I’ve just finished planning a party. All completely academic, you understand, but exciting nonetheless. I have identified 12 of my favourite people, mentally rented tables, chairs and lanterns and set up the antipasti grazing table (prosciutto, salami, olives, sliced manchego and chunked parmesan, slices of ripe melon, brined artichokes, crusty bread and really good oliveContinue reading “I’ve just finished planning a party.”
Fantastic with barbequed meats, or on its own as a packed lunch. You’ll need to dig out the biggest bowl you have – this makes a lot! Feeds at least 4 as a main, 8 as a side Ingredients 500g fusilli pasta Salt 2 bell peppers, de-seeded and chopped 1 whole cucumber, halved lengthwise, seedsContinue reading “Greek Pasta Salad”
I am comfortable going ahead with this ridiculously immodest title because this isn’t my recipe; it’s my husband’s, gratefully gained from a friend of his who, I’m sure, got it from someone else (not to impugn this friend’s fine cooking abilities and repertoire). But it really is the perfect scrambled egg. Rich, creamy and silky,Continue reading “Perfect Scrambled Eggs”
An unexpected combination that will really wake up the taste buds. The fennel takes on a bit of sour sweetness from the grapefruit, and the pulpy flesh of the fruit becomes jammy and sweet. In familiar company you can cut each grapefruit slice in half and suck out the fruit. (Does anyone find themselves inContinue reading “Citrus-Roasted Fennel”
The capers, potato and flaky white fish make this simple and elegant meal almost evocative of fish and chips, but at a fraction of the calories. This makes a perfect lunch or light dinner, and you will be thrilled at how easy it is to throw together. Feeds 2 Ingredients 400g baby potatoes 2 haddockContinue reading “Haddock with Capers, Lemon & Rocket”
Stir-fried broccoli and water chestnuts are pretty much the reasons why I love a stir-fry. Paired with steak, oyster sauce and ginger, the end result is intensely savoury and satisfying. Ingredients For the sauce: 1 dessert spoon of oyster sauce 1 – 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp honey 1/4 tsp ground ginger (or grateContinue reading “Beef & Broccoli”
When I’m trying to cut calories and eat as healthily as possible, I need lots of warm, comforting food to stave off any feelings of deprivation (or desperation). This really delivers. Hot, bubbly, full of vegetables, and ready in about an hour. I don’t claim any particular credentials in nutritional science, but I reckon halfContinue reading “Zucchini Parmigiana”
Fennel and peppers are the real stars here, making appearances in their various forms. The end result is subtle, sweet and fresh. You can eat the roasted lemon, too. Feeds 2 Ingredients 1 bulb of fennel, halved, core removed, then sliced 2 red peppers, de-seeded and cut into thick slices Two fist-sized potatoes, peeled andContinue reading “Salmon, Fennel & Pepper Traybake”
This time of year I find myself desperate for some light, nutritious and low-calorie foods. Not out of guilt or obligation – though I do feel I could benefit from some minor restraint – but because at this stage I am genuinely sick of heavy food. I’ve had enough. (Doesn’t help that Tom and IContinue reading “January Reset”
The few days in the run-up to New Year’s are usually a time for reflection. This year, I’m using this time to look forward. Looking forward to a few lighter meals, to entertaining again, to seeing friends and family, to unrestricted long lunches in pubs, and to generally a bit more certainty. Like lots ofContinue reading “Happy New Year!”
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