Broad Bean Stew

Spring is definitely on its way. The days are getting longer and milder, blossom is out, daffodils fill the grass verges, I am about to become another year older and I have planted this year’s crop of broad beans. So it must be time I used up the remains of last year’s crop, carefully podded,…

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…

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Herbs

100g puy or green lentils 1 bay leaf 200g of your favourite grain (bulgur, millet, farro, quinoa, pearl barley) 1 smallish cauliflower of half a large one half a teaspoon each of ground cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, salt a handful of cherry tomatoes – halved half a cucumber – diced 4-5 tablespoons olive oil 1…

Persian Fava and Tofu Stew

Growing up as the child of German immigrants, I never saw much of my extended family. Grandparents, an aunt and uncle and cousins in West Germany, A grandmother in the East who was not allowed out to visit (and it was rather uncomfortable going to visist: something I only did once), and an aunt in…