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,…

Training for better running!

We’ve recently spent a lovely Sunday morning with one of our most favourite super people – Tameka Small.  We love working out with her whether it’s at the new experimental studio Factory 45 or with one of her pop-ups at Maple & King’s.  Her energy is infectious and she makes working out fun so when we…

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…

Rosemary Carrots, Apples and Maple Balsamic. Falling for autumn…

I’ve been so excited to see all the autumn vegetables and fruits! And who doesn’t love roasted root vegetables – crispy on the outside and sweet and fluffy on the inside.   I picked up these beautiful carrots with the tops still on and paired them with some crimson red radicchio and endives leaves. With carrots, I…

Why should I choose healthier snacks?

How often do you have a delicious but nutritious snack or treat during your break from a long day at work? So often, we find ourselves busy, tired, stressed, rushing, and constantly on the move. But when have you actually stopped to think about that raspberry muffin or that chocolate croissant you quickly grab in the…

The secret to my mother in law’s samosa recipe…

Turmeric and it’s super healing anti-inflammatory properties is all the rage right now – from Turmeric Spiced Latte, Golden Milk, our own Maple & Fitz’s Bunny Run.  One of my favourite turmeric dishes however is this savoury and spicy chicken recipe which comes from my lovely mother-in-law who had it passed down from three generations before…

Saying Goodbye to Anonymous Food

Summer, sunshine, parks, picnics, and the first order of business before heading out to enjoy the beautiful weather is to make certain you’ve packed your strawberries. That’s right, it’s strawberry season, and this summer we’ve decided to make buying strawberries all the more fun and sustainable by working with our local farmer Hugh Lowe. At…

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…

How can I reduce my sugar intake?

In his recent budget, the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, announced a sugar tax on the soft drinks industry – a move hailed by campaigners as a positive step in the fight against obesity, specifically in children. Sweetened drinks are the single largest source of sugar in children and teenagers, one of the largest in adults,…

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 &…