Celery and pea soup with goats cheese

I have an odd relationship with celery. I’ve nothing against it, but then, I’m not that fond of it either. Ambivalent, you might say.  My Mum is quite partial to celery, and uses it a lot in her cooking, so there was always some in the fridge when I was …

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Veggie sausage and roasted vegetable tray bake

Veggie sausage and roasted vegetable tray bake

Does anyone else buy stuff with a clear idea of what they’re going to cook with it, only to completely change their mind when they get home? I do it all the time.  It is, in fact, what happened with these vegetarian sausages, which were purchased with the intention of …

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Mushroom, spinach & barley bake

mushroom, spinach & barley bake with cheese & tomato topping

Another week, another meal required to cook itself in my absence. I really must find my daughter some extra-curricular activities that don’t take place in the hour before dinner time. Barley = Cold weather food Perhaps because of the cold weather, I’d had a yearning for barley. It’s so yummy and …

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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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