Bang bang cauliflower bites

Bang bang cauliflower bites

Now, it has to be said, I’m not a huge fan of cauliflower. This can be problematic – especially these days, as it seems to have become the go-to vegetarian dish in most restaurants. Whole-roasted, salt-baked, deep-fried, curried, pickled, pureed, battered and sliced into steaks, cauliflower is thrust upon my plate at any given moment. So, allow me to thrust my bang-bang cauliflower bites onto yours and see how you like it – I like it very much.


Bang bang cauliflower bites
Serves 2 as a starter or makes 1 tray of canapés / hands on time 15 mins / total time 45 mins / V Vn Df 🌶🌶
You’ll need: Non-stick baking tray and cocktail sticks (if serving as canapés)
1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets (roughly 550g)
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
1 ½ tsp Sriracha + extra for serving
Juice of ½  a lime
½ tsp sea salt flakes
2 handfuls panko breadcrumbs
½ tsp smoked paprika
Small handful of fresh coriander to serve (optional) 


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas mark 7. Prepare the cauliflower by removing the leaves and the stalk (cauliflower leaves are delicious and great in a stir fry, so don’t feel you need to bin them). Pull apart the florets and chop the larger florets in half or into smaller bitesize pieces.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, chilli sauce, Sriracha and the juice of half a lime until combined. Add the cauliflower florets and stir until well coated.
3. On a large plate, add panko breadcrumbs and sprinkle with smoked paprika. Give it a stir before spooning over half the coated florets. Turn the cauliflower over in the breadcrumbs until each is well coated and place on a non-stick baking tray or a tray lined with baking paper. Repeat this process with the remaining cauliflower and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
4. Serve immediately sprinkled with freshly chopped coriander and a small bowl of Sriracha for dipping.
5. If you’re making canapés, skew each floret with a cocktail stick and serve along side a dipping bowl of Sriracha for your guests to enjoy.

Bang bang cauliflower bites

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V– Vegetarian      Vn– Vegan      Df– Dairy free    🌶🌶 – Medium hot



Dashing through the snow in Avoriaz

Bag brimming with cold remedies and tissues, I plonked myself grumpily on the bus to sniffle and wind my way up the mountain from Geneva to Avoriaz. Turns out, a bit Alpine air was just what the doctor ordered.

Photography: ©Oreli.b

I don’t remember my Dad’s long-johns being quite so tight under my salopettes, but then it has been almost 10 years since I skied the French Alps and never in a resort quite as special as Avoriaz. With a bag brimming with cold remedies and tissues, I plonked myself on the transfer bus to sniffle and wind my way up the mountain from Geneva to Avoriaz – how typical that I should get a cold the minute I left the office! Situated on a sloping shelf above the long-established Morzine, Avoriaz is a purpose-built resort and like nothing I have visited before – and I have skied my fair share of the French Alps.
Entirely free of cars, this ski-in ski-out resort relies rather charmingly on horse-drawn sleighs and snow cats to transfer people and luggage to one of the many luxury apartments. Even through my medicinal haze, I was struck by the architecture. Each building looks as though it’s incorporated into the landscape, creating a harmonious and unique terrain. I shuffled out of the cold evening air into our toasty VIP chalet.

 

Abandoning my suitcase, I instinctively followed the sweet smell of roast lamb and pumpkin (a far cry from my sad airport sandwich) to the spacious open-plan living and dining area. Here we dined on an elegant meal of oysters, roast pumpkin risotto and succulent lamb loin with puréed Jerusalem artichokes, pea purée and broad bean salad. It all looked like it had come straight out of the MasterChef kitchen. Just when I thought I was fit to burst, the chalet staff served cheesecake mousse with cinnamon crumb, blueberry compote and apple – all of which I planned to burn off on the slopes the following day. After dinner, I crashed on the eight-seater sofa and basked in front of the fire with panoramic views of the setting sun with a glass of port for company.
The chalet’s interior was a contemporary combination of pine with accents of black leather and grey furnishing along with sheepskin rugs and faux fur cushions. Giant arctic animal prints donned the walls along with a few other quirky touches, such as a hanging mountain goat sculpture and fluffy pompoms secured under big bell jars. My room was cold-recovery heaven with a generously sized bed, flat-screen television, private balcony and luxury bathroom complete with underfloor heating and black Block Buster tiles and black grouting – I’ve never stayed anywhere as stylish and my Instagram account took a heavy hit of pictures.


