Coconut, Sweet Potato & Ginger Soup with Pearl Barley aka ‘Souperb’ (because it is)!

I’m so pleased with ‘souper’ that I’m submitting it to ‘No Croutons Required’ hosted by Lisa’s Kitchen and Tinned Tomatoes which are fab sites to check out for vegetarian recipes! Here’s a casual weeknight night supper, or should I say ‘souper’!  (sorrynotsorry).  Today has been cold.  It’s the first day this Autumn that I’ve gotContinue reading “Coconut, Sweet Potato & Ginger Soup with Pearl Barley aka ‘Souperb’ (because it is)!”

Arancini with Spicy Tomatoes and Black Eye Beans

This is truly indulgent, especially the day after risotto!  But what can you do when there are leftovers that need to be used up?  And, anything in breadcrumbs goes down well with the kids… I haven’t made Arancini other than with leftover risotto, and honestly I think this is the best way, it’s full ofContinue reading “Arancini with Spicy Tomatoes and Black Eye Beans”

Shiitake Mushroom and Thyme Risotto

Risotto follows roast chicken almost always in our house.  Once the chicken is more or less stripped of breast meat I boil the carcass to create a stock.  I have a slightly ‘war time’ attitude to waste.  Being only a generation removed, and the oldest child of a single mother my conscience will not allowContinue reading “Shiitake Mushroom and Thyme Risotto”

Roast Caramelised Autumn Veg Salad aka A Beetroot Affair to Remember

This is a beautifully warm, earthy salad… rich in flavour and texture.  I’ve got an abundance of gem squash at the moment thanks Jude, my allotment neighbour and still plenty of beetroot… Oh beetroot… In the words of Tom Robbins; ‘The beet is the most intense of vegetables…the murderer returned to the scene of theContinue reading “Roast Caramelised Autumn Veg Salad aka A Beetroot Affair to Remember”

Fast Slow-Food, Quick Vegan Chilli…

This one is about as fast as slow-food gets.  In the time it takes to boil the brown rice the chilli is ready! Ingredients for two: 1/2 cup brown basmati rice. 1 red onion 3 cloves garlic 300g vine cherry tomatos 1 hot red chilli 1 tbsp tomato puree 1/2 glass vegan primitivo (there areContinue reading “Fast Slow-Food, Quick Vegan Chilli…”

Chilli Chicken Bestival Kebabs

So Tim spent last weekend at Bestival on the Isle of Wight… And amongst yoga, live music, DJs, Henna Tattoos and Ping Pong, there was food… Festival fuel!  Sadly I wasn’t there to experience it… But I did get a little flavour of the festival on Thursday night when Tim put together these ‘a littleContinue reading “Chilli Chicken Bestival Kebabs”

Caramelised Red Onion, Fig and Feta Salad

Sticky figs, sweet red onions, and creamy feta… This is an autumnal salad, or maybe it’s a rice bowl? Either way a side of rocket would be delicious, or just  as it is with the rice… Ingredients for 2: 1 large red onion 3 ripe figs 2 tsp maple syrup 1 tsp balsamic vinegar largeContinue reading “Caramelised Red Onion, Fig and Feta Salad”

Spicy Tomato and Red Lentil Soup

I love this pan, it’s inherited and probably 30 years old now… I think it’ll outlive me too! Ingredients (serves 4): 1 large onion 2 small carrots 2 sticks celery 1 can chopped tomatoes 2 punnets (600grams approx) fresh ripe vine tomatoes 1 red pepper 1 tsp mixed herbs 1 tsp chilli flakes 1 tspContinue reading “Spicy Tomato and Red Lentil Soup”

Big Pizza Pie That’s Amore…

Pizza reminds me of my mum and sister always… It’s our go to remedy for heartbreak, stress, fatigue, oh and hunger too… Although I could eat pizza anytime, making them on a Friday afternoon with kids is special… Pizza=Love and it’s a legacy that my children have already adopted… Friday nights are officialy pizza andContinue reading “Big Pizza Pie That’s Amore…”

Frugal Fish (finger) Cakes… And Homemade Wholemeal Breadcrumbs

These are a regular on the 5pm tea scene in our house… They need a good half an hour to make but will make 10-12 fish cakes (or fish finger cakes as my kids call them) and they freeze really well. Ingredients: 2 fillets of salmon or trout 4 medium potatoes 1 large egg wholemealContinue reading “Frugal Fish (finger) Cakes… And Homemade Wholemeal Breadcrumbs”

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