Matbucha | A cooked tomato dip, which comes from our dad and is best served as a mezze and eaten with bread.

Matbucha | A cooked tomato dip, which comes from our dad and is best served as a mezze and eaten with bread.

Ambrosia Couscous | A hands-on retreat is the perfect opportunity to allow the creative juices to flow and I delight in encouraging the group to pool their inspiration in creating an entirely new dish with ingredients available on the day. This is one such creation that was concocted with input and suggestions from each member of a particular group, and is an example of the inspired connection that can take place when people spend time preparing food together.

Ambrosia Couscous | A hands-on retreat is the perfect opportunity to allow the creative juices to flow and I delight in encouraging the group to pool their inspiration in creating an entirely new dish with ingredients available on the day. This is one such creation that was concocted with input and suggestions from each member of a particular group, and is an example of the inspired connection that can take place when people spend time preparing food together.

Ambrosia Couscous | A hands-on retreat is the perfect opportunity to allow the creative juices to flow and I delight in encouraging the group to pool their inspiration in creating an entirely new dish with ingredients available on the day. This is one such creation that was concocted with input and suggestions from each member of a particular group, and is an example of the inspired connection that can take place when people spend time preparing food together.

Ambrosia Couscous | A hands-on retreat is the perfect opportunity to allow the creative juices to flow and I delight in encouraging the group to pool their inspiration in creating an entirely new dish with ingredients available on the day. This is one such creation that was concocted with input and suggestions from each member of a particular group, and is an example of the inspired connection that can take place when people spend time preparing food together.

Autumn Rolls | Makes approximately 12 | The sheets used to make these crispy rolls are made with flour and usually bought frozen. Do not use the rice paper sheets used for spring rolls as they cannot be fried. The dish shows some of the marked differences in cooking techniques used as we move into winter, and are always a welcome nibble on cool retreat days. Delicious with either a light dipping sauce (see p 27) or peanut and ginger sauce (see p 31).

Autumn Rolls | Makes approximately 12 | The sheets used to make these crispy rolls are made with flour and usually bought frozen. Do not use the rice paper sheets used for spring rolls as they cannot be fried. The dish shows some of the marked differences in cooking techniques used as we move into winter, and are always a welcome nibble on cool retreat days. Delicious with either a light dipping sauce (see p 27) or peanut and ginger sauce (see p 31).

Pan-Fried Green Beans with Olives | Marinating olives can dramatically elevate even supermarket brands to delectable new heights. Keep a jar of olives in the fridge and marinate in fresh herbs and oil. Top up the herbs and oil for each new batch. The flavoured oil makes an excellent dressing for these Mediterranean-inspired green beans. The toasted nuts can be omitted on warmer days but they add a warming crunch in chilly weather.

Pan-Fried Green Beans with Olives | Marinating olives can dramatically elevate even supermarket brands to delectable new heights. Keep a jar of olives in the fridge and marinate in fresh herbs and oil. Top up the herbs and oil for each new batch. The flavoured oil makes an excellent dressing for these Mediterranean-inspired green beans. The toasted nuts can be omitted on warmer days but they add a warming crunch in chilly weather.

Haloumi and Pistachio Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing | A sensuous salad that tantalises the taste buds with a lively combination of textures and flavours. Soft and sweet figs contrast the salty crunch of pan-fried haloumi and pistachio nuts, all topped with a sweet and tangy balsamic fig dressing to make a striking autumn salad that can be plated individually as a dazzling starter.

Haloumi and Pistachio Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing | A sensuous salad that tantalises the taste buds with a lively combination of textures and flavours. Soft and sweet figs contrast the salty crunch of pan-fried haloumi and pistachio nuts, all topped with a sweet and tangy balsamic fig dressing to make a striking autumn salad that can be plated individually as a dazzling starter.

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