Carrot cake loaf: A slice of seasonless happiness

Come rain or shine (and I think it’s fair to say we’ve had a lot of both recently) there is always a good time for carrot cake. Although bursting with vitamins, antioxidants and fibre we all know the healthiest thing about a carrot cake is its name and the minuscule amount of cardio that goes with grating carrots – which frankly is the worst part about making carrot cake. But there is a reason this sweet vegetable deserves its place in the cake hall of fame, and that’s because it’s utterly delicious and worth grating your finger nails for. So why not whip up this seasonless classic and enjoy slice after slice with numerous cups of tea, because that is how carrot cake should be gobbled up – by the wedge load. Although I’m pretty sure Bugs Bunny would have a few words to say about that and not all of them so savoury.

Carrot cake loaf
Carrot cake loaf

Carrot cake loaf
Make 1 loaf / Hands on time 35 mins / Total time 1 hr 45 mins / V
You’ll need: 2 lb loaf tin, electric hand whisk
Juice of 1 orange
45g sultanas
150g carrots, peeled and grated
150g soft brown sugar
80g self-raising flour
80g wholemeal flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp ground ginger
50g pecans, roughly chopped
Pinch of salt
150ml rapeseed oil
2 eggs
For the icing:
130g cream cheese
30g soft unsalted butter
65g icing sugar


Method
1. In a small saucepan, heat the juice of an orange over a low to medium heat and add the sultanas. Warm through for 10 minutes before putting to one side to cool.
2. Meanwhile, grease the base and sides of a loaf tin with a bit of extra rapeseed oil and line the bottom with baking paper. Put to one side and preheat an oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ 350°F/gas mark 4.
3. Peel and grate the carrot before weighing out the sugar, self-raising flour, wholemeal flour, cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the roughly chopped pecans and give it a good mix before incorporating in the grated carrots using a wooden spoon.
4. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the rapeseed oil and the eggs until combined. Pour into the carrot mixture and mix thoroughly. Spoon into the loaf tin and bake on the middle shelf for 1 hr or until a skewer comes out clean.
5. While the cake is baking, make the cream cheese icing by whisking the butter and the cream cheese together in a bowl with an electric whisk. Fold in the icing sugar with a spoon before whisking again for a couple of minutes. Cover loosely with cling film and refrigerate.
6. Allow the carrot cake to cool completely in the tin before turning out and topping with lashings of cream cheese icing.
7. To store, keep the cake refrigerated for up to 3 days in an airtight container or wrapped in cling film. Ideally, allow the cake to come up to room temperature before serving.

Carrot cake loaf
Carrot cake loaf

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Broccoli fusilli with kale & walnut pesto

Broccoli fusilli with kale & walnut pesto

In the back of the vegetable crisper it waits patiently. Its bushy green head turning ever so slightly yellow, it’s pine coloured leaves wilt and shrivel whilst its branches begin to soften. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Liberate your head of broccoli by chopping it up (stalk and all) and serving it al dente stirred through wholemeal pasta with a vibrant kale and walnut pesto. Delish! Alternatively, leave the dish to cool fully before refrigerating and serving as a summery accompaniment to any barbecue. Adding crumbled feta or parmesan shavings add a bit of extra indulgence or leave it as it is to please any plant-based guests you may be entertaining.


Broccoli fusilli with kale and walnut pesto
Serves 2 / Hands on time 15 mins / Total time 20 mins / V Vn Df
You’ll need: A food processor
50g walnuts (about 2 handfuls)
½ regular sized garlic clove, peeled and roughly sliced
1 handful of kale, heavier stems removed and discarded
20-30g fresh basil
4 tbs Pomora extra virgin olive oil
150g wholemeal brown fusilli
1 head of broccoli


