Author Archives: helpots

Stuffed courgette with quinoa, peppers and rocket

Ingredients (serves 3 – 2 courgette halves per person) 3 large courgettes 150g quinoa (I used a mixture of white and red) 1 red pepper 2 handfulls of rocket 1 tsp smoked paprika (optional) 1 clove garlic 1/2tsp chilli flakes Salt and pepper Method Slice the courgettes in half and scoop out the middle using […]

Pumpkin speltotto with sage

Spelt has become quite fashionable. It is probably helpful that the man leading the charge in spelt farming is non other than Roger Saul, the man behind the Mulberry brand. I got a pack of spelt from the wonderful Suma and had a go at making speltotto (risotto using spelt instead of rice) and it […]

Simple pumpkin soup

Some friends gave us some pumpkins recently from their overly productive allotment. This soup is so easy to make and is best kept simple! Ingredients 1 white onion 2 cloves garlic 600g pumpkin 400mls vegetable stock 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes Salt and pepper Oil Crème fraîche (to serve – optional) Method Finely slice the […]

Warm quinoa salad with pomegranate, feta and roasted pumpkin and peppers

This vibrant healthy winter salad is incredibly moreish. If you don’t have any pumpkin, use butternut squash. Simply omit the feta for a vegan version. Pomegranate molasses and red quinoa can be a little hard to come by. You can get them from specialist food shops – I got mine from Suma. This recipe is […]

Mushroom Thoran

This is a really easy to make side-dish for a curry night. Ingredients 250g sliced mushrooms 1tsp mustard seeds 3 curry leaves 2 garlic cloves 2 hot green chillies 1 tsp turmeric powder 1tsp fennel seeds Salt and pepper 75g grated coconut Oil Method Start by heating the mustard and fennel seeds in a bit […]

Kerala Sambar

Food from Kerala has a strong curry leaf flavour. This dish is also quite spicy but if you don’t like your food too hot, don’t use as much chilli. This is lovely served with lemon rice and mushroom thoran. It is meant to be quite watery and stew-like. So if your dish is getting a […]

For the love of ‘shrooms – to forage or not to forage

I love mushrooms. Ceps, morels, chanterelles, chestnut, even the humble field mushroom. All of them. The only problem is, to get your hands on unusual mushrooms, you either have to buy very expensive dried mushrooms, or seek out those rare specialist shops that sell them fresh. It’s no surprise that the foraging craze has really […]