Soups, Starters and Lunches

Roasted Courgette Soup with Basil Pistou

Roasted Courgette Soup with Basil Pistou

I don't believe in banishing soup to the back of the cupboard once the sun starts shining and this simple roasted courgette soup is one of my summer staples. It's really easy to put together and makes the most of summer's plentiful courgette and tomato...

Easy Vegetarian Enchiladas

Easy Vegetarian Enchiladas

The hot weather we've been having makes me crave spicy food and cold beer and these easy vegetarian enchiladas made with Quorn and Beans really hit the spot! What could be better on a warm June evening than spicy refried beans, quorn chunks and a few veggies all...

One Pot Pasta – Vegetarian Puttanesca

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...

Spring Vegetable Pizza with Asparagus and Jersey Royals

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...

Greek Salad Couscous

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...

Pea Pesto with Spaghetti

Pea Pesto with Spaghetti

Today marks the beginning of this year's National Vegetarian Week and I am planning to share some of my easiest family vegetarian recipes with you. Whether you are trying vegetarianism for the first time, are meat reducing with Meat Free Monday or are a seasoned...

Vegan Picnic Pies with Crisp Hot Water Crust Pastry

Vegan Picnic Pies with Crisp Hot Water Crust Pastry

Last week I told you my Vegetarian Story  and  promised that this week I would be sharing a brand new vegetarian Sunday Lunch Recipe to celebrate National Vegetarian Week. Today is my eldest's 20th Birthday so, yesterday, we all headed to Cardiff to...

Froothie Optimum G2.1 Platinum Series Blender Review

Froothie Optimum G2.1 Platinum Series Blender Review

I have a new toy in my kitchen - except it's not a toy, it really means business! I've made do for years with my (very good) food processor and my hand held stick blender and I honestly thought they were good enough - I was wrong! I've been testing the Froothie...

Spring Asparagus Salad with Soft Boiled Egg

Spring Asparagus Salad with Soft Boiled Egg

There is something more than a bit sensual about eating and preparing asparagus. My excitement at its first appearance in my veg box or on a market stall is unseemly and I love the sharing of its bounty with my beloved. This is eating it at its simplest, tastiest best - Asparagus salad, green spears enfolding soft boiled eggs served on a bed of crisp leaves with an understated dressing - spring on a plate!
Celery Soup with Stilton and Croutons

Celery Soup with Stilton and Croutons

You know that feeling when you open the fridge and you realise you have two of something and that that something really needs using up? I had two large heads of celery waving at me, taking up a lot of space and crying out to be lunch – this one fancied being an early Spring soup and who am I to say no to a vegetable which knows its mind?
Polenta Baskets with Garlic Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Polenta Baskets with Garlic Mushrooms and Tomatoes

I seem to be having a bit of a 'thing' with polenta at the moment - it's well on the way to being my new pasta. For quite a while I had an opened packet, shoved to the back of my store cupboard, pulled out only to make a polenta mash to go with veggie sausages or as a...

Goats Cheese Tart with Mint

Goats Cheese Tart with Mint

This oh so simple Goats Cheese Tart is one of my staple dishes; it is delicious hot, cold or in between. It appears in the picnic basket in Summer, with the first of the new potatoes and asparagus in Spring and I particularly like it in Autumn with a baked potato and...

Courgette, Leek and Herb Risotto Cake

Courgette, Leek and Herb Risotto Cake

There is something deeply comforting about this risotto cake and, as the winter finally seems to be making an appearance here in the UK, I am all about the comfort food! This is a dish which appears hot, straight from the oven, on my Winter menu and again in cold...

Roulades – Vegetarian Recipes for Christmas

Roulades – Vegetarian Recipes for Christmas

I love making roulades, they always look so impressive and complicated and make a great centre piece for special occasion buffet tables but they are REALLY easy, shh, don’t tell anyone! Here's my recipe for two of my favourites - sun dried tomato roulades and spinach roulades.
The Best Vegetarian Sausage Rolls Recipe

The Best Vegetarian Sausage Rolls Recipe

Homemade sausage rolls, crisp and flaky, hot from the oven simply sing ‘It’s Christmas!’ at me. Of course they are equally at home, cold, as part of a summer picnic, popped into a lunchbox or as part of a buffet spread at anytime of the year. This vegetarian sausage rolls recipe is simple, delicious and very moreish!
Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Easy Homemade Breadsticks

Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Easy Homemade Breadsticks

Well, that was a mighty weathery weekend! Wild winds, lashing rain and a chill in the air called for big jumpers, sturdy walking boots and a hearty soup to come home to. I served this cauliflower cheese soup with homemade breadsticks, warm from the oven and stoked up the woodburner in the kitchen.
Baked Pasta with Spinach and Eggs

Baked Pasta with Spinach and Eggs

This easy little baked pasta dish is warming, filling comfort food at its best. Simple to make it can be on your table within half an hour if you're organised, longer if you natter on and faff about a bit like I do.
Couscous and Almond Salad

Couscous and Almond Salad

Being asked to eat almonds as my snack of choice for three weeks and to see how I felt at the end of it did, at first, seem a bit of a challenge. I do often snack on dried fruit and nuts anyway but I do also browse the cupboards looking for biscuits and cake and, I...

Couscous Salad in the Shade of My Apple Tree

Couscous Salad in the Shade of My Apple Tree

The weather was kind this weekend, Mr TS wandered off to Portland to do a bit of essential maintenance on the boat's bottom, DG disappeared to the river with her chums, BB and I gardened, biked and played and my teen boys revised. Again. It's endless. I'm going to...

Asparagus Quiche – Spring in a Tin!

Asparagus Quiche – Spring in a Tin!

English asparagus season is in its full, brief flow, and this dish really makes the most of it. Asparagus quiche with Somerset Brie, Tarragon and Mustard - a perfect combination of flavours! This quiche includes three things I always have to hand, single cream, eggs...

Beluga Lentil Salad from Tibits at Home

Beluga Lentil Salad from Tibits at Home

Tibits, the vegetarian restaurant just off Regent Street in the heart of London, have published a stylish book full of their favourite dishes to mark their 10th anniversary in the UK and I got my hands on a copy! I thought it would be fun to share the recipes with...

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