Method
1. Put a full kettle on to boil and pour the pasta into a large saucepan (big enough to accommodate an entire chopped head broccoli).
2. Meanwhile, make the pesto by peeling and roughly chopping the garlic before adding it to a food processor, along with the walnuts and a handful of kale (heavier stems removed). Blitz on full for about 10 seconds or until you have a rough paste.
2. Add the fresh basil, a good sprinkle of salt and pepper and give it another blitz – this time for a bit longer until you have a slightly smoother paste.
3. Lastly, add 3 tbs of extra virgin olive oil before blending for a final time (how long you blend is up to you depending on how smooth you like your pesto). Put to one side.
4. Pour the boiling water from the kettle over the pasta and add a half a tsp of salt to the water. Use more water than you would usually as you will need to boil the broccoli in it too. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions until 4 mins before the end of the cooking time. Meanwhile, pull he florets off the broccoli with your fingers and chop into big chunks include the stalk and the leaves.
5. Four minutes before the pasta is cooked add the broccoli florets to the pasta pan and boil for the remaining cooking time.
6. Strain the pasta and the broccoli well before transferring back into the saucepan off the heat. Add the pesto and stir well until evenly distributed. Divide onto plates and serve immediately with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a crack of black pepper.

Broccoli fusilli with kale & walnut pesto

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The side salad revamp

Side salads needn’t be a sad looking lettuce, cucumber and tomato combo. Jazz up your sides with these summery recipes along with a few tips and tricks.  


Courgette carpaccio

Courgette carpaccio
Yes, raw courgette can be delicious thing! Using a potato peeler, peel the 2 raw courgettes into ribbons and put in a large bowl. Squeeze over the juice of a lemon, 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle over a large pinch of salt. Add a handful of chopped fresh 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 chunks of goat’s cheese. Drizzle with more extra virgin olive oil and serve.


Broccoli slaw with flaked almonds

Raw broccoli slaw
Eating raw broccoli may seem odd but it’s no different than eating raw cabbage in a slaw and it’s very tasty. Prepare a head of broccoli by cutting it into bite-sized florets and discarding the chunky stalk. Pop in a large bowl with a quarter of a finely sliced red onion and put to one side. In a small frying pan, over a medium heat, infuse 1 clove of bashed garlic clove in a tbs of extra virgin olive oil until it starts to sizzle slightly. Take off the heat, discard the garlic clove and put the oil to one side. In a smaller bowl make the dressing by whisking together 150g of Greek yogurt, the juice of half a lemon, 1 tsp of cider vinegar, 1 tsp of Dijon mustard and the warm garlic oil until combined. Season well with salt and pepper before pouring over the raw broccoli.Mix together along with a couple of handfuls of flaked almonds. Pour into a bowl, season and dust with smoked paprika.  Finish with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and serve.


Mango mozzarella salad

Mango and mozzarella
Mango and mozzarella make excellent bedfellows and a refreshing summer salad. Start by making the dressing by mixing the juice of a lime, 1 small garlic clove crushed and a tbs of extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl. Chop the mango into chunks and finely chop 2 spring onions, fresh coriander, half a deseeded red chilli and mix them together in a large bowl along with the dressing. Wash and chop 1 gem lettuce and add to the other ingredients and mix well. Drain 2 balls of mozzarella and tear into pieces with your fingers and add them to the salad. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with a sprinkle of dried chilli flakes.


Not quite ready for raw broccoli and exotic fruit in your salad? Try adding a bit of texture by sprinkling over a handful of seeds or some chopped nuts. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and pine nuts are a good option as they’re mild in flavour but add a nice bit of bite. You could also try including grains and pulses to make your salads more substantial. Chickpeas and kidney beans work well as do grains such as couscous and rice. Freshly chopped herbs can be a fragrant addition along with flavoured oils used in dressings. So, jazz up those side salads and have a party why don’t you!


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Better feta

Feta isn’t just for crumbling over salads, this ewe’s cheese is much more versatile than you may have originally thought. Softly brined, tangy, salty and ever so slightly sour and sweet in flavour, feta can add a welcome depth and texture to a number of dishes. Whipped, baked or even fried, this pleasing block of ‘white gold’ deserves to be centre stage to bring the taste of Greece to your dinner table.


Whipped feta and avocado dip

Whipped feta and avocado dip
Add 100g of feta to a food processor and blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add a handful of fresh mint leaves and blitz again until combined. Add the flesh of a whole avocado along with 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Blitz for a final time until you have a smooth creamy consistency. Serves 2.


