Linguine with Truffle and Mushrooms

This is a sexy pasta. Layers of flavour, fabulous textures and a hint of luxury – properly grown-up comfort. Feeds 2 Ingredients 2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs Olive oil 20g butter 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper 200g mushrooms, sliced 2 slices prosciutto 200g dried linguine Parmesan Truffle oil Method: To make the pangrattato, heatContinue reading “Linguine with Truffle and Mushrooms”

Orange Ice Cream

Like a grown-up version of an orange creamsicle. The alcohol and freshly squeezed clementine juice give it the perfect ice cream texture – no churning required. Ingredients 300ml double cream200g (approx.) sweetened condensed milk (half a 397g tin)2 dessert spoons of CointreauZest and juice of 2 clementines Method: Add the ingredients to a large bowlContinue reading “Orange Ice Cream”

Lentil, Beetroot & Feta Salad

A warm salad of lentils, beetroot, and salty feta with a sprightly sprinkle of mint. Makes a lovely lunch or side dish. If pressed for time, you can substitute a couple tins of cooked lentils (drained and rinsed) and a couple packs of pre-cooked and peeled beetroot (not the pickled stuff). It won’t be quite asContinue reading “Lentil, Beetroot & Feta Salad”

Rhubarb Fool

Lovely for breakfast or as a light dessert, this is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to eat rhubarb. Go for forced rhubarb, if you can, for the hot pink hue. Feeds 4 Ingredients 400g rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces 75g sugar (about half a cup) 400g thick Greek yogurt (plain,Continue reading “Rhubarb Fool”

An Ode to the Pub

I believe, and have believed for some time now, that there are only two things I need to enjoy a pub: I must feel welcome, and I must feel anonymous. Allow me to explain. The best pubs are the ones where you walk in the door and see a roaring fire. It’s warm and inviting.Continue reading “An Ode to the Pub”

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

Fresh, vibrant and a bit unexpected, this is a dream winter salad. Before you make this, do ensure the avocado is ripe and the grapefruit is sweet. Otherwise, it won’t really work. Feeds 2 Ingredients 1 small head of lettuce, washed, dried and torn into pieces 1 large red grapefruit, segmented (see instructions below) 1Continue reading “Grapefruit and Avocado Salad”

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Easy to make, and really hits the spot. Perfect if you fancy something a bit junky but still want to stay on track. Because despite its crispy credentials, this is lighter than it looks! Serve with oven-baked sweet potato fries for a healthier pub meal at home. Feeds 2 Ingredients 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighsContinue reading “Crispy Chicken Sandwich”

Celebrating Cabbage

Cabbage may be deeply unfashionable, but I’m rooting for a comeback. It’s often the cheapest thing going in the produce aisle, they last forever in the fridge, are low calorie, full of vitamins, quick to prepare and extremely versatile. I started cooking with cabbage because one arrived in my vegetable box delivery at least onceContinue reading “Celebrating Cabbage”

Gardener’s Pie

I’ve written a recipe for shepherd’s pie before, but this pie, so-named for its vegetable-reliant ingredients, is a sensation. While not strictly vegetarian (due to the inclusion of Worcestershire sauce), this vegetable-based take on a shepherd’s pie is a really delicious, healthy swap. Comfort and warmth delivered in a very nutritious, low-calorie package.  Feeds 2-4, dependingContinue reading “Gardener’s Pie”

Silky Squash Pasta with Pangrattato

Pangrattato – or pangritata, depending on who you ask – is crisp, garlicky breadcrumbs shaken over the finished pasta, providing fantastic texture and contrast to the creamy sauce. Originally intended as the “poor man’s parmesan”, pangrattato is no compromise. It’s my new favourite pasta accessory. Feeds 4 Ingredients 1 butternut squash Olive oil Salt andContinue reading “Silky Squash Pasta with Pangrattato”