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Light Bites

LIGHT BITES


The recipes on this page are for lighter meals, sides, dips and soups.
Sweet Potato and Chickpea Soup

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Soup

Lightly spiced and full of delicious and healthy vegetables, Sweet Potato and Chickpea soup is a simple, healthy and flavoursome meal. Perfect as is, it can be bulked out with lean chicken breast for an extra protein boost.
Puff Pastry Mini Quiches

Puff Pastry Mini Quiches

Perfect for picnics, lunchboxes or even parties, Puff Pastry Mini Quiches are a fantastic way to make a few ingredients go a long way. Quick and simple to make, they are ready to eat in just half an hour. Yum!
Pork and Apple Sausage Rolls

Pork and Apple Sausage Rolls

A real crowd-pleaser, Pork and Apple Sausage Rolls are sure to be devoured as soon as they hit the table. A British classic recipe that has been whole-heartedly adopted by New Zealand and Australia, you can’t beat a buttery, flaky pastry sausage roll with plenty of tomato ketchup!
Turkish Bulgur Salad (Kısır)

Turkish Bulgur Salad (Kısır)

Hearty, delicious and filling, Turkish Bulgur Salad or Kısır is a terrific meal all year round. It is the perfect accompaniment to grilled and barbecued meat or as part of a Turkish or Cypriot inspired feast!
Pumpkin Orange and Ginger Soup

Pumpkin Orange and Ginger Soup

With plenty of fresh ginger and bright and zesty orange, silky Pumpkin Orange and Ginger Soup is like a burst of sunshine in a bowl. A delicious recipe to keep you warm when it’s grey and cool outside.
Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad

Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad

Bright, colourful and perfectly delicious Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad (Insalata Caprese) is the ultimate Italian summer salad with fresh green basil, creamy white burrata and juicy red tomatoes representing the colours of the Italian flag.
British Style Baked Beans

British Style Baked Beans

On the weekend there are few breakfasts I enjoy more than hot buttered toast, laden with tomatoey baked beans. Whether served simply, just as they are, or going the whole hog with a full English, baked beans will always set you up for the day. So much better than beans from a tin, Homemade British Style Baked Beans are rich and tomatoey – perfect for a weekend brunch. Make up a big batch when you have time and you can have your breakfast or brunch ready in a flash. There are a lot of recipes around that tell you to…
Garlic Butter Mussels au Gratin

Garlic Butter Mussels au Gratin

Herby, buttery, crumbed mussels are a French delight. Perfect as party snacks, these tasty Garlic Butter Mussels disappear in a flash!
Smoked Salmon Quiche

Smoked Salmon Quiche

Hooray! It’s Friday! I know it seems crazy to celebrate the weekend in these days of working from home and lockdowns, but I think keeping a sense of routine is so important. It’s been a rollercoaster of a week, so I’m looking forward to cracking open a bottle of wine, putting my feet up and enjoying a big slice of Herby Smoked Salmon Quiche. A good quiche has to be one of my desert island foods, and to my mind, there is no better filling than luxurious smoked salmon. Paired with tangy creme fraiche, spring onions and fresh herbs, this…
Easy No Yeast Bread

Easy No Yeast Bread

As November begins with another round of lockdowns and restrictions, we are seeing a repeat of the panic buying of groceries that happened earlier in the year. This sort of shopping (the Germans call it Hamster-Kauf, or Hamster shopping) led to the supermarket shelves being stripped of yeast, among other necessities. While there still seems to be enough of everything to go around, it’s useful to have an Easy No Yeast Bread recipe up your sleeve for when you can’t get any yeast. It surprises many people to discover that you can make perfectly delicious bread without yeast, using common…
Pork Meatball Soup

Pork Meatball Soup

It’s November and soup season has officially started in my household. With all the doom and gloom in the papers and the second wave of lockdowns sweeping across Europe, I felt like something spicy and fresh to banish the start-of-winter-blues. Today’s recipe for Pork Meatball Noodle Soup is just what the doctor ordered: juicy, garlicky meatballs and a rich broth, packed with ginger, chilli and fresh herbs. This is not based on any authentically Asian recipe, rather, it’s more a combination of flavours and spices that I enjoy and often have in the fridge. This is a brilliantly speedy recipe,…
Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto

Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto

It’s nearly the end of the month and the chill of the winter season is upon us. Even though Halloween is only a couple of days away, the shops are groaning with Christmas treats and decorations. It seems to be earlier every year, doesn’t it? We’ve had rain squalls on and off all day, but I took advantage of a break in the weather to go for a quick walk in the woods to get a bit of fresh air. Home now with the fire on, it’s time for some warming and comforting lunch, and what could be better than…
No Knead Multigrain Bread

No Knead Multigrain Bread

Deliciously chewy seed and grain bread, made in an hour with no kneading or waiting around required. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? It is easier than you think with my recipe for No Knead Multigrain Bread. I’ve been making this recipe for many years – I just checked back through the archives and it first made an appearance on my website way back in 2013! Over the years I have tweaked and changed things around and I believe now this recipe is absolutely fool-proof. You simply stir the ingredients together in a bowl, pour the dough into a loaf tin and…
Quick Thai Fish Cakes

Quick Thai Fish Cakes

Perfect for finger food or parties, Quick Thai Fish Cakes are packed with flavour and super quick to make. Served with a spicy, crunchy dipping sauce, these delicious morsels always disappear in a flash!
Bavarian Potato Salad ‘Kartoffelsalat’

Bavarian Potato Salad ‘Kartoffelsalat’

We are bang in the middle of the Oktoberfest season, and while no Oktoberfest is being held in 2020, that doesn’t mean we can’t have our favourite Bavarian foods at home! If you’ve been following along you will have learnt how to cook the perfect Oktoberfest Roast Chicken, and today we are cooking one of the real staples of Bavarian cuisine, ‘Kartoffelsalat’ or Bavarian Potato Salad. If you have ever travelled to this part of the world you are guaranteed to have eaten Bavarian Potato Salad as it is served with nearly every meal. Being married to a Bavarian, this…
Thai Tom Yum Goong

Thai Tom Yum Goong

Our run of cool days here in Munich continues, with cool, drizzly weather keeping us mostly inside, apart from short sprints to the markets. I am definitely not complaining about the temperature, as it is the perfect excuse to start the soup-making season. And what better soup to start with than Thailand’s most famous soup recipe: Tom Yum Goong, hot and sour prawn soup. I learnt to make Tom Yum or Tom Yam at a wonderful cooking school in Bangkok. Tucked inside a tiny old colonial house in a sidestreet of the Silom Road, our class sweated over gas cookers…
Greek Village Salad Horiatiki

Greek Village Salad Horiatiki

The very best Greek Village Salad or Horiatiki you will ever eat will be in a small, unassuming restaurant somewhere in the Mediterranean, with the sun shining, plates of delicious mixed meze and lashings of local wine. No matter how hard you try to recreate the recipe at home, this is one of those meals that always reflects the time and place that you have eaten it. That doesn’t mean that you can’t make a perfectly delicious Greek Village Salad at home, however, and this summery favourite is always welcome at my dinner table. While this sort of salad has…
Italian Caprese Pasta Salad

Italian Caprese Pasta Salad

Yesterday it rained properly for the first time in weeks, and today we woke up to cool misty weather. It wasn’t long, of course, before the sun burst through, but it was a little hint that my favourite season of all, autumn, is on the horizon. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer as much as the next person, but the cool mornings and sunny days of early autumn are when I am happiest. The farmers here in Italy are rushing to bring in the tomato harvest, with the markets overflowing with bright red produce. Every second vehicle on the…
Tomato and Rosemary Focaccia

Tomato and Rosemary Focaccia

At the very first restaurant I ever worked in, we would bake up huge trays of focaccia every evening, varying the topping throughout the week, from classic sea salt and rosemary, through caramelised onion with feta, or even red onion and romesco. Sliced and served with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping, it was the perfect way to begin your meal. Focaccia is fantastically easy to make, even if you have never made bread before and infinitely variable. Today I am sticking with a real summer classic: Tomato and Rosemary Focaccia. Focaccia is a brilliant beginners bread, as…
Whipped Feta and Honey

Whipped Feta and Honey

Sometimes even I don’t feel like cooking. Long summer days and steamy nights can make the idea of cooking a big meal just seem like too much effort. These are the days when we just want to open the fridge and have something jump out, ready for picking or grazing at, perhaps sat on the terrace or balcony with a chilled glass in hand. This is the time of year that I like to put together big platters of nibbles, a mixture of fresh veg, pantry and fridge staples and usually a big bowl of dip to round things off.…
Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

