Any night of the week pizza

Cauliflower pizza

My gluten-free mum came over for lunch today. Having tired of whipping up soup or investing in a ‘free-from’ loaf of bread that languishes in the bottom of my freezer until the next time the gluten-free mum comes to visit again, I decided to pull out all the stops and give cauliflower pizza a go.

With this being ‘Anna Jones month’, her any night of the week pizza was my recipe of choice. I’m pretty slow to the cauliflower pizza party (mainly due to the husband not being a huge fan of the choux-fleur), but with gluten being off the menu today and the any night of the week pizza winking at me every time I flicked through Anna’s a modern way to cook book, I thought ‘what the heck’ and whizzed up a head of cauliflower to make the base. Continue reading

Charred pepper and halloumi stew

Halloumi stew

I’m going to apologise in advance. It’s only a small apology as I’m in love with Anna Jones’ recipes – as anyone who has read my blog knows. But, just recently, I’ve decided to stop pretending that I want to eat anyone elses food and cook my way through her books. They are fab and if I had to cook from them for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’d be that bothered. So, sorry! For the next few weeks it’s going to be an Anna fest (or feast, if you like). Continue reading

Chillies stuffed with beans

Stuffed peppers

An oldie, but a goodie – this chillies stuffed with beans is taken from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s book Everyday Veg. While, I love chillies, if my cooking doesn’t have a spicy zing to it, I wonder what’s missing, and then realise I’ve left the chillies lingering on the side instead of popping them in the pan. However, while the recipe blatantly calls for chillies, I’ve always opted to use pointed peppers and serve this tasty dish as a main, rather than a starter. Continue reading

Butternut and sweet leek hash

Butternut squash and sweet leek hash

When a friend suggested she’d bring along a lovely pot of corned-beef hash and baked beans for us to eat on the first night of a camping trip, I felt a little queasy. Having no other food options other than a few marshmallows and a packet of crisps, I took a  deep breath and tentatively tucked in. Swallowing my pride I had to admit that actually, it was rather nice, and I wouldn’t be averse to eating it again – but not too soon….

With a vegetarian husband and a fussy toddler – when do you stop calling a child a toddler? He’s three-and-a-half and will be starting school next September, so maybe I’ll start calling him the boy, but not yet….but I digress. So, with the husband being a non-meat eater (if you can actually call corned beef meat), a re-make of the campfire dinner was out of the question. Luckily, my food heroine Anna Jones, came to the rescue with her butternut squash and sweet leek hash – a recipe from her new book a modern way to cook. Continue reading

Salmon with ginger, garlic and soy

Salmon with soy, ginger and garlic

This is my go-to recipe, when I want something super quick but utterly tasty. When I say recipe, it’s more of a quick improvisation, taking inspiration from a friend who made a similar version for my lunch some time ago.

So, what does it involve? Simply pop a decent sized piece of salmon in a baking tray, cover it in a mixture of soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic, throw a few handfuls of shredded spring onions over the top, and pop it under a hot grill until it appears to burn (it’s not it’s just the honey and soy caramalising). Keep checking on it and once the glaze has caramalised and the fish is cooked, it’s good to go.  Continue reading

Egg tart

Egg tart

Having felt a bit sluggish for a while now, I decided that perhaps my body needed a bit of a cleanse, and what better way to do it than buying a new cookbook with lots of cleansing recipes. Honestly Healthy Cleanse by Natasha Corrett is packed full of alkaline recipes, created to balance your body’s PH levels so that you look and feel better than you ever thought you could. Continue reading