Mushroom Carbonara

Mushroom Carbonara

Carbonara is a very well-known yet misunderstood recipe, as so many people get it wrong, either adding milk or cream or letting the eggs become scrambled. Traditionally, the Italians use dried cured unsmoked pork called pancetta, however I have substituted mushrooms which offer an earthy flavour, especially when sauteed in olive oil.  Other than the swap of mushrooms for pancetta, I have kept the sauce very traditional, using only eggs, parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper. I...
Superfood Sprinkle

Superfood Sprinkle

This superfood sprinkle is easy to throw together and keeps in an airtight jar for months. I use it in smoothies, to top my porridge, bircher, oat and fruit jars, over yoghurt or even as a tasty healthy snack on its own. This recipe is also fully adaptable, just use whatever packet of nuts, seeds or dried fruit you have in the house.  Superfood Sprinkle Hemp Seeds Bee Pollen Milled Linseeds Cacao Nibs Chia Seeds Pumpkin Seeds Sunflower...
Poached Egg & Avocado on Rye

Poached Egg & Avocado on Rye

Smashed avocado on toast is one of my favourite weekend brunch meals. Add a poached egg on top and I’m in heaven. So, as it is asparagus season, why not throw some lightly cooked asparagus on top to make the ultimate Spring breakfast!  This recipe is super easy with only a handful of ingredients. I find the key to perfect poached eggs is a splash of apple cider vinegar in the water, it keeps...
Raw Buckwheat Porridge

Raw Buckwheat Porridge

A few years ago I went through a phase of making raw buckwheat porridge EVERY DAY, so I am surprised it has taken me this long to write about it. I have used organic ingredients as part of the Soil Association‘s #WakeUpToOrganic campaign, which I purchased from my local Bristol health stores Harvest, Scoopaway and Better Food Company.  There are plenty of versions of buckwheat porridge online, however I like to keep the base ingredients simple and...
Fudgy Coconut Brownies

Fudgy Coconut Brownies

I made these fudgy coconut brownies for a bake sale we are hosting at work to raise money for WaterAid. Therefore, they are not full of beetroot, black beans or any other  substitute I usually use to make brownies “healthier”. However, I cannot make a recipe without meddling a little, so to make the brownies even more coconutty, I replaced butter with coconut oil. They are therefore dairy-free for all you lactose intolerant folks (however not vegan). They...
Egyptian Falafel

Egyptian Falafel

Falafel is a staple recipe across the Middle East and North Africa, so it is no surprise that the recipe varies greatly from region to region. I have posted two versions of falafel before, 5 bean and almond falafel, and the falafel wraps I made when I was catering at Rumbellion Festival. Both recipes I followed no specific ingredient list, process or regional variation. I just added what I had available in my cupboards and went on...
Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta

Homemade pasta is often thought of a complicated process, however it is surprisingly easy to make and incredibly delicious. Only 2 ingredients are needed – eggs and flour. It does definitely speed the process up if you have a pasta rolling machine, but you can do it with a rolling pin, a knife and a floured surface. Once you have the pasta dough you can shape this however you like, whether it is tagliatelle as...
Thai Red Vegetable Curry

Thai Red Vegetable Curry

When I first started blogging I was adamant that everything had to be made from scratch. I have since realised that life is too busy to spend shopping around for obscure ingredients to then spend hours cooking. So, as with my recent easy vegetarian pho or more complex traditional Vietnamese tofu pho recipes, my Thai red vegetable curry recipe uses a cheat; pre-made red curry paste. I haven’t posted a traditional red curry paste before, but I have...
Get a Wriggle On

Get a Wriggle On

Back in 2014 I stumbled across a mobile app which had a similar ethos to Independent Kitchen called Wriggle. We both started in Bristol, we both had a passion for supporting independent businesses and most importantly, we both had an appetite for good food. Wriggle offers limited time deals on  independent food and drink establishments in Bristol, Brighton and London. This not only helps the wallets of those of us who love to eat out, but also the partner restaurants...
Easy Vegetarian Pho

Easy Vegetarian Pho

I make this easy vegetarian pho every other week, as I love how the stock uses any vegetables that are on the turn or scraps that are going in the compost. Kale stalks, bendy carrots, soft aubergine, onion skins, anything. An excellent recipe for using up the dregs of your veg box. I have another pho recipe on the blog but the list of ingredients is as long as my arm. So, pho lovers, do not hate me for...