Parsnip And Pear Soup With Crispy Sage And Brown Butter

The humble parsnip, in all its creamy-white glory, benefits immensely from being cooked with something naturally sweet. I think of parsnips roasted with honey, yes please! Parsnips grated and baked into a cake, sure why not? Even this parsnip soup benefits from a little sweet kick. This addition of a natural sweetener to parsnips makes…

Baked Rhubarb With Orange And Cloves

Although rhubarb is readily available through autumn it’s often not till early winter that I get round to baking my first tray. I keep it on hand in the fridge mainly to eat with breakfast, be it with porridge, yoghurt, or muesli.┬áBut it would be a crime against rhubarb to stop there. It’s such an…

Roasted Brussel Sprout And Chickpea Salad With Garlic Yoghurt

  A dear friends Aunty who I lived with for six months in Brighton, the UK, (20 odd years ago now), would steam her brussels for hours on end. On a Sunday morning (it was always a Sunday) she would begin the day by steaming the vegetables for the evening meal (gulp). The poor overcooked…

Kale And Pickled Carrot Slaw With Green Tahini

I have about half a dozen fantastic salads I’ve been eating over the summer that have all been on high rotation. There’s barely been a sandwich in sight! And why not? Salads have become the staple that make me happy. They lessen the guilt of chocolate… cheese… and wine…┬áThe simpler the salad the better. Like…

Creamy Black Rice With Ginger, Coconut And Mango

I wouldn’t for a minute want you to think that this is a breakfast dish I eat regularly. It’s not. Most mornings it’s homemade muesli with yoghurt and fruit, or my latest obsession a green smoothie with chia seeds. But every now and then, when time and circumstances permit, I turn to this slightly exotic,…

Turmeric Potato Salad With Red Quinoa And Yoghurt

This is far from the conventional mayonnaise based potato salad that most people have in their repertoire. This little beauty uses fresh turmeric added to the potatoes before boiling so the colour leaches out and stains the potatoes a vibrant yellow. It’s flavoured with coriander seeds, cumin seeds and nigella seeds, which are all roasted…

Zucchini, Tuna And Borlotti Bean Salad With Chilli And Lemon

Not even I can deny the convenience of opening a can of pulses, rinsing them under water, and having them ready to use. It’s what I call fast food. The type we should all be eating. Whether it’s Borlotti beans, cannellini beans or chickpeas (which by the way, the later two make a great substitute…

Medjool Date And Cranberry Balls With Chia And Macadamia

Truth be known – I adore Medjool dates, and think they are fabulous simply eaten as is. Their soft, sweet, distinct caramel flavour, can’t be beat. But you take that flavour and add it with other goodies like chia seeds, spices, coconut, and nuts and you get date balls. They are my latest obsession, and…

Roast Pumpkin, Black Bean and Halloumi Fritters

  Most of you would be familiar with the combination of roasted pumpkin and halloumi cheese, you’ve probably seen it on numerous cafe menus. But did you know how brilliantly these two ingredients combine with black beans for a vegetarian fritter out of this world? I have this thing with black beans at the moment…

Cardamom and ginger poached pears

I’m fussy about poaching pears. You have to be. For a perfect poached pear there are rules to follow: I can think of seven. Don’t go for heavily sugared poaching syrups – these must be avoided at all costs. Water enhanced with a little sugar, spice or citrus is just right and allows the natural…