Category Savoury

CHEESE & COURGETTE SOUFFLÉS

The thing about busy lives lived in cities is… Well, there’s many things I could say about that, but for me, the biggest loss is that of the seasons.  They seem somewhat hollow, like diluted versions of what you might experience if you were surrounded by green spaces.  I try and get out and immerse myself in woods […]

HERBED CHICKEN & POT BARLEY STEW

After recovering from a stomach bug, my suddenly renewed appetite had me craving a stew, but I wanted to stay away from anything too rich and hearty.  So I made this, which manages to have the appeal of both chicken soup and a stew at the same time.  It was light, but satisfying, and with each mouthful of veg I knew I […]

RAW MANGO & TURMERIC PICKLE

Last month, I made a no-cook, fresh turmeric and ginger pickle.  The turmeric I’d brought home from the shop had given me a surprise once I started to peel it, as the flesh revealed wasn’t bright yellow, but a creamy off-white.  At this point I didn’t even know that such a thing as white turmeric existed, and […]

ROASTED CHICKEN LEGS WITH CELERY, ENDIVE & BABY LEEKS; WITH A WHITE WINE JUS AND BALSAMIC SALSA VERDE

This was the first time I’d cooked this meal, but the result was almost exactly how I wanted it to be.  Bar the salsa verde, which, of course, you can make in advance (and I’d recommend that, not just to shave off evening prep time, but also to allow the flavours to get merry) – well, […]

RISOTTO WITH RED PESTO, SUNDRIED TOMATOES AND KALE

I was emailing someone about risotto recipes recently (you know who you are if you’re reading this), and it got me craving a bowl of the good stuff. As I’ve mentioned before, I cook risottos pretty often.  They’re so versatile – I don’t think I could ever get bored of them.  This version works really well, with the […]

ROASTED ENDIVE WITH PARMESAN & CHILLI

We eat a lot of endives in the summer, usually as a salad, with capers and a mustardy dressing.  But for some time now I’ve been wanting to think outside of the raw endive box.  I must have seen a recipe somewhere for cooked endives, because the craving has been growing and growing, until today, when it turned […]

VEG PACKED EGG-FRIED RICE

We eat egg-fried rice quite regularly – it’s easy to throw together, and so tasty!  I tend to pack it full of veg, based on whatever we happen to have in the fridge, but this is my favourite version – the red cabbage gives it a really satisfying texture, and we also find something very […]

QUICK SPRING VEG STEW WITH THYME & PANCETTA

Is a stew really a stew if it’s cooked in under half an hour?  I don’t know the answer to that, but what I do know is we sat down to invitingly steaming bowlfuls filled with sweet spring veg, erring on the side of al dente, all surrounded with a tasty broth and seasoned with crispy pancetta and a little parmesan.  If […]

ROASTED BEETROOT & DOLCELATTE SALAD; FENNEL, CUMIN & CARDAMOM SPICED CARROTS

Roasting carrots with cumin isn’t anything new, but I had to share what we ate last night – wonderfully fresh, sweet carrots spiced with fennel, cumin and just a little cardamom, freshened up with some spring onion and fresh coriander.  We ate them alongside a simple roasted beetroot and Dolcelatte salad.  I’d posted the recipe for […]

PENNE PRIMAVERA WITH DOLCELATTE

I had a bulb of fennel left over from when I’d made the gratin a couple of days ago, so I decided to use it, along with some onion, as the base of this dish.  I cooked them both down until silky and beginning to caramelise, then I added the other vegetables and sautéed gently […]