Preventing Waste with Tomato Paste

Otherwise known as tomato puree. Spoon out heaped tablespoons of leftover tomato paste onto pieces of cling film. Twist the ends of each section like a candy wrapper and store in the freezer. Throw a ball of tomato paste into whatever you’re cooking, straight from frozen. You’ll never throw out half a tin of tomatoContinue reading “Preventing Waste with Tomato Paste”

Roasted Garlic and Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta

I can’t remember where this recipe came from, but my mother has been cooking it for years, and by extension, so have I. People go absolutely crazy for this. It looks the business, tastes incredible and it’s really easy to make. Ingredients 3 large bulbs of garlic Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 x 125gContinue reading “Roasted Garlic and Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta”

Thanksgiving Round-Up

I love Thanksgiving. No matter how long I live in the UK, I will celebrate it every year. Surrounded by lots of incredible food and the people you love, and taking a moment to be thankful for something in your life – what could possibly be better?! I’m very lucky to have friends who areContinue reading “Thanksgiving Round-Up”

Warm Chorizo & Spinach Salad

Just 10-minutes or less and you’ve got a super nutritious lunch or light dinner. Feeds 2 Ingredients 110g cured Spanish-style chorizo, sliced into thick coins 1 tsp olive oil 1 tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 2 – 3 roasted red peppers from a jar, drained and roughly chopped Handful green olives 2 large handfulsContinue reading “Warm Chorizo & Spinach Salad”

Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries

A classic appetizer, but this would also be a fabulous and unexpected dinner party menu. Some really good cold ham, piles of good-quality mini gherkins, a crisp bitter salad and lots of cold Champagne… Quantity-wise, one 4″ wheel will do for six as an appetizer. As a main, it will feed two generously. Ingredients ForContinue reading “Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries”

Cannellini Crostini

Summer flavours can be achieved year-round thanks to this garlicky, lemony bean dip and the sweet, intense flavours of the oven-dried tomatoes. Suitable for vegans, should you happen to have one about. If you haven’t got time to oven-dry tomatoes, a jar of good quality sun-dried tomatoes is a fine alternative. Chop them up prettyContinue reading “Cannellini Crostini”

Apple Porridge

Filling, warm and very good for you – what a great way to start the day! It may seem like a lot of water, but the pectin in the apple really thickens the porridge after a couple minutes of sitting.  Makes 2 big bowls  Ingredients  1 cup rolled porridge oats 2 small apples 3 cupsContinue reading “Apple Porridge”

Tuscan Bread Salad

Traditionally this salad is a great way to use up yesterday’s bread. Particularly in Tuscany, where the bread is unsalted and goes stale in about three minutes, this salad is practically the only use for it. (Sorry, Italians.) That being said, any rustic loaf – fresh or otherwise – is absolutely fine. Feeds 4 asContinue reading “Tuscan Bread Salad”