APPETISERS Garlic Chicken Wings with Garlic, Chilli and Garlic Dip

Garlic Chicken Wings with Yogurt, Chilli and Garlic Dip

When you order a dozen chicken wings in a restaurant you often get 6 chicken wings that have been cut in half to make twelve. When you buy them at the butcher or supermarket you’ll get the whole chicken wing so they will be meatier and easier to eat. The supermarkets usually sell them in kilo packs so if that’s too much, follow our example: cook the lot, cool the leftovers and eat them cold or reheat them the next day for breakfast.

APPETISERS Shiitake Miso Soup with Rayu

Spicy Shiitake Miso Soup with Tofu and Rayu

Miso soup is so easy to make – just buy packets of dried miso soup in the Asian shop, add boiling water and pimp it by adding cooked mushrooms, vegetables, tofu, any meat or chicken. It’s one of our favourite convenience foods. Shiitake mushrooms are so good for you – you can use fresh or dried – they are used in Chinese medicine and there is some evidence that they can boost the immune system and may help to lower cholesterol when eaten regularly.

APPETISERS Chickpea and Lentil Soup

Chickpea and Lentil Soup

A soup that lends itself to using what’s in the storercupboard and the fridge. You’ll find how to adapt this Italian soup to make a middle-eastern chickpea and lentil soup at the end of the recipe. Use any type of lentils from Puy to the black Beluga lentil to the brown POD lentils from Castelluccio di Norcia.

APPETISERS Roast Pepper, Tomato and Garlic Soup

Roast Pepper, Tomato and Garlic Soup

A healthy and delicious soup that includes three of your five-a-day vegetables. You’ll need a blender or food processor (though we used our NutriBullet which is a bit on the small side so we blended the soup in two batches). The soup freezes well and you can add a spoon of sour cream or crème fraiche and some toasted nuts or seeds before serving.


Griddled Plums with Feta Cheese, Maple Syrup and Mint

Ripe juicy plums are halved and fried in olive oil until golden, sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese and garnished with maple syrup and fresh mint leaves. Serve as a starter or instead of a cheese course. It takes 4 minutes to make! Peaches or apricots work just as well.

APPETISERS Mushroom Soup Recipe

Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms have so much flavour and are such good value – you can make a fine soup for four people from one punnet. Use parsley or basil or even coriander instead of thyme, skip the carrot if you don’t have one (though it adds sweetness) and fry a clove of garlic with or even instead of the onion.

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