Cucumber and Celery Smoothie or Summer Soup

Cucumber and Celery Smoothie

A couple of months or so ago, I decided we needed a change from fruity smoothies for our morning breakfast. Delicious as they are, I’m more used to having something savoury at this time in the morning – it just feels right somehow. This cucumber and celery smoothie is so versatile it doubles up as a cooling summer soup.

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Spiced Courgette Fritters

Courgette Fritters

Lunch | 27th July 2015 | By

When a friend kindly left me a multitude of courgettes on my doorstep the other day, I was delighted. Not only were they freshly picked, but were small, multi-coloured and pretty. My friend was equally delighted, she can’t give them away fast enough. Any number of recipes have been developed to make the most of this seasonal abundance. When I consulted Twitter, the oracle spoke: courgette fritters it was.

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Quinoa, Watercress, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Roasted Asparagus

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has been one of our staples for many years now, but we rarely have it in salad form. With the weather warming up (well we have had the odd day), thoughts turn to summer salads. What could be nicer than sitting outside on a summer’s day and eating a delicious salad for lunch or supper?

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Black Bean & Bulgur Wheat Feta Salad for Canned Food Week

Black Bean Salad

Lunch, Salads, Speedy | 3rd April 2015 | By

Growing up in a Cornish cottage, just outside of the village, the importance of having a well stocked larder was something drummed into me from an early age. Canned food, with its long shelf life, was ideal and I don’t ever remember a time when there wasn’t a cupboard full of tinned tomatoes. It was my job, when new ones were bought, to bring the oldest to the front and put the newest to the back to ensure the tins never passed their use by date. Tinned tomatoes have played an important role as one of my larder staples ever since, along with canned beans and coconut milk. And where would I be without a handy tin of baked beans to put in my Granny’s Shepherd’s Pie?

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Creamy Garlic Mushrooms

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms

I’ve always been a big fan of mushrooms, I can’t help myself. When I was asked to feature a recipe for creamy garlic mushrooms on my blog, it took me a whole two seconds to decide. Mushrooms with garlic and cream is probably my favourite way to eat them.

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Spiced Lentil, Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup

Lentil & Tomato Soup
The other day, I had the pleasure of sharing a bowl of soup with The Hedge Comber. As it was rather cold outside I fancied making something both warming and colourful. I always have split red lentils in the house, but I also happened to have carrots and tomatoes too. All were of a suitable hue I reckoned. As for flavourings I decided ginger and home-grown chilli for warmth and rosemary and thyme for aroma would hit the spot.

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Miso Muffins with Kale, Carrot and Courgette

Lunch, Savoury Chocolate | 25th September 2014 | By

If you haven’t heard of the baking challenge Alpha Bakes, you may have had less of a headache than I did this month. A random letter is generated each month and we have to find something to bake where a main ingredient or name begins with that letter. When it happens to be C there is no problem for me – everything I bake has chocolate in it, but when it’s something a little more obscure such as Z, it becomes  difficult. This month’s letter is K. Although kiwi fruit came to mind initially and when I looked in my recipe books I found a few obscurely named recipes beginning with K, I ended up going with kale. Despite the pigeons, kale is one of the few crops we’ve managed to grow this year and having initially dismissed this as an ingredient, I decided I really wanted to use some in a bake. Once I’d decided that, it was easy. I resorted to my trusty savoury brunch muffin recipe and adapted it to suit.

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Spelt Cocoa Pitta Breads with a Versatile Avocado Egg Filling

Spelt Cocoa Pitta Breads with a delicious avocado egg sandwich filling.

Bread & Buns, Dip, Lunch, Snacks | 28th August 2014 | By

This recipe for spelt cocoa pitta breads may sound a little odd, but it’s very good and well worth trying. The pittas are soft and delicious with just a hint of cocoa to give added depth and flavour. Serve them with a versatile and tasty avocado egg sandwich filling that pairs remarkable well. This filling also works as a tasty dip.

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Beetroot, Walnut, Wild Garlic and Goat’s Cheese Brunch Muffins

Beetroot, Walnut, Wild Garlic and Goat's Cheese Brunch Muffins

Savoury muffins for brunch are a wonderful thing. They taste good and you can pack in whatever vegetables you happen to have to hand. They make an interesting and easy packed lunch too and they’re ideal for picnics. These beetroot, walnut, wild garlic and goat’s cheese brunch muffins are particularly particularly fine ones.

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Welsh Pancakes for St David’s Day

Welsh Pancakes

Occasionally, CT likes to explore his Welsh heritage. When we woke up this morning, he announced, “it’s the 1st of March, St David’s Day. Why don’t we have leeks?”. Well why not indeed. With Shrove Tuesday fast approaching, pancakes were on my mind and I’d been planning to make some for breakfast, so why not make them savoury. In fact, why not go one step further and make Welsh pancakes.

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