Japanese supper: Miso soup with soba noodles, mushrooms & flash-fried beef
dairy free / Free from / Fruit & veg / gluten-free / Meat

Japanese supper: Miso soup with soba noodles, mushrooms & flash-fried beef

I fell in love with soba noodles on a trip to Japan last year. Until then, my Western experiences of ‘authentic’ Japanese cuisine had led me to believe that the Japanese subsisted on sushi alone, washed down with green tea by day and sake by night. I was obviously wrong (about the sushi anyway!). And everything … Continue reading

Tomato, beetroot & mozzarella summer ‘pizza’ tart
Baking / Free from / Fruit & veg / vegetarian

Tomato, beetroot & mozzarella summer ‘pizza’ tart

Sometimes (rarely) eating pizza doesn’t seem quite appropriate. For me, in the midday sun is one of those times. I want something a little less heavy. Something with brighter flavours and a bit more veg. But really, I still want pizza… I bring you my summer ‘pizza’ tart. The reassuring tomato-mozzarella combo remains but the … Continue reading

Spanish supper: Monkfish with quick chorizo & butterbean stew
dairy free / Fish / Free from / gluten-free / Meat

Spanish supper: Monkfish with quick chorizo & butterbean stew

Monkfish is a beautifully textured fish and so meaty that it can stand up to proper flavours – move over white wine and parsley, I’m talking chorizo and garlic and smoked paprika (okay, and a teensy bit of parsley). At once easy to make and completely dinner party-proof, this is a dish of two halves … Continue reading

Belting bruschetta
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Belting bruschetta

There are few greater pleasures in life than a ripe tomato bursting in your mouth. Like liquid sunshine. Deliciously sweet and ludicrously easy, this recipe is perfect for a starter or light lunch – I’ve even made mini-ones as party canapés. ***WARNING: PLEASE USE RIPE TOMATOES OTHERWISE THIS DISH WILL TASTE ANEMIC AND MAKE YOUR … Continue reading

Italian supper: Hot beef tagliata, rocket & parmesan salad
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Italian supper: Hot beef tagliata, rocket & parmesan salad

Mmmm, steak. Steak and salad is one of our staples at home and it regularly crops up as a quick and satisfying midweek supper. Today’s variation is a take on the classic Italian tagliata, beef steak sliced into ‘ribbons’, which featured heavily on the menus in Sardinia when we were there. It was often served with a … Continue reading