Celeriac baked rice ​with goats cheese

Celeriac baked rice with goats cheese
Celariac baked rice with goats cheese
Celeriac baked rice with goats cheese

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, although it’s hard not to when you’re staring down at the misshapen, ugly face of a celeriac. Its knobbly, gnarly and often hairy skin looks like something out of a science fiction film.
Like a lot of people, I am guilty of overlooking this vegetable, but I felt sorry for it sitting on the shelf next to the prettier and cutely named munchkin pumpkin – the celeriac never have a chance. So I took his ugly mug home and lovingly peeled, chopped and roasted him in this delicious rice dish. It’s what he would have wanted.


Celeriac baked rice ​with goats cheese
Serves 4 / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 1 hr 20 mins / V Gf
You’ll need: A deep oven-proof casserole dish
2 tsp rapeseed oil
1 white onion, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
1 medium sized celeriac (roughly 650g), peeled and cut into chunks
½ tsp garlic granules
½ tsp sea salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch chilli flakes
500ml vegetable stock, I use 1 Knorr stock pot
150g brown basmati rice
4 rosemary sprigs
200g vegetarian goats cheese (including rind)
100g black olives, drained and halved
Handful of parsley, chopped to serve


TIP: If making for two, half the recipe and use a smaller baking dish.


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 220°C/200°C fan/428°F/gas mark 7. Add the chopped onion and the garlic to a deep casserole dish along with the rapeseed oil, garlic granules, sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and a pinch of chilli flakes. Give it all a good stir.
2. Peel and cut the celeriac into large chunks and add to the dish and mix well. Add the rice and pour over the vegetable stock and stir carefully. Make sure the rice is fully immersed under the stock before adding the rosemary springs. Cover the dish in a layer of tin foil and bake in the oven for 45 mins.
3. Meanwhile, roughly chop the goats cheese, black olives and parsley.
4. Once cooked, remove from the oven and put the foil to one side. Taste the rice to check if it’s cooked – if the rice is still a little tough, cover in foil and return to the oven and cook for a further 5-10 mins. If cooked, sprinkle over the cheese and the black olives and return to the oven, covered in foil for a further 10 mins or until the cheese is melted.
5. Finish sprinkled with fresh parsley and serve with a simple green salad.

Celeriac baked rice with goats cheese
Celeriac baked rice with goats cheese


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Spring green egg fried rice

Spring green egg fried rice
Spring green egg fried rice
Spring green egg fried rice

August. Is. Evil! Sure, the weather’s nice, and for one blissful month, I don’t have to share my commute with hundreds of school children, but just as I’m about to pour myself a well-deserved gin and tonic and plan the weekend ahead, I notice that I don’t have a single weekend free until mid-September. NOOOOOO! Weddings, Christenings, birthdays and reunions clog up my iPhone calendar like virtual turds that just won’t flush. I decide to leave the glass and take the bottle of gin to my wardrobe, where I stare blankly before deciding which outfits I can get away with wearing at least twice.

Four weeks on and I have successfully godmothered, danced and drunk my way through the wedding season. So it will come as no surprise that when I finally get a weekend to do what I want to do, I come down with a disgusting cold.
“At least you’re not an American prisoner of war in Vietnam” Jamie says, rather unsympathetically. Yes, well, I guess there’s always that I think, as I reach for the already empty box of tissues.

And what has any of this got to do with egg-fried rice? Admittedly, not much, apart from the fact that egg-fried rice was the only thing I managed to pull together before I collapsed into my bed for a few days. Top with a fried egg and serve drizzled with soy sauce.


Spring green egg fried rice
Serves 2 / Hands on time 20 mins / Total time 20 mins / V Df
You’ll need: One small and one large frying pan
3 tsp sesame oil
3 spring onions, sliced into strips (keeping a little back for garnish)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 inch knob of ginger, grated
4 eggs (2 beaten)
80g spring greens, chopped cabbage or kale (roughly two handfuls)
30g frozen peas
250g cooked brown basmati rice
1½ tbs light soy sauce

Method
1. Prepare a large frying and a small frying pan by adding 1 tsp of sesame oil to each. Put the large frying pan on a medium to high heat and allow the oil to warm. Meanwhile chop the spring onions, garlic and grate the ginger. Add these to the pan and cook for a few minutes until they start to soften.
2. Add the beaten egg and allow to cook for 30 seconds before using a spoon to break up the egg. Add the chopped greens and the frozen peas along with a dash of water to help them steam. Allow to cook for another couple of minutes.
3. Meanwhile, put the smaller frying pan on a medium to high heat and crack in both eggs. Fry until the white is set but the yolk is still soft.
4. Whilst the eggs are cooking, add the cooked rice, soy sauce and a tsp of sesame oil to the greens and cook for a further 3 minutes. Finally, divide into bowls and serve topped with a fried egg and a sprinkling of chopped spring onions.

