Roasted Parsnip and Garlic Gnocchi

Where do you stand with parsnips? They seem to divide people, but for me they’re an essential part of Christmas and I absolutely love the sweet taste of a roasted crispy parsnip. In an attempt to win over the parsnip haters I’ve been experimenting with parsnip based dishes. I came across a recipe online for…

Cauliflower cocktail, aka veggie ‘prawn’ cocktail

  There’s something about the festive season, that despite a ridiculous over abundance of food, there is compulsion to have a starter as well. It seems totally silly when there isn’t a need or want for any more food, maybe it’s the desire to provide and be the best possible festive host – besides, whilst…

Curried parsnip soup

It’s time to get the roots out! The first frost has been and gone and it’s time to indulge in some serious warming food. In my opinion, you can’t get much more wintery than parsnips – well maybe Brussels, but they are more controversial (for the record – I like them when they’re done right)….

Mexican Taco Soup

  It’s funny how you suddenly feel like eating a certain dish. Spring has suddenly hit, but I just really fancied some soup. I didn’t really feel like a warming wintery root veg based concoction, or one that was totally summery. Difficult! So spurred on by a half eaten pack of tortilla chips, here is…

Blinis with Lentil Caviar

I had intended on posting this recipe before NYE, but what with Christmas and school holidays I just didn’t get round to it. Don’t let that stop you from trying this rather experimental dish as it totally works. Well, I can only say that having never tasted caviar – it’s just my interpretation of how…

Crudités with Ranch Style Dip (aka Creamy, Beany, Dreamy dip)

Here’s an antidote to all the rich, filling and wintery Christmas foods that have been on offer in excess over the last few days. How about reviving yourself with a platter of tempting crudités or raw vegetables with a creamy and zingy dip? This is my take on a ranch style dressing or ‘bagna couda’…

Panzanella

It may feel horribly wintery, suddenly cold and dark all the time, but the tomatoes available are still sweet and delicious. The perfect time to inject a ray of sunshine into your day with this unashamedly bright and summery salad. It certainly made our day a bit brighter when we ate it for lunch on…

Squash Ravioli with Sage Oil and Pine Nuts

Since making egg-free fresh pasta works so well, why not tackle stuffed pasta? Over the past year I have searched everywhere for dairy-free filling inspiration; books, magazines and the web, but the only versions I have ever found are heavy on ‘vegan cheeses’ which I’m not too keen on. Their taste can range from insipid…

Courgette/Zucchini Carpaccio

I’m over-run with courgettes – kind friends and relatives keep leaving them on the doorstep, so I’m having to be inventive as we’ve made them into ratatouille, courgette soup, and courgette ribbon pasta. All delicious, but these yellow ones deserved special treatment. I saw a photo of a similar dish to this in a gorgeous…