Isabel.

Hey you. Welcome to my site. This is where I post about my experiences in the food industry, my recipes including vegan and vegetarian dishes, book reviews and recommendations and my honest opinion on food related topics. I’m a professional chef and pastissiere; graduate from Le Cordon Bleu London, where I live and a bit of a nutrition…

Isotonic? Hypertonic? Ginandtonic?

In recent years there has been a huge increase of awareness around health and fitness, with many of us now attending exercise classes, weight training and the use of gyms has sky rocketed. Whilst there has also been an emphasis on diet, particularly surrounding protein, no one seems to talk that much about hydration. Water…

Mushroom and Root Vegetable Wellington (National Vegetarian Week)

One of my favourite meal times, is a Sunday Roast. Everything about a lazy Sunday makes me happy; a long lie in, a countryside walk and a huge roast dinner followed by far too much crumble. So the prospect of anyone missing out on this is horrifying. I’ve tasted some good substitutes/alternatives in the form…

Aubergine Daal with Cauliflower (National Vegetarian Week)

The first time I made this Daal was as a side dish for a curry night. Since then I’ve been making it as the main event. With a little chilli kick and a huge amount flavour, it’s an all round winner, and it’s so easy to make! Yellow split peas are full of protein, high…

Leek and Mushroom Pie (National Vegetarian Week)

A few years ago, my sister adopted a vegetarian diet. After over 20 years of being a meat eater she took the plunge and went straight in, cold turkey, or should I say, cold tofu. A while back I asked her if there was anything she really missed since cutting out meat; if there was…

Sweet Potato and Mixed Bean Chilli (National Vegetarian Week)

Most people associate a vegetarian diet with low protein, and with the current popularity of strength training, high protein diets have never been so desired. So with one portion of this delicious veggie chilli, packing around 20g of protein; you should be sure not to skip leg day. This Mexican veggie chilli is an all…

Beetroot, Feta & Fennel Tart (National Vegetarian Week)

It’s National Vegetarian Week! With knowledge of the environment, sustainability and animal welfare growing, so is the movement of vegetarianism. From ‘Flexitarian’ to Vegan, the popularity of cutting down on our meat intake is on the up. Studies have shown from a health perspective, that removing meat (especially red meat) from out diets for even…

Houmous, Hummus, Hooknows?

Ahh, the simplicity. The humble chickpea. What a hero. May 13 2017 has been honoured with being international Houmous (hummus?) day. I don’t think I could name a single person I know who doesn’t enjoy the wonders of this Middle Eastern delight. In a pitta, on a salad, out of the pot with a carrot…

Moroccan Tagine.

Not technically a true tagine, unless cooked in the traditional clay pot, this is more accurately a Moroccan stew, but a mighty tasty stew nonetheless. The word is thought to derive from the Berber meaning – ‘the special earthenware pot in which it is cooked’ and contains meat, fish or vegetables cooked slowly along with…

Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch.

For those of you not in the know, today March 19th, is National Poultry Day. Somehow this didn’t make front page news… So with this opportunity, it seems wise to talk about the wonderful ingredient that is the egg. Making our cake sponges light, our vanilla custards yellow and our omelettes, well…omelettes; they are also…

Banana-Oat Pancakes.

Traditional to Shrove Tuesday, pancakes were originally made for using up the leftovers in your store cupboard; to feast before the start of Lent. However, I think the modern day store cupboard is a little different to how it used to be. So this recipe is based on things I usually have in my store…

The Herbivore Carnivore Spectrum

Veganism. It’s everywhere you go. To the point where you can’t utter the word without hearing a chorus of ‘my flatmate is vegan’, ‘my cousin was vegan last month’ or ‘is that the one with weird milk?’. The word has the power to strike terror in a dinner party host and destroy a family Sunday…