All posts filed under: Dinners

Smoky Aubergine and Lentil Ragu

It’s absolutely pissing it down this morning, so I thought some comfort food might be appropriate. We appear to have just about reached “it’s gonna be rainy and repulsively windy day in, day out for months now and there’s nothing you can do about it” season in the South of England. This, I’m sure, is where we’ll stay for some time to come. While we’re here, we should probably eat some delicious hot food that doesn’t look particularly pretty but tastes like an actual cuddle. First, credit where credit is due. The author of the original recipe is the gorgeous and ever so talentedย Rosie Birkett, and I first saw it in this months issue of BBC Good Food. I’ve since tweaked it to our preferences (Tom refuses to eat walnuts, I like to add more veg in where I can and heartbreakingly I no longer have access to a bay tree) and am dying to give it to you lot. It’s not a super simple, done in 20 minutes one, but it is absolutely doable …

Tapas for One: Three Low Carb Recipes

I’m a little under the weather, and this is particularly unpleasant weather to be residing under. There’s nothing in particular wrong, I just started to feel really shitty yesterday and woke up with an impending sense of doom that I haven’t been able to shake all day. Perhaps it’s the rain, perhaps it’s the apocalyptic political atmosphere, perhaps it’s without reason at all. This evening – like on all the miserable evenings that have come before it – I workedย out my worries in the kitchen. In the process, I discovered how easy it is to make a few tapas dishes just for yourself. I thought I’d share that with you, since it seems quite a nice thing to do for yourself when it rains, or when the political atmosphere is apocalyptic, or for no reason at all. Padron Peppers Public service announcement: you can now buy padron peppers in ALDI. For less than a quid, naturally. I used half the packet (about 75g) for my one person serving. I’m fairly sure that I overdid these, …

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Carbs are the thing of the moment. It’s cold, it’s raining, and as a nation we’re hungry for the heavy stuff. I’ve seen butternut squash pasta sauce recipes knocking about, but wanted to try the long game version by roasting the squash to see if it made a difference to the flavour. It absolutely does, it tastes just a little bit more luxurious and is (in my opinion) way worth the effort, and it makes the house smell good. I cooked this for my Grandparents, Mum and boyfriend over the weekend and it comfortably served all 5 of us, but I’d probably say this serves 4 more generously – depending on the size of your squash. 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves 100g wensleydaleย  1 tbsp olive oil Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 7 (conversions here) and lay out your squash in a roasting dish. Peel the garlic cloves and throw them in the dish, then drizzle over the olive oil and shake the dish to ensure everything’s nicely coated. Roast …