Five Ways with Fresh Herbs

Herbs hold a special magic for me in the kitchen. As a young chef I remember listening to a talk by the amazing Jekka McVicar, the queen of herbs, a guardian of rare herb varieties and an expert on all thing herbal; she...

Posted: 30.05.22 2 Comments

How to eat more knockout delicious veg (and less meat)

I’m not usually a fan of a ‘national day or week’. National mulled wine day on March 4th anyone? And I’m always torn between celebrating national carrot cake day (3rd Feb) and international carrot cake day (4th...

Posted: 12.05.22 8 Comments

Four colours of portable picnic dips

Each of these easy dips use tinned pulses as a base. They all follow the same formula: once you get the hang of the ratios, you can experiment and try different flavour combinations. They each follow the same basic...

Posted: 11.05.22 4 Comments

Spiced and herbed puy lentil salad 

A salad that travels well and is more than a sum of its parts. Rice, quinoa or normal couscous can be used in place of the giant couscous if you like. Prep 20 min Cook 40 min Serves 4 100g raisins or currants 4...

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Toasted cashew and coconut greens noodle salad

Serves 4 200g rice noodles (I use brown rice) A few large handfuls mixed greens (Swiss chard, kale, spinach) 150g sugar snaps For the dressing 2 tbsp tamari or soy 2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp brown...

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Brown butter roast potatoes

These have quickly become my desert island potato. And, coming from a potato enthusiast of Irish heritage, that says a lot. Serves 4-6, as a side 1kg new potatoes, scrubbed clean 4 bay leaves, or a few sprigs...

Posted: 04.05.22 0 Comments

Warm Jersey Royals with white miso

After I made this salad, leftover miso mayo made its way into sandwiches and salads for the rest of the week. Be sure to crush the potatoes a little and dress them in some of the dressing while they are still warm, so...

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Asparagus and greens frittata

Frittatas are one of the dishes that often get thrown together with leftovers in my house. This one, though, was more deliberate, and worthy of a meal and a shopping trip in itself. I love frittatas but I don’t always...

Posted: 20.04.22 0 Comments

Asparagus salad with breadcrumbs and yoghurt

The spears have a pleasing crunch tempered by a quick bath in some lemon juice. SERVES 4 50g breadcrumbs Olive oil 2 x 400g bunches asparagus 1 unwaxed lemon, zested and juiced Salt and black pepper 25g...

Posted: 13.04.22 0 Comments

Mustard-and-orange-dressed spring salad

Baby leeks, purple sprouting broccoli and broad beans would work well in this warm traybake salad, too. Serves 4 4 eggs 250g asparagus, woody ends snapped off 1 bunch spring onions 150g radishes, halved and...

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