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Tomato, goats cheese, and basil tartlets

Tomato, goats cheese, and basil tartlets

Let me start by saying these might be the easiest things in the world to make. They take about 20 mins to prepare and 20 mins in the oven – leaving you the rest of the hour to put your feet up and scoff them. I made them for my boyfriend and his two best...
Beetroot Hummous

Beetroot Hummous

Guest post from the amazing Clare of the Little Bear Cakery! I have an amazing local greengrocer. There’s nothing I love more on a Saturday morning than browsing the shelves of delicious fresh produce. Every time I go I seem to find something new and this week’s discovery was individual fresh beetroot that they have...
Curried lentil soup

Curried lentil soup

Curried lentil – or mulligatawny – soup is my favourite soup ever. I make a huge vat of soup every Sunday night to eat throughout the week and this one is just the best. It’s rich, spicy, and super filling, especially if you serve it with rice, which is traditional. Mulligatawny is usually a chicken...
Butternut squash and ginger soup

Butternut squash and ginger soup

Soup season is upon us! I’m a big fan of using butternut squash – it makes a wonderfully smooth soup. Butternut squash and ginger soupĀ is a lovely warming soup and it’s beautifully vibrant. For 8-10 servings, you need: 2 butternut squashes a large onion at least a litre and a half of vegetable stock 1...
Tomato tart

Tomato tart

This is one of the easiest but tastiest tarts I’ve ever made. It’s based vaguely on a recipe that my boyfriend’s mum cut out of a magazine many years ago, but I’ve no idea which one! It’s perfect to rustle up for guests as you can make it in advance and reheat it before serving....
Mexican Seven Layer Dip

Mexican Seven Layer Dip

This is ABSOLUTELY the perfect dip to make for dinner parties! It’s seven layers of refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, olives, cheese, and onions. It’s AMAZING. It’s best with corn chips because you can use them to scoop up a bit of each layer. Oh god, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.  You...
Houmous

Houmous

I’ve been trying to perfect homemade houmous (or hummus – whatever your spelling preference) for AGES and every time I’ve made it it’s been really bitter. It’s been driving me crazy as every time I’ve followed a recipe and it’s always turned into a big old mess. There’s nothing more frustrating than wasting time and...
Chili Cheese Dip

Chili Cheese Dip

This is a really easy peasy scrummy recipe that I picked up when I lived in Canada! Perfect with corn chips (like Doritos), bread sticks and toasted pitta breads. My mum likes to serve it with crackers. Heck, I’d eat it on its own with a spoon. It’s quite rich so it’s not for the...
Broccoli and gorgonzola soup

Broccoli and gorgonzola soup

This is a delicious twist on broccoli and stilton soup, and I mostly made it up because the gorgonzola was on offer last week…! It’s bright green and full of flavour, and it makes a very tasty weekday lunch. For 6 portions ish, you need: a large onion oil salt and pepper a large potato...
Celery (and stilton) soup

Celery (and stilton) soup

I have been making a lot of soups recently, in an effort to be a little better behaved in my eating habits. I’ve taken to making a big batch of soup on Sunday nights and then having that soup for lunch every day at work. This one is nice and filling, and it’s got a...
Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup

This is one of my favourite winter warmers and it’s perfect for January as leeks are in season! The potato makes it very filling and comforting, and it’s dead easy. I make this on Sunday nights and take it to work for lunch all week. It’s particularly nice with a crusty white roll. Makes 6-8...
Gordon Ramsay's Cod and Tomato Chowder

Gordon Ramsay’s Cod and Tomato Chowder

To help Stoptober participants celebrate 12 days of being smokefree, Gordon Ramsay has created a new recipe packed full of flavour. Gordon Ramsay, said: “Best of luck to everyone taking part in Stoptober this month and congratulations on quitting smoking for good. The good news is that as soon as you give up, your taste...
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