Martin’s roast mixed vegetables

Need to get some details here, but essentially roasted for about 25 mins at about 180 degrees. The thing that worked really well was sitting the onion and red pepper like little bowls and putting some shoyu on the onions and balsamic vinegar on the…

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Maggie uses this recipe (click image), with added garlic and rosemary.

Spaghetti with courgette

Serves 4 Ingredients 6 medium courgette, sliced into quarter-inch rounds Sunflower oil, for frying 14 oz. spaghetti 1 clove garlic, minced (optional) 2 to 4 oz. grated parmesan or similar 1 bunch fresh basil leaves A pat of butter Ground black pepper, to taste Directions…

Roast Red Pepper halves

From Chris’s birthday party at Sheena’s

Roast halved aubergine

Slice aubergine in half, score the flesh, put things on top and roast for at least 45 mins at 180 fan Options:

Braised Leeks

Riverford recipe. You need to cut off more than usual of the green bits (save for soup). And try leaving the root end to help keep the leaves together while cooking. Halve the leeks carefully.

Sicilian Romanesco

This works as a hot side (see original recipe below) but is also great as the basis for a salad. If making salad you can steam and then blanch the romanesco instead of roasting if you like. Orange slices and avocado are great additions to…

Sauteed rainbow chard

Recipe here. Ingredients: Chard Olive Oil Garlic Onion Salt and pepper Thyme Nutmeg Balsamic vinegar Method: Clean and chop the chard, separating the stems from the leaves. Chop onion and garlic. Heat up oil, and add the onion, garlic, and chard stems to the pan.…

Simple potatoes gratin

Potatoes Double cream salt nutmeg Gruyere cheese or something similar (parmesan isn’t great for this) Set oven to 180 degrees fan Peel the potatoes and slice with a mandolin. Rinse the slices in cold water to separate them and get the starch off. OR: Bring…

Chickpea ‘tuna’ mayo

Made this the other day – nice as a quick sandwich filling and super tasty!! Ingredients: Method:

Ricotta & butternut squash tarts

1 pack pre-rolled puff pastry (320g) Remove from fridge at least 10 mins before unrolling it. 1 tub ricotta (250g) About 300g butternut squash, skinned and chopped into 1cm cubes 2 tabs olive oil 1 tab honey 2 large handfuls fresh spinach leaves (or very…

Broccoli with lemon, almonds and sultanas

See also this recipe for broccoli with fresh turmeric Broccoli Almonds Sultanas Lemon rind and juice Sesame oil Aniseed Honey Salt Steam broccoli and blanch in iced water then drain. Skin almonds, chop roughly and dry roast, add the aniseed to roast for the last…

Chard Gratin

Chard (or try other veg) Cream Breadcrumbs Olive oil Parmesan Can also try with anchovies – recipe here Chop the chard and boil the stem pieces for a couple of minutes, then add the leafy bits and boil for another 3 mins. Then drain and…

Growing salad sprouts

How to grow your own salad sprouts What you need: a big jar or pot with a wide neck a piece of muslin cloth a rubber band a water jug some sprout seeds (alfalfa, mung beans, lentils, chickpeas or a ‘sprout mix’) Instructions: Put a…

Broccoli with fresh turmeric

See also this recipe for broccoli with lemon, almonds and sultanas. Broccoli Fresh turmeric Almonds Raisins Chilli (fresh if possible) Garlic Sesame oil Lemon juice Honey Salt Try adding other things like maybe pomegranate seeds or segments of orange at the last minute instead of…

Pickled Beetroot

Beetroot Cider vinegar Toasted sesame oil (this is the secret ingredient) Salt Juniper berries Coriander seed Boil the beetroot with the skin on for about 20-25 mins (insert skewer to test). Mix in a jar or tupperware box roughly 2 parts cider vinegar to 1…

Riverford cabbage recipes

I used white wine in the baked cabbage recipe instead of cider. Worked really well. You do have to do the turning thing.

