Category: Starter

Patty Pan Squash Salad

This cold crisp patty pan squash salad is perfect for a hot summers day. If you can’t get an patty pan squash, courgette will work perfectly too! The slight bitterness…

Tofu Summer Rolls

These little Vietnamese fresh summer rolls are delightfully refreshing. They contain a selection of colourful julienned vegetables (carrot, beetroot, cucumber batons), fresh herbs, lettuce, rice noodles and marinated paper tofu…

Radicchio, blood orange and almond salad

This is a common Italian dish, with bitter radicchio leaves paired with the sweet, similarly seasoned blood oranges. Toasted almonds are added for extra crunch and creaminess. This is all…

Jerusalem artichokes and butter beans with baked portobello mushroom and whiskey sauce

The Scottish have been cooking with whiskey forever and now I’ve tried it – it is clear why! This whiskey sauce just goes so well with the creamy butter bean…

Vietnamese hot, sweet and sour tamarind soup

You can put any vegetables/tofu in this soup, along with the essential pineapple (for sweetness), tamarind (for sourness), chilli (for heat), and herbs (for those herbaceous flavours). This Vietnamese soup…

Mackerel fillet with beetroot, bramley apple and horseradish.

It can be hard to balance mackerel, since the flavour is so strong, but this dish seems to achieve it well. It’s got sweetness from beetroot, sharpness from apples, heat…

Smoked salmon, fennel, orange, avocado and watercress salad

This is influenced by a Chris Galvin recipe. It is bursting with wonderful flavour combinations and textures and is great for a light starter. Serve with buttered toasted crusty bread…

Stuffed romano peppers with courgette, mint and feta

These stuffed peppers have come a long way from the stuffed peppers I grew up with in the 80’s! Sweet romano peppers stuffed with potato and courgette, cool mint and…