Roasted pumpkin & Brussels sprouts with tahini dressing

Having a jar of tahini dressing in your fridge is something to feel pretty smug about. This dressing can elevate roasted root vegetables and blanched greens to an Ottolenghi-esque salad that you’ll want to eat again and again. Preparing the dressing is a matter of finding a jar with a lid, a couple of ingredients…

Treacle caraway & apple muffins

Caraway seeds look confusingly like cumin seeds and as such their most common use in my kitchen is when I don’t look closely at the jar and use caraway instead of cumin. Caraway and cumin seeds are most definitely not interchangeable. Caraway seeds taste almost sweetly of aniseed in a refreshing palette-cleansing way, whereas cumin is…

Rhubarb & caramel cake

This cake is a god damn dream and will make all other cakes seem a bit, well, not as good. Four layers of a simple vanilla-scented sponge flecked with rhubarb, sandwiched with layers of caramel cream cheese icing, pieces of roasted rhubarb and ribbons of caramel sauce. See, told you — dream cake.  The recipe…

Apricot Bretonne

It might be too late: apricot season might already be over, but if you can find some late-season beauties then you need to make an apricot bretonne. It’s the ultimate summer apricot tribute: tangy and meltingly soft apricots on top of a buttery shortcake with a delicious dusting of cinnamon sugar. It’s best eaten warm…

Plum & cinnamon sugar clafoutis

It should be fairly apparent by now that I’m not afraid to mix dessert with breakfast. Some of my all-time favourite desserts make perfectly socially acceptable breakfasts: fruit crumble, rice pudding with (booze-soaked) plump sultanas, and of course, clafoutis.  Clafoutis is a custardy pancake batter encasing tart seasonal fruit baked until it is puffed and…

Fish larb with vermicelli & mint salad in cos lettuce leaves

There’s nothing that grinds my gloof gears more than ordering a bao/slider/taco thinking I’m getting a gluten-free version of the original, when instead those unimaginative buggers have just wrapped the filling in a lettuce leaf. Lettuce is not and will never be a delicious carb. When there’s full disclosure that my dinner involves a lettuce leaf carrier then…

Beetroot & orange loaf cake with cream cheese icing

‘Are you sure you didn’t forget and just use normal flour?’ my sister asked with a mouthful of beetroot & orange loaf cake. And that my friends, is what every gluten-free baker wants to hear: I can’t believe it’s not gluten! Believe it.  Beetroot & orange loaf cake gets better with age: this particular one lived…

Polenta-crusted fish with zucchini ratatouille & garlic aioli

Polenta and wine are two things that make life without gluten not such a bad time after all. Baked polenta with a slow-cooked ragu and a glass of red: good. Polenta fries with a glass of prosecco: great. Polenta-crusted fish with a glass of rosé: yes thanks, I will.  Fish coated in polenta is a great…

Grilled stonefruit with passionfruit crème fraîche

On a recent holiday to Bali I made it my responsibility to eat as much tropical fruit as I could find and/or work out how to eat. A new discovery for me was selak, a reptilian-skinned fruit which, once peeled, resembles large garlic cloves and is deliciously crunchy and tart. I ate many mangosteen, branches…

Chargrilled corn, green bean & spice-rubbed chicken salad

A cast iron griddle pan is one of my essential kitchen implements. If you don’t have a barbecue or even if you do have a barbecue and just can’t be bothered firing it up, a griddle pan can be used to quickly chargrill vegetables and meat. Perfect for cooking asparagus and the best crispy skinned salmon…

Chorizo & fish summer stew

Summer holidays in Wellington: sunny one moment, southerly storming the next. A plan of a summer supper of zucchini fritters, tomato and corn salsa, and potato salad was blown away (almost quite literally) when what was a beautiful blue sky day turned into sideways rain and gales. Summer plans were scrapped: I wanted something substantial, soothing…

Black bean, chargrilled corn & feta tacos

A couple of months after I was diagnosed as a Coeliac I woke up from a nightmare. I was in hospital and two nurses had brought me a tray of plastic-wrapped cabin bread (presumably gloof), ‘We’ve got bad news for you’ they said. ‘As well as being Coeliac, we’ve discovered that you’re also vegan’. I jolted awake, sweating and heart…