Fried feta on toast with honey & thyme

Fried feta on toast with thyme and honey
On a small side plate, add a heaped tbs of flour. Slice 100g of feta into two even slices and dust well in the flour. Beat an egg in a small bowl, season well with salt and pepper and pour onto a plate. Dip the cheese into the egg and cover evenly. In a small frying pan on a medium heat, add a tbs of oil. Once hot, carefully place the cheese in and fry gently on each side for a couple of minutes or until golden. Serve on a piece of toasted sourdough, drizzled in good quality honey and sprinkled with fresh thyme leaves. Serves 1.


Baked Feta

Baked Mediterranean feta
Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400F/gas mark 6. Slice 1 red pepper along with half a red onion, 8 cherry tomatoes (halved) and 2 handfuls of black olives (halved). Smooth out 2 large pieces of kitchen foil and divide the chopped red pepper and arrange in the centre of each piece of foil. Season well with salt and pepper. Slice 200g of feta in half and pop each slice on top of the bed of sliced peppers. Top the feta with the onions and the cherry tomatoes (it doesn’t matter if a few fall off, just leave them at the side). Scatter over the olives and sprinkle with dried oregano. Season with salt and pepper before folding up the sides of each parcel and scrunching the top until sealed. Place both on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 20 mins. Once cooked, carefully remove from the oven and open the parcels up just enough to drain away any excess liquid before sliding onto plates. Serve with warm pita bread and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.


Jamie’s Feta & Cherry Tomato Rigatoni

Feta and cherry tomato pasta sauce
Half 20 cherry tomatoes and put in a large saucepan with 1tsp olive oil and 1 tsp of oregano. Cook on a medium heat for 5 mins until softened. Add 3 tbs tomato purée, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 grated courgette and season with salt and pepper. Cook on a medium to low heat with the lid on for a further 10 mins. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water (follow packet instructions). Drain the pasta and pour straight into the sauce. Stir well before adding the chopped basil and 150g of crumbled feta. Stir again until combined and the cheese begins to melt. Serve topped with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a good crack of pepper.


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Fresh cherry & lemon drizzle

Fresh cherry drizzle cake

I love cherries but hate cherry cake. Nearly always made with horrid glacé cherries and with an amaretto after-taste I can’t think of anything worse. But I  do love fresh cherries and guess what? Cherries are currently in season and I’m in the mood for something sweet so I thought I’d have a go at making a fresh version with added lemon drizzle – because who doesn’t love a lemon drizzle? This cake is sweet,  fruity and perfect for yet another wet July afternoon – seriously what is up with the weather? I’m wearing a wooly jumper!


Fresh Cherry & lemon drizzle
Serves 8-10 / Hands on time 25 min / Total time 1hr 30 mins + cooling / V
You’ll need: 20cm cake tin, tin foil, electric hand whisk, cherry pitter (optional)
250g pitted fresh cherries
225g caster sugar
2 eggs
115g unsalted butter + extra for greasing
140ml semi-skimmed or whole milk
½ tsp vanilla essence
185g plain flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
Drizzle
85g caster sugar
1 lemon


