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.

SAUCES, OILS, DRESSINGS + DIPS Italian Tomato Salsa - Tomato Sauce recipe

La Salsa – An Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

We’ve taken to making a batch of tomato sauce on a Sunday when we have time – we store it in glass jars, in a plastic tub or in freezer bags ready for action. It lasts a few days in the fridge or you can freeze it in portion sizes. We use a spoon or two to make a quick bruschetta with a slice of cheese or Parma or Serrano ham on Monday before dinner. On Tuesday we toss it through cooked tagliatelle with a few basil leaves or we make Spaghetti All’Arrabiata by adding a healthy pinch of dried chilli flakes before we reheat the sauce. On Wednesday we add the rest of the sauce to fried minced beef with a tin of kidney beans to make quick enchiladas.

DESSERTS Caramel and Chocolate Sauce

A Rich Velvety Caramel and Chocolate Sauce

Is this the most delicious sauce in the world to pour over icecream? It’s up there with the best. Make it in advance and store it in a kilner jar or empty Bonne Maman jar in the fridge ready to cheer you up when you need a sugar hit. Spread it on sourdough toast, drizzle it over warm buttermilk pancakes or waffles, spoon it over thick Greek yogurt or sour cream or layer it between a Victoria sponge with fresh cream or buttercream. You could just eat it by the spoonful from the jar and lick the spoon clean.

MAIN COURSES Tagliatelle with Lamb's Lettuce, Walnuts and Mint Pesto

Tagliatelle with Lamb’s Lettuce, Walnut and Mint Pesto

Use that carton of lamb’s lettuce that you buy in the supermarket and forget about by turning it into pesto! Adapt this recipe easily using baby spinach or rocket leaves instead of the lettuce and basil instead of the mint. We’ve used walnuts because we had them but you can try cashew nuts, pine nuts or almonds!

SAUCES, OILS, DRESSINGS + DIPS Beetroot Tzatziki (Vegan-friendly)

Beetroot Tzatziki (Vegan-friendly)

An adaption of the Greek tzatziki which is usually made with cucumber and yogurt. When you make it with  beetroot it turns a stunning carmine colour so it makes anything you eat it with look good. We sometimes skip the mint and use a teaspoon of toasted cumin seeds instead, and sprinkle some extra cumin seeds on top. You could do the same with toasted coriander seeds or use fresh coriander instead of mint. 

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