Here in England, we’re in the throes of high summer. Sunny days and balmy nights, picnics, Pimm’s, the occasional thunderstorm, and a whole load of gorgeous produce to relish while the season lasts. I’ve been loving my weekly organic All British Veg Box from Abel & Cole (not #spon, I just think they’re great!), and the recent plethora of fresh, green goodies inspired this recipe: a riff on minestrone with a summery twist, light and filling, and so quick and easy to cook.
I’m not sure there could be a heartier, more warming soup than this one. This filling concoction, so substantial it’s bordering on stew territory, is perfect for these midwinter days: filling, comforting, and packed with goodness to help balance out all those mince pies and glasses of prosecco.
Hello, and a rather belated happy new year! Sorry it’s been quiet on the blog front for the past few weeks. January was a bit of a whirlwind of changes at work, getting to grips with driving lessons (yup, learning for the first time aged 29…!), and wedding venue hunting (James and I got engaged over Christmas, yay!). Throw Veganuary into the mix, and blogging fell by the wayside a bit. But I’m back and have some recipe plans in the pipeline…
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Here it is: the final part in my trilogy of fabulous, fresh vegetable dishes. Kale has gained a reputation in recent years for being a bit ‘worthy’ – but there’s nothing of the #eatclean movement about this recipe. It’s a crunchy, salty, garlicky pile of joy which evokes those foil tubs of crispy ‘seaweed’ you get from the Chinese takeaway.
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Recipe number two in my series making veg the star of the show! This dish takes broccoli to another level with the help of crunchy, fragrant almonds and hot chillies. Not a chilli lover? Try a grating of lemon zest instead to add a similar pop of flavour.
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Welcome to the first in a series of three recipes, each based around one star ingredient: a vegetable! I love vegetables, and occasionally order a veg box to keep in tune with seasonal produce. It’s also a fun incentive to think up creative ways with gorgeous fresh veg. This week, I’m going to share three simple and delicious recipes, perfect as side dishes, but don’t be surprised if they steal the attention away from your centrepiece. First up: balsamic roasted fennel.
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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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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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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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