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…

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,…

Blackberry, Strawberry and Blackcurrant Smoothie

What’s happened to the smoothies? A year ago my twitter feed was jam-packed with luscious green swamp juices – and now…. nothing! Has everyone moved past the smoothie? Are there just smoothie bowls now? Well I thought I’d bring back my own little revival, since I’m craving some sunshine flavours at this still-dark-in-the-mornings time of…

Lebanese Chopped Salad with Yoghurt and Sumac

I’m not going to make any claims about the authenticity of this salad, save several years researching the very most delicious of Lebanese restaurants in the UK, and perusing the internet to try and locate the secrets of the things I’ve tasted. The salads I’ve tasted are usually chopped small (smaller than this one) and…

Mediterranean Chicken Stew

I haven’t posted about chicken for a while. I usually forget how good it is each time I make it, and the other night was no exception. I think you really have to buy ‘proper’ chicken though. By that I mean one that tastes of bird, rather than just sweetish protein. This 2kg corn fed…

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…

Ham and Brie Salad

Time for something fresh and juicy for lunch, or a light supper. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a ton of cheese in my fridge, and rather than scoff it on crackers after dinner, I thought I’d make the most of it by placing it centre stage in this zingy salad – along…