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ 350°F/gas mark 4. Grease the cake tin and line the bottom with baking paper. Put to one side.
2. Pit and de-stork the fresh cherries. If you have a cherry pitter (lucky you) keep the cherries whole. If you don’t (like me) you can click here to watch a very smug man pit cherries using a chopstick and bottle – which is what I’ll do next time. However, I didn’t know this at the time, so I used a sharp knife to cut the cherry all the way around from top to bottom, then twist the two halves apart in opposite directions – like you would with an avocado. If the cherry pit doesn’t pull away neatly from one half (mine didn’t) just roughly cut around the stone. You’ll be left with a mixture of cherry halves and smaller chopped cherry pieces which is fine.
3. Put the butter and the milk in a small saucepan over a low heat until the butter has melted. Once melted take off the heat to cool slightly.
4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and the caster sugar for at least 2 mins until you have a very pale, creamy mixture and the whisk leaves a trail behind it.
5. Add the vanilla essence and the melted butter and milk slowly to the egg mixture and mix well with the electric whisk until combined.
6. Measure out the flour and the baking powder in a seperate bowl before sieving over the top. Fold in with a wooden spoon until just combined with minimal lumps – be careful not to overwork the mixture.
7. Pour into your cake tin (the mixture will be quite runny) and sprinkle all the cherries over on top – don’t worry, they will sink durning baking.
8. Bake in the oven for 35 mins. At this stage the cake will have formed a crust on the top. Carefully top the cake with a loose sheet of foil whilst still in the oven and continue to bake for a further 25-30 mins or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 30 mins Meanwhile, make the drizzle by combining the juice of one lemon and the caster sugar.  Turn the cake out, prick all over with a skewer and evenly pour over the drizzle whilst still warm. Leave to set and cool fully before serving. This cake will last up to 5 days wrapped up in the fridge.

Fresh cherry drizzle cake

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Food labels and drop scones

Oh we do a love a bit of food waste in the UK don’t we. £20 billion in fact (yes £20 billion) worth of food is binned annually in the UK. Contributing to this staggering figure, is consumer confusion around food labelling. The sooner you get to grips with “use by”, “sell by” and “best before” dates, the less waste you’ll produce and the more money you will save. Ka-ching!


Display until/sell by: Is aimed at the retailer, not you. It simply indicates (to them) the date by which the product should be sold or removed from the shelves. However, this is not an indication of when the product should be consumed. Typically, one-third of a products shelf-life remains for the customer to consume safely at home.

Best before: Use your common sense on this one and decide when a product is no longer fit to eat. “Best before” dates are more of a guide, rather than a recommendation. It’s about quality, not safety.

Use by:
Now this is the important one and a label not to be ignored. Unlike “best before”, “use by” dates are about safety and food hygiene. NEVER consume a food product that is past its “use by’ date even if it smells okay – I’m talking to you milk carton sniffers. Just because the product smells safe, doesn’t mean it isn’t crawling with harmful bacteria. Bin it or try and consumer it before the “use by” date.


That being said, do you still find yourself pouring whole pints of milk down the sink? Well, you’re not the only one. £150m worth of milk is wasted every year with 90 percent of it coming from the home – eep! But there’s no use crying over spilt milk, instead I’m going to let you in on my secret to using up this everyday staple before it turns sour.

Pancakes! Not only are they easy, versatile and fun to make, but most batters require at least, half a pint of milk. Savoury, sweet, baked or fried, there is a plethora of recipes out there to experiment with, from Dutch babies to cheesy galettes, plant milks to different flours – doesn’t always have to a sugary lemon treat. In my house, I opt for savoury drop scones, not only are they easy to make but they’re also a great way of using up any surplus veg. Win, win!


Savoury green drop scones
Savoury green drop scones

Savoury green drop scones
Makes 8-10 / Serves 2 / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 30 mins / 
V
175g your choice of flour
200ml your choice of milk – plant milks also work
1 egg
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp oil
3 springs onions, finely chopped
1 large handful of greens (you can use any chopped greens you like for this recipe – I use a mixture of savoy cabbage and kale but spinach, cavolo nero, chard or even brussels sprouts work. You can also use grated root vegetables such as carrots or parsnips)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
50g grated cheese (optional)
½ tsp sea salt


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 100°C/80°C fan/210F/gas mark 1. Put a large plate in the oven.
2. Weigh out the flour and the baking powder and combine in a large bowl. Add 200ml of milk to a jug and crack in 1 egg. Whisk the egg in the jug with the milk until fully incorporated. Put to one side.
3. Finely chop the spring onions, garlic and your selection of greens. Grate the cheese and put to one side.
4. Add the salt and the baking powder to the flour and mix before making a well in the middle and pouring in the milk bit by bit, whisking continuously. Once you have a smooth batter, add the other ingredients until fully incorporated.


