Hey, I'm Margie... and welcome to Desert Island Dishes.

Desert Island Dishes is one of the top food podcasts in the UK. Every week I sit down with a different guest and talk about the seven Desert Island Dishes that have shaped their lives. Over the years I have interviewed chefs, actors, food writers, restauranteurs, entrepreneurs and everyone in between. You can listen here.

The idea is that this website Desert Island Dishes will become your go-to place for all things food and cooking. This includes easy recipes, helpful inspiration, real tips and tricks to make you the best possible cook in your own kitchen. 

With over ten years of experience as a professional chef, I trained at Ireland’s world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School after graduating from Oxford University and I have since cooked all over the world in places as far-flung as Japan and South Africa where I spent several months teaching Zulu women how to cook. Having worked in professional kitchens, being around fresh, varied ingredients day in and day out, I really understand what makes a recipe work and I share that knowledge here to help you become the best possible cook too.

Here on the site we have how-to guides, detailed and helpful recipes and more. We want Desert Island Dishes to be the go-to destination for home cooks where you can find everything you need in one helpful place, to make life a little easier and a little more delicious too. 

If you want some easy dinner inspiration delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday morning, my newsletter Dinner Tonight gives you one simple, delicious dish you can easily cook for dinner tonight. 30 minutes or less, maximum flavour for minimal fuss.