Recipe: Rich Vegetarian Ragu with Quorn

As I’m sure most readers will know by now, I’m not vegetarian, but I often use this blog to champion the approach of eating “less and better” meat. One of the ways we do this in our house is to eat plant based ‘meat alternatives’ fairly often – and as we always have onions, carrots and mushrooms sitting in our fridge (and fresh thyme growing in our garden), this rich and tasty veggie ragu is one of our household favourites. I hope you like it!

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Recipe: Fresh Tagliatelle with Onion, Peas & Welsh Asparagus

‘Frittedda’ is a light vegetable stew which originates from Sicily, but it also works brilliantly when used as a sauce for pasta. It’s the perfect dish for showcasing all sorts of vibrant spring vegetables – and though asparagus is not a traditional ingredient, the fresh green spears grown by Paul’s Organic Veg in Monmouthshire work brilliantly here.

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Recipe: Chocolate Stout Loaf Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

I had a can of Toast Ale’s new 6.2% chocolate stout in the fridge – a new brew they’ve made from surplus bread & chocolate in collaboration with Divine Chocolate, as part of their ‘Rise Up for the Planet’ campaign. It’s a freaking delicious stout, so I figured it would also taste amazing baked into a chocolate cake.

This is my adaptation of an Edd Kimber recipe which I found on the Sainsbury’s Magazine website; where I have also used some of Halen Mon’s epic Salted Caramel Spread to make a delicious, sweet cream cheese frosting.

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Four Delicious Ways To Use Up Your Halloween Pumpkin Guts

A recent article from The Guardian suggests that more than half of the 24 million pumpkins carved for Halloween in Britain this year will not be eaten. This is bonkers; save your pumpkin guts from the food waste caddy, and turn them into something delicious instead!

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