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…

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…

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…

Parsley sauce

Meet Patrick the parsley plant! It has been 56 days since I first planted the parsley seeds that I bought from the Seed Co-operative, and they have been doing pretty well. Patrick parsley has been giving me a lot of joy to look at as he has been growing on my windowsill. I’ll definitely be…