Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

I have lots of ideas for using up leftover roast chicken, but now the weather has cooled and I’m in full-on soup mode, it’s chicken noodle soup for me, all the way. Even if all you have leftover is the carcass with nary a morsel of meat left on the bones, you still have whatContinue reading “Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup”

Speedy Spanish Stew

A healthy weeknight dinner to the rescue. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 110g cured chorizo, casings removed and chorizo chopped into small cubes Small drizzle of olive oil 2 medium onions, diced Salt and pepper 4 large cloves of garlic, minced 2 bay leaves 56oz tinned chopped tomatoes 2 x 400g tins of butter beans,Continue reading “Speedy Spanish Stew”

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”

Cannellini Bean Dip with Crispy Chorizo

The contrast between the hot, crisp chorizo and the smooth, lemony dip is delicious. Perfect for a warm evening with friends. If you’re feeding vegetarians, my cannellini crostini is an easily adaptable alternative. Feeds 4 as a nibble Ingredients 1 tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 large clove of garlic, minced 1 tbsp oliveContinue reading “Cannellini Bean Dip with Crispy Chorizo”

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”

Chicken, Chorizo & Swiss Chard Phyllo Bundles with an Avocado and Tomato Salsa

A lovely light dinner or exciting first course, these crispy bundles really deliver on taste and texture. If serving these as a first course, divide the filling into 6 and use one sheet of pastry per person for 6 bundles, using unchanged quantities of everything else. If you haven’t got any cooked chicken to hand,Continue reading “Chicken, Chorizo & Swiss Chard Phyllo Bundles with an Avocado and Tomato Salsa”

Oven-Baked Falafel with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

A lighter, make-at-home version of the classic Middle Eastern street food. Whip this up on a weeknight, or save and make for a party snack. Either way, you’ll have some pretty excited eaters on your hands. The suggested accompaniments may seem like a strange combination, but they really work together so please give it aContinue reading “Oven-Baked Falafel with Tahini Yogurt 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”

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”