Rumbellion Festival Falafel

Rumbellion Festival Falafel

At the beginning of June I took my catering escapades one step further and opened up a pop up food stall at the magical festival of Rumbellion. I needed something I could cook in a field with little power but still be hot and tasty, so I turned to the old faithful vegetarian classic, falafel. When I am at festivals I want something which won’t go everywhere, I can eat whilst dancing and still holding...
Oat and Fruit Jar

Oat and Fruit Jar

I often make an oat and fruit jar the night before work, ready to grab-and-go in the mornings to enjoy in work. However, if you have time in the mornings, they are just as good made fresh. I love thick Greek yogurt, but in fact a slightly runnier yogurt works best here as the oats soak up a lot of the juices creating a bircher like muesli. I have been celebrating the Soil Association’s #WakeUpToOrganic campaign...
Halloumi Aubergine Pizza Boats

Halloumi Aubergine Pizza Boats

Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t posted anything recently, I have been travelling around Sri Lanka for the past few weeks! I’m hoping to write up the journey and experiences over the coming weeks for the travel section so watch this space! I may even attempt a Sri Lankan rice and curry recipe to supplement it, which is a variety of around 5 curries and chutneys served with a huge mound of rice. I made this halloumi aubergine...
Mushroom Spinach and Avocado Wrap

Mushroom Spinach and Avocado Wrap

My friends run an amazing Honduran rum company Pirate’s Grog, and they are hosting a festival called Rumbellion just outside London between the 5-7th June 2015. I am very happy to say that Independent Kitchen will be catering at the festival, and this is one of the recipes I have designed for the menu. Wraps are fantastic festival food because you don’t need any plates or cutlery, there is very little packaging needed and are easy...
Jewelled Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Jewelled Cauliflower Tabbouleh

I have sung the humble cauliflower’s praises a number of times for its uses for creating lower carb meals, from making cauliflower pizza bases to cauliflower feta cakes instead of having toast in the morning. This recipe of jewelled cauliflower tabbouleh is not dissimilar to my cauliflower couscous with beetroot recipe from a while back, but it has had a fresh upgrade! I love the freshness of this warm salad, with huge handfuls of mint, coriander and parsley with...
Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies

I had an impromptu dinner party last night when my vegan friend Nathan came around and cooked me and my housemates an amazing vegan sweet potato shepherd’s pie, which was a real treat as I am usually the one who cooks. I couldn’t let him do all the work though so I offered to make a vegan dessert. Although cookies may not be the traditional dinner party dessert, in my opinion a crunchy, chocolaty cookie dipped...
Sweet Potato Spaghetti & Beetballs

Sweet Potato Spaghetti & Beetballs

Sweet potato spaghetti & beetballs is a recipe which has been rattling around in my head for months, but I haven’t had the time or ingredients to try it out. I love spiralising vegetables and if you follow my Instagram you will see courgette ‘spaghetti’ crop up a number of times. This recipe uses spiralised sweet potato, which gives the dish a subtle sweetness and a splash of colour. I don’t think I have ever eaten a real...
Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

  When I first came across this black bean brownie recipe, I admit I was dubious. I am all for making an indulgent treat healthier (so you can eat more, right?) but using beans as a substitute for flour and butter? It just sounds odd! BUT when boredom and the urge for something sweet set in last night, it finally intrigued me enough to give it a go. The recipe is gluten-free and vegan, and due to...
Banana Almond Pancakes

Banana Almond Pancakes

Wow, these little grain-free pancakes taste AMAZING, and only contain 3 ingredients! I got the idea from my housemate Edna, who makes the strangest sounding omelette with egg, banana, spinach, cinnamon and almond butter. I think she got the recipe from a colleague when she was working in Glasgow. The difference between mine and Edna’s recipe (bar the spinach) is that I mash the banana and nut butter into the batter, whereas she adds it as a filling to stuff her omelette....
Black Rice Bowl

Black Rice Bowl

Black, or Forbidden Rice is a nutritional powerhouse. It has been dubbed the “healthiest rice in the world ” due to its high levels of iron, vitamin E, and antioxidants. The deep purple colour comes from anthocyanin, which is the same anti-inflammatory antioxidant found in berries, the skin of aubergines, grapes and red cabbage to name a few. It is called Forbidden Rice because during the days of the Ching and Ming dynasties, Forbidden Rice was exclusively reserved for...