Vibrant food. Bold flavours.

Helping you find joy in cooking with easy, delicious recipes.

Hello and welcome!

My name is Zena and I’m a passionate recipe developer and food content creator. I love food, but I love the act of cooking itself even more. Cooking can be fun, engaging, therapeutic, relaxing, gratifying, and so much more! Whether you’re here for the first or fiftieth time, I hope that my recipes help you find joy in cooking. Expect lots of vibrant food and with big, bold flavours. Bland isn’t in my vocabulary!

Delicious pasta dishes. From rich, slow-cooked ragùs to no-cook pasta sauces, my collection of pasta recipes has something for everyone.

Vegan food doesn’t have to be bland or boring. My tasty plant-based recipes with satisfy even the most avid of meat eaters.

Chicken is king in my house so I feel it deserves its own category. Whether it’s wings, curry or the perfect roast, I’ve got you covered.

Ad | CRISPY KIMCHI POTATO ROSTI!

I’m delighted to be partnering up with @lecreusetuk again, this time to showcase their amazing Toughened Non-Stick range, which makes your food cook and taste even better. It’s perfect for everyday use including an easy weekend brunch.

The whole range is coated with @lecreusetuk best ever non-stick coating that’s tried, tested and guaranteed for a lifetime (it’ll never peel or need to be replaced!).

These Toughened Non-Stick Pans will sustain you through a lifetime of cooking. And because they’re so versatile–you can fry, roast, bake, sear, grill, casserole, stew and more–you’ll get lots and lots of use out of them.

The full recipe for the kimchi potato rosti is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. I hope you’ll give it a go!

#ad #lecreuset #brunchrecipes #weekendbruchinspo #rosti #potatorecipes
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FANTASTIC FISH Ep 3: Olive Salsa Salmon! @zenaskitchen 

Salmon is definitely my go-to fish and while I love it, I do get bored of it sometimes. This punchy olive salsa transforms it into something exciting and delicious, and it’s so incredibly easy to make.

Friendly PSA: cook your salmon for less time than you think! It should be just opaque and easily flaked with fork. 

The full recipe is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. I hope you’ll give it a go! 

Vote for the next recipe in the poll below 👇🏾 

#fish #fishrecipes #salmon #salmonrecipes
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FANTASTIC FISH Ep 2: Monkfish Curry! @zenaskitchen 

Monkfish is a firm, meaty fish that works great in a curry because it holds up well to bold flavours. Here, it’s simmered in a rich, flavour-packed sauce, perfumed with curry leaves, coconut milk, tomatoes and warm spices. Served with fluffy rice, it makes for a very delicious and comforting dinner. 

As always, the full recipe is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. I hope you’ll give it a go! 

#fish #fishrecipes #fishcurry #pescatarianrecipes #curryrecipes
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FANTASTIC FISH Ep 1: Coconut-Crusted Thai Curry Sea Bass! @zenaskitchen 

If you’re a fan of Thai flavours, you’re going to love this Coconut-Crusted Thai Curry Sea Bass. The fish is marinated in good-quality, shop-bought Thai red curry paste, before being encased in a coconut crust and fried to golden perfection. Served alongside a zingy cabbage slaw, it makes for a very delicious dinner. 

The Thai curry paste is the flavour backbone of this dish so make sure you use a good one! My favourites are @thaitasteuk and @maeploy_kitchen. 

The full recipe is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. I hope you’ll give it a go! 

Which recipe would you like to see next?

#fish #fishrecipes #seabass #pescatarianrecipes #seafoodrecipes
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FANTASTIC FISH! @zenaskitchen 

Welcome to Fantastic Fish, a brand new series where I’ll show you just how easy it is to make delicious fish dishes at home. 

From roasted, to raw, to curried, to fried, there really is something for everyone. So if you think you hate fish, think again. These dishes might just convince you otherwise. And if you love fish, well, you’re in the right place 😊

Which recipe would you like to see first? 