Spring green egg fried rice
Spring green egg fried rice

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Cocoa & coconut energy balls

Cocoa & Coconut Energy Balls

I don’t know about you, but I’ve literally spent the last two weeks eating nothing but Cadbury’s Roses (good times) but what in gods name have Cadbury’s done to their wrappers? The once delicately wrapped choccies I used to twist straight into my mouth have been replaced with what looked like assorted condom wrappers. Thanks a lot Cadbury’s, thanks for ruining Christmas… Okay so I still ate two tubs but this isn’t over Cadbury’s, a strongly worded letter will be winging it’s way to you when I can be bothered to write and post one.
Until then, I shall be making my own chocolates — mainly because I am now addicted to Cadbury’s Roses and need a healthier substitute for January. Happy new year every body


Cocoa & coconut energy balls
​Makes 12 balls / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 10 mins + chilling time / V 
180g ready to eat dates, stones removed
50g porridge oats
50g Green & Blacks Organic 70% dark chocolate
50g nuts of your choice (I used a mix of cashews, almonds and pecans)
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tsp flaxseed mill (I use Lindwoods milled flax, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds with goji berries)
4 tsp cold water
2 tbs desiccated coconut (optional)


Method
1. De-stone the dates and add them to the blender along with the oats, chocolate and your choice of nuts. Blitz until you have a paste.
2. Add half a tsp of cinnamon, 2 tsp of flaxseed mill and 4 tsp of cold water. Blend again until combined and a bit sticky.
3. Turn out and roughly divide the mixture into 12. Using your hands, roll the mixture into a walnut sized balls before placing inside a sealable container (it’s okay if the balls touch but don’t put them on top of each other). Once rolled, I like to roll half of my balls in desiccated coconut for a bit of variation but this is optional (tastes really good though so I recommend it).
4. Pop them in the fridge to chill and eat as and when desired. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Cocoa & Coconut Energy Balls

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Korean bibimbap

Korean Bibimbap



Why do mice seem to follow me everywhere I go? I’m like the modern day Pied Piper, but instead of a pipe, I have a jar of pickled carrots. I didn’t even know mice liked Korean food, let alone pickled carrots but, while I was cooking recently, I spotted one staring up at me from the kitchen floor with his horrible little beady eyes. And as quick as he came he was gone, like a thief in the night.

‘JAMIEEEEEEEEEEEE!’ I screamed, waiting for my gallant boyfriend to come in and deal with the wee beasty. Not likely. Jamie hurried out of the bedroom before swiftly turning on his heel and retreating at the mere mention of the word ‘mouse’. So much for my knight in shining armour.
So I set about emptying the cupboards, pulling out drawers and hoovering every nook and cranny before coming to the conclusion that my little guest was simply passing through. He probably lives downstairs with my neighbour – she’s a dusty old drunk who loves living in squalor so they’re probably best friends.
Anyway, so then we ate our Bibimbap in peace – after I coaxed Jamie out of the bedroom, that is. He hates mice, despite having a lot in common with them. For a start, they’re both nocturnal, love eating junk food and watching South Park.

Anyway, back to bibimbap. I’ve been a bit obsessed with Korean food ever since Kimchee opened near my old office on New Oxford Street. Relatively new to Korean food, I was astonished at the vegetarian selection; delicious tofu salads, sushi rolls, steamed rice bowls with marinated tofu and pickled vegetables, err – yum! But then I moved away so had to take matters into my own hands. My favourite Korean dish is bibimbap, a mixed rice dish served with gochujang (a type of red chilli paste) with a mixture of steamed and pickled vegetables and topped with a fried egg. It’s delicious, so if you’re feeling frisky, give it a go.