You know it must be summer when the zucchini plants suddenly start producing more vegetables than you know what to do with. This year we haven’t planted any ourselves but a few days ago our neighbour Davide kindly gave us some extra-large zucchini – perfect for today’s recipe: Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini. I love zucchini, and though it has an undeserved reputation as being a bit boring, with a little help in the kitchen can be sensational. Zucchini are sweetest and best when they are around 20cm long, any bigger and they can start to dry out a little on…
Lemon Sage Ricotta Gnocchi

Lemon Sage Ricotta Gnocchi

Hands up if you’ve ever eaten chewy, gluey, reheated gnocchi? I think we’ve all been disappointed by gnocchi before, to the point where I avoid ordering it in restaurants as it is so hit and miss. In fact, I find traditional potato gnocchi a bit heavy, which is where this recipe for Lemon Sage Ricotta Gnocchi comes to the rescue. Ricotta gnocchi, sometimes known as ‘gnudi’ are beautifully soft and light little dumplings and they are so easy to make at home. Served with a gloriously rich brown butter sauce with sage, lemon and crunchy walnuts, this is comfort food…
How to make Cream Cheese

How to make Cream Cheese

Luscious, soft, tangy cream cheese, made in minutes with ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen? Absolutely. Follow this easy recipe to learn how to make cream cheese at home.
Vietnamese Prawn Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Prawn Spring Rolls

We are finally getting the sort of hot days and nights where all I want to eat is lovely cold food. Salads, sandwiches and quiches are all very good, but sometimes I crave a little spice – and what could be better than the spicy little morsels known as Vietnamese Prawn Spring Rolls? Not deep-fried like their famous Chinese cousins, but rather filled with fresh herbs and chilled. Served with spicy peanut dipping sauce, this is hot weather food done right. Vietnamese Prawn Spring Rolls have a bit of a reputation for being fiddly, though that’s not really the truth.…
Homemade English Muffins

Homemade English Muffins

Is there any brunch more tempting than Eggs Benedict? The sight of a perfectly poached egg, cloaked in buttery hollandaise sauce, perched atop a lightly toasted English muffin is enough to get most stomachs rumbling. Whether you like it with bacon or salmon, it is a classic for a reason. We are so used to buying English muffins from the supermarket, we never even consider making them at home, but I am here to tell you that Homemade English Muffins are not only much better than the store-bought kind, they are super easy to cook – you don’t even need…
Chicken and Noodle Soup

Chicken and Noodle Soup

Is there anything more comforting when you are feeling under the weather than a big bowl of Chicken and Noodle Soup? Even the aroma of chicken soup cooking in the kitchen is enough to lift the mood. Even though it is made from the simplest of ingredients, it seems to have magical restorative powers. Whether you are talking about the ajiaco of Colombia, the torijiru of Japan, ‘Jewish Penicillin’ or simple chicken and noodle soup, it seems one thing the whole world can agree on is our love of this comforting dish. I like to make chicken soup using chicken wings This is for…
Roasted Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

Roasted Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

I love mushrooms. Truly, mushrooms would have to be one of my desert-island foods. Whether fancy shiitake, the prized porcino, colourful pfifferlinge or plain old button mushrooms, they are all delicious, with their earthy flavour and delicate texture. Whatever time of year it is, mushrooms will find their way into my shopping basket, ready for risotto, a salad, a quiche, or in a creamy sauce to go with steak. This week I spotted some glorious, gigantic, Portobello style mushrooms, just begging to be taken home and turned into Roasted Feta Stuffed Mushrooms. These gigantic mushrooms are so good just by themselves, brushed with butter and…
Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

As the weather warms up and more and more fresh produce hits the market stands, I can spend many happy hours searching for ingredients. There is no food that attracts my eye quite as much as a tumbling display of colourful fruit and veg, but the most beautiful of all has to be fresh zucchini flowers. I find these bright orange and green blossoms absolutely irresistible. They just cry out to be stuffed with ricotta, lemon zest and salty anchovies and coated in golden breadcrumbs. Today’s recipe? You guessed it: Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Flowers. Now this stunner of an Italian…
Asparagus and Lemon Risotto

