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

Leeks baked with chorizo and tomato

Leeks, to me, are one of the most underrated vegetables. They are full of valuable prebiotic fibre and oestrogen detoxing sulphur and, cooked well, they become velvety and unctuous, complementing both meat and fish. The recipe below works well with any robust fish or seafood, it’s delicious with chicken or lamb, and even makes a great pasta sauce. (Black bean spaghetti is my new guilty pleasure!)

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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!

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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

Oliver Twist Broad Beans

Not everyone likes them, in fact a lot of people don’t, as I was reminded on Saturday evening when I served a large dish of fresh broad beans at supper with friends. Whoops!

My long-standing friend with a long-standing dislike of the most unloved bean was polite enough to try them – and then ask for more! I decided it was a recipe that needed sharing, being not only delicious but also very simple. Continue reading