Korean bibimbap 
Serves 2 / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 30 mins + pickling / V Df🌶
Pickled carrots
150g carrots, peeled into ribbons (I used baby rainbow carrots)
100ml of water
100ml of rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
60g granulated white sugar
Bibimbap
120g basmati rice, I use Tilda wholegrain basmati with quinoa
100g mixed exotic mushrooms or mushrooms of your choice
4 handfuls of spinach
1 bulb of pak choy, sliced
2 tsp light soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
2 spring onions, chopped
½ pack of smoked tofu, sliced
2 eggs
Black sesame seeds to serve (optional)
Dressing
2 tsp gochujang or Sriracha (gochujang is a fermented soybean chilli paste, it can be tricky to find though so Sriracha works just as well which is available in most supermarkets)
1 tbs rice vinegar
1 tbs light soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil 
Big pinch of sugar


Method
1. Peel the carrots
 and then peel into ribbons and put to one side. If you’re not pickling your carrots you can ignore this next step.
2. In small saucepan, heat the sugar, water, rice vinegar and salt on a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Take off the heat and leave to cool. Put your carrot ribbons into an appropriately sized Tupperware or jar and pour over the pickling liquid. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour (although overnight is preferable). These will keep in the fridge for up to four days and will taste better and the longer you leave them.
3. In a medium sized saucepan pour boiling water over 120g of basmati rice. Bring to the boil before reducing the heat and simmering for 25 minutes.
4. Meanwhile start cooking the mushrooms by frying them gently on a medium to low heat in a tsp of sesame oil and a tsp of soy sauce. Keep an eye on your mushrooms whilst you start cooking the greens in a separate pan. Add a little water if they start looking a little too hot. Once cooked you can turn the heat right down.
5. In a separate saucepan with a lid, sweat down 4 handfuls of spinach and pak choy in 1 tsp of sesame oil and 1 tsp of soy sauce until wilted. Once cooked, move the greens to one side of the pan and topple the mushrooms into the other. Turn off the heat under both pans and cover with a lid to keep warm.
6. Roughly chop the spring onions and slice the smoked tofu and put to one side as you make the dressing. Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and put to one side.
7. By now your rice should be cooked, take off the heat and drain well with a sieve before returning back to the pan. Pop the lid on. Fry your eggs in a bit of oil until cooked how you like them (I used my mushroom pan but feel free to use a fresh clean one if you prefer.)
8. Fork through your rice keeping it nice and loose and divide into two bowls. Spoon over a bit of dressing and top with the egg. Arrange the vegetables, tofu and pickles around the side and sprinkle the egg with sesame seeds and top with the remaining dressing and serve.


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Pad see ew

Pad See Ew
Pad see ew

Pad see what? Pad say who?… Pad see ew (or pad si-io) is a popular stir fried noodle dish in Thailand made with egg, dark soy sauce and vegetables. I practically lived off this dish after accidentally marooning myself on a remote Thai island. When I say ‘accidentally’ I don’t mean I took a wrong turn and ended up shipwrecked like Tom Hanks. I mean, I accidentally (and very drunkly) booked a month of volunteer work saving turtles on Koh Phra Thong. Not really sure how many turtles I saved but I did eat lots of amazing Thai food and this was my favourite… How has it taken me 3 years to finally make it? I guess the one I order from Deliveroo is pretty good, but I can’t have Deliveroo everyday, I’m not Kanye West.
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Pad see ew
Serves 1 / Hands on time 25 mins / Total time 25 mins /
Df
You’ll need:
A wok 
100g Thai flat rice noodles (I got mine from an Asian supermarket but you can get them in some supermarkets such as Waitrose)
1 tbs light soy sauce
1½ tbs dark soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
½ tsp sugar
Small carrot, peeled and sliced
75g tender-stem broccoli (small handful)
4 leaves of pak choi, sliced
1 egg 


Method
1. Cook the flat rice noodles according to the package instructions before draining and rinsing throughly in cold water. Put to one side.
2. Slice 2 garlic cloves and peel and slice the carrot into thin rounds. Half the tender-stem broccoli and slice the pak choy into long strips.
3. Put your work on a medium to high heat and add 1 tsp of sesame oil. Once hot, add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute before adding the noodles and the vegetables. Give it a good quick stir and pour over 1 tbs of light soy sauce, 1½ tbs of dark soy sauce and sprinkle with half a teaspoon of sugar.
4. Keep the contents of the wok moving and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables have softened. Don’t worry if the mixture sticks to the wok a bit, you want a sticky, slightly charred flavour. Continue to stir vigorously and chip away at any sticky bits – if however it’s sticking too much for your liking, add a dash off water to help loosen it up. Try not to over cook the vegetables, it’s nice to leave them a bit crunchy.
5. Once the vegetables are cooked, move them to one side of the pan and crack the egg into the other, leave for a few seconds to set slightly and then mix into the rest of the noodles until evenly distributed and cooked. 
6. Turn out onto a bowl and devour immediately.


