Cornbread Topped Texan Cowboy Pie

This Cornbread Topped Texan Cowboy Pie offers a tasty twist on traditional Shepherd's Pie...

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

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

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

Matcha Green Tea & Rose Donuts

If you want people to understand you, speak their language... ...this is a lesson that my husband and I have learnt during our cross-Atlantic relationship, even though both of our native languages are "English". There was that time in the car (A.K.A. the "argument factory") when we completely missed our turning due to me giving the instruction "turn right in … Continue reading Matcha Green Tea & Rose Donuts

Cupcake Sliders

It all started with Colon Hydrotherapy... Since we (me and the hubby) had put ourselves under such a traumatic experience in the name of "healthy living" we decided to try and prolong the benefits of our trauma by eating a healthier diet. However, those of you who have been following the blog for a while will already know … Continue reading Cupcake Sliders

Aunt D’s Pineapple Dessert Pizza

Whether you're partial to Hawaiian style ham and pineapple, Italian sausage and pepperoni, or  barbecue chicken, pizza is a universal food that everyone enjoys. This week, as I indulged in my fave Mushroom, Artichoke and Truffle Oil Pizza at Primo's, my mom excitedly told me about Aunt D's Strawberry Pizza. Now, I am always one to … Continue reading Aunt D’s Pineapple Dessert Pizza

Watergate Salad – Easter Sunday

I have an insanely sweet tooth, which is partly why I have settled into life in America so well. No matter where you go the next sugar fix is never far away. Pop into the drug store and a huge candy aisle awaits you, order a bacon and egg breakfast and it'll come drizzled in maple syrup. Watergate Salad, … Continue reading Watergate Salad – Easter Sunday

St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shake

March 17th is, of course, St Patrick's Day and not content with just downing a pint of Guinness in the local pub, whilst donning a green sweater, Americans celebrate the day in style. Turning entire rivers green and smothering every city in a green haze of costumed party goers and procession floats, the day does not pass by unnoticed! Even … Continue reading St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shake

Thin Mints Ice Cream

This has to be one of my favourite times of the year in America, not only because our clocks go forward this weekend and summer time is officially on its way, but because it's terribly difficult to go anywhere without being accosted by a girl scout asking you to buy a box of her Girl Scout Cookies. Usually … Continue reading Thin Mints Ice Cream

Toad in the Cornhole

Who doesn’t love Toad-in-the-Hole? But before you start calling animal protection out on me, please let me explain! Toad-in-the-Hole is NOT a terrible act of perverse toad punishment, but a tasty English dish consisting of sausages “hiding” in a giant Yorkshire Pudding (Yorkshire Puddings are similar to American Popovers). What’s not to like?! This week, … Continue reading Toad in the Cornhole

Pulled Pork Sliders – Super Bowl 50

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, the largest sporting event on the US calendar, and with over 114 million TV viewers, it's certainly the most watched TV broadcast in America. If that wasn't impressive enough, this year is promising to be even bigger and better because it’s the 'Super Bowl 50' – the event’s 50th Anniversary. I will … Continue reading Pulled Pork Sliders – Super Bowl 50

Texan Style Baked Beans

As a Brit I was brought up on Baked Beans because baked beans totally rock - fact! As a child there was nothing better than arriving home from school to a plate of hot buttery toast smothered in baked beans. It's one of life's simplest pleasures, an institution, and something that should not to be messed with. Good ole … Continue reading Texan Style Baked Beans

Strawberry & Coconut Cream Tarts

Dry January? I think it should be called Why January?!!! Why is it that we all feel that we should be the best version of ourselves just because it's the first month of the year? Surely we'd be much better off if we simply tried to live healthier and more modestly throughout the year? I have … Continue reading Strawberry & Coconut Cream Tarts

Eggnog Coffee Cake

This year the holiday season was, for me, the season of Eggnog. I had heard of Eggnog before, but had never really felt the desire to try it. A hot drink made with eggs? Disgusting! Add it to my latte? Pure coffee travesty!  But since nervously taking a sip of my husband's eggnog one morning, I have been addicted - God bless America and all the eggnog recipes made … Continue reading Eggnog Coffee Cake

Hangover Cure: No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Happy New Year! What a wonderful and eventful year 2015 was. I became a wife and gained the most wonderful husband and family I could ever wish for, I moved across the Atlantic to the beautiful city of Seattle, I started the Arugula & Rocket food blog AND I opened an online cook shop - phew, no … Continue reading Hangover Cure: No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Christmas Countdown: Cranberry Sauce Muffins

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose..." ...what a romantic image of Christmas those lyrics conjure up in one's mind. However, if you're anything like me you'll only be half way through your Christmas shopping, have just two presents wrapped (because the store did it!) and your kitchen will resemble a spewing volcano of … Continue reading Christmas Countdown: Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Christmas Countdown: Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

I both love and dread this time of year. It's such a merry, festive time with Christmas songs playing wherever you may be and the scent of cinnamon filling the air. Everybody seems to be full of Christmas joy and we suddenly lose all of our inhibitions (and taste) by proudly donning jumpers that look like they have been … Continue reading Christmas Countdown: Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

Christmas Bliss Bowl + Cranberry Sauce Bonus Video!

The Christmas tree is up, the line to see Santa is over 4 hours long outside Nordstrom, and the Gingerbread Village is displayed in full Star Wars themed glory (Gingerbread Star Wars?!!!) at the Sheraton hotel - so it MUST be Christmas! Our holiday always starts on Christmas Eve with mom's yum-tastic Italian dinner, followed by a family breakfast and present opening … Continue reading Christmas Bliss Bowl + Cranberry Sauce Bonus Video!

Christmas Countdown: Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Are you sitting down? Because I have something to tell you, something that may come as quite a shock... ...because today's recipe is like no other on my blog. You'll find no chocolate, no candy, not even any peanut butter. Most surprisingly you'll discover this recipe contains NO SUGAR! Yes that's right, self-confessed sweet-toothed queen of the … Continue reading Christmas Countdown: Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce