Seared Courgettes with Pasta & Blue Cheese

Ingredients120g wholewheat pasta – I use penne2 tablespoons olive oil2 small, firm courgettes – cut into random shaped chunks4 cloves garlic – finely chopped50g walnuts – roughly broken150ml double cream70g blue cheese – I used DolcelatteChili flakes (optional)A few sage leavesSea saltBlack pepper MethodBring a pan of water to the boil, then add the pasta…

Pappardelle with Beluga Lentils

Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil1 onion – finely chopped1 carrot – peeled and finely diced1 stick celery – finely diced3 cloves garlic – crushed1 bay leaf2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs2 tablespoons tomato puree5 or 6 sundried tomato pieces – chopped250g ready-to-eat beluga lentils400g tin of cherry tomatoesVegetable stockSea saltFreshly ground black pepper250g Pappardelle or TagliatelleSage…

Saffron Pasta & Chickpeas with Smoked Tomatoes

On Friday, 29th May, we took part in Belazu’s Virtual Banquet cookalong; a fundraising event run by the Belazu Foundation to support the wonderful Chefs in Schools. 7 dishes, 7 top chefs, 2000 particpants on Zoom, delicious ingredients from Belazu, Wellocks, Maldon and Mindful Chef, and 3½ hours to cook it all. We managed six…

Courgette Balls with Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti

I had more courgettes than I knew what to do with last summer so tried inventing a few new recipes. This one went down well with the whole family, even the meat eater. Probably due to the deep deep frying element of the recipe. I based this on a courgette kofta Indian recipe, putting an…