Extra virgin olive oil, garlic and parmesan are broccoli’s best friends. Just trot them all out together and wait for the response.
Baked apples with custard or cream are really good but even better served while hot with cold ice cream. The contrast!
Cavolo nero is a bit different to other cabbages because it doesn’t form a head – you know, grow into a ball!
If lining tins with pastry scares your pants off, just make one big free-form pie. It’ll taste just as good.
Need something to fill hungry tums midweek? Chunky pasta with chorizo tomato sauce is the answer! Easy, filling and bags of flavour.
Yep, eat them on the couch if you want to, just make them because these are stunningly good.
How to make a finger-licking green salad? It’s all in the tossing …
Chilli, coriander, ginger and soy sauce give oodles of flavour to this easy and sustaining noodle soup.
If only our mothers and grandmothers had thought to roast these cute little buds we would have loved them at first bite!
Whoa – this is a good one – apple & cranberry pie scented with a few grates of orange zest, topped with homemade pastry. Seconds guaranteed.
Get your chops around this – colourful, crunchy, bursting with flavour, and good for you!
This is a quickie, and scrumptious, and good for midweek.
These are seriously so good that I swear they’ll beat any kebab and falafel combo that a 1am service, or any other time, can offer you.
Brussels sprouts look cuter than cabbage, and they can taste a whole lot better, too, if you arm yourself with a few must-do’s …
Erbazzone is sweet, earthy, savoury and salty, with contrasting textures of moist filling held between flakes of buttery, salty pastry. Heaven.
Italians don’t need much of an excuse to get together and share good food – they do it most days – but 2nd June is significant in the modern history of Italy as it commemorates when, in 1946, after the second world war and the downfall of fascism, Italians went to the polls to vote to either retain the monarchy or to abolish it and form a republic.
Holey Moley, this is just the thing for a freeze-ball night. And it feeds a crowd, and reasonably cheaply, too. BUT there are a few steps to it and it’s not the sort of thing to try and whip up at 6.00pm.
Polenta may have humble origins, being served as a type of gruel back in the day, but just look at it now!
Mint and cumin, ginger, cinnamon and chilli, and almonds, prunes and figs, and, oh, chicken. This is spectacular!
Oh-la-la … little French tarts to wow your guests. When you see those little cutie baby pears come on sale, remember this recipe. It’s made for them!
Pappa al pomodoro is usually made in summer when tomatoes are ripe and plentiful, but this version, a ‘best-ever’, using both canned and roasted vine tomatoes, is scented and richly flavoured, chunky and textural, and is good at any time of year. Especially now when there is a nip in the air.
While your pot of soup is gently bubbling away, turn ciabatta crusts into crunchy nuggets. It’s easy. But the difference they make to soup is amazing.
This is a go-to dish for me when I want a knock-your-socks-off impressive dish. Works every time.