Shakshouka

If you’ve been living in a cave then you might wonder, ‘what is shakshouka?’. Well buddy, I’ll let you in an the big (not so) secret. Shakshouka, or shakshuka is a North African dish believed to have originated from Tunisia. Your average shakshouka will consist of eggs poached in a tomato and pepper sauce which practically screams out for bread to be dunked into it. Countries all over the Middle East (and world) love it, and prepare it in similar yet ever so slightly different ways. For example in Cyprus it is commonly heavily flavoured with cinnamon and cumin, whereas in others, a simple dash of turmeric and cayenne pepper will suffice. Continue reading

Mujaddara with Mint and Feta

In Arabic the word mujaddara means ‘small pox’, which in this dish refers to the speckled appearance of lentils among rice. Traditionally mujaddara is made by boiling rice, lentils and fried onions together, until the water has been absorbed. Usually I too cook mujaddara in the way of the traditionalist, but this is real life and after work the last thing I want to do is wait for lentils to boil. Continue reading

Summer Minestrone

I once talked about how a simple bowl of minestrone is the ultimate comfort food. But in the summer months I crave something a little lighter. I’m a huge believer in using produce that’s in season, which is exactly why this minestrone is not only light and delicious, but completely accessible and affordable.

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Summer Courgette Salad with Ricotta Stuffed Courgette Flowers

These mini marrows, also known as courgettes or zucchini, are magical little things. Summertime is their season, and you will find them everywhere. Despite all of the rain we’ve been having here,  beautifully vibrant courgettes with their delicate golden yellow flowers always manage to bring some sunshine to the table. Continue reading

Kitchen Cupboard Pasta

Pasta Saturdays. This is what it’s all about. After a whole week of slaving away doing whatever you’re doing, you deserve this. It’s pasta, and it’s delicious in all forms.

But busy bees don’t always have a million years to create a tasty pasta dish from scratch. Imagine all of the flour, the time, the mess! More importantly, what would a busy bee do when a pasta fiend of a friend (and a hungry one at that) is moments away from their door? Panic!! Continue reading

Carrot Chicken Soup

There is nothing like some warming chicken soup, a bowl of which comes in handy on many an occasion. Whether you’re feeling cold, hungry, down and out – chicken soup will be there for you, like a true friend.

My mum makes a killer chicken soup with carrots, leeks and vermicelli pasta. However, her recipe is pretty top secret, so instead I will share with you my own chicken soup, which is equally as simple to make and marginally better in taste (kidding, mum!). Continue reading

How to make: Chicken Stock

Every now and then my mum comes back from the supermarket with a rotisserie chicken. We tend to pick at it for a couple of days to put in sandwiches, salads and soup. After the succulent chicken meat has been devoured we’re left with the carcass, which just screams out to be made into a beautiful homemade stock.

So the next time you’re faced with the remains of your Sunday roast, turn those bones into stock. Here’s how:

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Conchigliette di Farro with Super Greens

One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is head to the local farmers market. I often take a stroll down there to gather some inspiration and hand pick ingredients for lunch. The farmers market near where I live is admittedly a little small, but they really do have some wonderful produce on offer as well as beautifully prepared hot food, which draws a number of people to the market to have lunch on the go and a nose around.

One particular stall that I really love sells a variety of farro and spelt, as well as a modest selection of farro pasta. I absolutely love farro, but before Saturday I had never tried it in pasta form – so I grabbed a bag of conchigliette intent on throwing together something pasta based and healthy.  Continue reading