Buffalo Cauliflower

This is a bit complicated to make, but it’s fun and really yummy. Ingredients: 1 head of cauliflower 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup milk 1 cup flour 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper Buffalo sauce: 2/3 cup…

Thai summer rolls

These are super easy and very adaptable. They’re a really fun packed lunch! Ingredients: Rice paper wraps (can get these at Chinese supermarkets) Peanut sauce (recipe here) Tofu Pickled radishes are nice! Fresh herbs – coriander, mint, basil You can use any raw veg, but…

Tofu pad thai

A little bit complicated but really tasty! Ingredients Sauce: 1.5 tsp tamarind paste (or sub for 1 tbsp lime juice) 1/3 cup coconut aminos (or sub half the amount with tamari) 3.5 tbsp coconut sugar 1.5 tsp chilli garlic sauce 1.5 tbsp lime juice 2…

Miso glazed aubergine

Really tasty side dish, or can be served with rice with sushi seasoning and quick pickled cucumber (recipe here). Ingredients: Aubergine, cut into rounds about 2cm thick and scored Glaze – I kind of made this up, but mixture of: White miso paste (I bought…

Egg fried rice

Yummy and easy weeknight dinner – and great way of using up rice! The rice definitely has to be made ahead of time. Ingredients: Rice (cooked beforehand) Sesame oil Onion Garlic Ginger Egg Tofu Soy sauce Any veg will do, but my favourites are: Pak…

Thai Green Curry

My favourite ever!! And I’ve finally figured out how to make it taste good. The key thing is either to make a paste from scratch (recipe here), or to buy a tub of paste from a chinese supermarket (the best by far is the Mae…

Pickled Radishes

Recipe here. This is a basic pickling recipe which could be used for any type of veg – I’ve tried kohlrabi which was really nice. Can add in whatever spices you want for flavour! Ingredients: Bunch of radishes 1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar…

Spicy Bean Pate

For 1 kg 280g blackeye beans 280g onion 100ml sunflower oil 65ml tomato puree/ 20ml wine vinegar 1 plus 1/2 tsp aniseed 1 plus 1/2 tsp paprika 1 tsp garam masala 1/4 tsp cayenne 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 4 tsp black mustard…

Oven Baked Frittata

Really easy to make – especially in bulk! Ingredients: 10 eggs Onion Mixed veg Bacon or chorizo Salt, pepper and herbs Grated cheese to top Can be made with whatever’s in the fridge but suggestions are: broccoli, kale, sweet potato, spinach, pepper, mushrooms Fry up…

Beetroot and Shitake risotto

Beetroot and Shitake risotto

Make this like normal risotto, but put in cubed beetroot at the same time as the rice and some shitake near the end. Thyme is a good herb for this. It is a dramatic colour!

Refried Beans

An alternate filling for fajitas, or great on their own! Ingredients: x2 tins of beans (traditionally it’s meant to be pinto but I usually use cannelloni. anything works) Olive oil Onion Garlic Salt and pepper Cumin, paprika and cayenne Chipotle tabasco Chopped jalapenos Red pepper Method:…

Mushroom and Creme Fraiche Pasta

I find this a really good way of using up creme fraiche that I bought for making wraps!! (and its quick and yummy!) Main ingredients: Mushrooms Onion Garlic Spinach Creme fraiche Spaghetti First soften the onions with the garlic, then add the mushrooms. Once they’re…

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Super yummy and relatively easy! Recipe here. I made it with kale instead of spinach.

Shakshuka

BBC recipe Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Serve with yoghurt and flatbreads.

