Persian Love Cake with Rose Cream

    Roses are Red, Violets are Blue... here is my Valentines Gift to you! I couldn't resist re-posting this deliciously romantic Persian Love Cake with Rose Cream - it's the perfect way to win your Valentines heart this February 14th! Have you visited the Arugula & Rocket Online Cook Shop lately? I have just launched a range of exciting new items, … Continue reading Persian Love Cake with Rose Cream

Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

All you need is love... ...chocolate, coffee, hamburgers, cupcakes, peanut butter and did I mention chocolate?! Valentines Day is nearly upon us - a day of love, passion and romance. I have never really understood why it is more important to share your love on one specified day of the year. On February 14th, just 1 day out of … Continue reading Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

Super Bowl Sunday Recipes

Football is not just a game of two halves! There is nothing that epitomises the American culture more than American Football. It is HUGE, with almost every American being a loyal and passionate fan of their local college and native NFL teams. But for them, football is not just a game, it is also the perfect excuse for game day get-togethers and tailgating. Not quite … Continue reading Super Bowl Sunday Recipes

Chilli Burger Wellington

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts... ...never has a truer word been said, especially in the case of this Chilli Burger Wellington Recipe! My husband and I are big burger lovers and Seattle does nothing to help dampen the flames of our burger passion. With a Red Robin, Johnny Rockets, Great State Burger, Steak … Continue reading Chilli Burger Wellington

Blueberry Pie with Coconut Crust

Nothing's more American than apple pie… ...at least that's what they (and my husband) say. In fact, the first recorded recipe for apple pie was written way back in 1381 back home in England - sorry husband, you are WRONG and I am oh so right (for once)! To me there is nothing more American than Blueberry Pie. I … Continue reading Blueberry Pie with Coconut Crust

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting

I can't help falling in love... ...with this moist, delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe - and neither will you, I promise! Last Sunday was the late Elvis Presley's birthday and although I am no fan of the King of Rock's music, I sure am a fan of his favourite sandwich filling … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chicken Frankie Naan

"Feed a Fever, Starve a Cold" - at least, that's what the old wives say. I rarely suffer from winter colds but when I do I am totally unbearable - just ask my husband! I am also someone who gets really "hangry", so to keep my misery (and his) to a minimum, the hubby decided to feed my cold with a never-ending … Continue reading Chicken Frankie Naan

Best Thanksgiving Recipes Ever!

Thanksgiving is an opportune holiday for us foodies, but it can equally become a day filled with stressful marathon cooking sessions and fears of satisfying the expectations of your dinner guests. So let me be your holiday heroine with my guide to the Best Thanksgiving Recipes Ever - these recipes not only taste great, but are also so easy to make that even … Continue reading Best Thanksgiving Recipes Ever!

Oreo Cookie Brownies

This week I am back in the UK - my god, how cold is it here?!!! I've been as busy as a bee catching up with family and friends. I was also fortunate to celebrate my dear friend Tracey's 40th birthday at The Crazy Bear restaurant in Beaconsfield. If you haven't been to this decadent restaurant before, you … Continue reading Oreo Cookie Brownies

Chewy Gooey Hot Tamales Brownies

I love the change in season. Not for the change in weather, but for the ever changing seasons of food. But rather than harping on about the latest ancient grain or root vegetable that has just been hand pulled from a small batch, organic farm - YAWN! - my wanton desires are driven by the candy aisles and my local coffee store, which … Continue reading Chewy Gooey Hot Tamales Brownies

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies

I love Halloween. Not only does it give me a great excuse to spend even more time on the sofa, peeking out from the safety of my blanket while watching scary movies, but it also means I get to eat Halloween Candy. Halloween candy is pretty hard (impossible!) to resist. The concierge desk awaits me upon my return home with a bucketful of Halloween … Continue reading No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies

Spicy Pumpkin Crock Pot Curry

Have you ever seen anyone walk face first into a closed glass patio door? Well my relatives have (yup!) and the utter look of shock on said victims face (me!), is probably as close as I can get to explaining the way we felt as we stepped off the flight back in Seattle. Having enjoyed a week of sheer sunny bliss in Puerto Vallarta, … Continue reading Spicy Pumpkin Crock Pot Curry

Pumpkin Butter

It seems that everywhere you go, butter - which used to be considered the arch enemy of healthy eating - is now the "in" thing to eat. Be it good old peanut, almond, sunflower seed, cashew or avocado, butter is being slathered on every edible surface possible. I had never heard of Pumpkin Butter until my husband suggested … Continue reading Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Ice Cream (No-Churn)

Have no fear, Autumn is here and it has been Chill Bill! This has been the week when I could deny it no more - the electric blankets have been turned on, the couch blanket is out from its summer storage spot and I have almost, almost convinced my husband that it is time to turn the heating on … Continue reading Pumpkin Ice Cream (No-Churn)

Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast

I love the Autumn, it's such a beautiful time of year, and yet, there are also some things I hate about this season... First there is the inevitable Wardrobe Faux-Pas that I will repeatedly make during this unpredictable season. It seems that it really doesn't matter how many times I check the weather situation by continuously updating the weather app on my iPhone or sticking … Continue reading Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast

Limeade with a Touch of Mint

Costco is my achilles heel. A shoppers paradise filled with tempting treats bundled into jumbo packs of jumbo savings, luring you in to fill your basket to tsunami proportions with giant tubs of laundry detergent, huge chunks of cheese and enough Aspirin to clear up Hillary Clinton's "flu" a hundred times over. All sounds good so far, right? Well, living in a … Continue reading Limeade with a Touch of Mint

Japanese Pork Katsu

It wasn't until I moved to Seattle that I reluctantly tried Japanese food. Having grown up on a traditional UK diet of fish & chips, roast dinners and sausage & mash, Japanese food was distinctly "alien" to me. As my hubby escorted me to Seattle's International District for my first Japanese experience, I had butterflies in my stomach and Stephen King-esque thoughts running … Continue reading Japanese Pork Katsu

Guest Interview: Brittany Bardeleben

Today's guest interview features the extremely talented, Brittany Bardeleben. Brittany keeps herself busy as a highly-respected Pastry Chef at the Dahlia Bakery in Seattle, part of Tom Douglas' successful chain of bakeries and restaurants. And as if that wasn't enough to fill her time, Brittany is also full-time mother to a 1½ year old son - phew, Brittany … Continue reading Guest Interview: Brittany Bardeleben

Indian Summer Salad

The summer (and probably a touch of global warming) is certainly serving us well this year. Ever since the start of June I can honestly say that I have been sweating like a pig - not very ladylike, but true! - and in traditional Brit style all I can do is complain about the heat that I had … Continue reading Indian Summer Salad

Dahlia Bakery Triple Coconut Cream Pie

Tom Douglas... ...if you live outside of Seattle then I may forgive you for not knowing his name, but owning eighteen of the hottest eateries in the city (as well as the Hot Stove Society cooking school) he is the man when it comes to serving seriously good food in Seattle. In fact, he is Sweetness in Seattle itself - I wish I … Continue reading Dahlia Bakery Triple Coconut Cream Pie

#MelbourneEats

This week I'm writing from Melbourne, Australia, a city that both me and my stomach have fallen head over heels for. It's total foodie heaven and I am completely astounded by the sheer number of cafés and restaurants lining the city streets and über cool alleyways - there are so many! I therefore made it my mission to squeeze in as many meals as … Continue reading #MelbourneEats