• butternut & harissa hummus
6 Mar, 2016

Butternut squash & harissa hummus

By |March 6th, 2016|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low calorie, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

We all love a good hummus and it does seem fashionable for the supermarkets to be selling all kinds of varieties, such as lemon and coriander and roasted red pepper hummus.  I normally only make the traditional version, but here I've made an alternative, but near to flavours you might expect in the middle-east. Butternut [...]

  • creamed savoy cabbage and carrots
15 Feb, 2016

Creamed cabbage and carrots

By |February 15th, 2016|Gluten-free, Low calorie, Low GI, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

It's not often you can create a tasty, luxurious side dish from just two vegetables.  You'll be wanting to tuck in for more.  The added nutmeg really does add something to this dish.Creamed cabbage and carrots - This is a real crowd pleaser from just a humble savoy cabbage and carrots - your dinner guests [...]

  • fruit berry compote
23 Sep, 2015

Fruit compote

By |September 23rd, 2015|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Compote is cooked (stewed fruit) with added sugar, water and optional spices.  The fruit can be cooked whole or cut down and almost anything can be used – apples, figs, apricots, rhubarb, berries.  For the best flavour, it's good to use whatever seasonal fruit is available. I have found that it is possible to use [...]

  • spicy sweet potato wedges
12 Jan, 2015

Spicy sweet potato wedges

By |January 12th, 2015|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Main Courses, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Spicy sweet potato wedges - Sweet potatoes are considered a healthier alternative to regular potatoes. This dish is full in flavour and delicious as an accompaniment to any meat or vegetarian dish. The cumin can be replaced with other spices, but adds a warm, curry like taste to what can be bland potatoes. - sweet [...]

1 Dec, 2014

Spinach sformato

By |December 1st, 2014|Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Spinach sformato - A luxurious vegetable dish, set with egg whites, with béchamel sauce running through it. In Italian it is known as sformato di spinaci. - butter (for greasing), fine breadcrumbs (or parmesan for coating (optional)), milk, bay leaf, nutmeg (freshly grated), butter, flour, spinach (cooked & squeezed (fresh shrinks to half its orginal [...]

1 Dec, 2014

Lemon roast potatoes with garlic & rosemary

By |December 1st, 2014|Gluten-free, Main Courses, Recipes, Side Dish, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Lemon roast potatoes with garlic & rosemary - The perfect accompaniment to any fish dish. In Italian known as patate arrosto al limone con aglio e rosmarino - potatoes (Desirée or King Edwards), garlic cloves (unpeeled, but lightly crushed), thyme or rosemary (leave whole, but lightly crushed), lemons (cut in half), extra virgin olive oil, [...]

  • oven roasted potatoes
3 Nov, 2014

Potatoes with red onion & pancetta

By |November 3rd, 2014|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Main Courses, Recipes, Side Dish, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Potatoes with red onion & pancetta - Oven baked potatoes with red onion and pancetta. Known in Italian as patate e cipolle al forno - potatoes (leave skin on and cut into 1cm cubes), red onions (peeled and cut into 1cm cubes), olive oil, salt and pepper (be generous), rosemary (or thyme), pancetta (roughly chopped [...]

3 Nov, 2014

Sautéed spinach with chilli & garlic

By |November 3rd, 2014|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Main Courses, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Sauteed spinach with chilli & garlic - Perfect accompaniment to any dish and ideal for vegetarians. Known in Italian as spinaci saltati con aglio - spinach (or kale), olive oil, garlic (peeled and lightly crushed), red chilli (roughly sliced. You can increase to 1 chilli if you like heat), salt and pepper (be generous), If [...]

  • calamari squid rings
23 Oct, 2014

Deep fried calamari

By |October 23rd, 2014|Fish course, Lunch, Recipes, Side Dish|0 Comments

Deep fried calamari - Known in Italian as Calamari fritti - calamari, milk, plain flour (for dredging), salt (to season), sunflower oil (for frying), Cut the squid into rings, measuring approximately 2-3cm. Place the rings into milk and then into flour, sieve off excess flour.; Fry the rings in a fryer or saucepan with hot [...]

5 Oct, 2014

Bitter-sweet salad with rocket

By |October 5th, 2014|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low calorie, Lunch, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Bitter-sweet salad with rocket - A bitter-sweet salad with rocket, endive and orange. Known in Italian as insalata agrodolce. - oranges, rocket leaves, endive (white or red julienned), black olives (stoned), red onion (julienned (optional)), celery (julienned), radishes (finely chopped into circles), extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper, Peel the oranges [...]