I woke feeling horrendous; bunged up and miserable. I was in no mood to get out of bed let alone ski down a mountain! But after a filling breakfast of slow-roasted tomatoes on toast with feta and poached eggs, I gallantly pulled on my ski boots and got out into the fresh Alpine air. It was just what the doctor ordered.
The resort itself was designed to make it easier for guests to get from A to B on their skis – there’s nothing worse than having to lug your skis a kilometre in ski boots. Skiing out of the chalet directly to a lift is a luxury that I’ve not experienced in a long time and really makes all the difference. In addition to hundreds of kilometres of beautiful pistes to enjoy, Avoriaz is on the main lift circuit of the Portes du Soleil, which gives you the opportunity to ski into Champéry in Switzerland for a quick hot chocolate and a brandy…or maybe that’s just what I found myself doing! Three days of skiing later and my slightly aching body is back on the sleigh, being pulled along by a beautiful horse. I look up at the innovative architecture one last time and take a deep breath in when I realise my nose is no longer blocked – when did that happen? Maybe all I needed was a touch of fresh air all along – and it doesn’t get much fresher than the crisp air at Avoriaz.

Photography credits:
©Oreli.b, ©Loïc Bouchet and ©Matthieu_Vitré and Corrie Heale


VIP Chalets’ Beluga chalet has 5 bedrooms (sleeping 10-14 guests). Prices from £1,369- £2,969 per person for seven nights, based on two people sharing a room (unless stated otherwise), and includes return flights from London Stansted, transfers and catering. For all booking enquiries, visit vip-chalets.com or call 020 8875 1957.



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Treacle soda bread

Treacle soda bread

Not really one for making bread, I surprised myself with this one.
The story begins in Season, a restaurant run by Jamie’s friend Gilly in Finsbury Park. Complimentary soda bread is swiftly brought to our table, where the situation quickly escalates. Dark, rich and slightly bittersweet, this beautiful cakey bread is so divine we start squabbling over it and jabbing butter knives at each other. I stare solemnly at the plate of crumbs, hoping it will replenish itself. It doesn’t. Just as I start to debate how acceptable it would be to lick the crumbs off the plate, Gilly whips it away and replaces it with a bowl of big juicy olives.
“What on Earth was that bread and where did you get it from?” I ask, in an offhandish way, trying not to sound too desperate.
“Oh, we make it,” Gilly replies casually. “It’s treacle soda bread – good, right?”
“Right,” I say, still eyeing up the crumbs on the plate still in his hand.

So, for the next week, I dip and dive out of whole-food shops, delis and supermarkets in an attempt to find something remotely similar with zero success. There’s only one thing for it – I’m going to have to make it myself. Oh, the horror!
I don’t know why I’m so scared of making bread. It’s not like I haven’t done it before, it just always seems to take so long – I’m quite an inpatient person.
The good news is, though, soda bread doesn’t require yeast – so no waiting around for it to rise, bingo! It also doesn’t require kneading – bonus! All you have to do is mix the ingredients together, pour it onto a baking tray, bake it, and voila – bread has happened! It was so delicious, I ate half the loaf by myself before freezing it in slices and toasting it everyday for my lunches. I’ve already made this recipe twice and plan on making it every weekend for the rest of my days! We’ll see how long that lasts…


Treacle soda bread
Makes 1 loaf / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 40 mins + cooling / V
200g plain flour
250g plain wholemeal flour
55g rolled oats, extra for topping
1 tsp sea salt flakes
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tbs treacle
1 tbs runny honey
350ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tbs lemon juice


TIP: Soda bread doesn’t store well, so consume on the day of baking or enjoy toasted the day after. I recommend slicing up the whole loaf and freezing it to extend its life considerably. See bottom of the page for freezing instructions. 


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas mark 7 and line with a layer of baking paper. Dust with wholemeal flour and put to one side.
2. In a large mixing bowl, measure out the dry ingredients, mix together and make a well in the centre. Put to one side.
3. Measure out 400ml of semi-skimmed milk in a jug and add the honey and treacle straight into it. Beat with a hand whisk until the honey and treacle have been incorporated (it will clump together on the whisk a bit but just keep working it, it will loosen after a couple of minutes).
3. Quickly whisk the lemon juice into the milk and quickly pour into the flour well – doing this quickly prevents the milk from curdling.
4. Pour out into the centre of your lined baking tray – the mixture will be quite wet but don’t worry, this is normal. Wet a large knife and mark into quarters (wetting the knife prevents the dough sticking to it), cutting deeply through the loaf. Dust the top with a small handful of oats.
5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Once baked, leave to cool on the baking tray for 20 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Once fully cooled, slice and enjoy with lashings of butter. Soda bread doesn’t last very long so I recommend freezing as soon as possible or consuming within 24 hours.

