Warm ptitim salad with flower sprouts, asparagus & pine nuts

Warm ptitim salad with flower sprouts, asparagus and pine nuts

Ptitim are something of a staple in our kitchen. These little balls of toasted pasta go by many different names – ptitim, Israeli couscous, giant couscous – and are very similar to mograbieh, fregola, and probably more. They’re easy to cook, tasty and very versatile. We eat them with a…

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Stir-fry vegetables, noodles & broth – a meal with multiple options

I always feel like there’s something very healthy and almost cleansing about a steaming bowl of noodle soup, full of crisply cooked vegetables and delicious Asian flavours. It’s the thing I want to eat whenever I feel a bit run down or tired, or if I need something comforting that…

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Lentilles vertes with fresh & dried mushrooms

lentilles vertes & mushrooms

You’d think, having been entirely or mostly vegetarian for 25 years, I’d be pretty au fait with lentils. Not so. I reckon I’ve got red lentils pretty much sussed. And the other main kind here in the UK seems to be green lentils. So far, so straightforward. The problems arrive with…

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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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