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”

Haddock with Capers, Lemon & Rocket

The capers, potato and flaky white fish make this simple and elegant meal almost evocative of fish and chips, but at a fraction of the calories. This makes a perfect lunch or light dinner, and you will be thrilled at how easy it is to throw together. Feeds 2 Ingredients 400g baby potatoes 2 haddockContinue reading “Haddock with Capers, Lemon & Rocket”

Mini Chicken, Bacon, Leek & Chestnut Pies

These pies just say Christmas! Big enough to be generous, but small enough for a party snack, if I saw a plate of these beauties any time over the festive period, I would instantly know I was welcome. If homemade shortcrust pastry isn’t your thing, you can buy pre-made shortcrust pastry in most grocery stores.Continue reading “Mini Chicken, Bacon, Leek & Chestnut Pies”

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”

Ham and Gruyère Quiche

Ham and Gruyère is a particularly Christmassy combination. It would be great with a festive salad for a brunch around the Christmas period. Big Christmas gatherings necessitate lots of food, so I am more than happy to pull out my Grandmother’s beautiful – and enormous – quiche dish (Portmeirion c. 1972). She never did portionsContinue reading “Ham and Gruyère Quiche”

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”

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”