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…

Sweet Potato, Leek and Gruyere Tart

It was Bruce Feirstein who wrote Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche. So this, rather than being a quiche, is a tart. This should be enough to feed four or five people depending on what you serve with it 375g pack of shortcrust pastry – I used to make my own but bought pastry is pretty…

Cauliflower & Kale Tart

Tart, flan, quiche. Call it what you will, the combination of light, fluffy egg and thin, crisp pastry is something I never tire of. Frying the cauliflower until charred brings out flavour. Don’t be afraid if you think you are burning it. The more colour, the more flavour. I cheated here and used a ready…

Two Tone Pear and Almond Tart

I made this as part of a bring your own New Year’s Eve Party and with the wonderful mulled, Christmassy flavours of the poached pears it worked a treat. A long thin tart like the one I made looked impressive but you could just as easily make individual tarts as squares or circles with one…

Courgette and Manchego Tart

Another way to use up some of the daily crop of courgettes. This makes enough tart to serve 4-6 people depending on what you have with it 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 courgettes – sliced 4 eggs 100g or so of manchego – grated shortcrust pastry to line a flan dish – I usually do…

Christmas Presents

A friend of mine gave me a jar of peaches preserved in brandy for Christmas. They looked great so I left them on display in the kitchen. I wasn’t sure what to do with them so there they sat for six months on the shelf. Having invited friends for dinner I needed to plan a…

Strawberries and Cream

What better way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon than sitting by the klitchen window watching a thunderstorm while eating strawberry and cream (and chocolate) tart. I grow the strawberries in baskets down the side of the house. They are Elsanta which are the variety you would usually find in supermarkets. The taste, however, is…

Simple Asparagus Tart

The disappointingly short English asparagus season is upon us once again and everywhere I look I see recipes for asparagus – grilled, baked, boiled, in risotto, in quiche, with pasta. Although this is hardly the most original recipe ever invented it is very simple, quick to make and delicious served alongside new potatoes and and…