Monthly Archives: March 2014

Shepherdless Pie

This vegetarian version of shepherds pie an old favourite of mine. It is hearty and comforting. It freezes really well so I often double the ingredients and keep a pie in the freezer for those lazy days when I can’t be bothered to cook. Ingredients (serves 4) 200g brown lentils 400g can of black beans […]

Roasted crunchy chickpeas

If you’re looking for a homemade snack that is healthier than crisps, these roasted chickpeas are a lovely alternative and are really simple to make. They also keep for up to a week. The ingredients listed below are for one can of chickpeas which works out to be less than a bowlful as the chickpeas […]

Braised Rhubarb

Ingredients (serves 4) 700g of rhubarb (washed – cut into 3 inch chunks) 2tbsp honey 1tbsp brown sugar 2 star anise 1 cinnamon stick A dash of Cointreau Yogurt or ice cream (to serve) Method Put the rhubarb along with all the other ingredients (aside from the yogurt) in a high sided pan and leave […]

Jerk Tofu

Jerk tofu is great when part of a larger Caribbean dinner party feast alongside rice and peas, mango salsa and griddled corn on the cob. At a recent dinner party of which there were many meat eaters, my jerk tofu went down just as well as the jerk chicken. Ingredients (serves 2) My jerk marinade […]

Creamed Leeks

This simple side dish is really easy to make and goes well with vegetarian sausages, bean burgers, potato croquettes or just a chunk of bread. There are many ways of making it and some recipes require cheese, but I think it’s best kept nice and simple. Although you could add a dollop of mustard to […]

Roasted garlic soup with chilli oil

The soup is pretty creamy so the chilli oil drizzle works really well by cutting through the rich soup. Don’t be alarmed by the amount of garlic used here – the roasting process will lessen the garlic flavour. Ingredients (serves 2) For the roasted garlic soup: 3 large bulbs of garlic 1 white onion 1 […]

Savoury pancakes with mushrooms and blue cheese

OK – so I should have posted this before Shrove Tuesday, but better late than never I guess. Ingredients (serves 4) For the filling 400g chestnut mushrooms 3 cloves of garlic 1tsp fresh thyme leaves 50mls single cream 100g blue cheese (Stilton or something similar will work well) Knob of butter Salt and pepper For […]