Black Quinoa and Spiced Chickpea Salad

*I originally created this recipe for the July/August edition of Superfood Magazine* It's all change here at Thinly Spread - Number One left for Berlin last week where he will be spending 7 months studying and Number Two is also flying the nest shortly to head up...

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9 Simple Vegetarian Pasta Dishes for Pasta Please!

I have no idea how the summer has galloped away so quickly, how can it be September already?! My children are beginning to scatter to the winds, either to school or to Uni, and my thoughts are turning to autumn days and comfort foods. There's not much that is more...

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Easy Pasta Recipes for Summer – Pasta Please!

The summer holidays are finally here and it's sailing time at last! Pasta has to be one of the easiest things to cook on board so it pops up in many guises! One Pot Pasta Puttanesca is a particular favourite as it's so simple to make (and doesn't require me to deal...

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Bircher Muesli Breakfast Bowl

I'm a big fan of Dorset Cereals muesli and granola mixes so I jumped at the chance to develop a summer breakfast bowl using their Bircher Muesli - it's perfect for a summer breakfast! We are about to set sail for a couple of weeks and breakfast on board is one of the...

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Quorn™and Aubergine Moussaka

I'm desperate to return to the Greek Islands, to sit in a taverna overlooking the bluest of seas eating olives and sipping wine. Instead, as one of mine is still in school and I'm not allowed to go anywhere, I cooked up this Quorn™ and Aubergine Moussaka with all the...

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Mushroom, Walnut and Tarragon Mousse

It's picnic season, barbecue season, hanging out with friends season. School finally finishes next week and it will be time to throw rugs on the lawn for lazy lunches and dinners which drift on into the early hours. These little mouthfuls of Mushroom, Walnut and...

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Tomato and Roasted Zucchini Summer Soup with Basil Pistou

I don't believe in banishing soup to the back of the cupboard once the sun starts shining. A good, hearty, bone-warming soup in front of the fire is certainly one of my favourite winter things, but a super simple summer soup is also very hard to beat. Whether it's...

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Pasta Please in June!

After last month's galloping start, this month's Pasta Please is a little less frantic but no less delicious and I'm loving the variety on offer, thank you so much to those of you who joined in! If you'd like to join in next month just follow the instructions at the...

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Lavender Biscuits

The lavender in my garden is just coming into flower, I've been watching it like a hawk, waiting to pounce so that I could make a batch of these beautiful lavender biscuits to mark Midsummer! Lavender is thought to have come to our shores with the Romans who used...

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Braised Fennel and Dolcelatte Filo Parcels

Lemony fennel, slowly braised in olive oil with chilli sitting on a creamy cushion of Dolcelatte cheese all wrapped up in crisp filo pastry - yes, I am a genius. Especially if you like fennel. If you don't, just move on - have a look at these Enchiladas or this Pasta...

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Vegetarian BBQ Recipe – Spicy Couscous Veggie Burgers

It's Father's Day on Sunday and, across the land, that means barbecue time! I'm often asked for Vegetarian BBQ recipe ideas, something tasty which can be popped on the grill and which won't crumble to mush, so I jumped at the chance when Iceland asked me whether I...

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Quorn Chicken and Bean Enchiladas

The hot weather we've been having makes me crave spicy food and cold beer and these Quorn™ Meat Free Chicken and Bean Enchiladas really hit the spot! What could be better on a warm June evening than Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces, spicy refried beans and a few veggies...

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Home Made Sun Dried Tomatoes

Home Made Sun Dried Tomatoes - golly I love that! I must've spent a small fortune on jars and packets of sun dried tomatoes over the years - they are an essential ingredient in so many of my dishes adding a chewiness and depth of flavour which even had my vegetarian...

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The Simplest Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

This Pineapple Smoothie Recipe is so simple it hardly merits the word 'recipe' at all - it took moments to make and vanished in seconds - it all happened so fast I'm beginning to wonder if I imagined it. Lucky I took a photograph or two as evidence really, isn't it?!...

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One Pot Pasta – Vegetarian Puttanesca

Cooking on board can be very trying. When we are on a long trip and people don't want to wait for calm waters I can either be found braced at an angle in front of the cooker, cursing whoever thought this was a good way to spend a holiday, or slapping hummus on bread...

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11 Vegetarian Pasta Recipes for Pasta Please in May!

My first month hosting the Pasta Please blog link up went very well indeed! I was a little worried it would be just me looking all 'Billy No Mates' but food bloggers are a busy bunch and I had quite a few entries to tickle my tastebuds! So, without further ado, here...

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Chocolate Cherry Flapjack

Yesterday I put on my apron, fired up the oven, rolled up my sleeves and made a batch of indulgent chocolate cherry flapjack! My daughter has reached the half way point in her GSCE exams, she's exhausted, she's wonderful and she deserves these! I used my basic,...

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Spring Vegetable Pizza with Asparagus and Jersey Royals

Sometimes only a slice of pizza really hits the spot and couscous salad or polenta baskets just won't cut it -  I need carbs! Asparagus and Jersey Royal potatoes along with the first of the peas and bunches of spring onions all called to me as I wandered around our...

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Elderflower and Gooseberry Ice-Cream

I was sitting by the window at Cranks Kitchen in Dartington with Tin and Thyme on Friday, celebrating National Vegetarian Week with a slice of Homity Pie, when I spied that most exciting of late Spring things - the first elderflower! Of course, once you've seen one...

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Greek Salad Couscous

Day two of National Vegetarian Week and I'm sharing another really simple, quick as anything supper dish. Greek Salad Couscous is fresh and light, perfect for warm evenings with a glass of wine. This is another of my regular one pot boat dishes, I fry the almonds and...

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