Courgette and Cheese Tart with Beetroot and Bulgur Wheat Salad

I’ve always struggled to build the right kind of relationship with courgettes. They are so easy to grow provided you have sufficient space. However some late summer they produce so many that it becomes a struggle knowing quite what to do with them all. On a good day I can pick 6 to 8 of…

Pea, Mint and Courgette Soup

For those who grow your own vegetables you are no doubt all too familiar with the late summer glut of courgettes. Here is yet another way of using some of them up. Works well with the larger ones you forget to pick too as you can just simmer off some of the excess water they…

Gluten Free Pizza

Not just gluten free, but also ultra low in carbs. Inspired by a recent cauliflower cheese tart where I used a cauliflower crust, I thought I’d try to use some of the glut of courgettes we get at this time of year on our allotment in another unusual way. The topping is a standard pizza…

Mediterranean Vegetables and Pasta

During a holiday a couple of years ago in Kefalonia, this became a firm family favourite. Delicious vegetables, fresh from the local market, prepared in olive oil with pasta and cheese. What’s not to love? The vegetables are prepared a bit like a ratatouille and can be cooked in advance. A great dish to get…

Fried Courgettes with Tomato and Fennel Seed Sauce

I wasn’t sure how this would work out but being an Ottolenghi-based dish from Waitrose Kitchen magazine I knew it would probably be a safe bet. Delicious!!! The original recipe uses marrow which I find tends to be a little too watery and the skin can sometimes be very tough. I used large courgettes which…

Green Vegetable Soup with Pearl Barley

You may have noticed I’ve got a bit of a thing about soup at the moment. So simple and healthy and can be made from almost anything. This one came about one Saturday morning when I scoured the vegetable tray at the bottom of the fridge looking for something to feed five hungry people. Surprisingly…

Falafel Burgers

There’s a new fast food joint in town … only this one is a little different. Pilpel have opened at three sites. I was in the area of St Pauls recently thought I’s give it a try. Lunchtime at Paternoster Square was a little manic and a bit confusing at first but well worth it….

Pancake Nidi

A very slight variation on Michela Chiappa‘s recipe from her Simply Italian series recently on Channel4. This dish is traditionally made using pasta sheets but Michela’s recipe uses pancakes instead to great effect. The quantities below made nine Nidi – one per person is plenty as a starter or a light evening meal. For the…

Gnocchi with Spinach, Mushrooms, Mascarpone and Courgette Balls

…or how to take some healthy ingredients and turn them into something a little decadent. I was going to make this using half cream but, whereas cream tends to split quite easily, mascarpone keeps itself together quite nicely. Serve this with a green salad with balsamic dressing. The sweetness of the balsamic works well with…

Courgette and Dolcelatte Soup

January means two things – the start of a healthy eating phase, and a trip up the M1 to take my daughter and her seemingly endless supply of washed and ironed clothes back up to Leeds for another term at University. After three hours of driving, carrying several heavy bags up three flights of stairs,…

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…