Mexican-style roasted veg ragu

Mexican style ragu

This Mexican-style roasted veg ragu from Jamie Oliver is delicious. It’s a try-bake, so once you’ve done all your chopping and prep work and got it started in the over, it pretty much looks after itself, with an occasional stir to help it on its way. Continue reading


Carrot fritters with halloumi

Carrot fritters
This carrot fritters with halloumi recipe, from Alice Hart’s Vegetarian, is one of my favourite ‘show-off’ lunches. It looks great, and your diners tend to think that you’ve slaved in the kitchen for hours to create such a masterpiece – hence why I call it a ‘show-off’ lunch. However, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Minus the chilling time, you can have a dish to wow your pals within about 30 minutes.

The fritters are a simple and relatively cheap combo of grated carrot, halloumi, sliced spring onions, chopped coriander, coriander seeds, a bit of flour and a couple of eggs to bind the mixture together. It’s all a bit sloppy, but firms up in the fridge when left to cool for 30 minutes or so. I usually make the fritter mixture way in advance, shape them and leave them to chill until I’m ready for them – which could be anything up to a couple of hours. But, that’s a bit excessive. Continue reading

Vegetarian spaghetti Bolognese

Vegetarian Bolognese

I always used to say that when I had a child, he or she, would eat the same as the husband and I. Fast-forward two-and-a-bit years and having tired of throwing away food that has barely been looked at let alone tasted, I spend my evenings making not one, but two meals. One for us and one for the toddler. Except, that is, when it comes to a good old spaghetti Bolognese. Continue reading

Getting the toddler to eat carrots

Toddler with carrot

It’s no mean feat getting your once vegetable munching toddler back onto the good stuff once they’ve deemed every veg under the sun as ‘yucky’ – even peas. I thought every child LOVED peas. Apparently not!

I’m all for ‘hiding’ veg in pasta sauces – I do it all the time – but I wanted to get the defiant vegetable eater tucking into his five a day in their original form. After a surprisingly unbroken night’s sleep – not only will he not eat his veg, the toddler also likes to wander into our bedroom at some ungodly hour and watch me sleep, until I wake up with a start and put him back to bed – I hit on a plan. Continue reading