Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Salad

Skinny Smoked Salmon Salad

Skinny Smoked Salmon Salad

I don’t know if you can relate, but I have to wear a bathing suit in a few short months. It’s bad enough that my skin is winter-pale and scaly but having a few kilograms extra of it laying about isn’t helping. I have 3 months until this body hits the beach and so I’ve started making small, but consistently better food choices and I’m hoping that with my new salad regime there’ll be a little bit less of me to offend the other holiday-makers.

As soon I decide that it’s time to cut-down on the pork scratchings and lunch-time …

Avocado & Baby Gems with Honey-Mustard Dressing

Avocado & Baby Gems with Honey-Mustard Dressing

I stole the idea for this dish from a restaurant in Notting Hill called Pizza East. A fairly amazing establishment, and not just because I saw Mark Strong there. They serve up pizzas and delicious cured meats but it was their vegetarian offerings that I became acquainted with. I was blown away by the quality of each dish, there were fried battons of polenta, pomegranates, purees and an assortment of complex meat-free arrangements but the stand-out plate was the simplest of all, some leaves and avocado drizzled with a vinaigrette.

I like to serve mine up with a sweet …

Warm Halloumi Salad

Warm Halloumi Salad

I found this recipe in the Waitrose magazine of all places. Created by grain & gluten-free bloggers Hemsley & Hemsley, this salad combines a few of my favourite things, one of those being halloumi cheese. Wilted lettuce is another feature that doesn’t get much press but is truly a sensation. Once you can get over your preconceived notions of how lettuce should be eaten, you’ll be throwing lettuce into your stir fries and including it as a warm side in no time.

I love that this salad is warm. I love that most of the ingredients will probably already …

Summery Sides

I know it won’t last, but in this heat, getting dinner ready in the hottest part of the day can be a nightmare of sweat and cursing. Well it is my house. In summer, salads rule, and if you’re brave enough to turn on the hob, maybe a piece of meat to go with. Nothing fussy, with as little heat generated possible.

Here are some side dishes that are simple and yet super delicious. The bean salad is a favourite passed down from mum and the pea and mint salad is happy discovery from when a friend came to dinner. …

Healthier Alternative to Buffalo Wings

When private health care provider Ramsay Health invited me to take part in their fast-food alternative campaign in the hope to encourage people to be more mindful of the food they’re eating, I couldn’t really say no. By developing alternatives to some of the nation’s favourite fast food options, the folks at Ramsay hope to make weight management and healthy lifestyles more achievable and enjoyable. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

My contribution is a home-made alternative to that bar-snack favourite, Buffalo Wings. Typically you’d find the wings for this recipe deep fried, served with fries, creamy coleslaw, lashings …

Caesar Salad

There was a time that I played cook in a cafe we used to own and run. It was called On a Roll. I didn’t like it much. The mornings were very early, usually before sunrise, and the work was repetitive, lots of shredding chicken, lettuce, tomatoes etc for the sandwich bar, roasting joints of beef, making muffins, bagels and pastries and breakfast fry-ups for early birds. I was only 21 at the time and our 2nd chef had just left, leaving us with a business to run but no one to staff the kitchen. I don’t know how or …

Pea Shoots and Paris

Pea Shoots and Paris

As you know I recently had a friend from Australia visit me here in the UK. She spent a few days in the area with her partner, but mostly came to spend time with me and the boys. We met when I was pregnant with KT and have been friends ever since – that’s coming on 10 years now. The last night of their stay, L and JJ came over for a home-made dinner. It was hard to know what to make, as I didn’t want to spend more time in the kitchen than necessary and they’d be gormandising in …

Creamy raw broccoli and roasted nut salad

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It’s salad mayhem here. This will be the last one for the season. I promise. This raw broccoli salad is the jewel in the crown. The first time I tried it was at my turkey-carving masterclass at Copas Turkeys last year. They had put on a lunch for the visitors and this was one of the salads on offer. It’s been 6 months – and finally I got my hands on Brenda Copas’ raw broccoli salad. It’s similar to a popular American recipe that features bacon and raisins and fried lardons was an option for this dish but I left …

Date, toasted almond and spinach salad

I don’t know if it’s my impending beach holiday or the heat, but I’ve been eating lots of salads lately. Who am I kidding, I eat salad everyday because if I didn’t then I don’t know what. This is the first of a few salad recipes that I’ll be throwing at you in the lead up to my hiatus in August and the last of the recipes that I made for my exotic middle eastern luncheon. Another Ottolenghi masterpiece, this salad has already entered legendary status in the combined family repertoire. It features prominently at family gatherings and is …