Asparagus and Pea Salad with Anchovy

Regular visitors to these pages will be in no doubt of my frustration levelled at those who believe a vegan diet is a one size fits all solution to the problem of how we can eat more sustainably. I shall not wander back over well-trodden ground but if interested or […]

Celeriac and Parsnip Soup

I’ve spoken of my dislike of soup before. I will not bore you by continuing my complaint; I will simply sum it up and say that soup is an overrated dish, one which I take little pleasure from. It is fine as a starter, a preamble to a main course, […]

Watercress and pea soup with cheese and ham toasties

We all have dislikes. Bob Geldof doesn’t like Mondays, Cain disliked Abel, dogs don’t like cats and I don’t like soup. People get excited by soup. Too excited. It is nothing more than a drink. It is not a meal. I do not find it comforting. I do not consider […]

Radish, Orange and Bulgur Wheat

Radishes with their vibrant pink colour, crisp crunch and peppery flavour make an excellent addition to any salad. Radish leaves, if you can get hold of them, are also a worthy inclusion. Though watercress or even spinach leaves would be a suitable substitute. The salad on its own makes a […]

Caponata Bruschetta

If I had to pick a favourite vegetable, I expect aubergine would make the top 5. It would be up there with tomatoes, potatoes, peas and possibly mushrooms. Would it get to number one? I am not sure; I would need to think long and hard about such a decision, […]

Tomato, Sugar Snap Pea and Mozzarella Salad

Pairing tomato and mozzarella is a classic, we all know that. But I find it is a combination that often disappoints; probably because the tomatoes we get here don’t deliver the same joy as the ones you eat while on holiday in the South of Italy. This could be due […]

Two Cucumber Salads

The British are often ridiculed for their love of bland food. Historically our cuisine has been little more than meat and two veg, perhaps with some gravy if you’re lucky. We seem to have a knack for taking the blandest of foods, doing very little to them and somehow becoming […]

Cured Mackerel, Beetroot and Melon

I think you can often draw a distinction between the recipes of a chef and that of a food writer. Most chefs, not all but most, will follow their restaurant training and produce on TV and in recipe books, meals that are complicated, require a high level of technical skill […]

Spiced Carrot Roti

We all love a wrap, a foreign cousin of the sandwich, but all too often we cram it full of meat, chicken in a fajita or beef in a burrito. Undoubtedly delicious, but vegetables should be given a chance too. Carrots are a fine choice, especially when cooking with spices. […]


St David’s day (1st March) is approaching and I am sure the patriotic Welsh are uprooting their leeks to wear with pride. Having grown up very close to, but not in, Wales I consider it my duty to advertise the delights of Wales to those who were not lucky enough […]