Spiced Squash, Lamb and Spinach Phyllo Pie

A great way to use up leftover lamb, this pie is packed full of vegetables, spices and different textures. While the various stages take a little time to complete, none are hard, and the end result is infinitely rewarding. As a bonus, next time you have vegetarian guests to feed, simply omit the lamb forContinue reading “Spiced Squash, Lamb and Spinach Phyllo Pie”

Moroccan Spiced Vegetable Stew

Fresh, fun, and a little surprising, this healthy weeknight dinner is quick to throw together and tastes fantastic. No excuse not to get your 5-a-day! Don’t be tempted to skip the pine nuts – they add necessary texture and nuttiness that makes the whole thing really work. Feeds 4 Ingredients 1 tbsp butter½ tbsp oliveContinue reading “Moroccan Spiced Vegetable Stew”

Shrimp Fried Rice to Jazz Up Your Leftovers

Should you find yourself with a load of leftover cabbage, carrots and peas from your Sunday roast dinner, give this a go for a quick and healthy Monday night supper. The shrimp can easily be replaced (or indeed, augmented) with any leftover meat you may have lying around. You don’t need much of anything –Continue reading “Shrimp Fried Rice to Jazz Up Your Leftovers”

Parsnip and Apple Soup

Garam masala, a prepared spice mix, is available at most grocery stores and gives a gentle spice to this soup. Although not quite curried, it’s warm, sweet, and spicy, and just the thing to take the chill off an evening. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped Salt andContinue reading “Parsnip and Apple Soup”

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 x 400g (14oz) tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 large clove of garlic, mincedContinue 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”