Shortbread biscuits

Crisp, beautifully short and buttery, this recipe is based on Delia Smith’s Complete Illustrated Cookery Course and produces delicious shortbread rounds. The secret to good shortbread – like shortcrust pastry – is to avoid handling it too much and to roll out the dough thinly. This shortbread recipe only contains three ingredients and follows an…

Bakewell tart

A family favourite is Bakewell tart, an English classic sweet consisting of shortcrust pastry beneath layers of jam, frangipane and topped with flaked almonds. It is a variant of the Bakewell pudding, which originates from the picturesque town of Bakewell in the Peak District, Derbyshire. In this recipe I recommend using a raspberry or cherry…

Tuscan bean soup

This Tuscan bean soup is hearty, healthy, packed with veggies, and makes a great batch cook option for busy weeks when time is at a premium. This soup is delicious served with a dollop of fresh pesto, and / or a few slices of toasted days-old sourdough. Like many stock-based dishes, its flavour will deepen…

Garlic & basil pesto

This pesto is delicious, featuring tangy garlic, fragrant fresh basil, and a zingy hit of lemon. Best of all, it is super easy to whip up – it only requires three steps to make! Enjoy this with pasta, as an accompaniment for Minestrone or Tuscan bean soup, or simply spread on a slice of sourdough…

Vegan Thai green curry

With a mild green chilli warmth and sweet, creamy coconut sauce, Thai green curry is one of the ultimate comfort foods. This lovely recipe is largely based on Meera Sodha’s ‘Thai Green Curry with aubergines, courgettes and mangetout’ recipe from East, with the addition of some poached firm tofu strips and baby corn. We have…