Roasted tomato and shallot salad

This is just the thing when your tomatoes are not quite ripe, or even a little past their best but you really fancy a delicious tomato salad. By roasting together the tomatoes and shallots you achieve a wonderfully sweet, sticky richness. So simple, but then all the finest things are. Best served at room temperature. Roasted…

Shallot and Mustard Dressing/Vinaigrette

This is a stone-cold classic French vinaigrette (I did learn the recipe at Le Cordon Bleu after all) and it will bring most salads to life. It manages to achieve a thick and well combined consistency when whisked with the mustard. The secret is the quantities: always 1 vinegar to 3 oil, and to use…