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Gigantes with Tomatoes & Horta

This recipe is from Epirus, northern Greece, via Rick Stein’s beautiful book From Venice to Istanbul. And rounds off the Beans beans beans! compilation to a tee.  Continue reading “Gigantes with Tomatoes & Horta”

Beans beans beans!

We’ve got a little gathering of bean dishes coming up next for ya, inspired by a gift of magic beans from our roving reporter.

These stunning beans caught the eye of said reporter in a supermarket in Nairobi, beckoning her with their unique beauty. So she bought some and brought them home.  Continue reading “Beans beans beans!”

Roasted Baby Artichokes with Fennel & Lemon

Truly love artichokes but find I’m rarely up to the preparation challenges they present. Continue reading “Roasted Baby Artichokes with Fennel & Lemon”

Romanesco & Broad Bean Salad

Romanesco, the beautiful broccoli from outer space.

Mesmerising geometric spirals within spirals, it is, as far as we’re concerned, proof positive of alien life and 16th century visitations to Italy, where it has been cultivated ever since.

Quantities would just get the way of this delightful dish. We’re freestylin’ here along a well trodden path and there’s something special in the way these veggies and leaves come together of their own accord, in a simple and mellow flavoured, laid back salad.

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Pea Pesto with Ricotta

The perfect thing for a springtime picnic, starter or all day snack! The fresh flavours of summer brought to you at any time by frozen peas.

Couldn’t be any easier or quicker to make, nor any more delicious to eat. Dig in. Continue reading “Pea Pesto with Ricotta”

Artichoke Carpaccio with Fonduta and Gremolata

We love this recipe for sunchokes a million times over. Forget everything else in your life, none of it matters until you’ve tried this. It will stop you in your tracks.

Another bad boy for which a mandolin is highly recommended.

From the culinary genius Mario Batali, as seen on Munchies.
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Coriander, Lime & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta

Some vegan goodness for ya. Continue reading “Coriander, Lime & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta”

Clementine and Green Olive Salad

One of Charlie’s all time faves, this. The sort of salad dreams are made of.

Made from things you’ll have about for the holidays, we’ll wager. Not vegan on account of the honey but I’m sure you clever bunch’ll sort an alternative with ease. Continue reading “Clementine and Green Olive Salad”

Tomato Mozzarella and Mascarpone Lasagne

Whoopsie! Lil’ blip in the space-time continuum there. Resuming lasagne triple bill in  3….2….1….

We love this rich and creamy lasagne and have been returning to it for over a decade.

Elegant enough to serve to your friends, and no mucking about with white sauce either. Nothing but ups with this here baked layered pasta dish.

Talking of layers, this one has an unusual layering up going on so eyes down…
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