5. Put a large non-stick frying pan over a medium to high heat and add a tsp of oil. Once hot, drop a heaped tablespoon of mixture into the pan and push down with the back of the spoon to create a round-dish shape. Repeat this process making sure the drop scones are not too close together. After a couple of minutes, flip the scones over and press down on them with the back of a spatula to help them cook through – feel free to flip them over a couple more time to insure they are cooked all the way through.
6. Remove the warm plate from the oven and turn the scones out onto it. Cover loosely with foil and place back in the warm oven while you make your second batch of scones. Repeat this process until you have no batter left. Serve for breakfast with chilli jam or for lunch with a green salad.


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Roasted new potato salad

Roasted new potato salad

I’ve spoken about my disdain for new potatoes being used to make sad ‘mayonnaisey’ potato salads – or as I like to call it, ‘bowl of mushy white swill’. But it doesn’t have to be this way folks. Roast the little blighters and toss them in a deliciously light salad with crunchy radishes and a zesty hummus dressing. You’ll be queen of the barbecue and the envy of all – apart from the person who made the three tier pavlova. No one can top that.

I actually make this recipe a lot and use whatever ‘salady’ bits we have in the fridge so feel free to freestyle. I tend to make the dressing in a scraped out hummus pot as it saves washing up and disappoint when you realise there ins’t enough hummus to top a single crisp. Devastating.


Roasted new potato salad with hummus dressing
Serves 2 or 4 as a side / Hands on time 20 mins / Total time 1 hr 15 mins / V Gf Df*
350-400g new potatoes
1 tsp sea salt flakes
1 tsp rapeseed oil
½ cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
4 radishes, sliced
Handful pumpkin seeds
Handful pitted black olives, roughly chopped
½ deseeded bell pepper, finely chopped
¼ small red onion, sliced thinly
2 handfuls salad leaves to serve
100g feta, crumbled (optional)

Dressing
1 tbs hummus
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or balsamic)
½ tsp dijon mustard
½ tsp honey


TIP: This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled if making as a side for a barbecue.


Dairy free? Leave out the feta – I often make this recipe without it and it is just as delicious.


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400F/gas mark 6.
2. Cut in half the larger new potatoes leaving the smaller one’s whole. Give them a quick wash before patting them dry with a tea towel or kitchen roll. Pour the potatoes into a large mixing bowl and add the oil and the salt.
3.Mix well making sure the potatoes are well coated. Tip out onto a lined baking tray, making sure to space the potatoes apart. (No need to wash up the mixing bowl, save it to make your salad in later).
4. Roast in the oven for 15 mins before giving them a little shake. Continue to roast for a further 10 mins. Give them a final shake, turn off the heat but leave them in the oven while you prepare the salad.


TIP: I often roast the potatoes in the morning and leave them in the oven to rest (sometimes for hours) until I’m ready for the salad. This salad can be enjoyed warm or cold.


5. Start to assemble the salad by adding the chopped cucumber, red pepper, red onion, radishes and pitted black olives to the large mixing bowl you used earlier (the smaller your dice your salad the better to give an even distribution per portion. Sprinkle over the pumpkin seeds and season with salt and pepper. Give it a good mix.
6. Make the dressing either in the hummus pot (if you have about a tbs left) or in a small bowl. Combine all the ingredients together and give it a good stir until combined.
7. Finally remove the potatoes from the oven and tip into the salad along with the crumbled feta (if using). Give it a stir before adding all of the dressing and mix well. Serve on a bed of salad leaves and with an extra drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a good crack of black pepper.

Roasted new potato salad

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Get the most out of your freezer


Still feeling the Covid-19 pinch on your purse strings? Me too. As the UK economy plummets into its deepest recession in more than three centuries, it’s imperative we adapt and adjust to a more economical mentality. Wasting food is wasting money and if, like me, your funds are dwindling before your very eyes, then learning how to get the most out of your freezer could help you pinch those pennies.

It may surprise you to know that you can freeze pretty much anything; eggs, rice, pasta, human heads and even cheese! I know right? Who knew you could freeze cheese? So, stock up on Tupperware and sticky labels, it’s time to get your freezer working for you.


