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”

Moroccan Meatballs

This really delivers on flavour and it’s packed full of vegetables! I would make this for a casual dinner party (see Make Ahead tip below) but it’s also simple enough to cook on a weeknight. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients – you probably have most of it already. Serves 4 –Continue reading “Moroccan Meatballs”

Veg & Noodle Stir-Fry with Maple Hoisin Salmon

Despite appearances, this stir-fry recipe is very quick to make and dispenses with a lot of the usual chopping required. Once prepared, the meal is cooked in 8 minutes – and it doesn’t take much longer than that to get organised. Please don’t be put off by the long instructions; they are there to help!Continue reading “Veg & Noodle Stir-Fry with Maple Hoisin Salmon”

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

A super-fast, easy soup. Jarred peppers are already cooked and peeled, giving you great flavour for zero effort. This soup is quick enough to whip up for lunch on a workday, but it’s elegant enough that I’d serve it as a first course for a dinner party. It can also be chilled down and servedContinue reading “Roasted Red Pepper Soup”

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

If you’re lucky enough to grow your own tomatoes, or you just happen to have a bunch of tomatoes lying around, this is a fantastic way to use them up. Use in pastas, bruschettas or as part of an antipasti platter. To make these, halve a bunch of cherry tomatoes and place in a bakingContinue reading “Oven-Dried Tomatoes”

French Toast with Blueberry Syrup

For those slower mornings. Use any bread you have lying around – whole wheat bread is good, particularly with the not-too-sweet syrup. Feeds 2 For the blueberry syrup: Combine 200g blueberries, 2 tbsp brown sugar and 2 tbsp water in a saucepan. Add a small splash of maple syrup if you like. Bring to aContinue reading “French Toast with Blueberry Syrup”

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw

You may be thinking: a yogurt dressing, whole wheat buns and oven baked sweet potato fries – why even bother!? But trust me, this is as satisfying as the calorie-laden originals, only way, way lighter. Give it a go and thank me later. Serves 4 For the chicken sandwiches: 4 cups of cooked, cold shreddedContinue reading “BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw”

Romanesco

Romanesco is an old species of vegetable, somewhere between cauliflower and broccoli in taste. Think of it as the heirloom tomato of the Brassica family. A real life expression of the Fibonacci pattern, its beauty and detail are truly spectacular. Does anyone else get this excited about a vegetable? The best way to eat thisContinue reading “Romanesco”

Beer Braised Shepherd’s Pie

Mushrooms and ale give this pie a really deep flavour. The ale lends a slightly bitter edge, mellowed by cooking and the sharp cheddar cheese. The end result is deeply comforting and about as British as it gets. Serves 6 Ingredients Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 ½ cups finely diced onion 1 cup finelyContinue reading “Beer Braised Shepherd’s Pie”

Curried Squash Soup

Sweet and spicy and perfect for warming up on a cold day. Leaving the skin on the squash adds a lot of flavour and nutrition – and it’s so much easier than peeling! Take the time to blend thoroughly for a smooth, glossy soup. Makes 6 bowls  Ingredients 1 x 2lb butternut squash, rinsed OliveContinue reading “Curried Squash Soup”