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…

Root Veg and Blue Cheese Traybake

I feel like I’m making a lot of traybakes at the moment. They’re just SO easy. Easy like chucking something in the oven and leaving it totally alone to do its thing, rather than easy like boiling and frying things quickly. The trouble with boiling and frying is that while it’s EASY, it’s not really…

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…

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 –…

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…

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…