Roasted carrots with fresh ginger and orange

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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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. Grilled vegetables are among our favourites! Kipper LOVES eating outside, and is always …

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Providence Deli giveaway winner & salmon with sun-dried tomatoes

Salmon with sun-dried tomatoes

Congratulations to Rebecca Nesbit, who has won the bundle of Providence Deli goodies, comprising dairy-free pesto, onion relish, black olive paste, sun-dried tomatoes in oil and fiery harissa, together with a smart shopping bag and recipe cards. Commiserations to those who didn’t win. Remember, you can buy Providence Deli’s delicious …

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Aubergine shakshuka

aubergine (eggplant) shakshuka

I recently attended Gefiltefest, where a highlight of my day was watching Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co cooking up a delicious shakshuka. As a result, I’ve been craving shakshuka pretty much every day since! Fortunately, a dish of spicy, saucy vegetables and eggs is entirely compliant with my current …

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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.  My memory of that …

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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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Creamy courgette puff pastry tart

Creamy courgette (zucchini) puff pastry tart

Fuelled by the success of my courgetti, we’ve been a bit spiraliser-crazy here recently, and I had three large courgettes (zucchini) sitting in the fridge, awaiting their moment of spiralisation. But, you can have too much of a good thing, and I ultimately decided to prepare them with a mandolin …

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