Beetroot & Sauerkraut Fritters

Adapted and simplified from a recipe in Gill Mellor’s book, root, stem, leaf, flower, these fritters are simple, tasty and perfect as we move from summer to autumn 2 raw beetroot – peeled and grated1 onion – thinly sliced into half rounds2 cloves garlic – finely chopped500g sauerkraut4-5 tablespoons gram flour (or use plain flour)1…

Panzanella – Tuscan-Style Tomato & Bread Salad

Ingredients 3-4 very ripe tomatoes100g slightly stale ciabatta loaf1 shallot or ½ small red onion – very finely chopped1 tablespoon capers2 tablespoons red wine vinegar4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil5g basil leaves – shreddedSea salt and black pepper Method Remove and discard the crust from the ciabatta and tear the loaf into bite-sized chunks Steep…

Beetroot & Red Cabbage Salad

Ingredients 2 small beetrootHalf a small red cabbage1 small carrot1 tablespoon mayonnaise1 tablespoon natural yogurt1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon lemon juiceSea saltBlack pepperMintChili flakesBlack sesame seeds (optional) Method Peel and grate the beetroot and carrot. You may want to wear gloves to do this so as not to stain your hands Finely slice the red…

Broad Bean and Potato Cakes

If you grow your own broad beans, you’re probably suffering from a bit of a glut right now. They do freeze well and will last well into next year if you pod them and freeze them as you harvest You can also use shop bought or frozen broad beans. In all cases, it’s best to…

Aubergine Schnitzel with Broad Bean & Bulgur Wheat Pilaf

Ingredients 1 large aubergineOlive oil75g smoked cheddar1 eggPanko breadcrumbs250g broad beans (shelled weight)150g bulgur wheat2 tablespoons olive oil1 tablespoon lemon juice2 spring onions, finely slicedParsley – finely choppedDill – finely choppedSea salt Method Heat the oven to 200oC Top and tail the aubergines and thinly slice off the edge if two opposing lengthwide edges. Slice…

Yogurt with Charred Cauliflower & Tahini

A Middle Eastern inspired quick side dish, or served as part of a mezze Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil1 small cauliflower – broken into bite sized pieces1 red pepper – cut into 2cm dice2 cloves garlic – finely chopped5-6 tablespoons natural yogurt3 tablespoons tahiniA large handful of herbs such a mint, coriander, parsley, dill –…

Glamorgan Sausages with Wild Garlic Colcannon

This is my version of the traditional Welsh sausage made from leeks and caerphilly cheese, and featured in my 2009 book, available in softback, hardback and ebook formats Extra mature or smoked cheddar works well if you can’t get Caerphilly Leave out the wild garlic is you don’t live near somwhere you can forage for…

Vegan Pesto, Mushroom and Tomato Tart with Crispy Leeks

A simple, tasty and colourful tart packed with vegetables INGREDIENTSFor the pesto3 large handfuls of kale, tough stems removed100g whole, blanched hazelnuts30g basil leavesJuice of half a lime1 clove garlicOlive oilSea salt 1 pack of ready rolled puff pastry150g mushrooms – sliced1 leek – halved lengthways then finely slicedA handful of cherry tomatoes – halvedChili…

Miso & Tahini Cauliflower with Black Rice Salad

If you can’t get black rice, you can make this using brown basmati rice, bulghar wheat, quinoa or freekeh in its place INGREDIENTSFor the marinade3 tablespoons tahini1 tablespoon misoJuice of 1 lemon2 cloves garlic – crushed1 teaspoon paprikaSea salt 1 cauliflower120g black rice2 tomatoes – dicedHalf a cucumber – diced2 spring onions – finely slicedHandful…

Spicy Mushroom Pie

Inspired by the spicy mushroom lasagne recipe in Ottolenghi’s excellent Flavour, this is a simplified version, using the mushroom ragout as the base for a meat free shepherds pie Ingredients1 tablespoon olive oil1 onion – finely chopped2 cloves garlic – crushed1 small carrot – peeled and finely diced600g mushrooms2 dried chilis15g dried mushrooms2 tablespoons tomato…