I’m guilty of eating a little too much meat sometimes and when I want to lighten up mealtimes I always find beans make a nutritious, cheap and versatile option. This recipe is really quick to prepare and the trusty food processor does most of the work for you – hurrah!
Frittata’s are my go to quick meal, simple to make and great hot or cold. Even better, my baby loves them too (though I do a version of this recipe without the added sea salt for her). (more…)
In the summer I love sitting outside with an ice cold glass of cider, although I have to admit that overindulging in the past it has given me some of the most evil hangovers imaginable. Serves me right really.
Just typing up this recipe brings back memories of how good it tasted! Sage and pork are match made in heaven, and the roasted butternut squash is wonderfully sweet with a comfortingly soft texture. You just pop everything in the oven and return 30mins later to the most beautiful combination of flavours.
In January I usually cut back on rich dishes and drink a bit less. I certainly don’t embark on any crazy diets – not a chance! Food-wise, in colder months, soup is where it’s at for me. I tend to cook up a big batch that I can keep in the fridge to see me through a few lunches and dinners.
My seasonal favourite this month is Purple Sprouting Broccoli, and I’ve been merrily scoffing it in a wide variety of dishes recently from a cashew nut and sesame soba noodle stir fry to serving it lightly steamed with a grilled salmon and a lime butter dressing. Next on my list is this Chargrilled fillet steak with smoked chilli butter, mushrooms and PSB recipe from Paul Rankin – it sounds totally delicious!
I’m all about simple cooking at the moment – tasty, satisfying recipes with minimal ingredients that make use of seasonal produce.
This is my twist on potato rosti, making use of one of my favorite root vegetables: the good old parnsip.
All photographs copyright © Heather Wilkinson 2012
I was supposed to put up this post last week, but sadly it got eaten before I had time to photograph it (a good sign I think!) and I ended up having to make it again.
I think I must have cooked almost all the recipes from John Gregory-Smith’s Mighty Spice book when I purchased it a few months ago. It really is a fantastic book, full of simple, honest, flavour-packed recipes – the type of food I could pretty much eat every day. I really enjoyed the introduction where John talks about the impact travel has had on his life and how it has influenced his cooking.
For me, there were definitely a couple of standout recipes: Falafel Burgers with a Yogurt and Tahini Dip and the Bulgur Wheat Salad, (shown in the above pictures.) I’d never actually tried bulgur wheat before making this recipe, and I was pleasantly surprised by how simple it was to make – very similar to cous cous. I have to say that I did add make a couple of my own amendments of to the recipe: lemon zest and a huge handful of fresh mint.
I also made the mango, orange and nutmeg cheesecake. Sadly, this wasn’t very successful, hence I haven’t posted a picture. It wasn’t much of a looker, especially after I dropped it on the worktop while trying to get it out of the tin (whoops). It was supposed to have a delicate mango drizzle on the top of it, but I totally fudged it up and it ended up like mango mush that made the cheesecake a bit wet and sloppy. Not nice.
Anyway, I loved the book and I’m looking forward cooking many more meals from it. With any luck the weather will warm up here in the UK and we’ll be able to eat outside – yeah right, who am I kidding…
You can find a link to the book here.