Mallorcan Orange and Almond Cake

So many of you have asked for the recipe for this super moist gluten-free Spanish orange and almond cake which features on my Mallorcan menu at the restaurant. It is inspired by the fields and fields of fragrant blossoming orange and almond trees we passed through as we travelled via the extraordinary antique train – El…

Lebanese Feta, Orange and Almond Filo Pie

A couple of weeks ago, my School House gallery menu was inspired by recipes I’ve picked up in Lebanon including this beautifully light and flavoursome filo pie. It takes just a few minutes to put together and it freezes well so, if you can’t eat it all in one sitting, don’t worry about it. This is the…

San Marino Bustrengo, a Fresh Apple, Fig and Polenta Cake

Bustrengo is a traditional Italian dessert originating from the humbly named ‘The Most Serene Republic of San Marino’, one of the world’s smallest and oldest republics which, though not technically part of Italy, is surrounded by Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche regions near the Adriatic Sea making it an easy day trip from Florence and Bologna. It’s…

Acre Amba Sauce

Amba sauce. When I think about it, I feel utter love because it’s such a beautiful thing. If Amba were a man, I would run away with him. My first experience of this Iraqi sweet and sour mango condiment was as I sat on the harbour wall in the Crusader town of Acre north of Haifa in Israel….

Provençal Endive and Walnut Salad with an Orange & Oregano dressing

Weirdly, I am beginning to think about Autumn. I blame the jet stream which is currently acting as a shield preventing the warm air of the south from entering our northern climes. But the nights are drawing in too; gone already are the gorgeous long days of endless light and, come sundown, the candles are…

Hyères Elderflower & Orange Blossom Cordial and a French 77 Cocktail

There aren’t many things as intoxicating as the scent of orange blossoms in the depths of winter. Their heady aroma always hits me right between the eyes, immediately transporting me back to a Mediterranean summer and those endless sunny days when I give myself permission to skip about without a care in the world. This isn’t just an emotional response,…

Jewelled Pearl Barley with Mint & Orange Blossom Dressing

Every so often a new recipe book is published that gets everyone talking. Once such book is ‘On the Side‘, a book of inspiring dishes from Rocket & Squash, a food journal created by Ed Smith. When the book was published a couple of weeks ago, Instagram literally went mad – I mostly follow people in the food business…

Kadiköy Market, Istanbul

Last month we travelled to Istanbul to set up an exhibition of the second edition of The Gift Project at Marmara University so we were regularly travelling between the European and Asian side of the city. This was my first visit to the latter and, I have to say, I loved it just as much as its glittering…