#fish #fishrecipes #seafood #seafoodrecipes #pescatarian
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Ad | TIRAMISU BAKED ALASKA! @zenaskitchen 

Inspired by the flavours of tiramisu, this baked alaska has a brownie base and a coffee and vanilla ice cream interior. It’s the ultimate dinner party dessert and it’s easier to make than you might think. 

As the ice cream is the star of the show, I decided to make it myself with the help of my Ninja Creami. It churns deliciously creamy ice cream in minutes and with its extra-large 709ml tubs, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd. 

I’ve of course used it to make ice cream but it does so much more than that! It’s got 7 different programmes that you can use to create drinks, desserts and a variety of sweet treats. 

SAVE this one for your next dinner party. Your friends will love you for it!

@ninjakitchenuk #creamimyway #ninjacreami #dinnerpartyfood #dinnerpartydesserts
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CRISPY POTATO & PANEER BITES! @chetnamakan and @zenaskitchen 

@chetnamakan’s potato and paneer bites are SO incredibly delicious! They’re always a hit at her parties so if you’re doing any hosting this long weekend, you’re definitely going to want to make them. You’ll need:

2-3 boiled potatoes
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
handful of fresh coriander, chopped 
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp garam masala 
225 gms paneer, grated or crumbled
2 tbsp cornflour

Mash all the ingredients together, roll into balls, deep fry until golden and you’re good to go! They’re delicious both hot and at room temperature. 

#partyfood #bankholidayweekend #appetisers
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Ad | SAUCY MUSHROOM NOODLES! With spicy smacked cucumbers and @itsuofficial hoisin duck bao’buns 🤤 

Though bao are delicious on their own, they work great as part of a larger meal. I love serving them alongside something fresh and zingy, like this chilli-spiked cucumber salad, and a saucy noodle dish, like this pulled mushroom number. 

@itsuofficial’s bao’buns are delicious and they go from freezer to plate in just 60 seconds, making them the perfect addition to any meal. They’re available in all major UK supermarkets. 

I hope you’ll give this one a go! The recipes are on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. Enjoy! 

#ad #noodlerecipe #bao #smackedcucumbers #easyrecipes
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NEW-YORK STYLE BAGELS! @zenaskitchen 

Homemade bagels are infinitely better than the shop-bought kind and they’re easier to make than you might think. They just take a little bit of time, which makes them perfect for a weekend baking project. 

I’ve made these over 12 times now and they’re literally perfect! Everyone I’ve shared them with has loved them, so I have no doubt you will too ☺️

The full recipe is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. I’ve done a little bit of a deep dive, which I hope is helpful, but if you’re not interested, there’s a ‘Jump to the Recipe’ button at the top of the page. Enjoy! 

#bagels #bagelrecipes #breakmaking #weekendbaking
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Ad | COURGETTE & AUBERGINE SANDWICH! @zenaskitchen 

If you’ve ever opened your fridge and thought there was nothing to eat, you’re not alone. Fridge blindness is a huge contributor to household food waste. 

This Food Action Week, I’m delighted to be teaming up with @hellmannsuk, who’ve created Meal Reveal, a fun new tool that scans your fridge and suggests delicious recipe ideas to help you use up what you have. Give it a go and see what tasty meals await - hellmanns.com/meal-reveal 😊 

#hellmannsmealreveal #foodwasteactionweek #sandwichrecipes #flexiblerecipes #maketastenotwaste
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OVEN-BAKED JOLLOF RICE! @zenaskitchen 

Jollof rice is a West African staple consisting of rice cooked in a delicious, flavour-packed and often spicy tomato sauce. Though it seems simple enough to make, it’s actually pretty difficult to nail. From burning your jollof and making it bitter, to accidentally turning the rice to mush, there are SO many things that can go wrong. 

Oven baking jollof rice isn’t traditional by any means. That said, it’s the most foolproof method I’ve found for nailing jollof rice every single time.

The full recipe is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. This is easily the longest blog post I’ve ever written. I hope it’s helpful! On the off chance you don’t think it is, there’s a ‘Jump to the Recipe’ button at the top of the page. Happy cooking! 

