serve with love

serve with love

“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” – Epicurus.

Food, shared, has to be one of our greatest pleasures. Here is a little inspiration to whet your appetite for a St Valentine’s meal cooked from scratch with love, whether that’s for family, friends or for an intimate, cozy night in with a special date. Serve with an abundance of warmth and gratitude.

st valentine’s inspiration

Blackberry, Lemon & Almond Cake

This is a show-stopping cake. Perfect to mark an autumnal celebration or for an indulgent afternoon tea.

Honey Apple and Thyme Buckwheat Galette

This beautiful galette is really just a simple apple tart, made without the need for a tart tin.

Harissa Roasted Whole Side of Salmon with Olive Oil Aioli

If you’re after a bit of a show-stopper dish to serve as the centrepiece of your festive table, then this is the most…

Warm Roasted Salad with a Walnut & Red Wine Vinegar Dressing

Warm roasted salads like this one are an absolute staple in my autumn and winter kitchen.

Cherry Bakewell Porridge

I always add some protein and a portion of fruit to my oats so this pairing of nutrient packed cherries and almonds seemed…

Fruity breakfast crumble bars

These are great for grab-and-go breakfasts. They’re also a winner with kids and make a good after-school snack.

Passion Fruit ‘Crumble’

This is such a sweet little pudding. I’m not one for rich puddings but this is a little pop of yumminess – perfect for…

Amelia Freer's Chocolate and Raspberry Pots

Chocolate Raspberry Pots

Usually pudding in my house is a simple portion of fresh, seasonal fruit. However, sometimes the occasion calls for an extra…

One Pot Veggie Pasta by Amelia Freer

One Pot Veggie Pasta

This one pot, lemony spaghetti is a lovely nod to warmer days ahead, while still offering comfort as we wait. It is, of…

Chocolate & Orange Chia Pudding, Amelia Freer - Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-Free

Chocolate Mousse

Despite being gluten-free & dairy-free, no one needs to know. This is a slightly healthier take on a classic but tastes just…

Minute Steak with Roasted Fennel and Arugula and Caper Dressing

Minute Steak, Roasted Fennel with Rocket & Caper Dressing

A lot of people assume that being healthy means that red meat is off the menu. But I'm delighted to say that it's very much…

Amelia Freer's Clementine & Olive Oil Christmas Cake - gluten & dairy free

Clementine, Honey & Olive Oil Cake

This deliciously fragrant cake is perfect for the Christmas period with its festive and wintery citrus flavour. It is more…

Decadent Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels

Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels

This chocolate caramels are decadent and truly delectable and a couple of these will definitely delight your tastebuds.

Naturally Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes, Amelia Freer

Coconut Pancakes

These are really good pancakes; they crisp nicely on the outside but are very fluffy and soft on the inside. I have used…

soup for the soul

Soup for the Soul

My plant-based version of the classic chicken and lemon soup. Here, chickpeas provide the protein and give a deliciously…

Oysters 3-Ways by Amelia Freer

Oysters 3-Ways

Oysters come into season from September onwards and are not only nutritious but are also good for the environment. Oyster…

Creamy Cod with Fennel and Leak by Amelia Freer

Creamy Lemon Cod with Fennel & Leeks

This creamy, hearty dish feels nourishing for body and soul. With sides of roasted baby potatoes and sautéed kale, this…

Amelia Freer's Mackerel & Rhubarb Salad

Mackerel & Rhubarb Salad

Mackerel is one of my favourite fish – rich in healthy fats. This is an excellent fish to introduce into your diet if you…

Rhubarb & Custard Tart

Rhubarb & Custard Tart

Rhubarb and custard: it has to be one of the most nostalgic flavours of childhood, it certainly is for me. This tart gives a…

Creamy Coconut Strawberry Chia Breakfast Porridge

Creamy Coconut Strawberry Chia Breakfast Porridge

Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals, a complete source of protein with all the essential amino…

Lentil and Mushroom Ragu by Amelia Freer

Lentil & Mushroom Ragu

This is a lovely meat-free Monday meal or a comforting, warming dish for a cosy night in. It is quick to make with simple…

Grilled Seabass with Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus with Fish

This is such an elegant way to cook fish: fast and easy which lends a smoky taste of charcoal grills from Greek Islands…

Simple Chicken & Sweet Potato Chips

Simple Chicken & Sweet Potato Chips

This is quick, easy, adaptable and, to me, the epitome of comfort food – it’s great for adults and kids alike, so makes a…

Asian Crayfish Lettuce Cups

Crayfish Lettuce Cups with Asian Dressing

We are very lucky in the UK as an island to have easy access to fresh shell fish which is not only delicious but is also…

