Braised Lentils with Cime de Rapa

I’m cooking with lentils more and more these days but realised we feature them so rarely here at Charlie’s. Well it’s time for that to change!

Here’s one of my favourite ways to cook lentils at this time of year, when cime de rapa, the deeply green, and bitter tops of turnips are at their seasonal best. Continue reading “Braised Lentils with Cime de Rapa”


Sprouting Broccoli Tempura with Ponzu Sauce

Ponzu sauce, I now know, is the dipping sauce served with edamame beans.

Somewhere in a town called Brixton, somewhere in the naughties, I had my first glorious pop of edamame beans, and would spend the next ten years searching for that incredible dipping sauce, the likes of which I had never encountered before.

It felt like London’s best kept secret for yonks, time and again I was fobbed off with soy, a cheap imitation at best.

But no more shall I be denied Ponzu! Now that I know how to make it and it’s ridiculously simple. Which makes me ridiculously happy. Continue reading “Sprouting Broccoli Tempura with Ponzu Sauce”

4 Rice Salads of the Forbidden Kind

I’ll level with ya, I’ve never really be one for rice salads, or pasta salads for that matter, BBQ sides are all about the potato salads and slaws – both of which I can demolish by the tonne!

But then along came black rice.

Four deliciously nutritious salad choices coming your way this week, all of them veegs.

See ya soon x

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