Spice-roasted cauliflower & broccoli with warm olive couscous salad

spice-roasted cauliflower & broccoli with warm olive couscous salad

This is the sort of vegetarian meal that many meat-eaters – my own dearest DH included – often complain about, as it consists basically of side dishes, with no identifiable lump of protein to be seen. However, to such people I say, get a grip – it’s delicious! You may …

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Garlic & rosemary scalloped potato roast

garlic & rosemary scalloped potato roast

The nights are starting to draw in, and thoughts are turning to delicious dishes of comforting potato, creamy soft within, crispy on top, and flavoured with deliciousness. Mmmm. I do love a potato dish that can be part-prepared in advance, then left in a pre-set oven so it’s cooked and …

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Super-delicious roasted tomatoes (and kale, pecan & goat’s cheese pesto)

Roasted tomatoes

Kipper is not generally a picky eater, but one thing she’s never liked is tomatoes. Well, identifiable tomatoes anyway. She’ll eat ketchup by the spoonful, and will tolerate a tomato-based pasta sauce, or a thin layer under the cheese on a pizza. But a slice of tomato? Raw or cooked, …

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Succotash – sort of…

Our raised bed has finally started producing vegetables in earnest – beans, courgettes (zucchini), sweetcorn and assorted tomatoes. Yum. Time to get creative in the kitchen. Succotash is a traditional American dish of sweetcorn (maize) and lima beans, cooked in butter or other fat. Popular during the Great Depression, the vegetables …

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Summer salad with grilled vegetables

chargrilled vegetable salad with black olive dressing

Despite being mostly vegetarian, we barbecue A LOT during the summer. Why wouldn’t you?! Everything tastes wonderful, we get to eat our dinner in the garden, and it prevents the kitchen from turning into a furnace. Lovely.  Kipper LOVES eating outside, and is always keen to barbecue. If there’s aubergine …

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Greek potatoes with lemon & garlic

Sometime in the late nineties or possibly early naughties I visited a friend in New York for a few days. I’m sure we went to plenty of restaurants, but the only one I remember was his local Greek place that we had dinner in one evening.  If I’m honest, even …

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Tuna puttanesca with tagliatelle

tuna puttanesca pasta

“This is the best thing you’ve made for ages!” So spake DH as he tucked into a bowlful of this delicious savoury pasta. Kipper, I’m sure, would have voiced her approval too, but she was too busy stuffing saucy pasta into her mouth.  Not a bad result for something I threw …

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Cod with a garlic, herb & parmesan crust

Cod with a garlic, herb & parmesan crust

It’s no surprise that my recipe for roasted veggies with garlic & parmesan is one of the most popular on this site. They are addictively good! We had some recently using asparagus – wow! If you haven’t tried them, I strongly recommend it. Leave the fish for now, make the veggies, come …

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Warm Spring vegetable pasta with lemon-herb dressing

Warm Spring vegetable pasta with lemon-herb dressing

It’s my turn to host Pasta Please, excitingly, and in a fit of optimism I picked the theme of Springtime for this month’s event. On the day I decided, the sun was shining, the temperature was definitely climbing, birds were singing, flowers were blooming… Well, that lasted all of five …

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