Grilled Asparagus with Torn Bocconcini and Persimmon

CHARRED ASPARAGUS | A rich juxtaposition of vibrant colours to brighten up your dinner parties What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of asparagus? Well, for me, it is ‘versatility’. That’s right, asparagus is amazing versatile: steam, simmer, roast, batter, grill, pan-fry, or wok-fry – these are all the ways…

Maple Glazed Baby Carrots

BABY CARROT LOVE | Sweeten those baby orange gems with a dash of maple syrup For a simple and fast side dish designed to delight your guests, look no further than the baby carrot. Dress the carrots with maple syrup and a hint of brown sugar to accentuate the natural sweetness of these orange gems further….

Persimmon Caprese Salad

Tired of the usual heirloom tomato mozzarella salad (aka Insalata Caprese)? Why not spice things up a little and substitute the tomato with the juicy ripeness of persimmon.

Maple Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta

MAPLE BRUSSELS | If pan-frying your brussels sprouts with pancetta is not enough, try adding a hint of maple syrup for that extra ‘kick’. Brussels Sprouts – these miniature cabbages – provide a chock full of nutrients. Provided you don’t overdo it, they are delicious when roasted, stir-fried, or steamed. It is very important not to…

Simple Caprese Salad

Did you know the Caprese salad was originally made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green?  Insalata caprese (literally, the salad from Capri) is the perfect summertime dish for cooks in a hurry. In fact, slicing the delicate mozzarella is the hardest part. I love the simplicity and refreshing taste of this simple salad….

Tahini-dressed Haricots Verts with Walnuts and Red Pepper Flakes

A quick and easy Middle Eastern inspired side dish reminiscence of the creamy richness of a ranch dressing. Drawing inspiration from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Haricots Verts and Freekeh recipe with a minty tahini dressing, I’ve decided to create my own little adaptation by doing away with the freekeh and the dried mint. After all, keeping things simple and…

Super Easy Homemade Hummus

Hummus is living proof that the best tasting things in life are simple to make. What is one thing Natalie Portman is totally obsessed with? Hummus. The beautiful vegan actress once told Vogue that she “consumes [her] own weight in hummus everyday.” Hummus is living proof that the best tasting things in life are simple to make. Drilling…

Ottolenghi’s Aubergine with Black Garlic

Talk about unwavering devotion – my obsession with aubergines and Ottolenghi’s style of cooking has not ceased ever since I got back from London. Tonight, I experimented with his Aubergine with Black Garlic recipe set out in his vegetarian cookbook “Plenty More”. Many of you may be asking “what exactly is black garlic?”. To save…

Baked Eggplant with Tahini Buttermilk Dressing

For lovers of eggplant and tahini, I implore you to try this recipe. Make the dish pop with colour by garnishing with freshly diced mint. This side dish pairs extremely well with grilled lamb chops.

Cumin and Coriander Roasted Cauliflower with Dates and Crushed Almonds

Did you know that cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6? What’s more, it’s also a very good source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin. Additionally, it contains a good dosage of vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B1, niacin, and magnesium. So if you want…