Spaghetti with cavolo nero, chestnuts and ricotta

This is the kind of dinner you can knock up in about 15 minutes - it's really easy and, most importantly, delicious. It's also a nice way to eat more greens - which can prove difficult when it's cold and all you want to eat is potatoes! I love the ricotta in this recipe, but … Continue reading Spaghetti with cavolo nero, chestnuts and ricotta

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Lemon, honey and thyme polenta cake

This recipe is loosely based on Jamie Oliver's five ingredient orange and polenta cake from his new TV show, Jamie's Quick and Easy Food. I've been trialling a few recipes from the current series and I've so far found them to be really quite good. I've adapted this one to include lemon and thyme instead … Continue reading Lemon, honey and thyme polenta cake

Vegetable Goulash

One-pot casserole dishes are one of my favourite things to cook on a busy weeknight. They are easy to make, don't use too many bits of kitchen equipment and are lovely and warming for chilly January nights. If you know me well, you may have noticed I have included MUSHROOMS in this recipe, which is … Continue reading Vegetable Goulash

Pumpkin, Coconut and Ginger Soup

Pumpkin always makes the silkiest soups and is a great autumnal ingredient, however if you can't find pumpkin then any other kind of squash also works well here. I really enjoyed making this soup as it's really easy as well as making ordinary winter veg a little more interesting by incorporating Thai flavours. Ingredients (Serves … Continue reading Pumpkin, Coconut and Ginger Soup

Chilli Mint Smashed New Potatoes

I really love this quick potato recipe, potatoes can be dull if just plainly boiled so I think the addition of chilli and fresh herbs in this recipe is a great idea.  This is also a good way to use up any leftover soft herbs and chillis you have knocking about in your fridge.  I've … Continue reading Chilli Mint Smashed New Potatoes

Review: River Cottage Veg Cookery Course

I started the day at 9.30am with a very bumpy ride down the hill from the car park to the farm HQ in a tractor and trailer. Apparently there had been a very boozy wedding at the farm recently and it was easy to see the appeal of the location as the grey morning mist … Continue reading Review: River Cottage Veg Cookery Course

Curried Winter Veg with Feta

It's the perfect season at the moment for winter veg like squash, swede and parsnip.  One of my favourite ways to have these tasty veg is curried in a salad or, once roasted, whizzed up into a chunky soup with yoghurt and bread. The robust curry flavours work so well against mild flavoured root veg, … Continue reading Curried Winter Veg with Feta