Sundried Tomato and Pine Nut Risotto

  Earlier last year I fell in love with sundried tomatoes.  The concentrated, rich, oily flavour packs a punch unlike any other tomato product.  Perfect with pasta, on toasted bread, or on some strong cheese – perhaps my favourite use of sundried tomatoes is in this dish.  While the tomatoes provide the flavour, the pine…

Sweetcorn and New Potato Soup

We’re well into the cold season now – blankets are being dusted off, radiators being switched back on, and people arguing about the pronunciation of ‘snood’ (for the record, it rhymes with good.) This soup is deliciously filling, the potato and sweetcorn melding together into a velvety, creamy spoonful.  The sweetcorn itself packs a huge…

Banana Peel Burgers (low fat/high protein)

Yes, you read that correctly.  I’ll just give you a moment to get back into your chair, fan yourself, whatever it takes.  The other day I was wondering what kind of savoury food could be made using pancakes…what I uncovered was something far stranger than I ever imagined. Bizarrely, something about the banana peel in…

Mint, Feta and Pomegranate Orzo Salad

In truth, it was inspired by a salad my manager used to make at Piebury Corner, which always hit the spot on the warmer summer days.  No wonder, as its ingredients are notably middle-eastern in their combination. Sitting in the garden while the evening sun fades to the distance with this gorgeous balance of sweet…

Semolina Calzones (Folded Pizzas)

I feel as though my simplification of a Calzone as being nought but a folded pizza somewhat does it an injustice.  Besides differing in filling (being far less sauce based and more of a creamy cheese affair), the very act of folding rather changes the experience in some noticeable ways.  The cheese/toppings do not crisp…

Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry

I’ve had dishes similar to this in various restaurants over the past few years, but by far the best came from a small vegetarian place in Soho a few weeks ago.  My friends mother was dining on it and after trying a forkful I was so jealous I became determined to replicate it, a task…

Black Bean Falafel with Peanut Sauce

What can I really say about falafel that isn’t said but it’s wonderful taste?  Its crisp outer coating and fluffy, flavourful insides?  It truly is one of the greatest fast-food items the world over, a shining glory of the already fantastic Middle Eastern cuisine. Traditionally made from chick peas and served with tahini sauce, I…

Spinach and Ricotta Skillet

This is one of those things I just kind of threw together out of stuff I had in the fridge and it turned out pretty darn good!  A very filling, easy, relatively healthy vegetarian meal.  You can, of course, adapt this one rather a lot – different spice mixes, different vegetable based, additional vegetables etc….

Spicy Bean Croquettes

Every now and then you just want something that’s been breaded and fried; fish fingers, chicken nuggets, turkey twizzlers etc.  But why stop there?  I’ve always said there’s very few things in this world that feel better than arriving at a party in which the spread is totally beige, and I’m always looking to add…

Roast Chestnut, Mushroom & Red Wine Risotto

The time is now that many people are assembling their Christmas menus, and what’s atop most lists?  Turkey?  Goose?  Ham?  All fantastic center-points of a Christmas Dinner…but what of the vegetarians?  Nut Roasts are certainly a popular option, though for many this means a quick ready-made one from the supermarket which in some cases may…