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…

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…

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 –…

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…

Cabbage, Apple and Cashew Salad with Peanut Dressing

Ooh I do love a good salad. Especially after a couple of weeks of delicious meat-feasting. I think it’s amazing how the body knows exactly what it needs. Starving after exercise? Need some more fuel. Can’t stand the thought of alcohol after a heavy night? Let your liver rest. Yesterday I was craving some sharp…

Vegan Friendly Flapjacks

Vegan friendly or just nice if you like coconut! I adore coconut in all its forms. Stirred into creamy porridge, sprinkled on energy balls or ground up with heaps of sugar in a Bounty – I’m there. And my favouritest ‘cake’ in the whole wide world is flapjack. I love oats. I love the chewy…

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 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. Bean burgers…

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…

White Asparagus, Roasted Beetroot and Pepper Salad

It’s the sprinkles that make this salad special. Warm nutty pine kernels and little pops of pomegranate bring the roasted veg alive, and make this more than just another virtuous lunch (although I like a good dose of piety with my meal planning). We first had white asparagus while holidaying in Germany. They seem to…

Mexican Salad With Chilli Lime Dressing

Mexican food is great for us, since it’s full of veggies (especially my favourite sweetcorn), lime juice rather than vinegar for dressings (Mr Roast Chicken is NOT a vinegar fan), and it’s usually super healthy (before¬†I start piling on the cheese). I’ve blogged about a similar salad fairly recently, but I had to share this…