Tag Archives: Side-dish

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 […]

Crispy kale

Kale is a brilliant vegetable. It is packed with beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. Unlike spinach which seems to go off as soon as I’ve found a place for it in the fridge, kale keeps for much longer without going soggy. This snack is so easy to make and is […]

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 […]

Sprouting chickpea salad

Spouting seeds are all the rage at the moment. Mung beans, alfalfa, chickpeas and lentils are well known for their healthy properties and are great for vegetarians thanks to their high protein content. We normally boil the life out of them, but now, we are learning to use them in their natural, sprouting state. The […]

Blueberry, watermelon and feta salad

The hot weather is really glorious and has been leaving me thinking about new ways to eat refreshing salads and fruit. When browsing through some cook books, I noticed some unusual parings between fruit and cheese for the ultimate summer salad. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been recently posting recipes that uses fruit in salads, as has […]

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 […]