaven; salty feta and cream cheese for smoothness, lots and lots of fresh parsley, freshly ground black pepper and extra virgin olive oil too. Just perfect for stuffing our chubby, crusty, pillowy loaf and then our friends.

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

INGREDIENTS

3 small aubergines (or 1 medium)

3 garlic cloves

2 1/2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

1 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

4 tablespoons low fat cream cheese

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 200C (180C for air) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Prick the aubergines with a fork and grill them until soft (you can do this on a grill, placing them on top of a hob or in the oven). Peel the skin off and mash the flesh using a fork.

In a medium bowl combine the aubergine mash with the rest of the ingredients.

Slice the loaf thickly (not all the way down) and spread the mixture between the slices.

Drizzle with some extra olive oil, wrap in foil and bake for 20′. Remove the foil lower the heat to 180C (160C for air) and bake for an additional 10′, or until your loaf is a lovely golden brown.

Remove from the oven and serve right away.

 

 

Spicy tomato & corn dakos

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Spicy tomato & corn dakos

With the exception of a super rainy, gloomy Saturday, the weather in London has been almost unseasonably sunny and hot- and the forecast for this week is similarly bright and promising. We won’t be around for it, but luckily California also promises a beautiful Indian summer. And while I kinda can’t wait for pumpkins and apples galore, I’m happy to enjoy the beautiful summer produce for a little while longer. My favourites at the moment: juicy tomatoes and crisp corn on the cob. [READ MORE]

Quinoa beetroot salad (Rocabella Hotel Mykonos)

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Forget about the breathtaking views, super stylish rooms and impeccable service: the real bomb in Rocabella Hotel Mykonos is the food! I couldn’t be happier sharing the recipe for one of their signature dishes with you, as it’s exactly the way I like it: delicious (trust me, I’ve been making it on repeat), colourful, fresh and super easy to make. If, like me, you can’t make the trip to Mykonos this year, we can at least enjoy this beautiful salad over and over again!

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Beet, feta & thyme tart tatin

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This beet, feta & thyme tart tatin ticks is so easy and delicious, I’m really confused as to why it’s taken me so long to come up with. Gorgeous beets, flakey, buttery pastry, salty feta and fresh thyme- check. Easy, quick and fuss free cooking- check again. Tons of flavour and gorgeous to look at- triple check! This one’s a winner y’ all! Let’s talk beets for a second: gorgeous colours, beautiful texture both when raw and cooked, slightly sweet, they really are lovely whichever way you decide to take: chips, soup, smoothie or combined with summery zucchini and manchego– you really can’t go wrong with these beauties. Especially when you keep them almost whole and make them the star of a tart tatin show. [READ MORE]

Spicy mango & lime chicken tacos

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Spicy mango & lime chicken tacos

Who was it that invented food trucks? Especially those serving quick, perfectly flavoured, spicy little bites of food wrapped in something delicious? Who was that genius mastermind? My hat off to them, because all of the above describe one of my favourite things to eat and pretty much sum up the perfect summer bite. More specifically, tacos. Spicy mango & lime chicken tacos even more specifically. The one taco recipe I’ve shared here before is filled with flavours and veggies and this one follows the same principles: lots of freshness, lots of colour, a little heat- pretty much all you need for that perfect bite. [READ MORE]

Avocado, nectarine & pistachio quinoa salad

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Avocado, nectarine & pistachio quinoa salad

One of the things I love more about the summer months is how my appetite and cooking changes. When it’s cold, I enjoy heartier, somewhat heavier dishes and I’m happy to spend hours in the kitchen making soups, bread or decadent desserts. As soon as it gets a little warm though, all I crave is speedy, refreshing meals with light textures. I mostly lean towards salads and I’m always impressed by the countless combinations one can come up when it comes to fresh vegetables and fruits. So, these days, that summer has finally arrived here in London (I mean, kinda- rain still keeps us on our toes) my cooking is almost exclusively dedicated to all sorts of things light, colourful and quick. From this one pot pasta and the easiest, hands down most delicious molten chocolate cake, to this avocado, nectarine & pistachio quinoa salad. [READ MORE]