Bundt cake tins offer an effortless solution to livening up any cake recipe, giving an added wow-factor. I love the extra crumbly edges of slightly caramelised cake batter thats melt in the mouth when enjoyed alongside a nice hot cup of tea. This recipe uses frozen blueberries so you can enjoy summer textures and flavours guilt-free throughout the year.
Serves 8-12, 20mins preparation, 30mins cooking
As the summer months are fast approaching it’s only natural to start getting excited about the abundance of fresh fruit and veg that will soon grace our local markets. As much as I love the embracing comfort of slow-cooked winter foods, that harness the deep, complex flavours of root veg and seasonal meat, there’s nothing quite as smugly satisfying as a simple salad, using the freshest of ingredients that have been basking in the summer rays. I could spend hours reeling off the many merits of a juicy, sun-drenched plumb tomato, paired with cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil, a pinch of Anglesey sea salt and a handful of vibrant basil leaves, but I’ll save that for another day…
These fritters are the perfect meal to transition you through the seasons - goodbye winter, hello spring! The beetroot, with its characteristically earthy flavours is happily offset by the neutral, spongy texture of the courgette and its flavours are enhanced by the salty feta, hitting the back of your palate. The addition of a few sprigs of mint lifts the whole dish, adding a welcome freshness, along with the watercress pesto. To keep the fat content down I’ve baked, rather than fried the fritters, making them a little lighter.
These fritters can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months until you’re ready to enjoy them.
Inspired by Middle Eastern textures and flavours this succulent squid is quick, easy, nutritious and won’t break the bank. Perfect for a light dinner or a dinner party starter, there’s no time like the present to indulge in these tantalising tentacles.
Growing up I was sceptical of any ‘cake’ originating from cheese but as I get older and wiser I have come to the conclusion that cheesecake is GOOD. Whilst this ultimate comfort food can be dressed up to grace the tables of high society it is equally at home on a kitchen table surrounded by squabbling children fighting over the last slice, something I know I am guilty of. Cheesecake is a sensory delight, from the creamy crumble in its texture to the contrast of sweet and sour and the gentle crunch of the biscuit base. All in all, it’s a heavenly party in your mouth, so grab a fork and tuck in.
Cate is a London based freelance chef, food stylist, recipe writer, tester and home economist.