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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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Cheesy asparagus galette

What do you do when you’re short on funds, squiffy after a prosecco-soaked bank holiday picnic, and sitting in Greenwich when you’ve got...

Market Stars #7 - Rhubarb

It wouldn’t be a seasonal newsletter without rhubarb in spring. Everyone perks up visibly to see the cheerfully-coloured sticks poking...

Pickled Rhubarb

A perky accompaniment to smoked mackerel, cheese, or tossed with rocket as a side salad. Make a jar of this and then pickle yourself with...

Pickled Rhubarb Martini

A mouth-puckering, blush-pink cocktail to start the weekend right, using the Pickled Rhubarb. To make the pickled rhubarb gin, add two...

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...

Wild Garlic Salmon en Croute

Naff fishy pastry cut-out optional. An easy, pleasing weeknight TV dinner. If you’re feeling particularly decadent, add a couple of...

Wild Garlic Babka

Remember the babka phase of the pandemic, where every restaurant seemed to be doing home babka kits and food blogs were full of...

Market Stars #6 - Cabbages

After the unabashed gorgeousness of blood oranges last week, I’m headed to explore a less beautiful star of the season: the cabbage....

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...

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