A Fresh and Colourful Date Night Dinner

A fresh and delicious menu for two. And though I thoroughly endorse this meal as a perfect date night, it would also work really well for four, with hardly any more work to double up. Menu Broad Bean Bruschetta Chicken Parmigiana with a Rocket Salad Chocolate Semifreddo The broad bean bruschetta is a slightly adaptedContinue reading “A Fresh and Colourful Date Night Dinner”

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”

Bar Nuts

The perfect snack for watching the game. Smokey, spicy and intensely savoury, these nuts are just the thing with a cold beer, or three. Ingredients: 4 cups raw, unsalted mixed nuts – I like walnuts, cashews, pecans and macadamias1/4 cup brown sugar3/4 tbsp sweet smoked paprika1/2 tsp cayenne1/4 tsp cinnamon1 tbsp flaked sea salt suchContinue reading “Bar Nuts”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Gardener’s Pie

I’ve written a recipe for shepherd’s pie before, but this pie, so-named for its vegetable-reliant ingredients, is a sensation. While not strictly vegetarian (due to the inclusion of Worcestershire sauce), this vegetable-based take on a shepherd’s pie is a really delicious, healthy swap. Comfort and warmth delivered in a very nutritious, low-calorie package.  Feeds 2-4, dependingContinue reading “Gardener’s Pie”

Silky Squash Pasta with Pangrattato

Pangrattato is the crisp, garlicky breadcrumbs shaken over a finished plate of pasta, providing fantastic texture and contrast to the creamy sauce. Originally intended as the “poor man’s parmesan”, pangrattato is no compromise. It’s my new favourite pasta accessory. Feeds 4 Ingredients 1 butternut squash Olive oil Salt and pepper 2 slices stale bread (anyContinue reading “Silky Squash Pasta with Pangrattato”