Tomato and Basil Chickpea Burgers

Scrumptious bean burgers oh how I love you. Crispy on the outside, soft within, a tang of onions and the comfort of the BEAN. I must have made dozens of these beauties over the last few years, and I’ve started to experiment. This version started as an accident, as many of the best recipes do….

Homemade Baked Beans

This was so easy and ‘everyday’ that I wasn’t going to blog it. But it was also so damn tasty that I just had to. I wanted an easy, quick dinner that wasn’t a load of ready-made junk, so I thought we’d just have baked beans on jacket potatoes. But due to Mr Roast Chicken…

Veggie Chilli Nachos

We’re feeling the Mexican love at Casa Roast Chicken and a Country Walk these days. All those beans and veggies are perfect summer food – even though the weather’s not playing ball. This is a bit of a variation on my Black Bean and Bacon Chilli, which is also super yum, but this is a…

Black Bean and Sweetcorn Tortillas

I’m so glad I discovered black beans. I make this Bacon and Black Bean Chilli regularly and it’s sooooo good. The black beans are much squishier and fudgier than kidney beans, and mush up really nicely into a dip or a spread. This meal looks complicated from the image, but is really super easy –…

Veg Box Stew

This is one of those really useful stews where you could chuck in a whole host of leftovers and have something tasty and healthy on the table in half an hour. Some leeks would have been nice, a few pieces of red pepper, a tin of beans to make it more filling – or to…

Sumac Spiced Roast Veg and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

We love eating roast peppers. They go all goey and sweet in the oven, and make the filling soft and juicy too. A bit of spinach stirred through could be lovely here, or some more sweet notes could be added with a sweet potato. I’m really liking sumac at the moment, which I liberally sprinkled…

Lemon and Dill Braised Potatoes and Leeks with Mozzarella

The vegetables are a useful base to plan a variety of meals around. I let the whole thing cool down and added chunks of mozzarella for a tasty, filling salady-type lunch, but I think it would make a great side to a couple of chicken thighs too. You could lay them on top of the…

Red Lentil Dhal

Sometimes you just need a curry – right? I didn’t have many fresh ingredients in the house when I got the urge – so I thought a plain dhal would do the trick – but only a very very good one. Sometimes the problem with dhal is that it’s a little lacking in pizazz. Fine,…

Green Lentil and Vegetable Cottage Pie

This is a comforting plate of fodder if ever there was one. It’s what we’ve needed up here lately – as I type there’s a gale blowing round the house and it’s bitterly cold outside. It feels so good to be snugly sipping wine on the sofa while the wind whips through the chimneys. This…

Moroccan Squash and Pea Stew

Ah stew. My favourite thing to cook. I love everything about it. Planning flavour combinations; shaking  up the theme (hence a Moroccan inspired version today); adding alcohol (of course); providing enough texture contrasts and working out how to pack them full of as many veggies as possible. It’s a therapeutic way of whiling away an…

Mushroom, Chestnut and Spinach Stroganoff

This is comfort food To The Max. Rich, creamy, easy to eat with a spoon from a bowl, it has everything you want on a chilly night, wrapped up in a blanket with some blog reading and a great spotify playlist for company. It’s also SUPER quick to make, which is always good. Fry off…

Garlic Baked Aubergine with Feta, Yoghurt and Parsley Dip

Well this is a bit of a treat dish. The oil and garlic juices melts into the scored aubergine, making it silky and soft. Eat it hot with the cold dip and you’ve got a wonderful contrast of sensations. Mouth-feel, I think people call it, although the phrase is rather unpleasant. The salty feta is…