#jollofrice #jollofricerecipe #ovenbakedjollofrice
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MISO MUSHROOM NOODLE SOUP! @zenaskitchen 

This noodle soup is so incredibly flavourful, which is surprising given that the broth comes together in less than 5 minutes. The secret weapon is instant dashi, which packs an umami-packed punch that makes any broth taste like it’s been simmering for hours. As if that weren’t enough, the miso from the mushroom marinade seeps into the broth, adding an extra layer of flavour.

You can buy instant dashi online or in most Asian supermarkets. 

The full recipe is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. I hope you’ll give it a go!

#noodlesoup #soupseason #noodlerecipe #mushroomrecipe
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CHIPOTLE CHICKEN TACOS! @zenaskitchen

These delicious tacos are loaded with pulled chipotle chicken, homemade guac and a spicy tomato salsa. 

Roasting chicken over thinly sliced onions yields juicy, perfectly cooked chicken and jammy, flavour-packed onions. It’s a technique I learned from @dinnerbyben so shoutout to him!

If you’d prefer a veggie option, substitute the chicken for pulled oyster mushrooms - they work beautifully! 

The full recipe is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. I hope you’ll give it a go!

@zenaskitchen x 

#chickenrecipes #chickentacos #tacotuesday #easyrecipes
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Ad | BRAISED PORK BELLY TACOS! @zenaskitchen 

These might just be the best tacos I’ve ever made! They’re loaded with sticky braised pork belly and a spicy yet creamy Asian-inspired slaw made with @lkkeurope Red Braising Sauce and Chiu Chow Chilli Oil respectively. 

I’m so excited to be partnering with @lkkeurope on this one as I’ve used their products for as long as I can remember! When they challenged me to put a legendary spin on the Chinese classic that is braised pork belly, my mind immediately went to tacos. 

If you’re celebrating Lunar New Year, I promise they’re worth adding to your spread. You can get the full recipe on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. Enjoy!

#LegendsComeAlive #LunarNewYear #LeeKumKee #PorkBellyRecipe #TacoRecipe
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ROASTED TOMATO AND MUSHROOM LOADED HUMMUS! @zenaskitchen 

Homemade hummus is infinitely better than the shop-bought kind. This one is loaded with ras el hanout roasted tomatoes and mushrooms and it’s SO incredibly delicious. 

The full recipe is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. I hope you’ll give it a go! 

@zenaskitchen x

#hummus #hummusbowl #easyrecipes #dips
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This delicious, comforting soup is a fusion of Taiwanese techniques and Korean flavours. The result is a dish that lies somewhere between Taiwanese beef noodle soup and jjigae, a tasty Korean kimchi stew.

@angelica.jells challenged me to create one of my favourite recipes using British beef as part of @letseatbalanced’s “Serve It Up, Pass It On” series - now I’m passing the challenge on to you!

Lean British beef is a natural source of Vitamin B12, which helps the immune system work normally as part of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle.

The full recipe is on the Let’s Eat Balanced website - I hope you’ll give it a go!

#ad #soupseason #beefnoodles #beefnoodlesoup #beefrecipes
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All About The Veg Ep 22: Chilli Miso Butter Cabbage! @zenaskitchen 

Cabbage gets an unfairly bad rap. It’s affordable, incredibly versatile and absolutely delicious, especially when charred and roasted. Top with a simple chilli miso butter and you’ve got yourself a stunning dish. 

The full recipe is on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. I hope you’ll give it a go!

#cabbage #cabbagerecipe #charredcabbage #easyrecipes
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SPICY PORK NOODLES! @zenaskitchen 

I’ve recently gotten really into K-dramas, which has reignited my love of Korean food (everything they eat always looks SO good!). This dish is inspired by two of my favourite dishes: japchae, a delicious sweet potato noodle stir fry, and jeyuk bokkeum, spicy stir fried pork.

You can substitute the pork for beef (fillet, sirloin or skirt steak). For a vegan alternatively, I’d suggest tofu or shredded king oyster mushrooms. 

As always, you can get the full recipe on my website zenaskitchen.com, which is also linked in my bio. Enjoy!

#noodles #noodlerecipes #stirfryrecipes
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