Asparagus and Lemon Risotto

It’s been a beautiful Easter weekend, full of indulgent food and drink, lots of chocolate and plenty of sunshine. The trees are covered in blossom across the whole hillside and the feel of spring is in the air. There’s lots of cautious optimism and hopeful stories in the news, and while it seems the whole world is stuck inside at home, it’s nice to see everyone using the time to cook up a storm in the kitchen. If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know that lemon and asparagus are two of my favourite ingredients. As far as…
Vibrant Wild Garlic Pesto

Vibrant Wild Garlic Pesto

We’ve had three days of glorious sunny weather here in Bavaria. It seems hard to believe all the goings-on in the world when the sky is a brilliant blue, the birds are singing and the first tender leaves of wild garlic are pushing through the ground. Currently, we have been ordered to stay inside our homes as much as possible, though we are still allowed to walk outside and enjoy the sunshine (alone!) At this time of year, the Bavarian woods are full of Bärlauch, literally ‘Bear Leek’ or wild garlic. Sometimes known as ‘ramsons’ these bright green leaves are…
Quick and Easy Hummus

Quick and Easy Hummus

Wow, it’s been a crazy start to the week and it’s only Monday evening! Reading the papers each day seems to bring more alarming and alarmist stories from across the globe, however life here in Munich seems to be carrying on much as usual so far. I did notice the other day when I was at my local supermarket that the shelves had been stripped of pasta, rice and tinned fruit and veg, but there were no fistfights over loo roll! (I’m looking at you Australia). I love a well-stocked pantry and always have tins and bags of things tucked…
Spicy Herby Calamari Rings

Spicy Herby Calamari Rings

It’s the middle of the week, we’ve been on the road the last two days and I had a craving for some quick and easy seafood for dinner. Definitely a night for some Spicy Herby Calamari Rings. Living in Munich where the nearest ocean is around 600 kilometres away, I’ve made my peace with the lack of fresh seafood available. Luckily for me, while frozen squid is never going to beat fresh, with a bit of careful handling it can still be perfectly tender and delicious. A quick soak in some acidic buttermilk helps to soften it up, while a…
Homemade Sesame Bagels

Homemade Sesame Bagels

March has arrived. The weather doesn’t know whether it is up or down, there seems to be one international crisis after the other in the news, Mercury is retrograde – is it just me or does everything seem a little topsy-turvy at the moment? When everything seems a little upside-down or stressful I like to bake bread. This soothing ritual begins with the comforting repetition of the kneading of the dough and ends with the warming waft of a freshly baked loaf drifting through the house. Breadmaking seemingly speaks to something very ancient and primal in me. Whether you are…
Perfect Chicken Liver Pâté

Perfect Chicken Liver Pâté

This Chicken Live Pâté recipe is absolutely fool-proof. Chicken livers are gently poached with flavourings before being whipped into silky, buttery, utterly moreish pâté. Topped with white wine and green peppercorn jelly, this is the perfect pâté for your next party.
Asparagus and Bacon Quiche

Asparagus and Bacon Quiche

I am looking out the kitchen window watching huge fluffy snowflakes drift down from the sky. Just two days ago it was so gorgeously warm and sunny that I thought maybe, just maybe we’d escaped winter and spring was on the way. It’s not that I mind winter, but as it reaches the tail end I find myself longing for everything fresh. The first strawberries. Asparagus; both white and green. The first crisp radishes served with a frosty cold beer at the beer garden and all those other signs that spring and summer are on the way. Still, I’m warm…
Easy Sweetcorn Fritters

Easy Sweetcorn Fritters

Easy sweet corn fritters are so quick and simple to make and are full of delicious vegetables. Bursting with zingy, fresh flavour they’re always popular for breakfast, brunch or a light supper.
Cranberry Orange Cured Salmon

Cranberry Orange Cured Salmon

With beautifully bright colours Cranberry Cranberry Orange Cured Salmon is a wonderful dish to serve as a starter at your festive table. It’s so simple to make at home and so delicious with a creamy horseradish sauce.
Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels

My real Bavarian recipe for Homemade Soft Pretzels with step by step instructions for making Oktoberfest style pretzels at home. No special equipment necessary!
Obazda – Bavarian Cheese Spread

Obazda – Bavarian Cheese Spread

It’s that time of year again, Munich is buzzing, the tourists are flooding into town, the Wiesn is covered in beer tents and roller coasters, that must mean that the mother of all celebrations, Oktoberfest is nearly upon us. Love it or hate it, the Oktoberfest is an absolute phenomenon. A fixture of the Munich calendar since the marriage of the future King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in 1810. Every year the Oktoberfest seems to get bigger, brighter and more famous with over 6 million visitors drinking nearly 8 million litres of beer, and eating over 450,000…
Italian Stuffed Peppers

