Spring vegetable orzo

This is one of my new favourite recipes! It’s so fresh and delicious, and it’s really healthy – perfect for spring! It’s a little bit like risotto but it’s got a slightly different texture, and it’s really filling so you don’t need a huge portion. It’s best when topped with lots of parmesan (or a vegetarian alternative) and served with a large glass of white … Continue reading Spring vegetable orzo

Tomato and Almond Pappadelle

This is a stupendously simple but delicious pasta dish. What will you need? 1 small clove of garlic 1/3 red pepper 3 good quality tomatoes 25g Ground Almonds 1 tablespoon of fresh basil (roughly 5 leaves) Olive Oil Fresh Pappadelle pasta or tagliatelle Extra basil and parmesan to serve How? Pre-heat your oven to 180. Roughly chop the garlic and red pepper, quarter your tomatoes … Continue reading Tomato and Almond Pappadelle

Me & Hugh: Pasta with Greens, Garlic and Chilli

Serves 4 2-3 heads of spring greens or kale (approx. one large bag) 6 tbs olive oil 1 onion finely chopped 1/2 red chilli 2 garlic cloves 300g pasta Seasoning Well-flavoured cheese If there’s been one good thing to come out of my challenge to eat more vegetarian food, it’s a new found love of kale. Before I started almost five months ago, I must … Continue reading Me & Hugh: Pasta with Greens, Garlic and Chilli

Mediterranean Mozzarella Pasta

This recipe actually belongs to my grandmother, but she’s let me share it because it’s just SO DAMN TASTY. Fresh veggies, herbs and mozzarella combine to make a really beautiful pasta dish, and best of all, it’s easy and cheap. Serves 4 You will need: 3 tbsp olive oil 1 red pepper, roughly chopped 2 courgettes, sliced 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, … Continue reading Mediterranean Mozzarella Pasta

Review: Giovanna Rana, NW1

What: Giovanni Rana Where: Regent’s Place (around the corner from Warren Street) When: 11.04.2012 Price: Three courses with wine is £30-£35 a head. Pasta dishes are around £10. Rating: Four stars for food, five stars for service You know that advert where the ginger dude asks the sexy Italian lady to help him make dinner, and it turns out the dinner is for her? Boys, … Continue reading Review: Giovanna Rana, NW1

Me & Hugh: Macaroni Peas

  Serves 4 500g peas (fresh or frozen) 300g macaroni 50g butter 1 garlic clove 25g parmesan Seasoning So vegetarian is a synonym for ‘cheese substituter’. That’s my conclusion after two months of eating one veggie meal a week as, once again, I failed to remember to buy the required dairy for my my seventh veggie creation, macaroni peas pasta. It means that, in taking … Continue reading Me & Hugh: Macaroni Peas

Dinosaur Kale Mac & Cheese

I only just discovered that cavolo nero was also called dinosaur kale, which makes me want to eat it 100 times more because I freaking love dinosaurs. I was so excited to find it in Morrisons that I did an actual out loud ‘ooooooohhh’. Green vegetables go perfectly with mac and cheese because they make you feel slightly less guilty and break up the cheesiness. This … Continue reading Dinosaur Kale Mac & Cheese

Spicy Lamb Ragu

I created this Ragu dish mostly by accident and after many failed attempts trying to make ‘perfect’ Bolognese. My school of thought when cooking is two fold: 1) If you like it, throw it together in a pan and see what happens. 2) Have fun, put music on, have a beer or glass of wine and be creative! You will need: Ragu: A medium sized red onion – finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic … Continue reading Spicy Lamb Ragu

Vodka and Chili Meatballs

Now my meatballs are actually made of mushrooms or soya or something because I’m one of those people that doesn’t eat meat, but feel free to use real meatballs for this, I don’t judge. If you’ve not tried vodka with your pasta yet then get on it. I know what some of you are thinking, ‘vodka is gross’, ‘I haven’t drunk vodka since I was … Continue reading Vodka and Chili Meatballs