Smoked Fish & Lentil Stew with Dumplings

First of all, I hope you’re all doing okay. We’re all in a really weird place right now – some of us are on the front lines, others are working from home, and some are struggling to fill time where work once sat. Whatever your situation, stay safe, and do what you have to in…

Festive Fruity Feta Couscous

There are many things I love in life. Seeing greyhound puppies wearing tiny coats; those mini white chocolate Toblerone that come in massive sharing bags, and which I do not share; really hot showers where your skin is about one degree away from blistering under the spray… I could go on. But in this instance,…

Quick Fixes: Curry, Lasagne & Biryani

Alternative title: Stop Spending Money, You Ignoramus In the last couple of weeks we’ve bought a new car (a necessity – damn you, failed modern electronics) and been on holiday to a place known primarily for its cheese (not a necessity, but a damn good time). I am famously weak to dairy products, accompanying chutneys, and…

Halloumi Shawarma with Tzatziki

The red-squiggly-line brigade is back, and it’s targeting three out of four words in this recipe title. They would have me serve you Thallium Sharma with Kazantzakis, apparently. However, poisoning people isn’t my bag, and I doubt the still-living relatives of Nikos Kazantzakis would appreciate me serving him up in a flatbread — and so…

Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Soup

I’m terrible at being on my own. Seriously. If I didn’t have a cat I would have to enlist a parade of friends and family to come and check on me every half an hour because I just don’t know what to do with myself. I’ll happily watch hours of Food Network (not an exaggeration, sadly),…

Asian Jackfruit Lettuce Wraps

Jumping on the jackfruit train with wild abandon here guys – but I have absolutely no regrets. It’s so good. It’s got a great texture, it holds sauce like a champ, and it’s one of your five-a-day. It is, admittedly, freaky as heck opening a tin of supposed fruit and being faced with something pink, chunky,…

Leek & Parmesan Risotto with Baked Pesto-Crusted Salmon

Here we go folks – it’s the return of the too-long title. Will we survive, or will we be lost to its megalomaniacal clutches? Only time will tell. Batten down the hatches and get your stoutest all-terrain trousers on, for we’ve a storm to weather.* Or something. Now that we’ve all been revived by our…

Easy Cajun Chicken Wraps with Cucumber Yoghurt

How easy are we talking here? Friend. Buddy. Pal. This is so easy it’s barely a recipe, for my sins. We’re talking frozen chicken pieces, a pre-made spice blend, and less than ten ingredients from start to finish. You can make it for one, you can make it for twelve — the difficulty does not…

Vegan Pumpkin Pasties

The Harry Potter party has COME AND GONE, and many guests remarked prior to the occasion that they were pretty excited for my Pumpkin Pasties. I can’t blame them – they are delicious. And handily sized! And delicious. I need to emphasise this. They’re also vegan, because making pastry with vegetable shortening isn’t too difficult*…