Pasta, Grains, Pulses

Roasted squash, spinach and creamy lentils

Whenever I cook meat free dishes they always seem to be missing two things – fat and that savoury/umami flavour that is so in vogue at the moment. Often the simple answer, and more often than not the correct one, is to add parmesan. In this case though, that wouldn’t […]

Veal lasagne

We need to eat more veal; in-depth reasons can be found here, but simply put without our support in creating a market for British veal, raising male dairy calves as veal isn’t a viable business opportunity for farmers, and the result is a needless waste of life, as male dairy […]

Cacio e pepe

In the 90’s carbonara took these isles by storm, no faux-authentic Italian restaurant was worth its salt unless carbonara graced its menu. Now, in the ‘teens’ (I’ve gone for teens over tens, or twenty-tens because it seems a decade in which our lives are controlled by petulant, ego driven, selfish, […]

Carrot, thyme and parmesan fettucine

Time is of the essence we are led to believe. Not just in formal contracts but in life too. I thought this was a modern problem of society. But according to William Henry Davies we have had no time to stand and stare since 1911. So it seems for as […]

Puy lentil salad with hallloumi

Times they are a changin’ and it is happening right in front of us. In fact it has already happened. Our kitchen cupboards have changed. I am not talking of aesthetical changes, due to our love of home improvement but of changes from within; specifically with what they are stocked. […]

Cherry tomato and basil spaghetti

Tomatoes offer so much when at their peak, but I often find shop bought to be lacking in quality. As this is such a simple dish it really benefits from using the best ingredients. So try to source the ripest cherry tomatoes, the most fragrant basil, a fruity, peppery extra […]

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 […]

Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower, Lamb Kebabs and Parsley Bulgur Wheat

Okay, so I imagine your eyes have already wandered over to the lengthy ingredient list and now you’re despondent because of the large number of components required. Some of you will have already counted them, for those that haven’t I’ll save you the trouble – there are 17 not including […]


March can be a cruel month. It promises the arrival of spring, lighter evenings and most importantly, my birthday, yet it offers little in the way of seasonal vegetables. Apart from kale, cauliflower and towards the end of the month purple sprouting broccoli, there is little to choose from and […]

Pea and Prosciutto Pasta

This is such a simple dish that delivers so much flavour for such little effort. I would imagine that with a little practice the complete dish could be on the table in less than 15minutes. Perfect for those summer evenings where you would rather be outside in the warm summer […]