Treacle soda bread

V – Vegetarian
– Once cooled, slice and freeze in a sealed freezer bag or wrap in a few layers of clingfilm. Freeze for up to 3 months.


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Turkish eggs on pita

Turkish eggs with pita

This is an oldie but a goodie, and a recipe I’ve been making most weekends for the past four years. Partly because it’s my boyfriend favourite and partly because it’s cheap as chips – which is good, as I seem to have misplaced all my money. Either that, or I’ve spent it on simply breathing in this overpriced town… and Celine Dion tickets. I mean, what’s the point in living in London if you can’t afford a Friday night Deliveroo? #middleclassproblems. Oh well, at least I’ll get nice and thin, especially if we get a no-deal Brexit. Come on Boris, do it for halloumi!


Turkish eggs on pita
Serves 1 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 10 mins /
You’ll  need:
Non-stick frying pan preferably with a lid 
Spray rapeseed oil
2 eggs
1 brown pita bread
3 tbs Greek yogurt
Small handful fresh mint, chopped
Small handful of fresh dill, chopped
¼ tsp smoked paprika
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 tsp garlic extra virgin olive oil (if you don’t have garlic oil simply grate half a garlic clove into the yogurt and use regular extra virgin olive oil)
3 pickled chillies, stalks removed (optional) 


TIP: This is a great way to use up Greek yogurt you have left over from another recipe. 


Method
1. Roughly chop the mint and the dill and put to one side. In a small bowl, add the yogurt and season with salt. If not using garlic oil, stir the grated garlic straight into the yogurt.
2. Spray a small non-stick frying pan with rapeseed oil and place over a medium heat and allow the oil to heat up for a couple of minutes. Crack in the eggs and fry until you have set whites and runny yolks – to make sure my eggs are perfectly set, I like to put the lid on the pan for the last minute to allow the steam to cook the top part of the eggs.
3. Meanwhile toast the pitta and using a knife, butterfly open on a plate. Add the yogurt to the centre of the bread and spread it out using the back of a spoon. Top with the fried eggs and liberally sprinkle over the herbs, smoked paprika and the chilli flakes. Remove the stalks from the pickled chillies, arrange them on top and drizzle over the garlic or extra virgin olive oil.

Turkish eggs with pita

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Roasted pumpkin & garlic soup

Roasted pumpkin & garlic soup

I thought I was getting paid last Friday. I woke up early and eagerly checked my bank balance, expecting that horrible tiny minus to have vanished in front of my funds. But wait, it was still there – what the hell? I needed to pick up my dry cleaning and buy some tights that didn’t have holes in the crotch – I pity anyone whose had to walk behind me up on an escalator in recent weeks.
“Nah, we get paid Monday, babe,” Libby says, in her lovely Australian lilt.
“Monday?! I could be dead by then!” I say dramatically, as I pull an oat cake out of my bag and angrily chomp on it – so dry.
“Well, there’s usually food to take home here on a Friday, so fill your boots,” she says lazily, as she spins her chair away from me and back to her computer – she’s bored of me now.
Covered in oat-cake crumbs and feeling upset that I wouldn’t be having my pay-day pizza treat, I wait for the kitchen to announce ‘the trolley’. Every Friday in my office, any produce that hasn’t been used in the cooking of, or the testing of, recipes gets laid out on ‘the trolley’ for the office folks to take home – ie, me. It tends to consist mainly of vegetables and fresh herbs, but occasionally there’s the odd bit of sausage or a tub of yoghurt. But, of course, I was in then loo when the trolley was announced, so all that was left was an entire pumpkin and a pot of clotted cream – no one wants to carry home a pumpkin on the tube, it seems.
But these are desperate times and I needed me some dinner, so I decided the lug the damn thing home, chop it up, roast it and blitz it into a delicious soup. Maybe I won’t die after all? I then raided my kitchen cupboards for all the ingredients I needed to makes scones to go with my clotted cream and dined like a king all weekend. Maybe pay day can wait until Monday after all.


