Crunchy Fennel and Cabbage Salad

Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute and 15 minute meals and by Yotam Ottenlenghi telling me once that you can make a slaw from pretty much anything, here is a crunchy, lemony slaw style salad that goes really well with most rice dishes. Ideally you need a food processor for this, but you can cut…

Kohlrabi Salad

Start hunting around for recipes using kohlrabi and you will no doubt stumble across references to how ugly this less well known brassica is. I find this a little harsh and there is something quite beautiful about them with their purple skin and sprouting leaves, sitting atop the soil on the allotment. They certainly confused…

Broad Bean Dip

The first crop of broad beans have survived the odd weather we have had this year. Cold, hot, wet, cold, windy and no matter how much rain seems to fall, we still are officially in drought according to our water company. Despite all this the beans seem happier than ever, untouched by blackfly that has…

Roasted Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese Salad

Another salad that works equally well during summer or in autumn when squashes are in season. If you are not a big fan of blue cheese you could always use feta or some other salty cheese instead. The saltiness of the cheese sets off the sweetness of the squash. A sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds…

Blue Cheese Salad with Lentils and Radish

I’ve got a thing about Puy lentils at the moment, and about eating summery salads in spite of the weather being anything but summery just now. Serve this with Gail‘s mixed olive sourdough bread – quite possibly the best bread ever made. Serves 4 for a light lunch 1 bag of mixed leaf salad 3-4…

Roasted Beetroot and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

Last weekend gave us a very short glimpse of what summer used to be like. If summer ever returns, then this is great for eating al fresco. This would also work well with the addition of toasted pine nuts, toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds or some walnuts perhaps. The earthy beetroot, freshness of the mozzarella…

Puy Lentil and Roasted Beetroot Salad

The allotment is a sorry sight this time of year. A few cabbages sitting amongst the weeds seem to be keeping the mice fed through the long nights and the purple sprouting is a favourite for the pigeons. I did however manage to salvage the last of the beetroot before the slugs got to them….

Warm Courgette and Brie Salad

Well, kind of a salad, or perhaps a tasty topping for bruschetta. Either way this is very quick and very tasty. To be honest I’ve had a bit of a courgette disaster. Last year I had so many I couldn’t get through them. This year all the plants have died. Luckily my allotment neighbour came…

Lentil and Ebly Salad

A wander along Westbourne Grove the other lunchtime and I ended up outside Daylesford Organic leaving with a tub of mixed salads for lunch. One of which I thought was lentil and rice but turned out to be lentil and whole grains. So here is my version using Ebly. There is quite a lot of…

Early Summer Salad

Three years ago I bought 10 asparagus crowns, followed all the advice, planted them, then waited the three years everyone says. So this year I was expecting to spend the early summer season picking and eating beautiful spears of home grown asparagus. Well things didn’t quite work out that way and this is what I…