Pasta with roasted vegetables & tomato sauce

pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce

This dish has evolved in my kitchen from the classic pasta alla norma into something that probably no self-respecting Sicilian would associate themselves with. Their loss. In case you’re wondering where the differences lie, I’ve added some other veg to the aubergines. And I roast them instead of frying (it’s easier and …

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Basic tomato sauce

spaghetti with basic tomato sauce

Need a quick, basic tomato sauce? Look no further. This one is tasty enough to serve simply on pasta, but unobtrusive enough to blend seamlessly into something fancier. A moussaka for instance. Or pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce. Three minutes prep then leave it to simmer. Bob’s your …

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Blueberry compote with bay-leaf

blueberry compote on toast

We usually have a special family breakfast at the weekend. Occasionally this will be croissants or something like that, but more often than not, we make waffles. I bought the waffle maker in July 2012. I know it was July because the shop assistant looked at me as if I …

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Cauliflower with anchovy and garlic

cauliflower with anchovy, garlic, parmesan and pasta.

Kipper was dancing round the kitchen, singing, “ANCHOVIES! YUMMY ANCHOVIES!” This is normal behaviour for a pre-schooler, right? She was certainly very enthusiastic about this dish, although both she and DH thought that there weren’t enough “YUMMY ANCHOVIES” in it. We had to intervene to stop her eating them whole, …

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Egg- & dairy-free spiced apple & raisin cupcakes

spiced apple and raisin cupcake

I’ve made this cupcake recipe dozens, maybe even hundreds of times. It’s completely fool-proof. Or so I thought. I usually make the cupcakes in little paper cupcake cases, but this time, I thought I’d try out my new fancy-shmancy heart-shaped silicon cake moulds (courtesy of the John Lewis clearance). Well, …

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Cumin-roasted beetroot and chickpeas

cumin-roasted beetroot with chick peas

This dish was created in honour of The Largest Beetroot in the World, which came in our organic box this week. It weighed in at a massive 850g and was about the size of Kipper’s head. According to nutritiondata.com, an average 2-inch diameter beet weighs a mere 82g, so this whopper was …

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Potato and carrot layer bake

potato and carrot layer bake

This is another recipe that originally comes from my Mum. It is fabulous because it’s dead easy to make, and you get your spuds and veg all in one go. Oh, and it’s totally delicious. The other thing that makes it brilliant is that you can get it ready in …

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Peperonata – Italian pepper loveliness!

pepperonata

Kipper loves peppers. She once had a meltdown in a supermarket because she wanted to buy a huge yellow one. When we got home, I was unpacking the shopping and turned around to find that she’d taken it out of the bag and was chomping away on it as though …

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