The big Freezer guide:

Step 1.  Have a good clear out and bin that two-year-old packet of fish fingers. Defrost the freezer if necessary – there’s no point having a clear out if there’s so much ice build-up, you can’t fit anything in your freezer.

Step 2. Purchase a roll of sticky labels and keep them near your freezer with a pen (I’ve had my roll of sticky labels for 5 years now and it’s still going strong). Every time you freeze something, write out a label stating what it is you’re freezing and include the date you cooked it. Trust me, you may know what it is now, but in a few months, you won’t have a clue what that brown stuff is in the mystery Tupperware.

Step 3.
Cool food fully before freezing. Freezing warm food can raise the temperature of the freezer and cause other frozen items to partially thaw and refreeze.

Step 4. Consume frozen items within 3 months as over time the quality of food deteriorates and may affect the taste. This varies between foods, but three months is a good guide for leftovers in general.


So, what can you freeze?… 

Bread/cakes
Freeze: Bread and cakes needs to be pre-sliced and wrapped well in plastic, foil or in freezer bag – ever tried tried slicing a loaf of frozen sourdough? I rest my case. Muffins, cupcakes and scones require individual wrapping in a few layers or cling film or foil.
Defrost: At room temperature or in the fridge (in warmer climates) or toast sliced bread directly from the freezer.

Nuts
Freeze: Wrap well and freeze in a freezer bag
Defrost
: At room temperature and use that day. 

Pasta
Freeze: Cool cooked pasta, drizzle with oil and toss. Spoon into airtight containers or freezer bags for up to 2 weeks.
Defrost: Directly in boiling water or tip into a simmering pasta sauce until piping hot.

Bananas
Freeze: Over-ripe bananas in their skins in a plastic bag for up to 6 months.
Defrost: In a bag in the fridge. Slide straight out of the skins into cakes or pancake batter.

Soups and stews
Freeze: Leave to cool fully before transferring to an airtight container. If using glass, leave a 3/4-inch space between the top of the food and the lid – you don’t want it exploding. Label with the date and consume within 3 months.
Defrost: In the fridge before heating thoroughly and consuming.

Eggs
Freeze: Freeze fresh eggs for up to one year. Simply beat together and pour into a small Tupperware and freeze. Eggs frozen this way are great for using in cakes – I tend to freeze two at a time, as most recipes tend to require two eggs ­­­– don’t forget to label your Tupperware with how many eggs you have frozen. You can also freeze egg whites, simply separate from the yolks and pour into a Tupperware or ice cube tray. Egg yolks can’t be frozen due to the gelation property of the yolk, causing it to gel and thicken when frozen.  
Defrost:
In the fridge and use in baking or for scrambling.

Cooked rice
Freeze: Cool the rice quickly by removing it from the pan and spreading out on a baking sheet. After 10 mins, portion out into freezer bags and label with the date. Use within one month.
Defrost: In the fridge and use within 24 hrs. Always serve piping hot.

Hard cheese
Freeze: Grate the cheese and pack it in an airtight container or bag. Use within 9 months.
Defrost: In the fridge and use in cooked dishes and cheese sauces.

Flour
Freeze:
In an airtight container or plastic bag. Flour does have a ‘use by’ date so freezing it is a great way of not wasting it.
Defrost: No need! Flour can be used straight from the freezer. Magic!



Roasted miso aubergine salad

Roasted Miso Aubergine Salad

Oh look, a recipe! Sorry for the lack of recipe blogs in recent weeks chums, but like everyone, I’ve had to cut back and tighten my belt. So instead of choosing a recipe to create, I let the recipe choose me and before I knew it, this little blighter jumped up and kissed me full on the mouth – figuratively speaking.

Armed with two aubergines and a giant bag of salad, I raided my fridge and small jar of miso gave me a suggestive wink and a wave. Blushing (and feeling slightly delusional), I emerged with this rather delightful salad recipe… Has anyone else found themselves flirting with inanimate objects/condiments? Yeah me neither… I need a lie down.


