Recipes from a passionate home cook
Spicy tomato and red pepper bruschetta with basil recipe

Spicy tomato and red pepper bruschetta

Nothing screams summer quite like delicious Italian antipasto, and bruschetta must be one of my absolute favourites. Thick slices of toasted ciabatta bread, the most high-quality sweet tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and lots of garlic makes the perfect classic bruschetta and is without a doubt an ultimate all-time favourite, though this recipe for a spicy variation with dried chilli flakes and red bell pepper makes an incredible alternative for that classic tomato version. Tomato and red bell ...

Recipe for apple and cinnamon puff pastry tart

Rapid apple and cinnamon tart

For me, there is no better sweet treat than an apple pie or tart. I have shared with you my recipe for my traditional Dutch apple and cinnamon pie, and while that is and remains my favourite apple baking recipe, with 30 minutes of prep and 65 minutes of oven time, it isn’t exactly quick to make. This is where my rapid apple and cinnamon puff-pastry tart recipe comes in. The most important thing in this recipe is to ensure the apples are sliced in the correct thickness. You want these ...

Pesto pasta salad with green asparagus and sun-dried tomato recipe

Pesto pasta salad with asparagus and sun-dried tomato

We have been enjoying really lovely hot and summery days in London recently, and on warmer days, pasta salads are often go-to meals for me. While British asparagus are still in season, I wanted to incorporate these in some recipes last week, and together with delicious homemade basil pesto and some intensely flavoured sun-dried tomatoes, they made the perfect ingredients for my latest pasta salad recipe. This pesto pasta salad with asparagus and sun-dried tomato recipe is based on a very ...

Recipe for Cappuccino coffee espresso chocolate brownies

Cappuccino brownies

To say that I am a cappuccino fan would be an understatement. About a year ago, I exchanged my beloved morning strong black coffees and espressos for this deliciously foamy and yummy Italian morning drink and since, my obsession with cappuccino has kind of gotten out of control. As a result, I wanted to create a cappuccino-flavoured recipe, and it made the perfect inspiration for this recipe for cappuccino brownies. Coffee and chocolate has long been a favourite pairing in my baking, and ...

Crunchy chicken satay cutlets

I simply can’t find the words to describe how deep and intense my love for chicken satay is. This delicious, rich, sweet and flavourful marinated chicken recipe has always been a favourite growing up. On the barbecue on beautiful summer nights, at Indonesian takeaway places or at Dutch bistro’s, where it is served with salad, chunky chips and a huge amount of satay peanut sauce. Previously I shared with you my ultimate and classic mum’s chicken satay recipe, but recently I ...

Recipe for the perfect spaghetti cacio e pepe with pecorino and parmesan cheese

The perfect cacio e pepe

The traditional Roman pasta recipe for cacio e pepe – ‘cheese and pepper’ in Italian – could not be more simple and only requires three ingredients: spaghetti, pecorino romano and black pepper, therefore it is often referred to as an adult mac and cheese. These are ingredients I usually always have in the house and I used to make this quick dish so often when I didn’t have time to pop to the supermarket and needed to quickly whip something up in the kitchen. While an ...