Oct 20, 2021

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Roasted Shrimp Salad

A shrimp (or prawn) salad makes a wonderful lunch or first course. We recently took one to a picnic and at a pinch one could also use it to fill a crusty baguette and have an amazing sandwich. You could of course buy pre cooked shrimp but I think roasting uncooked shrimp in the oven […]

Feb 19, 2016


Rick Stein’s Pearl Barley Salad with Pomegranate & Herbs

This is another recipe from Rick Stein’s latest book From Venice to Istanbul. The salad originates from Turkey and is called Kisir. I recently served it as part of a Middle eastern dinner which included another recipe from the same book – baked pumpkin with crispy onions and tomato. This salad makes for a lovely […]

Oct 13, 2015


Warm Lentil Salad with Walnuts & Goats Cheese

I’ve been making this Delia Smith lentil salad for a very long time. Remember Delia? She’s the no-nonsense English cook who taught a whole generation basic cookery skills. One doesn’t hear much about her these days and it’s been a while since Delia has written a cook book but her recipes are tried and tested and can […]

Mar 19, 2015


Marinated Eggplant

This is another winner of a recipe from Yottam Ottolenghi. If you have a fondness for eggplant you’re going to love this dish. I normally find eggplant that has been baked rather than fried a little on the dry side. It’s great that it’s healthier but it lacks the silky soft quality that eggplant has […]

Feb 27, 2015

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Roasted Green Beans & Tomatoes

I’m always on the look out for new side dishes, especially ones that don’t require any last minute preparation and can feed a large number of people without dirtying all the pots and pans in the cupboards or using up all the stove burners. This roasted green bean and tomato dish delivers all of the […]

Apr 30, 2014


Larb – Laotian Minced Meat & Herb Salad

I’ve been making various versions of larb for a long time. It’s an amazingly delicious and healthy salad of minced meat (your choice of pork, chicken, beef or even duck) loaded with fresh herbs and finished off with a punchy lime and fish sauce dressing. If you use lean meat it’s virtually fat free and […]

Mar 12, 2014


Panzanella – Rustic Italian Bread & Tomato Salad

This is the perfect salad to make during the long summer months or towards the end of summer when there’s plenty of naturally ripened juicy tomatoes available. If you’re a stickler for not throwing out bread this is also a great way of using up a stale loaf, in fact the staler the better. There’s no doubt that […]