Gnocchi with cavolo nero and cream

Gnocchi with cavolo nero and cream

We occasionally get cavolo nero in our organic vegetable box and I’m never very good at coming up with ideas to use it. More often than not it just ends up steamed or sautéed and served as a (boring) side vegetable, and the bunch that was languishing in the fridge…

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Butter-braised carrots and garlic with barley

butter-braised carrots and garlic with barley risotto - warming and delicious!

We have a small vegetable bed in our back garden, and in the summer we grow our own tomatoes, beans, courgettes, cucumbers and assorted other vegetables and herbs. It’s quite fun, they taste amazing, and Kipper enjoys mucking about in the soil, watering the plants, and of course picking and…

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Beetroot spaghetti with goats cheese

beetroot spaghetti with goats cheese

Kipper and I just had an overnight stay in London, which was her first ever sleepover at a friend’s house – exciting stuff! Amazingly, the two littl’uns went to sleep without too much fuss, leaving their parents to sit and gossip and eat biscuits late into the night. Rock and…

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Basic tomato sauce

spaghetti with basic tomato sauce

Need a quick, basic tomato sauce? Look no further. This one is tasty enough to serve simply on pasta, but unobtrusive enough to blend seamlessly into something fancier. A moussaka for instance. Or pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce. Three minutes prep then leave it to simmer. Bob’s your…

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Spinach and mushroom puff pastry plait

slice of spinach and mushroom puff pastry plait

Sometimes, Kipper helps to decide what we’ll have for dinner. I knew we had some mushrooms, and we had puff pastry, so I asked her what else might go with them. “Garlic!” She looked very pleased with this suggestion. Yes, I think garlic would be very nice. What else? “Olive…

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Cauliflower with anchovy and garlic

cauliflower with anchovy, garlic, parmesan and pasta.

Kipper was dancing round the kitchen, singing, “ANCHOVIES! YUMMY ANCHOVIES!” This is normal behaviour for a pre-schooler, right? She was certainly very enthusiastic about this dish, although both she and DH thought that there weren’t enough “YUMMY ANCHOVIES” in it. We had to intervene to stop her eating them whole,…

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