Italian Stuffed Peppers

We’ve arrived at last at my favourite time of year. A happy coincidence that my birthday is around the corner, I promise. Late summer, fading into golden autumn with long golden days and cool crisp mornings will always be the season where I am happiest. The sweltering days are behind us, the markets overflowing with the harvest, the hint of woodsmoke in the air and the slow gilding of the forest in amber and gold as the year turns brings me an enormous amount of joy, and importantly, whets my appetite for all the delicious flavours of the season. I’ve…
Roast Tomato and Feta Prawns

Roast Tomato and Feta Prawns

As contrary as it sounds, whenever the weather gets hot, my favourite way of cooking is to use the oven. I know it seems insane when the mercury is pushing 40°C outside to turn on a ferociously hot oven, but there is a method to my madness. The way I see it is that cooking a meal in the oven requires only some peaceful preparation before you can shove the dish into the heat and get as far away as possible while the oven works its magic, coming back a short time later to a delicious meal and a fragrant…
Aunt Peggi’s Panzanella Salad

Aunt Peggi’s Panzanella Salad

Finally, it seems summer has arrived in Munich! Long sunny days, relaxed evenings with friends and loved ones under the spreading chestnut trees, lots of barbecues and long walks along the Isar, it is the time of year when this very outdoor city really shines. It’s a little known fact outside of Germany that you can actually bring your own food along to most of Munich’s wonderful beer gardens, and I love nothing more than unpacking a huge picnic spread, washed down with plenty of fresh local beer and wine. While we usually eat lots of traditional Bavarian food, there…
Minestrone Primavera ‘Spring Soup’

Minestrone Primavera ‘Spring Soup’

There is something so inviting about a bowl of soup. Whether you’ve come in from a chilly autumn walk, are enjoying some watery spring sunshine, are huddled inside avoiding wintery snow, or are sipping a chilled soup in a summer garden, there seems to be a bowl of soup for every occasion. Whether a delicate, painstakingly perfect consommé or a rich and hearty chowder,  from a spicy Vietnamese Pho to deep purple borscht, I love them all. Almost without fail, soup is nourishing, budget-friendly, and most of all, a meal for sharing. As a kid, I always loved the story…
Beetroot Cured Salmon Gravadlax

Beetroot Cured Salmon Gravadlax

We’ve landed back in beautiful Munich to the clear and crisp skies and very chilly nights of late winter. It’s not quite spring yet, but the promise of it hangs in the air, brightening the mood and sending the locals outside to soak up every last bit of available sun. I’m rather enjoying the opportunity to rattle around in my kitchen, baking, making stews and pastries and all those other things that are so much more appealing when the kitchen is cool. If someone had told me as a child that the day would come when I would look forward…
Spinach and Ricotta Quiche

Spinach and Ricotta Quiche

Already the second week of February and the year seems to be picking up speed. Suddenly there is so much to be done, plans being made, deadlines to meet and the calendar is filling up. I’m always excited for new adventures and am really looking forward to sharing them here. Sometimes though, I need a little grounding and when that’s the case I always turn to the kitchen where I can potter quietly, making comfort food, playing with pastry, surrounded by familiar and comforting tastes and smells. If you’ve been reading along, you’ll know I really enjoy baking and the…
Chard and Feta Tart

Chard and Feta Tart

Glorious weather continues in Munich with day after day of clear blue skies and balmy summer evenings. I am beyond excited as my cookbook is being sent to the printers on the weekend, we had an amazing time at the photoshoot for the book cover and I can’t wait to let my baby go out in the world on its own! In the meantime, I have huge amounts of beautiful fresh veggies in the fridge to get through before we head back to Cyprus, including a big bunch of rainbow chard – or Mangold as it is known here in…
Spiced Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup

Spiced Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup

It’s been hectic this week – 6 days on at work and huge amounts to get done. I’ve been keeping the idea of Sunday in my head to keep me going, knowing that it will be wonderfully relaxed and I can spend some time in the kitchen doing what I love best. As always on a Sunday, there is a loaf of bread baking in the oven, a recipe that I’m tweaking and fiddling with at the moment, and puttering away on the stove is a big pot of Spiced Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup – one of the easiest and most…