Fennel risotto with buttered baby courgettes

Fennel risotto with buttered baby courgettes.

Ah, risotto. All that creamy rice and meltingly soft veggies and mmm mmm mmm. AND it’s easy to make. Hurrah! We really like risotto in this house. I probably make it at least once a month. So, this fennel risotto is, quite literally, the flavour of the month.  Annoyingly, the photos …

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Inside-out cheesecake cookies for Shavuot

Crumbly-soft lightly spiced cookie crust surrounds a tangy creamy vanilla cheesecake filling. Gorgeous mouthfuls of deliciousness! Hard to eat just one...

A while ago I started to think about Shavuot*. Food-wise, it’s probably my favourite of the Jewish festivals, not least because it’s all about DAIRY, and because the Jewish dietary laws prohibit mixing milk and meat, menus tend towards the vegetarian/fish options – hurrah!** I made my no-bake raspberry cheesecake mousse a …

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Smoked mackerel pâté – bank holiday picnic!

Smoked mackerel pate & crudites

Ah, the joy of a sunny bank holiday weekend!  DH had booked us in to the classic car show at Duxford (Imperial War Museum) for May Bank Holiday Sunday, so he could show off his mid-life-crisis-on-wheels and talk endlessly about tuning, fuel consumption, spoilers, and heaven knows what else with …

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Baked sea bream with herbs and lemon

Sea bream with herbs and lemon

Whenever Kipper and I buy fish, she always wants to get “the one with a head on!” (I’m not entirely convinced that this is normal for a pre-schooler, but then, I’m fairly convinced she’s not entirely normal, so hey ho.) Typically, I don’t get the one with a head on, because they’re …

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Griddled asparagus, and other vegetables

Griddling asparagus

I hesitated in writing up this ‘recipe’ because it’s really just a very simple set of instructions for cooking assorted vegetables in a griddle pan. BUT, it’s probably the most popular vegetable dish in our house, and for that reason, I decided to share it with you. The other night …

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Asparagus and oyster mushrooms with lemon-pinenut-pesto spaghetti

spaghetti with lemon-pinenut pesto, asparagus and oyster mushrooms

Oy, what a long and complicated title for what is really a simple, quick and delicious dish! Kipper and I were in town, and I spotted the first of the English asparagus on the market. The season is just starting, and doesn’t last long enough, so I snapped up a …

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Fish and spring vegetable tray bake

hake and spring vegetable tray bake on plate

I’m becoming quite a fan of the fish-and-vegetable tray bake. The mingling flavours make everything taste yummy, and there’s only one dish to wash up! The trick, I am discovering, is to ensure that the vegetables are cut sufficiently thinly that they can cook in the relatively short time it …

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Moroccan spiced salmon skewers (& vegetable kebabs)

Moroccan spiced salmon skewers & vegetable kebabs with quinoa

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to clear out at least some of the freezer before Pesach. Just three and a half weeks to go, and it’s not looking good. I suspect our protein intake may skyrocket in the next few weeks. Hmmm. So, salmon. Three skinless fillets, to be exact. And …

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