Spring

Three grain egg and minted pea risotto

This vegetarian dish is a great, healthy alternative to traditional risotto. Buckwheat is actually a seed not a grain, although it is generally treated like the latter. One of the benefits is that it is gluten free as well as being high in nutrients and […]

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Smoked mackerel salad with rye crumb

This is a simple salad that works well with strong spring leaves like spinach and watercress, as well as herby salads. I particularly like to add chives. Mackerel is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and, like all oily fish, are said to help […]

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Tomato gnocchi with watercress pesto

Gnocchi is deceptively simple to make and doesn’t need any special equipment. Some people use eggs to bind their gnocchi together but you can make it without, as in this recipe, making the dish plant based. It’s a great base for pesto, creamy or tomato […]

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Spring Green Smoothie

Smoothies and juices are such a great way to start the day and get an extra boost of fresh vegetables into your diet! This healthy spring smoothie has vitamin rich spinach, cleansing and detoxificating ginger, flaxseed to aid digestion and for a boost of omega-3 […]

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Rhubarb fool

There are few British fruits available in spring, but quality makes up for quantity in the form of delicious rhubarb. The tart pink fleshy stems are wonderful with sweet or savoury dishes, but one favourite of mine is whipping it into a simple fool. Soft […]

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Citrus and marjoram drizzle cake

A perfect alternative to chocolate, this cake makes a wonderful treat for Easter with its lovely spring like citrus zing. Marjoram is not a common herb to use in sweet dishes, but it adds a delicious and unusual twist to the flavour. I’ve made it […]

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Recipes for Spring

SPRING is here! It’s official; the clocks have changed, the sun is flooding in through the window and my garden is full of brightly coloured spring flowers and pretty blossom. So I thought I’d do a roundup of some of my favourite spring recipes. Think […]

Homemade pesto

Do you always buy pesto ready-made? Well, now’s the time to try making your own! This simple little sauce can transform so many dishes and it is the easiest, quickest thing to make. It is also far cheaper to make your own then buy it […]

Fish and spinach pie

Fish pie is one of my favourite go to dishes for a filling, tasty, easy dinner. I always add a thick layer of greens to the base, spinach, kale and cavolo nero are all great options. To keep it healthy, I don’t overload with sauce. […]

Sorrel and buckwheat soup

Sorrel is a hardy herb that is easy to grow although it isn’t so commonly found in the shops. It has a strong flavour so is perfect for soups and sauces. The early leaves can be added to salads, but the more mature leaves are […]

Cauliflower Cheese with mustard sauce and almonds

A perfect warming dish for cold days, cauliflower cheese is real comfort food and a great way to get some extra vegetables into children! The mustard and almonds give this an interesting and more “adult” twist however, and it is wonderful as a side dish […]

Salmon Wellington with celeriac mash

Perfect for Sunday lunch or a dinner party, this salmon and spinach version of the beef classic is an absolutely winner and far simpler to make than you may think! lLeafy green winter vegetables make a perfect accompaniment along with this celeriac mash, which is a […]

Asparagus frittata

Frittata, also known as Spanish omelette, is a very quick and easy meal and you can customise as much as you like! This is a lovely spring dish with asparagus taking centre stage. It is delicious served with crispy green salad on the side. Serves 2-3 4 […]

Spinach and nutmeg quiche

Quiche is such a great summer meal. Delicious warm straight from the oven, or perfect for making in advance and eating cold with salad. My quiches tend to be different every time I make them as I just use up whatever veg and dairy is […]

Grilled asparagus with duck egg and herb butter

A very quick an easy dinner to enjoy British asparagus at its best! Of course, this is just as nice with hens’ eggs too. Per person: A handful of asparagus 1 duck egg Small knob of butter Small handful of mixed herbs (I like sorrel and oregano […]

Rhubarb and star anise hand pies

A fun alternative to one big pie, these hand pies are delicious hot from the oven with ice cream, or alternatively make great picnic snacks once cooled. I use shortcrust pastry here, but they also work well with puff pastry (I use shop bought!) For […]

Creamy watercress soup

Watercress is a real spring treat! Full of flavour, healthy and very nutritious, with high levels of iron, calcium, vitamins A, C and E. It has a strong peppery flavour and makes a wonderful soup or sauce. I also love watercress pesto (see separate recipe). […]

Chicken and celeriac curried coconut soup

There is a reason that people say to eat chicken soup when you are feeling unwell, it’s just so yummy and nutritious! This is perfect made using left over chicken from a roast. However, you can also pop a couple of fillets in the oven […]

Lamb shanks in ale

There are few meats that can beat good spring lamb in my mind and this dish is wonderful for a lazy weekend meal (with a good bottle of red wine or two!) Whilst a roast joint is always great, slow cooking these shanks gives them […]

Spinach and new potato salad with bacon

The sun is shining and I’m really getting in the mood for more summery food now! It’s still a little chilly outside though so a warm salad is the perfect answer. Quick and easy to throw together, and always a crowd pleaser, warm salads are […]

Creamy cauliflower curry

Whenever we fancy an easy, warming, tasty dish, a simple curry is our go to! Cauliflower works really well in this flavoursome, but mild and creamy vegetarian dish, but you can swap it for squash or aubergine instead. Although the list of ingredients looks long, […]