Spiced rhubarb compote

Every January to March, food bloggers, Instagrammers and magazines alike feverishly await the eruption of rhubarb onto supermarket shelves. The glorious Pepto Bismol pink of rhubarb compotes, jams, jellies and pies comes as a welcome antidote to the relentless greens, dirty browns, and insipid whites that define the vegetable world, the colour palette extending only as far as orange (unless you count beetroot, which is usually dirty and brown on the outside anyway). The rhubarb’s path to the glitzy world of Instafeeds, magazine shoots, and blog posts wasn’t, however, an easy one.

Incarcerated in a dark and lonely place, ostracise d by jealous peers, and finally belle of the ball, you might just mistake rhubarb’s story for Cinderella’s. Continue…

Sun blushed tomato, feta, herb and giant couscous salad jars

This dish almost tastes nicer once left for a while, which is what makes it the perfect picnic salad. You can choose which grains, beans and pulses you prefer. This is also delicious with brown rice, and even better with some leftover chicken shredded in there if you’re not vegetarian. But with chickpeas, couscous and giant couscous is my favourite way to do it. Just make sure you have some good quality sun-blushed tomatoes – I find sun-blushed are in fact sweeter and a nicer texture. Sun dried tomatoes can be chewy.  Continue…

Gluten and dairy free date cookies

These soft, chewy, and moreish cookies give your picnic that much needed sweet treat that will fully sate all five of your taste senses. It’s amazing what you can do without having to add gluten or dairy, and this recipe, with its subtle spiced flavour, really is the perfect feel-good treat. So you can crack out your favourite vintage tin and fill it up with these goodies – enjoy! Continue…

My five-day lunchbox saga

Whilst picnics are clearly the creme-de-la-creme of outdoor meals, packed lunches still have a je ne sais quoi – if you do them right. Say goodbye to plastic-packaged meal deals and on-the-go sandwiches. It’s time to make your packed lunch something you look forward to. Every week day this week, I will be showing you what I’ve packed for my work lunch together with a recipe. Continue…