Butter bean, sundried tomato and pesto soup

My first “create your own soup” in my new kitchen gadget, stemmed from looking at the courgette pulp in the bottom of the salad draw that I had bought earlier in the week to make into soup and then forgotten about, and needing to make something for my lunch without too much fuss while I…

Veggie enchiladas

Ingredients: For the salsa: 1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes 1 medium green chilli (the fat variety that isn’t too fiery) 1 medium red onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 heaped tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus a little extra to garnish juice 1 lime salt and freshly milled black pepper For the enchiladas:…

Spinach flan

Ingredients: PASTRY 150 g plain flour 75 ml olive oil Water FILLING olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 250 g spinach 3 eggs, 1 whole and 2 yolks 100 ml double cream 2 tsp Dijon mustard 50 g parmesan, grated Method: For the pastry: Preheat the oven to 230C/gas 8. Mix the flour and…

Easy Veggie Thali

Ingredients: LEMON RICE 1 lemon, zest pared and juiced ½ tsp mustard seeds 3 cardamom pods, bashed 1 cupful basmati rice DHAL 250g red lentils 1 tsp turmeric oil 1 onion, grated 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 red chilli, shredded 1 tsp garam masala SAAG PANEER 1 x 250g block paneer, cut into cubes groundnut oil 1 onion,…

Asparagus, mint and ricotta tarts

Ingredients: 1 sheet of ready-rolled all butter puff pastry 150 g ricotta cheese 80 g parmesan, grated and extra shavings to serve 1 lemon, rind finely grated 16 spears asparagus Olive oil, for brushing Mint leaves, to serve Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking parchment. Cut…

Fridge raid fried rice

Ingredients: 300g cooked rice 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 red onion, finely chopped or sliced 1 tsp sesame oil 1 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp kejup manis (or you can add more soy sauce or oyster sauce) Any veg/meat leftovers you have in the fridge for example, peppers, spring onions, mushrooms,…

Spaghetti w/ cherry tomatoes and black olives

Ingredients: 250g spaghetti 200g cherry tomatoes, halved 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Small bunch basil, leaves torn and stems removed 10 black olives (not in brine), roughly chopped 1 tbsp caper, drained and rinsed Zest and juice 1 lemon Shaved parmesan, to serve Method: Cook the pasta following pack instructions in salted water until al…

Beetroot and caramalised onion tart

Ingredients: 175g wholemeal flour 100g porridge oats 100g butter 100g grated carrots 3 large onions, sliced 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 3 medium raw beetroots, peeled and grated and squeezed to remove most of the moisture 3 medium eggs 250ml milk Method: Heat oven to 180C/gas 4. Pulse the flour, oats and butter in a food…

Orecchiette w/ a walnut sauce

Ingredients: 175g Orecchiette pasta 75g shelled walnuts 2 cloves of garlic, peeled 2 heaped tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve 4 level tbsp mascarpone Method: Chop half the walnuts finely together with the garlic in a mini-chopper or small processor. Then combine this mixture in a bowl with the Parmesan cheese and…

Onion tart

Ingredients: 225g ready shortcrust pastry sheets 600 g onions, thinly sliced 2 tbsp olive oil 3 eggs, beaten 125 ml milk 75 g cheddar cheese Couple of springs fresh thyme, leaves stripped off the stalks Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6 and grease a 25cm metal loose-bottomed tart tin. Line the tin with the…

Spaghetti w/ rich veg sauce

Ingredients: 2 red peppers, quartered and deseeded 2 tbsp olive oil 1 fennel bulb, roughly chopped 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 large carrot, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes 2 tbsp tomato purée 400g can chopped tomatoes 600ml vegetable stock 1 tsp caster sugar small handful basil, leaves shredded 500g fresh…