Author: xvavier

London’s foodie darling, Melissa Hemsley, talks food, kitchen waste and where to get properly ‘trashed’. What’s always in your fridge? Eggs, cabbage, butter, leftover cooked shredded chicken and bone broth that I make from the chicken carcass (if you don’t want to make your own, Borough Broth Co is absolutely delicious and makes home-cooked soups, stews, ragu and casseroles taste...

If you’ve got any leftover roast chicken, this dish makes a great leftover lunch. Using stock-standard ingredients like frozen peas, onion, garlic and carrot, this is a recipe for lazy days when you don’t want to leave the house. If you’re not a dill fan, swap for parsley or chervil. You can also swap frozen peas for broad beans....

What a treat it was to have Emma Gannon from Ctrl Alt Delete to my home for a coffee and a chat. We first met at the Google panel when Emma interviewed me and we just had a lovely connection so I was thrilled to be asked as a guest on her popular podcast. In fact, I think I was...

I was so excited to be asked to be apart of the Live Life Better podcast. We talked about what happiness is and how you can get it. Of course, I shared how we can get happiness via our stomachs as there’s certainly a connection between your mood and food. When I was born, I came out almost 10 pounds...

Nelly and I give the lowdown on our favourite spots for our friends at Suitcase Magazine. Nelly, Melissa Hemsley and Henry Relph. Dog name, age and breed: Nelly, age three, blue Irish Staffordshire terrier. Human name and occupation: Melissa Hemsley, cook and food writer and Henry Relph, DJ and Art advisor. What does your dog’s dream day look like?...

I love soup! It doesn’t matter what’s in it, there’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of warm, hearty soup. Bulked up with chickpeas and flavoured with thyme and parsley, this herbaceous soup is great for between the seasons. If you can’t find pomegranate, you can easily skip this ingredient. For added sweetness, you can also roughly chop some...

This is a quick, herb-packed salad for when you’re craving a fresh but flavoursome lunch or light dinner. To make it into more of a main meal, add a second tin of chickpeas or other beans, some cooked lentils, quinoa or roasted vegetables. The meatballs are delicious served hot or cold....

Any vegetable can be used in this hearty soup so let your local grocer or, better yet, local farmers’ market, be your guide. Generally go for vegetables that are in abundance (which usually means they’re cheaper, too). In the summer, swap in courgettes, fennel, fresh peas and broad peas instead of these root vegetables but, just bear in mind, most...

Truffles only sound fancy—to make at home, they're actually ridiculously simple! With just 5 ingredients, these chocolate-y balls of goodness can be thrown together in a matter of moments, it just takes serious patience (and self control) not to devour the mixture before it sets in the fridge!...

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