I always used to love apple sauce with a roast dinner but these days I find it a bit boring when it’s apple and nothing else. Last night I was struggling to think of something to liven up some organic pork and invented a more interesting (IMHO) version that contains three of the best gut-friendly foods on the planet – four, if you count the prebiotic impact of extra virgin olive oil. It’s also incredibly simple and can be made in 10 minutes flat. This is a vegetable dish in it’s own right – not just a condiment.Continue reading
Category: Chicken, turkey and duck
Easy Chicken Tagine
This is a recipe I make all the time but always forget to photograph. It’s incredibly quick and impressively tasty. I remembered my camera today so I can finally share it. This is definitely a dish that takes minimum effort and delivers maximum impact; it’s also endlessly versatile, depending on what’s in the fridge. Continue reading
Duck, walnut and pomegranate salad
I’ve been a Riverford customer for ever, or so it seems. My account tells me I’ve ordered from them 273 times (22.75 years of weekly orders) which means I placed my first order shortly after my diagnosis of breast cancer. They’ve been an important part of my drive to stay healthy: never more so than the way they’ve managed to keep all their customers supplied with fresh vegetables during the coronavirus lockdown. This weekend they added some Easter roasting joints to their website and I chose an organic duck. With only two of us for lunch on Easter Day, I ended up with much more meat than we could eat so I will be using it in various creative ways over the next few days. Tonight’s dinner was delicious!
Cauliflower, lentil and halloumi salad
This was one of those accidental salads that worked so well I felt duty bound to write it down and share it with you. Therefore, apologies for the photo because, as so often happens, it wasn’t until it was half-eaten that I realised how good it was! Continue reading
Warm Salads: the easy way to ten-a-day
You can’t have missed last week’s headlines announcing that the five a day target needs to double. The New York Times led with ‘You’re going to need a bigger bowl‘.
The study found that up to 600g per person per day of vegetables leads to a reduced cancer risk and that 8oog reduced all cause mortality. Apples and pears, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, cruciferous veg and salads were all found to be helpful, with a particular emphasis on green-yellow vegetables and crucifers for cancer risk.
I know many readers greeted the news with dismay. It can be hard to meet those targets. Continue reading
Power Paté : Organic Chicken Liver
Paté makes a perfect low carb high fat snack. When it comes to superfoods, liver is very near the top of the list providing way more nutrients per gram than the fruits and vegetables which often hog the limelight. Continue reading
Power salad of chicken livers and sherry with orange and fresh mint
I’ve cooked this warm salad several times now and it gets rave reviews, it makes a great starter or a light lunch. Even if you think you don’t like liver, chicken livers are mild tasting and full of good fats for brain and liver function. Continue reading
Foolproof Christmas dinner
Some of you may remember a very stressed blog post a couple of years ago as I struggled to make Christmas Dinner for 12 without the benefit of sleep for the previous 72 hours. It wasn’t pretty and I vowed never to put myself through that again. Continue reading
Roasted chicken breast with creamy butternut squash and chilli
I’m always on the lookout for simple ‘one-pot’ suppers that can be assembled in no time at all, bunged in the oven and served with a simple salad or a side serving of steamed greens. To fit the bill the recipe needs to be warming, spicy and delicious too. This is the perfect example – works for one and scale for a family. Just delicious!
Imperial chicken pot roast
We realised at the last minute on Sunday that we had a magical ‘free’ day. We decided to make the most of it and whizz up to the Imperial War Museum: one of those things we’ve meant to visit and never got round to. Time for a quick and easy dinner that I could stick in the oven and forget about for a few hours. Continue reading