Pad see ew

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Roasted vegetable couscous with goats cheese & harissa

Vegetable Couscous with Goats Cheese
Vegetable Couscous with Goats Cheese & Harissa

Why I thought it was a good idea to roast vegetables on the hottest day of the year, in my tiny 2 bedroom flat is beyond me but I’ve never claimed to be the smartest tool in the box… Hang on that doesn’t sound right. Why would a tool need to be smart? Let’s check Google…
Right so it’s the ‘sharpest’ tool in the box. Think I’ve just proved my point.
Anyway, my mum used to make a Delia Smith recipe similar to this one, she even managed to dig the book out for me to look at but the recipe was so long I got bored and walked off. I mean it’s hardly rocket science is it? Make some couscous, roast some veg, top with cheese, BOOM! Come on Delia sort it out, I don’t have 9 hours to make my dinner. Actually I should be nice to Delia, she launched Sainsbury’s Magazine back in 1993 who currently employ me, so I should stop talking now. Love you Delia, you da best!


Roasted vegetable couscous with goats cheese & harissa
Serves 4 / Hands on time 25 mins / Total time 1 hour 10 mins / V
250g couscous
350ml vegetable stock, I use Knorr
½ red onion, peeled and roughly sliced
1 medium aubergine, cut into chunks
5 baby leeks or 1 regular roughly chopped
Handful cherry tomatoes, roughly 10
200g butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cut into chunks (I buy it already peeled and chopped)
1 red pepper, sliced
3 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 tbs olive oil
150g vegetarian firm goats cheese
Handful fresh basil, chopped 
Harrissa dressing
Juice of a lemon
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp honey
2 tsp harrissa paste


Method
1. Preheat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas mark 7. Measure out your couscous and pour into a large bowl. Pour over the vegetable stock, making sure all the couscous is covered. Cover the bowl with cling film and put to one side.
2. Roughly chop the aubergine, red onion, red pepper and butternut squash and put into a large roasting tray. Scatter with a handful of cherry tomatoes, whole baby leeks and the peeled and bashed garlic cloves. Add the olive oil and give it a good mix until the vegetables are evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, make your dressing by combining the juice of a lemon, harrissa paste, honey, extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Put to one side.
4. By now your couscous should be nice and soft. Uncover the bowl and using a fork, scrape across the top to start loosening it. Keep the pressure light and keep scraping until you get to the bottom of the bowl and your couscous looks light and fluffy. Put to one side.
5. After half an hour, carefully remove your veg from the oven, give it a bit of a shake and pop back in for another 10 minutes. Meanwhile, roughly chop a handful of basil leaves and cut your goats cheese into chunks and put to one side.
6. Once your veg is roasted, remove from the oven but leave the oven on. Carefully scoop out the veg and pop it onto a plate. Then in the same baking tray, spread out the couscous and top evenly with the roasted vegetables. Scatter with goats cheese and put back in the oven for a further 10 minutes. Serve topped with fresh basil and good drizzle of Harissa dressing.

 




Vegetable Couscous with Goats Cheese & Harissa

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Easy overnight oats

Easy Overnight Oats
Easy Overnight Oats

Lets all pretend to be Deliciously Ella for a day and make some overnight oats shall we? Now I know Ella didn’t invent overnight oats but I can picture her making them more than anyone else in the world. I can see her now, pouring oats, seeds and nuts out of individual Kilner jars and covering them with homemade almond milk, before gliding upstairs to bed in her silk pyjamas and White Company socks. She closes her bedroom door before quietly sobbing over the fact she can’t have a Domino’s. I mean she literally can’t, there isn’t a single thing on that menu that poor girl can eat. This in turn, has made me a lot more humble about eating pizza ‘I’m doing this for you Ella’ I think, as I stuff a large slice into my face. Delicious.
But we’re not having pizza today folks, although I did last week, thus the need for a healthy breakfast. So lets totes eat some oats (see what I did there) and save up all our delicious calories for pizza, cakes, pies and Percy Pigs (veggie ones of course).

