Carrot and Courgette Salad

I bought these courgettes on a little wander through my local allotment, where the gardeners often leave their produce next to an honesty box for anyone who wants fresh, truly local vegetables. I was looking for an accompaniment to a delicious Beef Stifado (sorry we ate it too quickly to blog!) but here‘s a good…

Minestrone

It’s a good time of year for a big bowl of filling soup methinks. Maybe it’s just me (?) but I’m starting to want to eat lots and lots of veggies and move more and drink less and etc. etc. etc…. But let’s not be BORING about it shall we? This soup will encourage the…

Wonderful Wednesday 14 March 2018

It’s supposed to be #wonderfulwednesday but this week’s been pretty awful. Exhaustion, illness, stress and the odd panic attack have all featured, as has the odd retreat into a couple of wine-dazed stupors to combat all of the above. But that’s what this is about isn’t it? To find the fun among the grot? To…

Celeriac and Chive Patties

Ooh I say it’s been a wee while since I posted a recipe. These are certainly worth posting about though: sweet little patties of yumminess that they are. They were born out of my veg box delivery, which I’ve fallen back in love with after a little break. The vegetables really do taste so much…

One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Stew

This is a little bit like my Very Easy Ratatouille, only EASIER! Really. I decided to dispense with the whole frying of the vegetables, so I decided to just whack the whole lot into a big dish and bake it. I added potatoes this time to bulk it out a bit, and because I didn’t…

Quince Paste and Sheep Cheese Salad

Just a little quickie to tell anyone who doesn’t know already what a lovely combination sheep’s cheese and quince paste is. It’s the whole salty / sweet thing – lovely. When I stayed with a family in Spain one lovely long hot summer many years ago, the family brought fabulous cheeses back from the father’s…

Mozzarella, Tomato and Rocket Salad

I can hardly claim that mixing mozzarella with basil and tomato is an original combination. But like Spaghetti Bolognese, a bacon sarnie, cheese on toast and Chicken Korma, it’s easy to forget how good these classics are, and turn away from them in favour of the more unusual, the more exotic. It’s the season anyway…

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 –…

Sweet Apricot and Summer Berry Smoothie

Sometimes berry smoothies can be a little tart no? This one has ALL the sweetness from a handful of dried apricots (no need to soak them first – I’ve tested both versions). The dried apricots also add the thickness you need, so this one’s a bananaless smoothie too. Just the thing to slip slowly on…

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…

Tropical Green Smoothie

This tastes much sweeter and yummier than it looks. It’s got a virtuous handful of spinach in it, but with the mango, pineapple and cranberry juice it’s really very sweet! I’ve bemoaned the disappearance of the smoothie fairly recently, and for those similarly bereft, have a look at my smoothie and drink diaries here. Just…

Celeriac, Beetroot, Apple and Walnut Salad

This is totes moreish – I ate a whole bowl of it to accompany a quiche for dinner last night. I really love celeriac; it’s one of my favourite vegetables. I love how versatile it is, and how different it tastes depending on how you cook it. It’s nutty and chewy in a gratin like…