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A twenty-something cooking in a poky kitchen in Elephant & Castle.

I recently quit my job in law to pursue journalism, which was obviously a great idea at the start of a cost-of-living crisis. But I love to eat well, and for me that means seasonally, wastelessly and creatively. 

So to challenge myself and make the pennies stretch, I'm picking one Market Star at a time from the many bounteous markets around London. I  create a handful of recipes based on that ingredient, using mostly store-cupboard or back-of-the-fridge ingredients to zhuzh them up. If the Market Star is produce, I'll make sure it's seasonal. If it's not, I'll pair it with something seasonal.

Shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers Newcomers Award 2023.

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'Nduja Aioli (with Artichoke)

A shout-out to the artichokes tumbling out of their crates in the markets right now. I associate them with sunny French lunches or...

Tomato Tonnato

Only a tad more complicated than the Panzanella or the Oregano number, this is a moreish, mouth-puckering way to give those tomatoes the...

Wild Garlic Avgolemono

This is a very silky, aromatic, cream-less Greek soup which gets its rich texture from eggs tempered with lemon. That sounds a bit...

White Cabbage Potstickers

I have a terrible habit of ordering gyoza in, especially when hungover. There's a wonderful place in Elephant & Castle that does pork...

Honey Mustard Chipolatas

A bit of an easy one, here, but making them yourself for a party never hurt anyone. 6 chipolatas, chopped into inch long pieces 1 tbsp...

Christmas parsnips

Mulled wine is being sold on the South Bank, lights are dazzling the Strand, and Michael Buble has been wheeled out of the cupboard to...

Pappa al pomodoro

Euf, this soup is satisfying. It’s thrifty, it’s flavourful, and unlike a lot of my favourite soups, it’s actually filling. The bread...

A wintry bread salad

This is a bright and warming salad for the wintry months, featuring another market hero from this week’s haul – cavolo nero. The bread is...

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