Crab, Grapefruit and Brussels Sprout Salad

This colourful, springy salad is relatively inexpensive and very healthy. Eating raw brussel sprouts may seem a little bizarre, but when sliced thinly with a mandolin, they serve as the perfect base for a salad. The bitterness of the grapefruit cuts the richness of the crab, and the lemon juice and olive oil brighten up the dish. I recommend going to Kerachers’ for top notch crab meat.

Cocktail of the week: Blood Orange Mojitos

In her daily perusing of blogs and tumblrs, my flatmate stumbled across this delightful recipe. As avid lovers of blood oranges and mojitos, this is our new go-to cocktail. It is sweet, citrusy and has a beautiful colour.

Cocktail of the Week: Liquid Cocaine

The tables at DONT WALK came equipped with Vodka, Redbull, and Champagne this year. Guests combined all the ingredients to make "liquid cocaine," a sexy twist on the traditional Vodka Redbull. Fun and energising, this concoction perfectly reflected the event's atmosphere, and kept us going all night! 

Sev Puri

Week 5, and it seems like yesterday that I was glorying in the six work-free weeks of festive fayre, lounging in front of the fire, and long wintery walks. During the holiday, I travelled to Mumbai and Morocco, where I enjoyed both countries' fascinating cuisines. The use of spices and fresh ingredients combined with traditional cooking techniques is difficult to replicate elsewhere.

Vegetable Stacks

Sometimes, it is hard to think of vegetables as the base of a satisfying meal. We associate carrots, courgettes, or turnips with what we have to eat, not what we want to eat. While I’m not a vegetarian, many of my friends are, and coming from Seattle, I am constantly searching for hearty veggie recipes that don't pack on the carbs. Recently, I have been making a vegetable stack that brings to life the foods that once failed to inspire me. Any leftover vegetables are suitable for this recipe, so you can still enjoy a delicious meal with what you have at home. 

Cocktail of the Week: Margarita

During a booze run to Tesco, I stumbled upon this Margarita recipe on the back of a Triple Sec bottle. The fruitiness of the liqueur and the acidity of the lime completely mask the Tequila. So beware, because these bad boys are absolutely lethal!

Pho

Pronounced “FUH”, this traditional Vietnamese breakfast soup is my go-to comfort food. During their month-long stay in Vietnam, my parents watched people slurping up this soupy goodness on the streets, and came to love it themselves. At Thuan Tinh Island Cooking School in Hoi An, my mother learned the secrets to Pho, and passed them on to me. Though not the simplest of recipes, Pho is worth the effort, as it is comforting and packed with nutrition and flavour. 

Kale and Bulgar Wheat Salad

Here's one for all you Bourgeois Bohemians, and better yet I found it in the Los Angeles Times food section. So although it may be difficult to cruise in your Prius after a morning Bikram Yoga class to the nearest West LA Whole Foods, you may still be able to at least partly satiate your desires for gourmet smugness with this queen of greens recipe.

Simple Soda Bread

There are few treats as comforting and delicious as freshly baked bread, and we often forget how easy it is to make. One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 is to try new recipes and make more meals from scratch. Whilst watching Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers, I discovered this soda bread recipe.