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…

Falafel

Gosh I just love falafel. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make me own. I’ve been so used to my trusty bean burgersbean burgersbean burgers that I’ve not strayed before – but I’m so glad I did. Falafel are very different to bean burgers – which I should have remembered really….

Lentil, Celeriac and Swede Bake

I’m rather proud of this recipe. It’s everything a home-cooked meal should be, in my not-so-humble opinion. It ticks all the boxes of being a) healthy b) full of vegetables c) filling and d) scrumptious. It’s also something that will work with whatever vegetables you’ve got lying around. You will need the celery/onion/garlic/carrot ensemble for…

Very Easy Ratatouille

Hey everyone! Here’s a very quick, very easy ratatouille. All you need to do is chop everything up and fry it up in a big pan – you really can’t go wrong. A great way to get tucked into lots and lots of delicious vegetables. This is great to make when you haven’t been anywhere…

Low Cal Vietnamese Vegetable Rolls

Vietnamese food is often light and always fresh and tasty. On a recent city break I had the most FABULOUS Vietnamese food I’ve ever tasted. I could have just eaten and eaten and eaten. In fact, I pretty much did. One of my most favouritest Vietnamese foods ever are their rice paper rolls. There’s something…

Herby Aubergine and Courgette Salad

I’m always trying to create different ideas for weekday lunches. I want to look forward to my lunch, and savour every last little mouthful. My go-to combo is sweetcorn, tomatoes, feta cheese and cucumber – a Greek salad morphed into Mexican with the help of an Abel and Cole¬†recipe which gave me the idea. It’s…