French apple tart

  Apples + lemon + sugar + cream +  almonds Peel & slice apples Mix with lemon juice & sugar Roll out sweet pastry Lay on the sliced apples Beat egg & cream together Pour over apples Top with almonds and a little sugar Bake @ 190C ’til golden – around 25 minutes

Pea pancakes with poached eggs

Put cooked peas (frozen are fine) + cornflour + beaten egg + S&P in food processor and blitz to make a purée/pancake batter Make this as fine or coarse as you like Add chopped parsley + finely sliced spring onions Fry in small batches in a good non-stick pan with a little olive oil Keep…

Spinach & puy lentil burgers

  Cooked puy lentils + chopped blanched spinach + finely sliced spring onions + minced garlic + chopped chillies to taste + grated mature Cheddar + chopped parsley Paprika + mustard powder + thyme + ketchup + breadcrumbs +  beaten egg + S&P Mix together Form into burgers & chill for  a while Shallow fry…

Beef ravioli in a chicken, pancetta and mascarpone sauce

Use 1 large egg per 100g of flour (preferably Tipo 00 or a mix) Create a well and crack the eggs into it (add tomato puree to the egg at this stage for tomato pasta) Whisk the eggs together and begin to combine with the flour until you have a soft dough Knead for 5…

Tomato tagliatelle with mozzarella, pine nuts, capers and olives

Prepare fresh tomato tagliatelle as described in the previous post for ‘ravioli’ Cook in gently boiling water until al dente  & drain Toss the cooked tagliatelle in garlic oil & season with S & P Stir in diced mozzarella + toasted pine nuts + cherry tomatoes + olives + capers + rocket + torn basil…

Lamb meatball tagine

Minced lamb + parsley + coriander + garlic + cayenne + paprika + cumin + S&P Chop the herbs & garlic Mix well Form into walnut sized balls Fry until golden & reserve Fry garlic & then add  paprika + cayenne + cumin + ground ginger + turmeric + cinnamon over a gentle heat Cook…

Baked ham & eggs

Tomato pureé + oregano + olive oil + sea salt flakes Mix together with some cold water to make a sauce Spread over the base of your oven-proof dish Add ham + eggs + S&P Drizzle over some more olive oil Bake ’til cooked Good with granary toast or home-made dough balls Swap the ham…

Red pepper, potato & parsley frittata

In a non-stick pan fry sliced potatoes ( & onions if you like)  in olive oil. Cook over a  medium heat for 15 minutes When they are beginning to soften throw in some sliced peppers and cook for a further 10 minutes Stir in some chopped garlic and cook on a low-medium heat for 5…

Spanish pork and beef meatballs with patatas panaderas

Pork and beef meatballs  Dried chillies + garlic + shallots + green olives + paprika + tomatoes  Minced pork & beef + garlic + parsley + salt & pepper  Pan-fried in olive oil until golden Tip: why not make a double batch for the freezer   Patatas panaderas Potatoes + green peppers + sliced garlic…

Empanadas – three ways

  Tuna, boiled egg, tomato, garlic & parsley with olive oil pastry  X Serrano ham, leeks, parsley, tomato & boiled egg with olive oil pastry X Deep fried chicken, chorizo & red pepper empanadas with Fino sherry & olive oil pastry