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”

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”