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Quick and Easy Courgette Soup (zucchini)

Quick and Easy Courgette Soup (zucchini)

As soup season and courgette’s rarely co-inside I’ve never tried courgette soup.  But faced with a haul of them from a kind friend and the sudden stormy week I’ve been working on a soup which will work now and also keep in the freezer for […]

Lentil Stuffed Peppers with a Lemon Crumb

Lentil Stuffed Peppers with a Lemon Crumb

Pepper season is almost upon us and soon gardeners and markets will be awash with these veggies which are certainly a staple in my home. There’s a special place in my heart for the long pointed variety which have a thinner skin and flesh, making […]

Pea and Broad Bean Risotto

Pea and Broad Bean Risotto

I was lucky enough to pick up a massive bag of broad beans when I was visiting my parents recently. As a kid they were my favourite vegetable and I loved shelling them as much as I did eating them. The velvety pods, trying to […]

White Bean Pate

White Bean Pate

I’m not entirely sure what children ate in the world before houmous. Was there even a world before houmous?!?! Is there a single way of spelling it we can all agree on?!? It’s certainly one of those foods which ends up on the table or […]

Saffron Risotto

Saffron Risotto

One of the most modest yet delicious meals I ever ate was a Saffron Risotto as part of a set meal in Sorrento, Italy. That little plate of bight yellow rice was just exquisite. Packed with flavor, just creamy enough and with no song and […]

Vegetarian Toad-in-the-Hole

Vegetarian Toad-in-the-Hole

Toad-in-the-Hole is such a childhood classic – but I didn’t ever have it has a child! I make it now as a quick Sunday Lunch or family dinner for us now so it’s part of my kids childhood. While we used to have a big […]

Leek and Gruyere Quiche

Leek and Gruyere Quiche

There was a time when quiche was cool (believe it or not) then it went out of favour. t I think it’s high time to bring it back again especially at this time of year. This Leek and Gruyere Quiche is just perfect for catering […]

Asian Slaw

Asian Slaw

I do love a slaw as it can make a simple dish really special – and bump up the vegetable content of your meal to boot. This Asian Slaw is fantastic for serving with a baked tofu burger, some marinated salmon or meats or as […]

Warm Courgette and Mint Salad

Warm Courgette and Mint Salad

This Warm Courgette and Mint Salad is a great way of using up courgettes and it’s such an interesting side dish. It compliments fish so well and is brilliant as part of a buffet as it’s so colourful and a bit different. I like to […]

Basic Hummus

Basic Hummus

I’m not sure what kids party tea and lunchboxes comprised of before hummous or hommous or hummus – however you like to spell it! – was a staple of childhood. There’s no doubt it’s a brilliant go to for the whole family, whether as a […]