Mushroom and Rocket Risotto

I used to hate mushrooms.  It was a textural thing. As well as the seemingly overpowering taste that they left in my mouth after eating. But when I became more serious about eating less meat, I realised that mushrooms were a strong component of vegetarian cooking. So I snuck them into stir fries, ragus and…

Chard, Courgette & Butter Beans with Oregano

I have some very talented and generous friends who grow their own vegetables and herbs, and recently I was gifted a beautiful bunch of rainbow chard, a courgette and some deliciously fresh herbs.  This meal was entirely crafted around the vegetable bundle. If – like me – you don’t regularly use fresh oregano, I recommend that…

Purple Kale Pasta with chilli, garlic and pine nuts

We’ve got a monthly market that sells some pretty great local food, and I love spending a lunchtime away from the office, wandering down our high street and sampling delicious cheeses, chutneys and cakes. But last time I was there, I picked up a massive bunch of purple kale. It’s exactly the same as the…

Lentil Ragu with Sundried Tomatoes & Olives

In my quest to try and save the planet, I am forever experimenting with vegetarian versions of my favourite meat dishes. And the arrival of the cold half of the year means soups, stews and hearty wholesome meals. Like this Lentil ragu. Proper Italian Ragu is probably one of my favourite things. When I visited…

Cauliflower & Spinach Tomato curry with Bay Rice

Tonight, I am more than excited to spend a proper amount of time cooking a curry from scratch. I cook some variation of this dish most weeks: sometimes, with pulses, always featuring a combination of whatever veg is in the fridge. But this meal is different – I have a ‘eureka’ moment – not to…

Easy Mexican Flatbreads

Recently, I discovered that when I’m faced with a supermarket and endless food options, my go-to meal is always some sort of Mexican food; quick, easy, supremely delicious. There are a few components to this recipe but all of them are super easy to create: spicy veg, black beans, quick guacamole, grated cheese, all stuffed…

The Ultimate Veggie Burger & Sweet Potato Wedges

This is probably one of my favourite things to make and eat. It’s loosely based on something I ate at a burger place in London, but this combination of mushroom and goats cheese in a brioche bun is so worthy of praise, I reckon it could easily replace regular meat burgers. Tips: be sure to get…

Pasta e Fagioli

Italian food is one of my greatest pleasures. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Italy four times, and each culinary experience has been utter joy. However, it means I’ve become a little bit of a pedant when it comes to cooking a bowlful of pasta – quality is absolutely key. Tonight, I’m excited to…