Ultimate Cheese Toastie

I like Tuesdays because I have hypnotherapy. A treatment that I have found to be an incredibly valuable tool for managing my anxiety. I wont lie, I was a little dubious before my first session, it was actually my partner that encouraged me to try. A couple of people he knew had benefitted from a…

Homemade Pizza & Garlic Bread

When it comes to pizza, which would be my specialist subject if I was ever on mastermind, you can get technical with sourdough starters, cold fermentation and wood ovens but this is a perfectly lovely, simple and easy recipe to get you started. If you keep a well-stocked cupboard you should have all the ingredients…

Chocolate, Strawberry & Vanilla Drippy Cake

I love making birthday cakes. For me the enjoyment is twofold, firstly the pleasure gained from making the cake, which if you take it slowly and tackle it piece by piece can be also very therapeutic and relaxing. Secondly the gratification that comes from seeing how happy you’ve made someone else. It would take the…

A Giant Cupcake 

Many of the projects I take on with my job involve a great deal of focus on what food looks like. The job of a food stylist is to create those beautiful images we salivate over in magazines, websites and increasingly social media accounts. You work alongside a prop stylist and photographer to create gorgeous…

Toast Toppers

Eating alone, in fact being alone, was something I really used to struggle with. I felt that if it was only me at home it wasn’t worth making any effort and I’d often let myself go without dinner. Not only was that really unhealthy it would leave me feeling hungry, frustrated and tired- especially the…

Chocolate Truffles & a Thank You!

We can also use cooking as a way to say thank you. Those who suffer from anxiety or mental health issues are rarely suffering alone. There’s a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, a partner, a friend or ally who suffers with us. While it’s not the same kind of pain, it’s suffering none…

Salted Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Although they’ve been done to death I’ll always be a fan of cupcakes and think they’re a really great bake, especially for a beginner. The time commitment is pretty low; you can even get the bases made the day before if you like or freeze them for up to a month. This recipe makes use…

Pizza Buns

I love creating these pizza buns; not only do they taste amazing but they’re great fun to make and a good way of using up odds and ends from the fridge. If you have children they are a really fun project to make together, they can help weigh out the ingredients, scatter on the toppings…

Poached Eggs with Roasted Asparagus & Parma Ham

This recipe makes a delicious breakfast or light lunch, the asparagus roasts away nicely leaving you free to focus your attention on the eggs. The sight of new season asparagus in the shops always fills me with joy, not just for the taste – it signifies the true start of spring. Spring holds so much…

Pancakes with Greek Yogurt & Pomegranate Syrup

This recipe for no measuring scale pancakes makes the perfect weekend brunch. I know it’s been said to death but a good breakfast really does set you up for the day. Neither the mind nor the body can function without fuel and these pancakes have lots of healthy and tasty ingredients to get you moving…

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Brownies

Luxuriously dark with a glossy shine and a delectable snap, chocolate and happiness go hand in hand. Dark chocolate contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that has the ability to boost levels of serotonin, which can help lift our mood, improve functionality and social behaviour. One of the issues anxiety sufferers have in common is low levels…

Rosemary & Pesto Focaccia

At first the idea of homemade bread can seem a bit overwhelming. You look through a recipe and get bamboozled by the kind of flour you need, yeast, temperature of the water, If you need a sourdough starter, second mortgage, cuddly toy.  It can be enough to put anyone off. In fact I think this…