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.
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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.
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.
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!
Learn how to make mayonnaise in four different ways with this easy guide from Leith’s Cookery School.
Learn how to prepare six different dressings including a classic vinaigrette with our easy guide with this video from Leiths Cookery School.
Caper sauce is really good with any grilled fish. Use the little capers that are packed in salt or stored in brine for this recipe. Rinse and drain them first.
Adding a fortified wine like Madeira or sherry to the turkey juices along with some chicken stock makes a rich gravy. Use red or white wine if you don’t have either – it’s a classic turkey gravy recipe where you add stock to the turkey juices left in the pan and thicken it with flour so it can be adapted easily.