Shakshuka

Rich spiced tomato sauce, spiked with a warm chilli heat. Eggs cooked just enough to set the whites, revealing liquid gold yolks when gently pierced with the tip of a knife. A couple of slices of toasted week-old sourdough enjoyed on the side. I am of course, talking about Shakshuka, a popular brunch dish which…

Basic yeasted white bread rolls

This recipe makes lovely bread rolls. I have adapted it from the plain white bread recipe in Delia Smith’s Complete Illustrated Cookery Course, which makes two loaves of bread. The rolls freeze and defrost well, so you can make a batch and have them ready to go for days when you are pressed for time…

Vegetarian shepherd’s pie

Over the past few months, I have been consciously trying to reduce the meat and fish that we eat as a household, for a combination of reasons: concerns about the impact to the planet; animal welfare; the impact of overfishing our oceans. I have also noticed that I feel better when I eat a predominantly…

Leek and pancetta quiche

This leek and pancetta quiche with homemade shortcrust pastry is a favourite in the Salford Kitchen! The original recipe is from Gordon Ramsay, but I use a slightly different method to make the pastry case. I’ve made this quiche many times, as it’s relatively easy to whip up, super delicious, and stores well in the…

Spinach and ricotta ravioli

In all honesty, I make pasta from scratch maybe once a year (if that). It’s hardwired in my brain that pasta is the ultimate mid-week quick fix for dinner, so the thought of standing around for hours making the dough, refrigerating it, crafting the fillings, rolling out and cutting the pasta, drying the strands (if…

It’s aBAOt time…

…I tried my hand at making Bao! It’s been a germ of an idea in the back of my mind ever since we discovered Bao Fitz, a gem of a restaurant just off Tottenham Court Road. I fondly remember it as one of the best meals I have ever eaten in London. Mr Salford Kitchen…

Homemade granola

I am super impressed with this granola recipe from Cookie and Kate (https://cookieandkate.com/healthy-granola-recipe/) – it is easy, delicious and packed full of healthy ingredients. Made with whole foods including oats, coconut oil, nuts and dried fruit, it is also naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Admittedly, the ingredients are a little pricey – it costs more…

Signs of regeneration

For a while there I was worried about poor Arturo, my fledgling avocado tree. After cruelly lopping off his head I thought he was a goner. Nothing much seemed to be happening – his stalk was as bare as could be and I had serious doubts that he would be able to grow back in…

Autumn vegetable tart

This tart is packed full of colourful and healthy veggies, and is particularly enjoyable at this time of year. The recipe is largely based on Yotam Ottolenghi’s ‘Very full tart’ recipe in Plenty. If you can, I’d encourage you to make your own shortcrust pastry beforehand. It is well worth the time and effort. Ingredients:…

Shortcrust pastry

Making shortcrust pastry for a tart or quiche requires more time and work than buying pre-made, but the end product is well worth the extra effort. To me, homemade pastry has a taste and beautiful short texture that supermarket bought just doesn’t match. Making good shortcrust pastry is an art however! There are many pitfalls…