Chicory, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad

In festive red and green, this refreshing salad is a welcome change from heavier Christmas fare. The salad dressing makes more than you’ll need for this, but will keep in the fridge for about a week. No excuse not to eat your greens! Feeds 2 as a side or starter, or 1 as a lightContinue reading “Chicory, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad”

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”

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”

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”

Curried Squash Soup

Sweet and spicy and perfect for warming up on a cold day. Leaving the skin on the squash adds a lot of flavour and nutrition – and it’s so much easier than peeling! Take the time to blend thoroughly for a smooth, glossy soup. Makes 6 bowls  Ingredients 1 x 2lb butternut squash, rinsed OliveContinue reading “Curried Squash Soup”

Melon and Prosciutto

The Italian classic. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 1 small ripe cantaloupe 8 slices prosciutto A few small basil leaves Good quality extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Method: Halve the cantaloupe and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Slice into moons and carefully remove the rind. Arrange the slices casually –Continue reading “Melon and Prosciutto”