English black kale obsession from Staples British Farm!

Did you know that kale is one of the oldest brassicas proudly sitting alongside cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower?  The vegetable we know today is more than 2,000 years old and until the end of the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables eaten across Europe.  At Maple & Co,…

Cooking for Mel C, Stephen Merchant and Aisling Bea!

I’ve just had one of the most busiest and fun weekends! With my hubby’s hotel opening in Kingston, we spent the entire Saturday tasting the restaurant’s new menu (yum).  Then it was onto Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch on Sunday starting with hair and makeup at 6am then cooking for singer Mel C  and comedians Stephen Merchant…

How to make and use vegan butter

Having learned to cook Indian food from my mother in law, it was particularly fun to showcase a vegan butter “chicken” recipe for the recent Sunday Brunch episode on Channel 4 which aired on May 8th.  The first step was to re-create a creamy butter without the use of any animal products.  I made my butter with…

Stronger together, not alone

I have been helped by so many amazing people to get Maple & Fitz to where it is today. The advice and support I have had from my mentors is invaluable so when I was asked to be a part of the Mentor MatcHER campaign, supported by the UK Minister for Women and Equalities, I…

What makes a grain ‘ancient’ and how to use them (recipes below)?

WHAT? There is no official definition of ‘ancient grains’ and nearly all whole grains are ‘ancient’ as we can trace their roots back 10,000 years ago! They can however be loosely defined as grains that are largely unchanged since the beginning of time. This means that the constantly evolving and modified modern wheat is no…

Loving Lululemon

In case you hadn’t already noticed, sportswear is having a moment. Gone are the days where gym kit consisted of your ex’s baggy T-shirt and that pair of faded tracksuit bottoms you also wear to do the housework in. Both luxury and high street brands like Lululemon (a favourite of ours here at Maple &…