Roasted pumpkin & garlic soup with kale and feta
Serves 4 or 6 as a starter / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 1hr 5 min / V Gf 
You’ll need: A food processor or hand blender
1.4kg pumpkin, sliced into big wedges and deseeded
2 tbs olive oil
Handful fresh sage leaves
4-5 large garlic cloves, pressed slightly using the back of a knife to break open the skins
1 large onion, roughly chopped
25g butter
1.25 litres vegetable stock, I use 2 Knorr stock pots
2 handfuls of kale
200g feta, crumbled


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400F/gas mark 6. De-seed and slice the pumpkin into large wedges and evenly space them out onto 2 baking trays lined with baking paper (you can peel the pumpkin if you wish but if the skin is particularity tough, remove with a knife after roasting). Season well with salt and pepper and add the pressed garlic cloves still in their skins – this stops them from burning. Sprinkle with a handful of fresh sage leaves and drizzle both trays with olive oil. Give it a good shake and a toss and roast in the oven for 30 mins.
2. After 30 mins, give the pumpkin a little shake in the oven and continue to cook for a further 10-15 minutes until soft. Meanwhile, peel and chop the onion and add to a large cooking pot with the butter. Season with salt and cook with the lid on over a low to medium heat, stirring frequently until softened.
3. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins carefully with your fingers or with the back of a knife and into the onions – discard the skins. To remove the pumpkin skin, I use a fork to pin down the segment with one hand and slice around the edge with a knife in the other. Dispose of the skins.
4. By now the onions should be nice and soft so add the roasted pumpkin to the pot along with the stock and a good crack of salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes.
5. Finally blitz well in a food processor or with a hand blender until smooth and creamy in texture. If serving topped with kale and feta, cover the soup to keep it warm and steam or boil the kale for a few minutes before diving the soup into bowls and topping with the kale and crumbled feta.

Roasted pumpkin & garlic soup

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– Vegetarian
Gf – I use Knorr vegetable stock pots because they are gluten free but other stock pots/cubes may not be. Always check the label. Please substitute wholewheat pasta for a gluten free alternative.
❄ The soup is suitable for home freezing once cooled. Consume within 3 months.



Whipped feta & avocado on toast

Whipped feta and avocado dip

This is a recipe I have stolen from my dearest friend and ex-housemate Isabelle – aka my wife. I lived with her longer than any of my previous boyfriends, so feel she deserves ‘wife’ status. She peeled me off the floor when I was drunk, made me many a jacket potato with cheese and beans and hid a small plastic head amongst my possessions on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. (See images below.)
Although our marriage had to end after I met a boy and moved in with him, we did have three wonderful years together in a very awful flat in Camden – the day we moved in, we both cried – good times. Anyway, nowadays you can still find me dossing around her new house in my pyjamas, necking wine and eating everything in her cupboards – some things never change. However, she has started making this rather tasty breakfast for me after heavy nights of horror films and Grease 2 singalongs. This whipped feta and avocado on toast is so delicious, I may have to invite her to come live with us again. The more the merrier ,right? Just me, Jamie, Isabelle and ‘the head’ – which is currently in my possession after she planted it on me during my last visit – watch out Isabelle, he’s coming for you…


Whipped feta and avocado on toast
Serves 2 / Hands on time 5 mins / Total time 5 mins / V Gf*
You’ll need: A food processor
1 ripe avocado, skin and stone removed
100g vegetarain feta
2 sprigs of mint, leaves removed
Salt and pepper
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, extra for drizzling
Toast to serve


Method
1. Start by adding the feta to a blender and blitzing until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the mint leaves and blitz again until combined. Finally add the avocado, extra virgin olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Blitz again until you have a smooth creamy consistency.
2. Serve immediately spread generously on toast and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Breakfast of kings!

Whipped feta and avocado dip

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Vanilla apple cake

Vanilla apple cake

This was the first recipe I ever blogged, which was a bit of a surprise, as this was supposed to be a dating blog. After two and a half years of dating hell, my disastrous mishaps had become my identity and – in some friendship circles -legendary. My shenanigans were often met with gasps, laughter and even horror, which to me, was preferable to pity. Since when did being thirty and single become such a terrible affliction? So I wrapped myself up in humour and performed my party pieces to crowds of hungry, happily married people, who couldn’t get enough of my hilarious existence.
But when it came to writing it all down, I wasn’t laughing. So I wrote a cake recipe instead; this cake recipe, in fact, and never looked back. This cake is sweet, delicious and handsome, just like my boyfriend Jamie who I met a month later – I got there in the end!

