Serves 2-4

The humble cauliflower is such a gem of a veg, its a true chameleon.  It will adapt to its surroundings or even take on a completely different form like a pizza base or rice like consistency.

This recipe is a twist on classic indian dish ‘Aloo Gobi’ which literally means potatoes, cauliflower.  My version makes the cauliflower the king in a celebration of flavours that will make your tastebuds stand up and salute the royal Cauliflower!

No frying involved just baked in the oven to lock in all that flavour and goodness.  Serve with indian flat bread, roti or great as stand alone x

Ingredients
1 Cauliflower
2 inches of ginger
4/5 chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt
olive oil

Method
Pre-heat the oven at 180c
Remove the leaves from the bottom of the cauliflower.  Cut the long stem with a sharp knife. Cut the stem close to the cauliflower. You may break the florets with hand or cut them with a knife.  I like to keep the cauliflower fairly chunky so that they keep their crunch.  Wash and drain your cauliflower, yo may want to pat them dry with a kitchen towel.

Peel and finely chop your ginger into thin 1 inch strips.  It should almost look like they were grated.  Next take your chillies wash and slice through the middle and put to one side.

In a separate mixing bowl add the cauliflower  ginger, cumin seeds, turmeric, garam masala an a good glug of olive oil.  Throughly mix in all the flavour, the cauliflower should be completely covered.  Add to a baking dish, placing the chillies on the top and cover with foil.  Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes, the take the foil off and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Enjoy x

img_6681My love affair with Italy started as a teenager.  I remember watching a whimsical, cute love story called ‘Only You’ with Marisa Tomei on her journey to find her destiny.  The backdrop of Tuscany, her driving down the windy roads of the breath taking Amalfi Coast or running through the majestic streets of Rome in search of her true love.

My journey was a little different to Marisa’s however both on a journey of love.  So my Italian adventure started in Naples for the best pizza, then Sorrento (actually paradise) and finally the iconic and enchanting city of Rome.

With so much expectation there was no way I was going to be staying in a full board soulless hotel.  I had found the prettiest little guest house called Lubra Casa Relax and relaxed it was. Massa Lubrense is one of the oldest villages of the Sorrento Peninsula.

As well as being authentically beautiful they also ran an Italian cookery class.  I was sold from the word go.  All this beauty and I get to learn how to cook real Italian cooking from mama Lucia…this was my kinda holiday!

So mama Lucia was the mama of the house.  Her welcome was warm and there was no doubt that food was her passion.

We gathered around a large rustic table in her kitchen.  Adorned with our aprons, flip flops and the obligatory large glass of vino rosso we stood in anticipation.   Her eyes twinkled with excitement as she gave away her secret recipes that had been passed down through generations.

The meatballs cooked on lemon leaves were a sensory delight.  Cooking with lemons from this region is something else.  These lemons are twice the size of the lemons I’m used to back home, the colour is the happiest, sunniest yellow and it literally smelt like a lemon grove in the kitchen.  You can’t help but smile when cooking with the queen of all lemons!

A great little tip I got was to rub a bruised garlic in the bowl that you are mixing the meatballs in.  This way you get a gentler hum of garlic and no bits.

Making gnocchi was another favourite of mine.  Now this was not a time to be watching my carbs, I think gluten free maybe on par with blasphemy here.  I personally find any type dough making thoroughly therapeutic.

The great thing about this cookery school was that we all got to feast on our labor of love.  Sitting out on the terrace overlooking the Sorrento peninsular.   The conversation and wine flowed and it felt like a piece of heaven.  As the sun went down , it cast a warm golden glow all around us…Amore x

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Breakfast is served in under 5 minutes…
So I try to work from home at least once if not twice a week, and you’d think that on those mornings I would be chilling in my onzie making myself a nice cuppa match tea infused with ginger and lemon. Not quite, the school run is not for the faint hearted.

There is always the mad rush in the morning, topped with I can’t find my PE kit or school shoes! Worse still at the eleventh hour you find out its dress like a ‘book character day’. I find myself muttering under my breath ‘what, seriously is that even a thing! Its at that moment that I pause take a deep breath ‘I’ve got this’. All I need is some eyeliner, a scarf and trousers tucked in socks and we have ourselves a pirate!
Meanwhile whizz this up in 5 minutes and you’ll be ready for some swashbuckling adventure…captain Jack Sparrow to the rescue, yes please!


INGREDIENTS (serves 2-3)

1 banana
2 heaped tblsp oats
4-5 strawberries (a handful)
½ inch jaggery (or honey or maple syrup)
1 tsp of raw cacao
Almond milk (or milk of choice)

METHOD

Chop up 1 banana add 2 heaped tbls of oats, strawberries, tsp raw cacao powder and little piece of jaggery or honey to sweeten top up with almond milk and wiz up.