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…

Almond cakes topped with summer fruit

Lois Daish is my original food hero. For a year and a half I wrote a blog called Lois & Me as I cooked my way through Lois’ extensive recipe archive, à la Julie & Julia. Through writing Lois & Me I became friends with dear Lois and discovered some truly wonderful recipes, including her almond cake which I made…

Crunchy ginger crunch

“My Coeliac sister said she tried your crunchy ginger crunch and that it was life changing.”  So there you have it: cake that may change your life (or maybe just your afternoon). Better try it and see. Crunchy ginger crunch   For the base: 160g butter  150g brown sugar  160g fine polenta  160g gluten-free flour  1 teaspoon…

Taco beef, pickled slaw, kimchi & gochujang

In the 1990s this recipe would have been named ‘fusion beef’, as it deliciously fuses together Mexican spices with Japanese miso and tamari and Korean condiments kimchi and gochujang. As it’s not the 1990s I won’t call it that, except maybe quietly in my head. I like to serve taco beef, pickled slaw, kimchi & gochujang by setting out bowls of…

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…

Feijoa & coconut loaf cakes

This recipe is dedicated to those people who say that they’ll never buy feijoas (or lemons) because they grew up with a fruit tree in their backyard and the idea of paying for fruit is incomprehensible, yet their current backyard is bare of such trees. Having never been blessed with my own feijoa tree I can quite…

Lemon & apple pudding cake

This is a pudding pretending to be a cake, which is a very, very good thing indeed. Slices of apple and ground almonds in a softly-set custard flecked with vanilla seeds. A bit like a bread and butter pudding, but lighter and more elegant. Use organic lemons for this as they really do make a difference. This…

Lemon meringue ice cream

Lemon curd, meringues, cream, Greek yoghurt. You actually can’t go wrong with this recipe and it can as easy or complicated as you feel like being. I felt like being complicated, so I made the lemon curd and meringues myself (I drew the line at making own Greek yoghurt, however). I’ll assume that you feel…