Mushroom, spinach & barley bake

mushroom, spinach & barley bake with cheese & tomato topping

Another week, another meal required to cook itself. I really must find Kipper some extra-curricular activities that don’t take place in the hour before dinner time. Perhaps because of the weather, I’d had a yearning for barley. It’s so yummy and warming and wintery. I wasn’t entirely sure how I could …

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Simple roasted butternut squash soup with lentils

For what feels like forever I’ve been undergoing orthodontic treatment to realign my dodgy jaw joints, expand my dental arches, and generally make my jaws/teeth/mouth better. Until now, I’ve had removable appliances (braces, in common parlance) which I could pop in and out and were a pest but nothing too …

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Winter root & brussels tops stir-fry with sesame

winter root & brussels tops stir-fry

Brussels tops are a wonderful, seasonal, but highly underrated vegetable. It’s basically a big bunch of leaves from the top of a brussels sprout stem. We got a bag in our organic box – complete with teeny tiny sprouts attached to the bottom. Also in the box were some carrots and …

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Easy & delicious wild mushroom baked risotto – no stirring!

wild mushroom baked risotto

I’m slowly building up a set of recipes that can be part-prepared ahead of time, then left in a pre-set oven so that they’re cooked and ready to serve just when we want to eat them. Examples include these bulgar-stuffed courgettes, this potato & carrot layer bake, and of course, these …

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Quesadillas with holiday-inspired vegetables & feta

quesadillas with sesame oil vegetables & feta

We recently had a lovely holiday in Israel. Since we were last there a couple of years ago, the quality of restaurant food seems to have improved immensely (unless we were just eating in all the wrong places last time). We had some truly spectacular meals. On our first night …

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Cauliflower with tomato and dill

cauliflower with tomato & dill

I’m always on the lookout for new things to do with cauliflower. Otherwise, it ends up in a risotto, or cauliflower cheese or some sort of pasta dish. I also tend to use a lot of dairy products with cauli, or anchovies, so I was also keen to find a vegan-friendly …

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Parsnip soup with pears, ginger and coconut

Parsnip soup with pears, coconut & ginger

I can’t lie, this parsnip soup was basically a way to use up some rapidly ripening pears. I really love pears, when they’re just at the point of ripeness – soft, fragrant and juicy. Perfect. DH always claimed not to like pears, and this I suspect was largely because he …

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