Glorious Grains & Roasted Vegetables – Three Ways

This is one of my regular midweek supper dishes, especially now autumn is here with its cooler evenings and I crave something comforting and warming in the evening once the night has drawn in and the temperature dropped. I’ve taken to using it for three meals as there’s far too much for one. Food shopping […]

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Bulgur with Tomato, Aubergine & Preserved Lemon Yoghurt

This is an Ottolenghi recipe from his book, Simple. Ottolenghi + Simple are not two words I’d normally put together. His recipes often contain very long lists of ingredients and are quite complicated. However, I was completely addicted to his Jerusalem book when it first came out in 2012 and cooked from it endlessly. Some […]

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Freekeh Salad with Aubergine, Feta & Pomegranate

With Nicola & Rachael down from Worcestershire for the weekend to celebrate my birthday, we had a busy day planned for Saturday – which included High Tea at the famous Maids of Honour tea rooms in Kew. With uncertain timings and knowing we’d have more ‘tea’ than I usually do – in fact I don’t […]

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Hummus (again!) with Harissa & Pine Nut Topping

Hummus again! you’re probably thinking if you’re a regular follower of the blog. But yes – I do almost live on it! Or to be more correct, variations of ‘hummus’, made perhaps with butter beans or even roasted veg like beetroot or sweet potato. It’s not so long ago I posted a hummus recipe with Harissa […]

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Quick and Easy Harissa Hummus

I make a version of ‘hummus’ quite often. By this I mean, a basic hummus recipe but not necessarily made with chickpeas but often with butter beans or cannelloni beans instead; even roasted vegetables such as beetroot and squash. Then the other day I was in the National Portrait Gallery café and had a sandwich that had […]

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Polenta with Aubergine, Tomato & Pine Nut Sauce

Writing about the maize for polenta growing in the fertile plains of the Po Valley in Northern Italy in my last post set up a longing for some polenta. Polenta is a relatively new love of mine. My first experiences of it were of glutinous and tasteless lumps that didn’t inspire me to cook it myself. […]

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Freekeh with Courgettes & Fresh Herbs

I never really got my head round quinoa and then the ‘healthy grain excitement’ moved on to freekeh and this ancient Middle Eastern grain became a favourite of the foodie world last year, 2014.  Ottolenghi was ahead of the pack, of course, writing about it in his book Plenty in 2010. The excitement remains strong and freekeh […]

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Aubergine with Chermoula, Bulgar & Yogurt

My son gave me three aubergines. Jonathan is known for giving me foodie things. Some of my best kitchen items are gifts from him: my wonderful Global chef’s knife; a boning knife; my Microplane. When he goes to the local farmers’ market on Saturday morning and negotiates a good deal for multiple chickens – the […]

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Puy Lentils with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Herbs & Balsamic

I know that I’m guilty of sometimes turning my nose up at short cuts, criticising the inglorious stock cube for instance, but sometimes short cuts have their place and really will do as well. I couldn’t buy a box of dried puy lentils one day in the supermarket so settled – rather uncertainly, it has to […]

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Quick Lunch: Butter Bean Dip & Crudites

Now I know I’ve been a bit of a food snob at times in these blog pages, for instance when it comes to tins and jars and stock cubes. But beans on toast, as a light lunch or supper, just isn’t something I ever do. I do, however, do bean dips quite often and really […]

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