Heirloom Tomato Salad

Last year during deepest, darkest lockdown I ordered a box of heirloom tomatoes from The Tomato Stall on the Isle of Wight. A far cry from the refrigerated packs of tomatoes available at the supermarket, these have so much flavour and taste of summer. What a revelation. We ate tomatoes in everything for almost anContinue reading “Heirloom Tomato Salad”

Carrots in Parchment

Cooking carrots in parchment gives you the most gorgeous texture. The marriage of roasting and steaming concentrates the sweetness in the carrot while keeping the veg from getting too soft. Plus, the act of ripping open the parchment envelope adds a touch of drama otherwise missing from a standard pot of boiled carrots. Use someContinue reading “Carrots in Parchment”

Charred Courgettes with Feta and Mint

A summery side to go with any BBQ. Try alongside my lamb burgers for something a little different next time you fire up the grill. Feeds 4 Ingredients 4 medium courgettes (zucchini) Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper 1/2 lemon 100g feta cheese 2 heaped tbsp chopped mint Method: Preheat a BBQ or griddleContinue reading “Charred Courgettes with Feta and Mint”

Spicy Tomato and Bean Stew

This stew makes a delicious light lunch or dinner. If you want something a little heartier, add a pan-fried fillet of white fish or chicken. I specify flat beans below, but any green beans with an edible pod will work with this: green beans / French beans, flat beans, runner beans, sugar snap peas –Continue reading “Spicy Tomato and Bean Stew”

Cheesy Potato, Leek and Bacon Gratin

A cosy, warming dish that would be a perfect side with a baked ham or some white fish. It also makes a very satisfying main meal just in itself, though you won’t win many points toward your 5-a-day. (Not that this would stop me.) Slice the potatoes either by hand or using a processor withContinue reading “Cheesy Potato, Leek and Bacon Gratin”

Classic Cornbread

As children we often ate cornbread with chilli. Sweet and sticky, it’s the perfect accompaniment. I eat this just as happily as an adult – after all, there’s nothing like a bit of nostalgia in the kitchen. Satisfying to bake, comforting to eat. A true joy. Feeds 6 – 8 Ingredients 1 cup (166g) fineContinue reading “Classic Cornbread”

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”

Citrus-Roasted Fennel

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”

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

If you think you don’t like brussel sprouts, you are definitely wrong. Roasting brussels turns them into a completely different vegetable. Nutty, sweet and a little crisp, these little beauties are well-placed to convert. To make these, all you need to do is preheat your oven to 425F / 220C / 200C Fan. Cut theContinue reading “Roasted Brussel Sprouts”

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”