Wow, what interesting and crazy times we are living in! A few days ago I had no idea that this week our little family would be hunkering down at home together (with schools closed and supermarkets cleaned out) and the prospect of another few weeks at home ahead of us. Being in the kitchen is particularly comforting at times of uncertainty like this, and to be able to sit down as a family each evening and enjoy a home cooked meal is a blessing. Over the next few weeks we’ll be doing a lot of that, and I guess that’s just one of the silver linings to a harrowing situation.
This week’s recipe doubles up as a quick midweek supper or a delicious lunch! I’ve used a zesty homemade basil pesto in this pasta dish along with sautéed chicken, cherry tomatoes and not forgetting the all important parmesan. This speedy meal is easy, filling and full of flavour.
Today’s recipe is an updated version of a dish I put together six years ago and is a delight for all the veggie lovers out there – crispy phyllo pastry parcels filled with roasted veggies and topped with sesame seeds! Serve them as a starter, a side dish or even as the main event!
An oldie but a goodie, aubergine parmigiana is a scrumptious side dish that I absolutely love. This is classic comfort food that’s perfect for serving to a crowd alongside a main meal, (although I’ll happily enjoy it for lunch with a fresh side salad too).
Yotam Ottolenghi’s “Plenty” contains a wealth of vegetarian recipes and is a fantastic resource not only for vegetarians but for those wanting to include more veggies in their diets. Stuffed inside my copy of the book is a piece of paper on which I’ve scrawled the names of the recipes I want to try out first… needless to say the list is rather long! These delicious leek fritters are from the “Funny Onions” chapter.
The rain clouds are rolling in on this cold, grey afternoon and I’m in the mood for a bowl of homemade soup! Sweet potatoes are the hero in this thick and hearty soup which is sure to chase away the chills in no time.
Roll on school holidays! We’re nearly there but with another two weeks or so to go (not that I’m counting) I wanted to share this tasty and nutritious lunch box filler. These chicken and sweetcorn tortilla pinwheels can be made ahead of time and make a great alternative to the usual sarmies.