Pepper, Mushroom, Onion and Tomato Galette (v)

This is a vegan filling for your lovingly prepared galettes.

For one person you need:
1/2 a sliced onion
2-3 sliced mushrooms
2-3 sliced cherry tomatoes
1/2 a pepper, sliced

Start by flash griddling the veggies to tenderise them a little. Once done, wipe the pan clean and lay a galette on to it. Scatter over the cooked veggies and then fold the galette into thirds before flipping over quickly and then scoffing. Bon apetit!

Spelt Galettes (v)

Neil adores these. I think it’s the only reason he tolerates going to France as it’s an easy veggie dish which tastes lovely. We made ours with spelt as we couldn’t get any buckwheat flour.

For about 12 galettes you need:
225g spelt flour
225g unbleached white flour
2 tsp salt
500ml soya milk
500ml water

Mix everything, bar the water, together. Leave to rest for an hour or so and then add the water to get the batter to the consistency of single cream. These are tricky, tricky buggers to cook so it will take some practice, but make them as you would crepes/pancakes and take extra care when flipping them over. I found a palette knife much better than my usual fish slice. Transfer the cooked galettes to a plate for filling later on. They freeze well too or keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Butternut Squash with Herb Crust (v)

This is utter simplicity but also utterly delicious 🙂 It’s based on Ottolenghi’s crusted pumpkin wedges with soured cream recipe in Plenty.

For 2-3 people you need:
1 butternut squash, cut into 0.5cm thick slices (peeled or unpeeled, your choice)
75g breadcrumbs
4 tbsp finely chopped parsley
2 tbsp finely chopped oregano and thyme
1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
grated zest of 2 large lemons
2 cloves garlic, crushed
5-6 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Place the squash in a roasting tin. Mix together everything else and scatter over. Bake in a hot oven for 3- mins or so till the squash is tender and the crumbs are crunchy. Yum.

Courgettes with Lemon and Feta (can be vegan)

This is a quick, but zingy, side dish. It’s also nice chopped up in some cous cous for lunch the next day.

For 2-3 portions you need:
2-3 courgettes, sliced lengthways into 0.5 cm thick slices
juice 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 pack feta, crumbled
olive oil

Dress the slices of courgette in some olive oil and then griddle on a hot pan till lightly cooked (don’t over do them or they’ll become all yukky and mushy). Meanwhile place the feta, lemon juice, garlic and pepper in a shallow dish. Place the cooked courgettes straight into the dressing and toss well. Omit the feta for a vegan dish, adding some salt for seasoning.

St Delia’s Creme Caramel

I lurve creme caramel, and especially love this recipe as it gives copious amounts of delicious caramel with each portion.

For 6-8 portions you need:
175g caster sugar
2 tbsp water
150ml milk
275ml single cream
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Begin by placing the sugar in a pan and gently heating it. Once it starts to dissolve, swirl the pan to ensure it melts evenly. Keep going until all the sugar has dissolved and has changed to a dark golden colour. Take off the heat and add the water (careful it might spit!). Return to the heat and mix well till smooth and runny. Pour 75% of it into a souffle dish and carefully swirl it up the sides.

Place the milk and cream in the caramel pan with the remaining caramel and slowly bring to the boil. Meanwhile mix the eggs and vanilla together in a bowl. Once the milk mixture has come to the boil, pour it quickly into the eggs, mix and then strain into the souffle dish. Place in a bain marie and bake for about 30 mins or so will set. Leave to cool and then chill for at least a few hours.

Seeded Honey and Oat Bars

This is a River Cottage recipe which we all saw being made earlier today. Lex was inspired by the recipe so we all made them and scoffed them. I would never have thought to add lemon and orange zest to the mix but it adds a lovely, zingy fresh taste. Yum. The original recipe is on the river cottage website.

For about 12 bars you need:
125g butter
150g light muscovado sugar
125g peanut butter
75g honey, plus a little more to finish
Finely grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
200g porridge oats (not jumbo)
75g sultanas
75g chopped dried apricots
50g each of pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds

Melt together everything bar the oats, fruit and seeds. Mix the wet into the oats and fruit and 2/3 of the seeds. Pour into a lined 20cm square tin and press down. Scatter over the remaining seeds and drizzle with a little more honey. Bake in a moderate oven for 30 mins. Leave to cool before cutting in to bars and scoffing. Deeeeeelicious!

Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie (v)

This idea popped in to my head earlier today. I have a bit of a thing for peanut butter at the moment and this even got Lex drinking it!

For one person you need:
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup soya milk
1 scoop vanilla swedish glace if you want it to be extra thick and luxurious

Blitz till thick and creamy and then down in one. Remember to wipe off the mustache when you’ve finished.

Mushrooms with Blue Cheese

This was supposed to be a baked mushroom recipe, following a discussion on twitter yesterday with @francesbell and her great suggestion for baked blue cheese shrooms with walnut bread, but when Ocado delivered the mushrooms they weren’t really suitable for baking so I sauteed them instead and served them on toast. Oh my. They were delicious!

For one hungry person you need:
3-4 portabellini mushrooms, thickly sliced
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp blue cheese
1 tbsp oil

Fry the onions in the oil for 5 mins or so and then add the mushrooms. Cover with a lid and sautee for 5 mins or so until lightly golden and slightly softened. Add the cheese and let it melt into the mushrooms. Serve on toast amazed at yourself.

Blue Cheese Toasts

This isn’t really a recipe but it does add a lovely dimension to bread with soup.

For 1 person you need:
2 slices really good quality artisan bread (no plastic sliced please…)
blue cheese

Toast the bread and then smear blue cheese on top and let it melt in a bit. Serve with a steaming bowl of soup and feel smug something so easy tastes sooooooooooo good 🙂

Romanesco and Brassica Soup with Blue Cheese

OK cauliflower and broccoli then…

For 1-2 portions you need:
1/2 head each leftover cooked cauli and broccoli
1 onion, diced
small knob butter
500ml stock
salt and pepper
1/8 cup crumbled blue cheese

Sautee the onion in the butter till golden. Add the cauli and broccoli and stock and cook out till hot. Blitz to a puree and then stir in the cheese. Quick and delicious.