Vanilla apple cake
Serves 8 / Hands on time 25 mins / Total time 1 hr 30mins + cooling / V
You’ll need: 20cm cake tin, foil, electric hand whisk or standing mixer
350-400g Brambly apples, peeled, cored and sliced
½ lemon, juiced
250g unsalted butter + extra for greasing
250g caster sugar
3 large eggs
250g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs demerara sugar
1 tbs icing sugar for decoration


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ 350°F/gas mark 4 and grease your cake tin with butter.
2. Peel, roughly slice and core the apples. Put them in a large bowl, squeeze over the juice of half a lemon and give the apples a good toss – this prevents the apples oxidising and turning brown. Put to one side.
3. In a large bowl or standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until using an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat the eggs in one at a time, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. If the mixture starts to curdle, simply add a tbs of the self-raising flour and continue to whisk until combined.
4. Sift in the remaining self-raising flour along with the salt and baking powder. Use a wooden spoon to fold in the mixture before giving it another quick whisk until you have a thick, pale batter.
5. Finally fold in the apples and spoon into your prepared tin, using the back of a spoon to push the mixture evenly to the edges (it may seem like there isn’t enough batter to cover the apples but don’t worry, the apples sink to the bottom of the cake during baking). Smooth over the top with a wooden spoon and sprinkle over a tbs of Demerara sugar.
6. Bake in the oven for 45 mins. At this stage the cake will be very brown but don’t worry, it’s not burning. Remove the cake from the oven and swiftly cover the top loosely with foil. Continue to bake for a further 30 mins.
7. Remove from the oven and leave the cake to rest in the tin for 10 mins before turning out onto a cooling rack. Leave to cool fully before dusting with icing sugar and serving with clotted cream and a cup of tea.



Vanilla apple cake

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 – This cake is suitable for home freezing once cooled. Wrap well in cling film and freeze fore up to 3 months. Defrost fully before serving.



Broccoli slaw with flaked almonds

Broccoli slaw with flaked almonds

Here’s another one for that barbecue – she says as it pisses down with rain outside. Well, it wouldn’t be a true British barbecue without lashings of rain and lashings of coleslaw, right? Also, have you ever eaten raw broccoli on purpose? It’s actually rather nice so bog off cabbage, there’s a new guy in town and he has a big bushy head and looks a bit like Screech from Saved by the Bell– think he’s in prison now… Anyhoo, let’s rock out with our brocs out (see what I did there) and try my light zesty broccoli slaw with red onion and flaked almonds.


Broccoli slaw with flaked almonds
Serves 6 as a side dish / Hands on time 15 mins / Total time 15 mins / V Gf
1 head of broccoli (around 450g)
150g Greek yogurt
1 tbs Pomora extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, bashed
½  red onion, peeled and finely sliced
Juice of ½ a lemon
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 small handfuls flaked almonds
Pinch chilli flakes
Smoked paprika to serve
Extra virgin olive oil to serve


Method
1. Prepare the broccoli by cutting it into bite-sized florets and discarding the chunky stalk. Pop in a large bowl with the finely sliced red onion and put to one side.
2. In a small frying pan, over a medium heat, infuse the bashed garlic clove in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil until it starts to sizzle slightly – be careful not to fry it, you just want to infuse the oil with the garlic. Take off the heat, discard the garlic clove and put the oil to one side.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, cider vinegar, dijon mustard and warm garlic oil together until combined. Season well with salt and pepper before pouring over the raw broccoli.
4. Mix together along with a couple of handfuls of flaked almonds – feel free to toast the almonds if you have time, although I didn’t.
5. Pour into a bowl and season again with salt and pepper before dusting the top with smoked paprika. Finish with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and serve as part of a buffet or as a side dish.

