Chilli with chorizo and a side of Guacamole

Cold days plus a mountain of ripe avocados leftover from Superbowl Sunday (because it’s just not Superbowl without guac and chips) have to result in a large bowl of steaming chilli. Like in the US, UK chilli (although we tend to call it chilli con carne) is a staple family meal in most households. And each version will…

Pink (Valentine’s) Cupcakes

My first post of the year – and it’s been quite the break. Long story short; a burst water pipe forced us out of our RI home, and we are currently staying in lovely, but temporary, digs just off gorgeous Main Street, in East Greenwich.  Another post awaits with all the crazy details but, in the meantime, I…

Mac n Cheese With A Smokey Twist

My daughter’s best friend came for lunch today and as I was wondering what sandwich to make (cheddar cheese or PB&J), I realized that I all too frequently resort to giving my three-year-old a sandwich for lunch. Yes, I alternate the fillings. And, yes, I add cherry tomatoes/fruit/avocado on the side. But it’s so easy to…

Vodka Caipirinha

One of my favorite cocktails. The first time I had a Caipirinha was in an intimate Latino bar in Camden, London, called Made In Brazil, just around the corner from the magazine office where I worked. This was such a fun place for after-work drinks and their Caipirinha became my go-to drink. Traditionally made with Cachaça (a…

Heartwarming Beef and Guinness Stew

The New England winter just screams out for hot, comforting food. Especially when it’s grey and raining – like yesterday. In fact, the thought of a decent home-cooked stew just enhances my view of the cold months. Great hearty food…the fire roaring,…plenty of red wine… Give this recipe a whirl and I promise it will…

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagel with Pickled Red Onion and Capers

I know. It’s hardly a recipe, right? But before you click away from this page, stop and reconsider. How many times have you ordered a classic Lox and cream cheese bagel, requesting the added luxury of red onion and capers? And yet, somehow the overpowering chunks of red onion overwhelm, instead of enhance, it? That’s because…

Gnocchi with Blue Cheese Sauce on Spinach

This is such an easy and impressive evening meal. Perfect for when you’ve had a super busy day and you’ve got the girls coming for supper. Homemade gnocchi is obviously superior to the shop-bought stuff but, remember, this recipe is about speed and ease. Besides, this is all about the sauce! Decadent, creamy and more-ish…

Shrimp and Arugula (rocket) Pasta

The last time I cooked shrimp pasta, I cooked it in a fairly bog-standard tomato-based sauce. I don’t know where I went wrong but my husband and I were left distinctly underwhelmed. My dream of it tasting like my mother’s silky, slightly spicy seafood pasta was sadly unfulfilled. Then I remembered a gorgeous prawn (this is…

Warm Chicken, Bacon and Arugula Salad

Possibly one of my favorite salads ever! Light enough to eat in the summer and comforting enough for a winter dish too, my husband and I never get bored of eating this. The idea for this came from a Waitrose (Posh English supermarket) recipe card from around 20 years ago! But serve it up for…