Roasted miso aubergine salad
Serves 2 / Hands on time 15 mins / Total time 45 mins / Df V Vn 
50g bulgur wheat
125ml cold water
½ vegetable stock pot/cube
1 medium aubergine, sliced into 4 quarters lengthways
Dressing
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbs miso paste
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 garlic clove, peeled, grated or chopped
Salad
2 large handfuls salad leaves
2 spring onions, finely sliced lengthways
1 medium red chill, deseeded and sliced (optional)
Handful cashews, whole or roughly chopped
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzle


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400F/gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with baking paper and put to one side.
2. Measure out the bulgur wheat and pour into a small saucepan along with 125ml of cold water and half a vegetable stock pot/cube. Place over a medium to high heat until boiling before turning down and simmering for 4 mins. Once the water has absorbed, remove from the heat, give it a quick stir and cover with a lid. Put to one side.
3. Slice the aubergine lengthways into 4 quarters and criss cross the flesh. In a small bowl, make the miso glaze by combining the miso, maple syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil and crushed garlic together (if the miso paste you’re using is quite firm, add a small dash of boiling water to it first to help it loosen).
4. Brush the aubergines generously with all of the marinade, all over. Place skin side down, before covering the tray loosely with foil. Roast for 20 mins.
5. Meanwhile, finely slice the chilli, spring onions and roughly chop the cashews. After 20 mins, remove the foil from the aubergines, give them a turn and roast uncovered for a further 10 mins. Turn the aubergines one final time and add the cashews (I like to keep mine whole). Continue to roast for a further 5 mins.
6. Once the aubergines have softened, turn the oven off but leave the aubergines inside while you assemble the salad. Dress the leaves lightly in extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Divide between two large plates and sprinkle over the bulgur wheat, spring onion and chilli. Finally, remove the aubergines from the oven and add to the salad along with any remaining sticky miso residue from the baking tray and roasted cashews. Delish.

Roasted Miso Aubergine Salad

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St George’s Day savoury bread & butter pudding

Celebrate this St George’s Day like a true Brit, with my savoury twist on an English classic. This cheese and onion bread and butter pudding is cheap, easy and a great way to use up any stale bread you happen to have lying around. Happy St George’s Day chaps! 


Savoury Bread & Butter Pudding
Savoury Bread & Butter Pudding

Savoury bread & butter pudding
Serves 4-6 / Hands on time 20 mins / Total time 50 mins /
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2 red onions, roughly sliced
1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly sliced
400g white sourdough loaf (or any bread you happen to have. I like sourdough as it’s a little more robust and tends to keep its form).
75g medium vegetarian cheddar cheese, grated
75g cheese of your choice grated or crumbled (I used a combination of Emmental and cheddar but you can use any cheese you like)
Handful fresh thyme sprigs
5 eggs
500ml semi-skimmed milk


TIP: I often half the recipe and make a smaller version for 2 in a smaller dish. It’s a great way of using up any unwanted slices of stale bread you have lying around. Also, you don’t have to use sourdough, regular sliced bread works too – although bear in mind you may need more of it. If halving the recipe, use 3 eggs. 


Method
1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F/gas mark 6. Roughly slice the onions and put them to one side.
2. Butter a 2 litre oven dish and begin slicing the bread. Once sliced, pick up the slices as a loaf and put straight into the oven dish. Pull the slices apart to fill the dish creating a zig zag effect (see image below). If you’re using odd bits of bread, just arrange them as best as you can – doesn’t have to be perfect. Roughly slice the onions and the garlic clove.
3. Grate or crumbled all the cheeses, saving a handful of hard cheese for the topping (a hard grated cheese is better for sprinkling). Put to one side.
4. Evenly distribute the sliced onions and garlic through the layers of bread before packing with the cheeses. Insert a few thyme sprigs throughout and put to one side.
5. In a separate bowl or jug, whisk the eggs and milk together until combined before pouring slowly over the pudding, making sure you manage to soak all the bread. Season well with salt and pepper before topping with the remaining handful of grated cheese. Bake in the oven on the middle shelf, for 25-30 mins.
6. Remove from the oven, discard the charred thyme sprigs and serve with a simple green salad a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.


Savoury Bread & Butter Pudding
Savoury Bread & Butter Pudding

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