Category Side-dish

Pak choi with garlic and soy

This really simple side dish that will go well with any East Asian meal. It takes no time to make but adds a lot to a meal. Four cloves of garlic might seem a lot for the this dish, but it is meant to be garlicky. Ingredients 1 pack of pak choi 4 cloves of […]

Chunky guacamole

The lime juice should prevent the avocado from discolouring but it is still better to eat it sooner rather than later if possible. Ingredients 2 ripe avocados 1 large or 2 small ripe tomatoes Handful of coriander Juice of one lime 1 red onion (finely chopped) 1 chilli Method Put the flesh of the avocados […]

Lemon quinoa with griddled courgettes and spring onions

This is light and refreshing dish. You could also crumble some feta into it if you fancy – peas and broad beans also work really well. Ingredients (serves 2) 300g quinoa 2 courgettes 6 spring onions 2 cloves of garlic 300mls vegetable stock Juice of one lemon Salt and pepper Oil Method Fry the finely […]

Kale and cauliflower cheese

This is a great comforting winter warmer. I makes a fantastic side dish, but I just like to eat it as it is, with some crusty bread to mop up the sauce. Key to this is to make sure the white sauce is quite thick. It needs to have a thicker consistency than the type […]

Crunchy Autumn Salad

I recently made this in a bit to use up some leftover parsnips from our bumper crop and it was a real success and makes a great side dish. Sprouting beans can be bought in many places nowadays and are relatively cheap. I used a pre-made mixture of lentils and chickpeas that I bought from […]

Baingan Bharta

This is a fantastic side dish for a Indian feast. My mum discovered it in the beautifully designed Tasting India cookbook by Christine Manfield (which is a recipe book that is well worth buying for any Indian food lover!). Her recipe requires the dish to be served at room temperature, but some Indian family friends […]

Insalata Caprese

Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese as it is known in Italy, is a beautifully refreshing salad. However, there are a few tricks that will turn this humble salad in to a thing of wonder. These are: Use really good ingredients! Good extra virgin olive oil and mozzarella make all the difference to the overall flavour […]

Really easy coleslaw

Like hummus, coleslaw is one of those dishes that is so easy and cheap to make, and much, much better than the shop bought alternatives. Ingredients 1 medium white onion ½ red cabbage ½ white cabbage 1 large carrot (grated) 75g mayonnaise 2tsp wholegrain mustard Method Finely shred the onion, red cabbage and white cabbage […]

Basic Hummus Recipe

We are a nation of hummus lovers – we just can’t get enough of the stuff. According to the consumer research firm Kantar Worldpanel, us Britons get through 12,000 tonnes of hummus a year – that accounts to over £60m. Traditionally, hummus is a middle eastern dish and it has snuck into our national cuisine […]

Spicy Green Beans

This is a lovely easy side-dish that goes well alongside an East-Asian style main. Ingredients 4 cloves of garlic (finely sliced) 2 red Thai chillies 1 pack of fine green beans Toasted sesame seed oil Method Heat up a frying pan and add the oil, garlic, chillies and green beans. Cook for about 8 minutes […]