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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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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...

Rainbow Chard Sformato

It was a cold night and cold leftover chard was staring at me from the fridge - not the most appealing thought. But I thought back to a...

Poached Pears

A versatile way to use up pears (and apples if you have them). With yoghurt these can be breakfast, with mascarpone or whipped cream and...

Squash and Sage Soup

Everyone needs one up their sleeve for when autumn feels autumnal. Serves 2. 1/2 squash 1 shallot, diced 2 cloves garlic Handful of sage...

Squash and Blue Cheese Tart

As you can tell from the sly hint of a bar of Galaxy Cookie Crumble in this photo, this was very much a night for comfort food. I was...

Miso Squash and Carrot Soup

As part of Squash Week, I knew there had to be at least one soup - not to mention it's my favourite thing to eat for lunch. There's a...

Corn Ribs

Hopping on another bandwagon chasing after Fallow on Heddon Street, I have marinated these in Arbol flakes and smoked paprika for a spicy...

Black Heart Squid Ink Risotto

Picture the scene. It's a rainy Valentine's Day weekend in lockdown, and the Suit has disappeared into his room with a bottle of fizz and...

Oozy Boozy Fondue Night

Sometimes, when it's this cold, cheese on toast just won't cut it. Sometimes, you just want the cheek-flushing warmth and sense of...

Gorgonzola and Radicchio Pasta

Easy, indulgent, warming. I've made this for dinner when I've needed to work late and it has cheered me up. Use a pasta shape that will...

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

It's bloody cold outside. And when it's blustering and snowing like this, we're fortunate that one of nature's earthiest and ugliest...

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