Summer Greens Side

As promised, I’ve team up with Jo Randell from Perfect Friday Wine to deliver another smashing wine and food combination, and this time it’s a perfect recipe to whip up as a side to some spectacular piece of grilled meat or fish, or as a simple lunch time treat. Using the asparagus that’s now in…

Green Lentil Dhal

When you make and eat food like this, you realise why the western world is getting fatter and hungrier. Dhals are ugly, they’re really easy and cheap to make and they are nutritious and filling. Not much room for profit here is there? When you consider the holy trinity of sugar, fat and salt that…

Healthy and Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

It gets harder to be enthusiastic about salads when the weather turns. Fresh, raw vegetables suddenly don’t seem as appetising or satisfying when there’s a chill in the air. But don’t let a craving for comfort food be an excuse not to eat healthy, nutritious food. This chicken soup is an old favourite from a…

Tabouleh

When I make Maria Elia’s spiced chicken, I serve it with pita or naan, fresh from a kebab shop if I can, hummus – sometimes homemade, and tabouleh – always home made. I’ve never had good take-away tabouleh and I think it’s because it sits too long in the juices and becomes soggy. I posted this…

Ratatouille

Joël Robuchon believes that ratatouille is best when you cook each vegetable separately, so that ‘each will taste truly of itself’. While that theory might work wonders for a man who gets paid to cook rataouille, it doesn’t go down so well with the likes of busy people like me and most other working adults….

Baked Chicken and Lentils

With such simple ingredients and so many lentils, I suspected this recipe would be a little bland. But I am pleased to announced that it was not in the slightest bit. The aroma of thyme, wine and garlic coming from the oven was heavenly and the taste was hearty and flavoursome without being at all…

Talking about tomatoes…

OK, so we’ve established that when I’m anxious I blog. Today is no exception. I have just found out that my troubles with schooling is not over. Earlier this year, when we moved, I had to fight to get my kids into my local school. Fortunately I won, but it was an extremely stressful time…

Creamy Lentils and Spinach

This recipe appears as the topping on puff pastry galettes in Ottolenghi‘s recipe book. But as you can guess, I’m always looking for ways to cut out the calories and keep in the flavour. I think I have succeeded here because this dish is spectacular without the galettes. The creaminess of the Greek Yoghurt (full…

Salmon, asparagus and the fruits of laziness

Just showing off what we ate for dinner tonight really. It worked out better than I had planned, or rather didn’t plan. I have been salivating over the cover of the latest Sainsbury’s Magazine which shows a delicious looking meal of some salmon and asparagus. I’m so lazy that I haven’t been bothered to pick…

Paleo Chicken Salad

A while ago I posted a recipe I love. It’s an Asian flavoured chicken and noodle salad. I want to re-post this recipe, but without the noodles, to show how easy it is to remove the grain component of a recipe, without losing flavour or appeal. We eat a huge bowlful of this salad for…