If you like a quick and easy spread that’s full of umami flavours and packed with goodness, this mushroom pâté with walnuts and butter beans might be for you. It’s easy to make, delicious for vegetarians and great for vegans too.
This recipe for spicy peanut butter noodles with steamed vegetables and smoked tofu is quite a feast and one the whole family will enjoy. Just be careful about the amount of chilli added for those who are sensitive to it. It’s a very quick meal to put together, although a bit of juggling is needed to get everything ready at the same time.
As I mostly work from home, I often eat lunch alone. Mostly I have an omelette or something on toast, but occasionally it’s nice to make a bit more of an effort. Not that this Caprese salad bowl with avocado and lettuce is much of an effort. Juicy ripe homegrown tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, avocado, crisp lettuce and some peppery olive oil is pretty much all this salad is, but oh my, it sure has a wow factor and it’s perfect for a light summer lunch or side dish.
Never mind raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, falafel are definitely one of my favourite things. They transport me straight back to the bustling streets of Alexandria in Egypt. Every street corner had its own falafel vendor who sold them fresh and hot, stuffed into pitta bread and drizzled with tahini sauce. We used to have them for breakfast as a special treat. These air fryer carrot falafel may not be the authentic recipe, but they’re delicious and are a breeze to make.
When I’m in the mood for biscuits, I want a recipe that’s quick and simple to make. I find a cookie craving needs to be satisfied fast, or I might be in danger of a trip to the shops for a packet of biscuits loaded with sugar and other unwanted ingredients. These crunchy peanut butter cookies with zesty orange & oats fit the bill nicely.
We tend to eat chips as an occasional treat from our local chippie. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten them three times in one week before. But when you can air fry them with just a teaspoon or two of oil and they turn out to be as delicious as these rosemary chips, they are very hard to resist.
Love them or hate them, Brussels sprouts are an integral part of Christmas. So why not give your Christmas dish a spicy twist? These stir-fried Brussels sprouts with leeks, ginger, garlic and chilli will liven up the event. They’re quick to cook and unlike boiling stir-frying makes the sulphury compounds of the sprouts less obvious.
Carrot cake is one of our nation’s favourite cakes, apparently. Who would have thought something as healthy as carrots would appeal to such an extent? As I was dreaming autumn thoughts the other day, I had a sudden urge to try making carrot cake in flapjack form. It worked beautifully and these carrot cake flapjacks are just the best.
As some of you may have noticed, since trying matcha in baking a few years ago, with this matcha, rhubarb and chocolate cake, I’ve become rather a fan. Matcha, which is somewhat bitter with umami notes offsets the sweetness of the sugar nicely. I was recently overtaken by a craving for something sweet and I realised I’d never made matcha blondies. Game, set and matcha.
I’ve never really got on with commercially made chutneys, but homemade ones are jars of joy. I make some most years, but I didn’t get around to it last autumn and stocks have been running rather low. Cue rhubarb and ginger chutney.