All posts tagged: family food

Roast Butternut Squash & Sage Lasagne

Sometimes, only pasta, baked in cheesy sauce will do.  Laced with nutmeg, layered with smooth seasonal roast butternut squash and herby tomato sauce… Served with baby spinach and rocket and eaten until it’s gone… because really, it’s never as good tomorrow, and I probably wont fancy it then anyway… digging my fork in the dish at the end might even be the best bit… “just one more mouthful” I’m thinking… “and then I’ll stop”… Ingredients for the cheese sauce: 2 tbsp butter 50g plain flour 1 pint organic milk 50g cheddar cheese 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg Ingredients for the tomato sauce: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 red onion 2 cloves garlic 1/2 red pepper 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 1 can chopped tomatoes 1 tsp maple syrup 1/4 tsp sea salt Other Ingredients: 350g Lasagne sheets 1 butternut squash 4 sprigs of sage Extra Cheese for grating Method: 1) Preheat the oven to 200C.  Peel and slice the butternut squash in to discs around 1/2cm thick.  Place on a baking tray drizzled with olive oil, cracked …

Wild Chestnut & Thyme Risotto

By next week they’ll be gone.  But while you can, there’s a bounty of smooth, nutty, sweet Autumn Chestnuts ready in abundance and littering the floor of the woods…  Don’t mistake them for conkers (or worse vice versa)… You’ll know a sweet Chestnut by it’s green shell of fine spines, which is almost impossible to penetrate without impaling a finger.  Inside you’ll find 3 cosy chestnuts, slightly tear-dropped in shape (compared to their more spherical conker cousins).  You’ll have to be creative getting in to them…. my preferred method is a sort of stamp squeeze with a foot, so that the chestnut pops free and my fingers are saved…  It’s worth it though.  Take a bag, collect plenty, top and tail them and roast them in the oven for 30 minutes and enjoy warm.  Or, add them to this delicious autumnal risotto…   Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 1 large onion 2 cloves garlic 1 cup arborio rice 1 glass dry white wine 2 large chestnut mushrooms Roughly 24 Whole Sweet Chestnuts …

Pink Potato, Fennel & Leek Soup

The temperature has dropped again and it seems like everyone is poorly… Mine included.  So we’re bundled up with sniffs and snivels and only hot soup and toast will do.  That along with chamomile tea and ginger biscuits!  No problem though, snuggling on the sofa and reading back to back Roald Dahl is a treat… We’re on ‘Danny the Champion of the World’… so gripping…The link to the site here is great too, lots of lovely interactive Roald Dahl quizzes, recipes and ideals for entertaining kids… So back to the soup.  Leek and Potato is always a favourite, but I had a bag of ‘Red Emmelie’ heritage potatoes delivered this week  from our good friends at Abel & Cole and they’re delicious.  They’ve also given this soup its lovely pink colour… It’s sweet and hearty and full of vegetable goodness!  I hope you enjoy it as much as us! Ingredients: 1/2 head large fennel 1 large onion 2 cloves garlic 2 large leeks 6 red emmelie potatoes 1 sachet red miso paste 2 tsp vegetable …

Simple Pasta Napoletana, Shopping & Vote Organic!

We’re counting down the sleeps to school now, and going to bed early again after two weeks (really feels like two years) of late nights, parties and plenty of excitement. So today was a day of rest until my little one reminded me that she needed new shoes.  So we braved the shops this afternoon and managed to accessorise the new shoes with a hat, gloves, coat, sweater and t-shirt… So several hours later, we headed home a bit to close to tea time… I hadn’t planned tea, nor considered what we might have in the fridge!  But with a trusty stock pile of pasta in the cupboard, I ended up doing a simple tomato pasta. In the time it takes to boil some water in the pan and cook the pasta, this one is ready!  And it’s generally a crowd-pleaser, especially topped with plenty of grated cheese… Ingredients (serves 2 hungry children): 4 Handfuls of organic* pasta 1 onion 2 cloves garlic 1 tin plum tomatoes (or chopped, but I believe you get more …

10 Ways With Toast #6 Avocado, Pinenuts & Sundried Tomatoes on Sourdough

TOAST!  Hurrah!  Is it just coincidence that a toast is a toast?  I don’t know, but for all you toast masters out there, let’s make a toast, to toast… This will be a rolling post about toast.  Ten ways with toast in fact! So whether you’re cooking up a roast, or enjoying the coast, stop what you’re doing and celebrate Toast (henceforth with a capital T)!* #6 Avocado, Sundried Tomatoes & Toasted Pinenuts You see the very wonderful thing about toast, and topping toast, is that it really can be an anytime meal… and I very often go to avocado on toast for lunch because it takes all of about 3 seconds to make and it’s super nutrious. Ingredients: 1 Large slice of Sourdough cut in half 1 avocado 4 sundried tomatoes 1 handful pinenuts Method: 1. Toast your sourdough and spread 1/2 your avocado on each slice. 2. Finely chop the sundried tomatoes and evenly sprinkle on each slice. 3. Put a handful of pinenuts in a dry pan on the hob and heat …

Roast Curried Squash and Cauliflower Dhal aka Waste Not Want Not

“Pumpkin sooooooooup….Owwwwwww” Groaned the kids when I told them what was for tea… To be honest I’m feeling a bit the same.  The best thing about eating seasonally is how much we enjoy the first ripe fruit or veg of the season, remembering last year’s recipes and creating something new.  It’s a creative challenge keeping up with a glut, and it feels great to share what we can’t use with friends and neighbours.  The worst thing about eating seasonally is that by the end of the season, if I never see a pumpkin, courgette, apple, blackberry etc. (delete as appropriate) again it will be too soon!!  Still.  Waste not want not.  I spared the kids the pumpkin soup in the end and made a large vat of curried squash and cauliflower dhal and promptly delivered it to my lovely neighbour (who very often delivers me samosas and other delicious Indian sundries)… It’s just had her seal of approval, a text to say “delicious”.  Clearly she’s not in a pumpkin glut!  So here’s the recipe… And …