Cheese and olive savoury picnic muffins

Easy and delicious! Packed with tasty olives and tangy cheese, these fabulous savoury muffins are perfect for picnics and lunch boxes, or as a snack any time.

Oh, the joys of the English summer’s unpredictable weather! We recently spent a lovely evening at the Botanic Gardens listening to live music and picnicking in the company of several hundred like-minded folks. Our decision to go had been a bit last minute though, and the picnic reflected our haste …

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Israeli vegetable salad

Diced fresh, ripe vegetables, lightly dressed with olive oil, lemon juice & herbs - delicious! Serve with falafel, shakshuka, or even eat it for breakfast!

Between school and university, I spent the year in Israel with a group of like-minded people from Habonim-Dror. We were based on a kibbutz, and each of us was ‘adopted’ by a kibbutz family for the duration of our stay. It was a great way to feel welcomed and part …

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Salmon with olives & runner beans in foil parcels

A delicious salmon dinner! Fillets are baked in individual parcels with black olives & beans for a flavour-packed, healthy meal. Quick, tasty & nutritious!

If you’d suggested to my younger self that I’d grow up to be someone who would wax lyrical about a bean slicer, I’d never have believed you. And yet here I am, totally in thrall to this genius bit of kitchen kit. I’m not typically a fan of single-action gadgets – …

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Delicious root vegetable stroganoff

Brighten up your dinner table with this vibrant root vegetable Stroganoff - chunky carrots, beets & swede in a tangy paprika & yogurt sauce. Delicious!

We get an organic vegetable box delivered every week, which has its pros and cons. The pros, of course, are the fresh, seasonal, local, delicious vegetables that appear every Thursday with no effort required on our part. The main con is that I then have to come up with something …

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Quick courgette and cherry tomato pasta with feta

Quick & easy, this delicious vegetarian pasta dinner is ready in 15 minutes. Bursting with tender , buttery courgettes & cherry tomatoes, & topped with tasty feta, its a fab family meal!

There seem to be days when time runs away from me, and suddenly it’s almost 6 o’clock and I have literally nothing – not even an idea – to show, dinner-wise. It’s days like these when I thank heaven for pasta, and knock up a quick vegetable sauce to go with …

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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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Malawach – delicious Yemenite Jewish fried flatbread

malawach

I think I was in my late teens when I first ate malawach on a trip to Israel. It’s a flaky, savoury fried flatbread, that usually comes served with chopped fresh tomatoes, grated cheese, and schug – a potent Yemeni hot sauce. Sometimes you also get hard boiled egg 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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Roasted carrots with orange and ginger

Roasted carrots with orange & ginger

I do love roast vegetables.  They are a regular feature on our dinner table – roasted carrots, beetroots, parsnips, butternut squash and pumpkin in the autumn and winter, and then aubergines, courgettes (zucchini), peppers, shallots and more in the summer. They are so simple to make, and so delicious! Roasting …

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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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