10-Bean Vegetable Cobbler with Cheddar Scone Topping

This is a really hearty one-pot dish.  My mum used to make beans to go with sausage and mash and this reminds me of that meal!  It was one of my favourites!  Although I don’t eat sausages any more, beans (in one form or another) are a staple, and our little girl loves them too. Continue reading “10-Bean Vegetable Cobbler with Cheddar Scone Topping”

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”

Cheap as Chips with Bestival Sauce

This is a great side or snack… The kids love it and I love picking on it when they have it! Using olive oil, and cutting out any dehydrated potato or additional starch or flavour that can be found in commercial potato products, these take 25 minutes in the oven.  As quick as most frozenContinue reading “Cheap as Chips with Bestival Sauce”

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”

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…”