Liam’s Sweet Potato in a Cayenne, Ginger and Groundnut Sauce

This is my favorite recipe from my favorite recipe book, World Food Cafe by Chris & Carolyn Caldicott, which appropriately was given to me on my 18th birthday. It’s delicious, healthy, and fairly cheap and easy to make. It also scales up well–I’ve made it…

Manisha’s Pommes Dauphinoise

Serves 6-8 1 Large Garlic Clove 250ml Whole Milk 250ml Double Cream 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Cracked Black Pepper 1/2 tsp Nutmeg 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper 900g Potatoes- Sliced as thinly as possible 175g Grated Cantal or Comte Cheese (Cheddar can work as well)…

Gavin’s BEST EVER Roast Potatoes!

Gavin’s BEST EVER Roast Potatoes!

This is cooking with Science! The baking soda (bicarb) is the magic ingredient – it makes the water slightly alkaline. This breaks down the outside of the potatoes and makes a starchy slurry – so the oil sticks to them and they go super crispy…

Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower – preferably organic, it seems to make a big difference to taste with brassicas Cheese – mature cheddar is best Butter, plain flour and milk for white sauce Breadcrumbs if you want to make a crusty topping Pepper and mixed herbs (optional) Break and…

Fresh Pesto

Fresh basil – lots Pine nuts (or other milky nuts like cashew or almond – pine nuts are really expensive) Parmesan cheese Olive oil Garlic Salt Lemon juice Toast the pine nuts and whizz everything up in a majimix. You can make this using a…

The eponymous Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni Butter Plain flour Milk Cheddar cheese Salt and pepper if you like, but there is usually enough salt in the cheese Boil up some macaroni in salted water (undercook slightly). Drain when done and add a bit of oil to stop it sticking together…

Egg Chow Mein

Chinese egg noodles One egg per person Vegetables – This is great for using up bits and pieces of veg in the fridge. I like to make it colourful, so try to include something red (carrots, red pepper) and something green (frozen peas are good).…

Sprouts with chestnuts & crisp pancetta

Online recipe. A vegetable dish, but not vegetarian…

Cavolo Nero

You can just cut it fine, steam it and put some butter on it, but it is even better this way. Cavolo Nero Toasted seasame oil Garlic Shoyu If the stems are thick and stringy, cut them out, but if they are thinner you can…

Pizza

Amounts for 1 pizza: 185g flour. White bread flour is best but plain will do in a pinch. ½ tsp yeast 4 tablespoons sunflower oil (or olive for flavour) 100ml warm water – body heat 1/2 tsp salt (or more if you like) Sauce: you…

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Aubergine – one Courgette – two Red pepper – one (can be any colour or a mixture) Mushrooms (optional, not traditional) Onions (optional, but use lots of garlic if no onion) Garlic Olive oil Tomatoes (fresh or a tin) Red wine Dried herbs Tomato puree…

Loaded Mexican-Style Sweet Potato Skins

Deliciously Ella recipe here. Yummy with puy lentils if you don’t have black beans!

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Bits

Sweet potatoes If you like, you can also add some carrot, celeriac, squash or parsnip if you have some which needs finishing. But make sure that you have mostly sweet potato as they make it creamy Onion (chopped into rings or half-rings) Garlic Sunflower oil…

Celeriac Mash

Celeriac Potatoes Butter Milk Salt & pepper Mashed potatoes with a difference. Celeriac works really well when combined with potatoes – roughly half and half. Peel the potatoes and cut them into large bits (or leave them whole if they are small ones). With the…

Minestrone

The essentials are tomato, some pulses and pasta – beyond that the choice of vegetables is up to you. It’s a great soup for when you want to use up bits and pieces of veg. It’s easy to end up making a lot – best…

Parsnip, cranberry & Chestnut Loaf

Great for veggies at Christmas! Online recipe. We changed the ingredients a little – only ½ tsp salt, 2 eggs rather than one and less cranberry – 200g is fine. A lot less sugar too but I haven’t recorded how much – maybe only 50g or…

Quiche

One medium quiche plus three little ones (or I guess one large one…) Pack of pre-rolled shortcrust pastry 3 large eggs (sure it will work with medium if that is what you have) 150 carton single cream 50 ml milk salt nutmeg cheddar cheese –…