Refreshing Red Pepper Soup with a Shrimp, Chorizo and Fried Parsley Garnish

A cold summer soup in the right context is refreshing and really wakes up the taste buds. However, in the wrong context a cold soup is jarring and unpleasant. Pick your moment wisely. Serve as a first course on a hot day, in small portions, with this garnish. The hot and cold contrast is justContinue reading “Refreshing Red Pepper Soup with a Shrimp, Chorizo and Fried Parsley Garnish”

Couscous with Sweet Potato, Snap Peas and Mint

The sweet heat from the spiced sweet potato against the cool, refreshing mint and peas is a very summery combination – fantastic alongside some barbequed lamb or sausages. Also great on its own as a healthy lunch. Feeds 4 as a side Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes Olive oilContinue reading “Couscous with Sweet Potato, Snap Peas and Mint”

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”

Vegetable & Noodle Salad with Cashew Satay Sauce

This is a really quick, easy and satisfying salad. Perfect for lunch or dinner, it’s a veg-packed weekday wonder. Feeds 2 Ingredients 1/2 cup cashews  1/4 green cabbage, core removed and cabbage thinly sliced 2 nests medium egg noodles  1 small head broccoli (1/2 if large), cut into florets 1 red pepper, de-seeded and slicedContinue reading “Vegetable & Noodle Salad with Cashew Satay Sauce”

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”

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”

Greek Pasta Salad

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”

Warm Salad of Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pecans, Feta and Dried Cranberries

A Christmassy salad if ever there was one. Feeds 2 as a light lunch Ingredients 500g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved through the stem Olive oil Salt and pepper Handful of pecans Handful dried cranberries 50g feta cheese Method: Roast the Brussels sprouts. Meanwhile, toast the pecans by adding them to a dry frying panContinue reading “Warm Salad of Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pecans, Feta and Dried Cranberries”

Antipasti Salad

A lightly pickled vegetable salad that goes with everything. Eat alongside cold ham, cooked chicken or white fish, or with a big dollop of hummus, some cured meats and a lovely hard Italian cheese. If you can find romanesco cauliflower, it looks beautiful in this salad. But regular cauliflower is just as delicious. The boilingContinue reading “Antipasti Salad”

Cauliflower and Truffle Soup with Parmesan Crisps

I don’t usually go in for cream soups, though there’s actually very little cream in this one and it feeds a lot of people. Either way, this soup is delicious and that’s justification enough. It makes a wonderful starter for a celebration meal, or a cosy lunch after a bracing country walk. Feeds 6 –Continue reading “Cauliflower and Truffle Soup with Parmesan Crisps”