Broccoli slaw with flaked almonds

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Vegan red lentil bolognese

Vegan red lentil bolognese

It’s official, veganmania is in full swing, and it looks like she’s cool, young and beautiful. Whereas vegetarianism is still an old hippy, who doesn’t wash his hair. Why are we still so uncool? Plant-based burgers, vegan cheese and even vegan Happy Meals are popping up on menus across the land, and I still get risotto?! It’s so unfair! Don’t get me wrong, I’m appreciating the ever-expanding vegan menus with offerings that are more exciting and innovative – but where is vegetarian revolution? Stuffed peppers and goat cheese tarts are still thrust upon me at any given moment, as it seems our time in the sun has been eclipsed. Restaurants are killing two birds with one stone, and I don’t blame them, but it would be nice to have some sort of renaissance. Well, if you can’t beat them, join them. Here’s a vegan spaghetti Bolognese, because apparently I’m vegan now.


Vegan red lentil bolognese
Serves 4 (makes enough sauce for 6) / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 1 hr 20 mins / V Vn Df Gf* 
1 tsp rapeseed oil
1 large white onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery sticks, diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
1 can plum tomatoes
250g red lentils
1 tbs tomato purée
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried parsley
700ml vegetable stock, I use 1 Knorr stock pots that are gluten free, vegan and dairy free.
3 tbs vegan red wine (optional)
8 cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
300g wholewheat spaghetti or gluten free alternative
Extra virgin olive oil to serve
Fresh basil leaves to serve (optional)


Method
1. In a large cooking pot, sweat the diced onion, carrots, celery and garlic together in a tsp of oil over a medium heat. Season well with salt, add a dash of water and soften for 20 mins with the lid on, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in the tomato purée and add the tinned plum tomatoes using a wooden spoon to break them up a bit. Pour over the stock, add the lentils, cherry tomatoes and sprinkle over the herbs and ground nutmeg. Season well with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
3. Once boiling, turn the heat down and simmer for 40-50 mins with the lid on and stirring occasionally to prevent the lentils sticking to the bottom of the pot.
4. After 40 minutes, fill a large saucepan with boiling water and add 300g of wholewheat spaghetti. Season the water well with salt and boil the pasta for 10-12 minutes (or according to the packet instructions).
5. Finally, take the bolognese off the heat and leave to stand for a couple of minutes whilst draining the pasta and dividing into bowls. Top the spaghetti with the bolognese and serve drizzled with olive oil and topped with a good crack of black pepper.

Vegan red lentil bolognese

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V– Vegetarian    Vn– Vegan    Df– Dairy free
Gf– I use Knorr vegetable stock pots because they are gluten free but other stock pots/cubes may not be. Always check the label. Please substitute wholewheat pasta for a gluten free alternative.
❄ The bolognese sauce is suitable for home freezing once cooled. Consume within 3 months.



 

Courgette carpaccio

Courgette carpaccio

This week I’ve been galavanting around Menorca with my friend/partner in crime Philippa. We drank all the wine and beer the little island had to offer, until I rather unceremoniously fell down a flight of marble stairs – SPLAT! With severely bruised legs and ego, I shook off the do-gooders attempting to peel me off the floor and hobbled angrily to the bar with my friends laughter still ringing in my ears. I spent the rest of the holiday covered in bags of ice and drinking away my shame – so all in all, a very successful holiday!

Anyhoo, since returning home, I’ve been busy licking my wounds and stuffing shop-bought stuffed-crust pizzas into my mouth to cheer myself up. That was until I realised I couldn’t remember the last time I ate a single vegetable. So yesterday, I ran/hobbled to the shop and bought myself a giant courgette and ate it raw, slathered in olive oil and goats cheese. Fortunately for me, courgettes are high in magnesium, which supposedly helps to heal bruising and inflammation, so I’ll only have to eat a thousand more before my legs start resembling legs again.


Courgette carpaccio with goats cheese
Serves 8 as a side / Hands on time 5 mins / Total time 5 mins / V Gf
2 large courgettes, peeled into ribbons
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt flakes
Handful fresh Dill, roughly chopped
70g vegetarian soft goats cheese (optional) –  I used Sainsbury’s Abergavenny goats cheese


Method
1. Using a potato peeler, peel the 2 courgettes into ribbons and put in a large bowl. Squeeze over the lemon, 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle over a large pinch of salt.
2. Add the chopped dill and give it a good mix (being careful not to break up the courgette ribbons). Once everything is nicely dressed, pour out onto a large platter and dot with hunks of goats cheese. Drizzle with more extra virgin olive oil and serve.

Courgette carpaccio

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V – Vegetarian    Gf – Gluten free