One-Tray Winter Roasted Salad

One-Tray Roasted Winter Salad

Roasted salads are a total game-changer for me. However sceptical you may be – just give it a go. The textures soften and…

Individual Fish Pies (FODMAP) by Amelia Freer

Individual Fish Pies

This recipe was created for those following a low FODMAP programme. There is nothing wrong with the real deal but sometimes…

Creamy Crab ‘Linguine’ by Amelia Freer

Creamy Crab ‘Linguine’

There should always be a time and a place for enjoying a real creamy crab linguine but this is my cheat's version for those…

Salmon Soba Noodle Salad by Amelia Freer

Salmon Soba Noodle Salad

This is a versatile and robust salad that you can make using any protein and vegetables that you have. Soba noodles are…

Wild Salmon Parcels with Asian-Style Salad

Wild Salmon Parcels with Asian-Style Salad

Making fish parcels is such a lovely, easy way to cook fish without the risk of it becoming dry. I aim to buy sustainably…

Poached Fish with Spinach in a Chilli-Tomato Sauce

Poached Fish with Spinach in a Chilli-Tomato Sauce

I like this recipe because it’s an easy one-pan dish. Plus, you don’t need to be precise with the quantities– a handful of…

Simple Prawn, Coconut & Aubergine Curry

Simple Prawn, Coconut & Aubergine Curry

Many of us love a good curry and this is a winner - I think it may possibly be the most popular recipe I have created.…

Poached Chicken, Crunchy Vegetables & Herb Dressing by Amelia Freer

Poached Chicken, Crunchy Vegetables & Herb Dressing

This dish celebrates delicious summer vegetables, all of which are in season together during July and August so this is an…

Sharing Steak with Chimichurri & Smoky Slaw

Sharing Steak with Chimichurri & Smoky Slaw

Surely no summer is complete without a BBQ to celebrate a barmy summer’s day or evening? This sharing steak, with…

Gluten-Free Pizza

Gluten-Free Pizza Topped with Veg

Pizza is so often seen as unhealthy, which is usually down to the toppings of shop bought and fast food varieties, but you…

Fragrant Golden Monkfish Curry & Cauliflower Rice

Fragrant Golden Monkfish Curry & Cauliflower Rice

This is one of my favourite Indian curries to make, and whilst it looks and tastes labour-intensive, is really is a ‘throw…

Chicken & Tarragon Casserole

Chicken & Tarragon Casserole

This makes me think of my Mum – she really rocks a casserole. It’s something I used to be afraid to make, but thank goodness…

Gluten-Free Asparagus & Crab Cakes by Amelia Freer

Asparagus & Crab Tarts

A gluten-free diet doesn’t have to mean no pastry, although if you are not gluten free this can be made using normal…

White Fish, Tomato, Fennel & Herb Bake by Amelia Freer

White Fish, Tomato, Fennel & Herb Bake

This is a very easy and satisfying fish dishes; the freshness of the herbs and juicy tomatoes results in a wonderfully tasty…

Crab Cakes with homemade mayo (gluten-free) by Amelia Freer

Crab Cakes

Crab, like most shellfish, contains protein and is also an important source of zinc. These crab cakes are my light,…

Amelia Freer's Spicy Green Shakshuka

Green Shakshuka

The ubiquitous brunch staple of red shakshuka gets a sensational spicy green make over here, with some of my favourite…

Amelia Freer's Rhubarb & Orange Fool

Rhubarb & Orange Fool

The trouble with rhubarb is, of course, owing to its tartness, it requires a lot of sweetening and traditional recipes use…

This Vegan & Dairy Free Banana Nutty Nice Cream is a wonderful healthy alternative to ice-cream but just as satisfying

Nutty Banana Nice Cream

If you are not yet familiar with using bananas to make ‘ice-cream’, you are in for a real treat. Their texture once frozen…

Amelia Freeer's Buckwheat Breakfast Pancakes with Stewed Blackberries

Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat contains both fibre and protein and is naturally gluten free. I love stewed blackberries in autumn but these…

Wonderful summery raspberry and lemon muffins, gluten and dairy free

Raspberry & Lemon Muffins

I really love the hint of lemon in these muffins which makes them feel quite refreshing. Raspberries are in season from June…

Hangover Sandwich, Amelia Freer

The Hangover Sandwich

It would be unrealistic not to enjoy the odd overindulgence. We’ve all suffered from the morning after effects of too much…

Homemade Chocolates

Making chocolate is easier than you might think and I find it incredibly satisfying to do. There are many sweet little…