This post is dedicated to all those who lost their lives last Saturday night in the London Bridge terror attack. My heart goes out to their friends and families.


Easy overnight oats
Serves 1 / Hands on time 5 mins / Total time 5 mins + chilling  / V Vn Df 
50g oats
1 tbs cashews
1 tbs pumpkin seeds
1 tbs flaxseed mill (optional)
175ml coconut milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs maple syrup
1 passion fruit, seeds scraped out
Handful of fresh berries
Lemon wedge


Method
1. Measure out 50g of oats and add to an airtight tupperware container with a lid. Add 1 tbs of flaxseed mill, cashews and pumpkin seeds and give it a quick stir.
2. Add the coconut milk, a Tbs of maple syrup and a quarter tsp of vanilla essence. Give it a quick stir and then pour over the oats. Give it another good stir with a spoon, making sure all the oats are covered. Pop the lid on and refrigerate overnight.
3. Spoon into a bowl, top with passion fruit, berries and a squeeze of lemon.

Easy Overnight Oats

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Blueberry & lemon drizzle cake

Blueberry Lemon Drizzle Cake
Bueberry Lemon Cake Drizzle

Good job I managed to take this picture before I dropped this cake all over the floor. Don’t worry, I managed to scoop most of it up within three seconds, only two slices were covered in dog hair. I really should clean my kitchen.
Anyway, dropping a cake doesn’t really matter when the person you’re making it for is no longer around to eat it. This week my dear old dad, who died seven years ago in a motorbike accident, would have turned 64. Crikey seven years, what the hell have I been doing for seven years? I got a new job and bought a  hoover but right now that’s all I can think of. I really should use that hoover. Still can’t believe he’s gone.
So I’m going to go and have a cry now so will keep this brief. Happy birthday for Thursday dad, I’ll be sure to scoff this cake I made for you on your behalf, dog hairs and all.


Blueberry & lemon drizzle cake
Makes 1 loaf / Hands on time 25 mins / Total time 1 hr 15 mins + cooling /
V
You’ll need: A 9 inch loaf tin and a food mixer.
210g unsalted butter
130g plain flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
Zest of a lemon
3 medium eggs
2 medium egg yolks
210g golden caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
85g fresh blueberries
For the drizzle
Juice of a lemon
30g golden caster sugar


Method
1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C fan/325°F/gas mark 3. Grease a loaf tin with butter and line the bottom with baking paper. Put to one side.
2. In a small saucepan melt the butter on a low heat. Once half the butter has melted, take off the heat and leave to one side, it will continue to melt while it cools.
3. Zest and juice your lemon but keep them separate as you’ll need the zest for the cake but the juice for the drizzle. Put both to one side.
4. Sieve the flour into a large bowl along with the baking powder and salt, put to one side. Place near your mixer. Crack 3 eggs into your mixer, followed by 2 egg yolks, caster sugar and vanilla essence. Beat on a medium high speed until thick and pale (this should take about 5 mins). Reduce the speed to low and add the lemon zest and half the flour. Mix until only a few streaks remain and then add the rest. Once combined increase the speed to a low medium and slowly pour in the melted butter.
5. Ladle half the mixture into your loaf tin and top with the fresh blueberries. Add the rest of the mixture on top. (It’s important to line your loaf tin with baking paper as the blueberries will sink to the bottom during baking. Without baking paper most of your blueberries will stay in your loaf tin when you turn it out and we don’t want that).
6. Bake for 50-55 minutes until risen and golden in colour. To check the cake is cooked, insert a skewer into the middle, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Meanwhile make the drizzle by mixing together 30g of sugar and the juice of a lemon.
7. While your cake is still warm, prick it with a skewer or fork and pour over the drizzle. Leave to cool completely before turning out (the bottom of the cake will be quite soft because of the blueberries so avoid putting it on a cooling rack, it will only seep through the holes). Cut into thick slices and serve with tea.

Bueberry Lemon Cake Drizzle

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Parisian gratin

Parisian Gratin for two
Parisian Gratin for two

Okay so what’s the difference between a gratin and potato dauphinoise? Basically nothing, although I’ve always identified dauphinoise as a side dish and gratin as a main but essentially, they’re the same. Layers of finely sliced potato cooked in lashings of double cream and cheese, err yes please. And who do we have to thank for this? The French of course. I wish I was French, I’d love to eat cheese, drink wine and wear black clothes draped over my slender bird like body… Not quite sure where that came from.
Anyway, unfortunately I’m not French so literally can’t bring myself to pour a whole pint of double cream over my dinner so decided to make a slightly healthier version, based on a gratin I ate in Paris back in February.

