Maple roasted carrots and parsnips

maple-roasted carrots and parsnips

As side dishes go, maple roasted carrots and parsnips are definitely among my favourites. Dead quick and easy to prepare – you can even do them in advance and keep them in the fridge till an hour before you want to eat them, then just shove in a preheated oven.…

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Zesty chopped salad – TCP

zesty chopped salad

A quick side dish for you. We ate this with the spicy pan-fried salmon and it was deliciously zesty and fresh alongside the oily spicy fish. It’s also fantastic with humous, or as part of a tapas-style starter. You can put diced olives in instead of the tapenade. Or leave…

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Tomato risotto with griddled aubergine & tapenade

Kipper loves aubergines, so I was confident that she’d be all over these griddled aubergine slices. What I didn’t anticipate though, was that I’d be shouting, “No! No! No! NO! NO!” as she tried to stick her face in the bowl of tapenade. We really need to work on her table…

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Baked potato rösti

potato rosti

Somewhere, subconsciously, I must have seen a potato rösti. I’ve no idea where, but I couldn’t stop thinking about giant, crispy potato cakes. Golden brown, crunchy on the outside, soft and potato-y within. And the size of a dinner plate. Mmmmm. I began to look for recipes, and quickly discovered…

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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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