Tag Archives: Cheese

Creamy ‘gorgonzola’ polenta with aubergines, tomatoes, olives and flaked almonds

This is really easy to make. Feel free to exchange the aubergines with courgettes and olives with capers if you want. If you don’t have flaked almonds, use sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead. Gorgonzola isn’t suitable for vegetarians, please see this post for alternatives. Ingredients (serves 2) 1 medium aubergine Handful cherry tomatoes Small handful […]

Beetroot carpaccio and goats cheese

This is a great starter for a dinner party. Don’t bother arranging it on individual starter plates, spread out the beetroot on a large serving plate and dot the cheeses on top. Be careful to use a plate which has a rim otherwise the beetroot juices will spill over the edge. If you have time, […]

Cauliflower crust pizza

I absolutely love pizza. You can’t beat a thin and crispy base covered in a rich tomato sauce and oozing cheese. However, it is no secret that pizzas are not the healthiest of meals. When a friend mentioned that you can make a pizza base out of cauliflower I was a bit dubious so I […]

BBQ halloumi with mango salsa in a brioche bun

This is the perfect vegetarian option at barbeques on warm summer evenings. Ingredients 1 pack of halloumi 1 ripe mango 1 small red onion 1 fresh red chilli 1 lime Handful of fresh coriander 4 brioche buns Method There are many different ways of stoning a mango. I find the way that works for me […]

Semolina fritters

This recipe is inspired from a recipe found in Rose Elliot’s Supreme Vegetarian Cookbook. My mum used to make these when I was little. My recipe is a little simpler than hers and uses Gorgonzola instead of cheddar. They are so tasty and children love them! If you haven’t come across Rose Elliot before, you […]

Spiced cornbread

Really easy to make and great for sharing. While it goes really well with soups and stews, it is also great for taking on picnics as it will transfer well wrapped in a kitchen cloth. Ingredients 40g butter 3 shallots, finely chopped 2 chillies, thinly sliced 200g coarse cornmeal (polenta) 200g plain flour 2 tsp […]

Slow roasted tomato tart with watercress pesto

Tarts are great for picnics as all you need is a knife for cutting and your hands for eating. The polenta gives is a slightly ‘gritty’ texture which I think works well for a summer tart. Ingredients For the pastry base: 170g plain flour (plus a bit to dust) 50g polenta 20g finely grated vegetarian […]

Goats cheese coquettes with truffled honey

These coquettes and honey make a fantastic starter or swanky canapés for a party. It does feel like quite a fancy plate of nibbles, but the goats cheese, honey and truffle flavours really complement each other and are incredibly moreish. Some truffle companies sell truffled honey, but you can easily make it yourself by combing […]

Spinach balls

This recipe uses spinach, but you could just as easily use other green leaves including kale, cavolo nero, or a mixture. Just make sure the leaves are properly cooked and thoroughly drained before making them into balls. You can deep fry them, but I found they stay together better if you bake them in the […]

Giant cheese and chive soufflé

This is a surprisingly easy meal to make and great for a midweek supper. It’s not the healthiest of meals thanks to the butter and cheese, but it is packed with protein. Ingredients (serves 4) 6 eggs (separated) 500mls whole milk (semi skinned will also do) 300g extra mature cheddar (grated) 1tbsp chopped fresh chives […]