Another pear and almond tart

With cherry jam glaze and toasted almonds on top We enjoyed the pear and almond tart so much that I made another, I think we have another family fave. This time I had acquired a proper flan dish so it is more like a tart than a cake. I also added a cherry jam glaze…

Aubergine, chickpea and coconut curry

A mild, plant-based curry that’s quick and easy to make. Whatever you do, don’t throw away the chickpea water. It’s so useful as an egg white alternative in recipes like this no-egg meringue. Serves: 4 Ingredients 400g chopped tomatoes, tinned 240g chickpeas, tinned and drained (save the water, aquafaba, from the tin to use as…

Poached chicken with risotto

I do a lot of risotto, it’s a very satisfying dish. A couple of weeks back I did a quick, baked recipe but this one here is more traditional and needs the effort of stirring and being watched. It’s worth it though. Even my 17 yr old son deigned to eat it and he’s always…

Pear and almond tart

Pears and almonds go so well together. This dessert is so yummy it lasted less than 2 hours. I’ve based this on a recipe from Michel Roux Jr. making some changes to keep it non-dairy. I will try a vegan version without the eggs one day but I wanted to do it this way first…

Rhubarb in grenadine syrup

I have a glut of rhubarb from the garden at this time of year. Rhubarb crumble is nice and I’ve made a lovely chutney with it before too but I wanted something different. This recipe is simple and quick but best of all it tastes fantastic. I’ve found it goes really well with chocolate ice…

Ratatouille

France is one of my favourite countries. It has a fantastic range of climates. The North is similar to Britain and much further South you can bask in long, hot days on a azure coastline. In between are miles and miles of beautiful countryside. I even like the way the French can be welcoming and…

Baked risotto with vegetables

I love risotto but it takes a lot of stirring. This one is done partly in the oven which means you don’t have to stand there stirring in the liquid bit by bit. I used a pan and a glass casserole dish to make this because I don’t have a hob-proof casserole dish. If you…