The original gratin from Le Bistro des Augustins. Paris 2017.

I was a bit sceptical about going to Paris at first because any pleasant memories I had, had been marred by me picking ham out of every meal on a school trip once. However, it appeared Paris was no longer the veggie-phobic city it once was.
I ordered the only meat-free option available which was a kind of mixed vegetable gratin. I didn’t like the sound of this, a bowl of vegetables covered in cheese, ‘great’ (said in an unenthusiastic tone) but as usual, I was wrong. A handful of diced vegetables formed the base and was topped with gooey, cheesy, buttery potatoes, yum! We scooped, scoffed and quaffed the night away before waddling back to our hotel feeling like we were going to die (in a good way). Bon appetite!


Parisian gratin 
Serves 2 / Hands on time 40 mins  / Total time 1 hr 10 mins / V* Gf
You’ll need:
Casserole oven-proof dish approx 25cm x 20cm and large cooking pot with a lid 
1 tsp of olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
½ courgette, finely diced
½ tsp sea salt flakes
1 tomato, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp Herbs de Provence
Pinch of ground nutmeg
300ml semi-skimmed milk
200g Crème fraîche
750g potatoes thinly sliced
120g Gruyere*, Emmental or mature cheddar, grated (you can use any cheese you like really as long as you can grate it – the stronger the cheese the better)
French bread and salad leaves to serve


Method
1. Finely slice the potatoes as thin as you can and put to one side. I tend to leave the skins on but you can peel them if you prefer.
2. In a large pot with a lid, add the oil and place over a medium heat. Once warm, add the garlic, courgette, tomato and salt and cook for 5 mins. Take off the heat and cool for a few minutes. Add the 300ml of milk, 1 tsp of herbs de Provence and a pinch of nutmeg. Stir and bring to the boil before turning the heat down to medium low. Carefully submerge the potatoes in the milk (don’t worry if you can’t submerge them all, they will be cooked by the steam). Cover with a lid and simmer for 5 mins. Uncover, and roughly turn the potatoes over with a spoon, being careful not to break them up too much. Cover again and simmer for a further 5 mins. Preheat an oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas mark 7.
3. Remove from the heat and using a slotted spoon, lift half the potatoes out of the sauce (leaving as much sauce as possible behind) and spread evenly in the casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper and cover with half the grated cheese.
4. Lift the rest of the potatoes out (again leaving as much sauce behind as possible) and spread evenly on top of the cheese. Put to one side. Add the crème fraîche to the pot of remaining sauce and vigorously beat with a whisk (this prevents the sauce from splitting). Pour the sauce over the potatoes. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and season with salt and pepper.
5. Bake in a hot oven for 20-30 mins and the gratin is bubbling up the sides. Switch the oven to a hot grill setting and grill for 2-3 mins or until the top is golden brown. Leave to sit for 5 mins before serving with French bread, lightly dressed leaves and good bottle of red wine. Well it’s not Parisian without wine!

Parisian Gratin for two

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*Gruyere cheese is not vegetarian.



Itsu Vegetable Fusion Gyoza, 300g, £3.50…

Itsu Vegetable Fusion Gyoza, 300g, £3.50… Well it’s about time! I absolutely love vegetable gyoza, I frequently go out of my way to walk to Itsu on my lunch break to get their dumplings melt (a miso broth with vegetable dumplings and melted parmesan cheese) but what about when I’m at home? I mean lets be honest, life’s too short to make your own Japanese dumplings. I have occasionally walked to China Town to see if I can pick up some pre-made
veggie ones, but I always leave empty handed and bamboozled by all the Japanese labels. Finding vegetable gyoza is never the problem, finding vegetable gyoza that’s genuinely vegetarian is. But then Itsu came along and now I can buy a pack of 20 genuinely vegetarian gyoza for £3.50, yes Itsu!

Soba noodle miso bowl with ramen egg and vegetable gyoza

They now live in my freezer ready to throw into one of my many noodle soup creations, click here for a bit of bento inspo. I buy my dumplings from Waitrose but I think Tesco do them as well. Itsu Vegetable Fusion Gyoza, 300g, £3.50
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