The Riverford broad beans were too good to wait…
Not mushroom for breakfast?
I find the biggest obstacle to choosing and eating the right foods for every meal is my inbuilt programming of what a meal ‘should’ be. Working with clients, I have learned that breakfast is the meal people find most difficult to reimagine.
Speedy smoked mackerel paté in gluten free courgette cups
That nibbly time of year is approaching when I find myself missing those little dainty ‘croustades’ that I used to buy and fill with delicious concoctions in the days before I was gluten free. I’ve been wracking my brains for an alternative and realised I could make little containers with slices of courgette. Continue reading
Baked fig with goat’s cheese and thyme
The fig season is upon us and, while I love adding slices of raw fig to a cheese board, they are even more delicious baked in the oven with goat’s cheese. Continue reading
Prosciutto and strawberry canapés
I invited friends for a casual supper last week and found myself at the last minute wishing I’d thought ahead to make some nibbles to get the evening started. Continue reading
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
When the weather is skorchio I love to spend half an hour in the cool of the kitchen before the heat gets going – pottering round and preparing something nice for supper. This morning, I was going to make my tried and tested stuffed peppers recipe when I spotted some prosciutto in the fridge and decided to experiment with a variation on a theme. Continue reading
Halloumi, avocado and strawberry salad
Inspired by a recent visit to Juliet’s (my favourite Tunbridge Wells café) this salad is the perfect accompaniment to grilled or barbecued meats; tonight it is going to sidle up to a grilled lamb chop from Speaight’s butcher. To me, supper doesn’t get any better than this! However, this salad would also make a delicious and nutritious lunch. Hope you like it as much as we did!
Goat’s Cheese and Asparagus Crustless Quiche
To me, May is the most beautiful month; the garden is full of colour and life, summer is still waiting to happen. The new season’s asparagus is an added bonus. You can add it to soups and salads, or simply eat on it’s own with a little butter and black pepper, or a poached egg.
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