Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup

Soup season is upon us! I wanted to make a brand new soup for my first soup of the season, and I’ve hit the jackpot. This may well be the BEST soup I’ve ever made. I’ve made roasted tomato soup a few times, and it’s NEVER been this good. It’s rich, smooth, and full of fresh flavour. Best of all, it’s very healthy! Don’t be … Continue reading Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup

Guest-ipe: Tzatziki

My lovely friend Barbara makes the most amazing tzatziki, so I’ve bullied her into sharing her recipe! Enjoy…! Ingredients: Natural yoghurt (large tub) 2 cloves of garlic 1medium sized cucumber Pinch of salt Dash of olive oil Small handful of mint chopped finely (optional) Crush the garlic and stir it into the natural yoghurt. Peel most of the skin of cucumber off, and then grate … Continue reading Guest-ipe: Tzatziki

Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Stilton

Inspired by a veggie burger I once had at the White Hart in Stoke Newington, I decided to make these tasty mushrooms for a quick and easy dinner last week. The mushrooms were really delicious, but the meal could have done with some bulking out with some wedges or chips. Serves 2 4 portobello mushrooms 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 pack of Stilton 2 burger … Continue reading Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Stilton

Lamb & Harissa Meatballs

On Monday night I made these spicy meatballs, I served them with spaghetti but they’d also be lovely with cous cous and a dollop of yoghurt. Using ready made harissa paste is a quick and easy way of adding lots of flavour without spending hours over the stove. It works perfectly with lamb and adds a nice kick to the sauce, without being too spicy. … Continue reading Lamb & Harissa Meatballs

Garlic Fennel with Vermouth

I served yesterday’s pork with fennel roasted garlic – I must admit, this was my first foray into using fennel (I’d previously only gone as far as to drink fennel tea), but I was pleased with the results. It’s a strong-tasting vegetable – very aniseedy, and perhaps it’s not the most ideal accompaniment to something as piquant as pork with a coffee bean crust, but … Continue reading Garlic Fennel with Vermouth

Roast Pork with a Coffee Bean & Bay Leaf Crust

It’s that time of the year when recipes for cauliflower cheese and leek and potato soups start springing up in food blogs. Yes, we need soul-warming, hearty meals when we leave the office and it’s dark and wet. While I’m all for cheesy goodness and healthy soups, I can’t add anything new to what has already been said. So here’s an alternative, slightly avant-garde  winter … Continue reading Roast Pork with a Coffee Bean & Bay Leaf Crust

Beef Belly Warmer

Winter is well and truly setting in now. This means hats, coats, gloves and scarves, but it also means needing three hot meals a day to keep your tummy warm. This is one such meal. Warming, rich and tasty, it’ll keep you nice and toasty through outdoor carol services, ice-skating and romantic walks through the snow. 2 shallots 2 crushed garlic cloves 100g thickly sliced … Continue reading Beef Belly Warmer

Pumpkin

Paprika Roasted Pumpkin & Chicken

Having never used pumpkin in cooking before, I decided to adapt an already favourite recipe of mine to try it out. After tasting this, I’m certain I’ll be using it again — it’s delicious! I used this in place of a Sunday roast and it worked very well. It’s warming and filling, so perfect for cold autumn days, and take surprisingly little work to make. … Continue reading Paprika Roasted Pumpkin & Chicken

Philadelphia Pasta

Hearty Philadelphia Pasta

Like a vast percentage of the British population, I am a student, therefore food in my life must be easy, fast and inexpensive. This simple recipe is my favourite hearty quick-fix to turn to after a long day of study space and textbook wars with strangers in the library. Things you’ll need: A normal sized portion of pasta. Any type would work, but spaghetti is … Continue reading Hearty Philadelphia Pasta