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

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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