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 […]

Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Bacon

There are many questions in life that remain unanswered. Are we alone in the universe, is there life after death, when is enough, enough and why did we vote for Brexit? But the question I ponder most is – what makes a salad a salad? Sure I understand what a […]

Courgette, fennel and haricot bean salad

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that I like food. I’m tempted to say I love food, but love is a strong word and I am not ready to accept the commitment that admitting to love brings. Call me a coward, call me a man, I am certainly the […]

Oriental salad and cured duck breast

The world is a complicated place for humans. There is much to balance and understand, while also trying to live life to the full. It is as complicated for the natural world. And just as we look to our parents for guidance, the world looks to Mother Nature to keep […]

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 […]

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 […]

Polenta, Gorgonzola and Broad Beans

The polenta enthusiasts amongst you, if such people exist, may take issue with me for using quick cook polenta. We lead busy lives and I don’t take too much joy from stirring a pot for 30 to 40 minutes so am happy to use the less authentic version. Though if […]

Tomato and Mixed Bean Salad

I have made this dish with chorizo before but I decided it was unnecessary so made it without. I can confirm that it is just as good without though you probably won’t believe me, but you should, I would not lie to you. The secret is to be generous with […]

Carrot and Olive Salad with Grilled Sardines

I wouldn’t dare go as far to say that carrots and olives are a classic partnership. But it is a relationship that works well. Opposites attract as they say and the salty earthy flavour of black olives contrasts well with the slight sweetness of carrot. The same combination could be […]