Recipe: Ajvar and courgette tart

A new recipe for you! I’ve been working on this one for a while, initially trying individual tarts – but they were a bit fiddly, and who wants to faff about with mini tarts anyway when you can throw together a big slab of pastry topped with gorgeousness?! This makes a super quick and very easy midweek supper and comes together in less than half an hour.
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Recipe: Spinach and butternut squash dhal

There’s no getting around it: this isn’t the prettiest dish. It looks mushy and a bit beige. But, like some of the best meals, it’s comforting, warming, wholesome and satisfying, not to mention quick and easy to prepare with a 5-step recipe. Enjoy this dhal served with rice – short grain brown rice is my current favourite – or a soft, pillowy naan.
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Recipe: Squash and pancetta quiche with a rye crust

I’m a big fan of quiche. A great way to showcase delicious flavours and textures, a quiche – albeit a retro menu choice – can form the centrepiece of a picnic-style lunch, accompanied by bread, cheese and salad. I made this one for a laid-back lunch with my lovely mum and sister earlier this week – it went down a treat! And yes, that is a giant slab of Double Gloucester you can see in the photo below. We are cheese fiends.
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Recipe: Easy shakshuka with DIY toppings {spring brunch}

The first properly warm and sunny weekend of 2016, coupled with a friend’s birthday, called for a celebratory brunch. When it comes to brunch with this particular group of friends, we usually go for the classic: Scotch pancakes (aka drop scones), piled high with crispy bacon and maple syrup. Delicious, but not ideal for the cook, who spends the majority of the meal sweating over a hot stove, churning out a production line of pancakes and ending up with the bits of bacon no-one else wanted – no fun! This has led me to conclude that one-pot brunches are the answer – when you’re hosting a crowd, you need a quick, easy and delicious dish that you can serve up straight away. Enter: shakshuka.
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Recipe: Roasted carrot and orange freekeh salad

I’ve got a bit of a thing about freekeh. Aside from providing an excellent vehicle for terrible puns (one of my favourite things), it has a nutty, smoky flavour and is an exciting alternative to couscous or rice.
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Recipe: Cheese and chilli cornbread

I put together a quick Saturday brunch for four this morning, and this cornbread made a delicious centrepiece. I’m not sure how authentic this is (slightly adapted from this recipe), but it was certainly quick, very easy, and went down a storm alongside a plate of crudites and roasted red pepper hummus.
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