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Red Pepper + White Bean Orzo with Saffron + Paprika

This recipe should, I hope, encapsulate everything you ask me for most frequently. Vegetarian (vegan, in fact), but not relying on pretend meat for its protein (not that I’m averse to pretend meat, as you know). A small list of ingredients, not a particularly labour intensive affair and – everybody’s favourite – cheap. I’d say this would comfortably serve three for lunch. In my sad little locked down case, of course, that means one serving is poured into a bowl and two are portioned away in plastic boxes for later in the week. I tend to serve it with greens on the side, too, because I am just that sort of person these days. Serves 3 175g orzo1 red pepper, finely chopped1 onion, finely chopped1 can cannelini or butter beans3-4 cloves garlic, minced700ml stock (I use chicken but feel free to use veg)1 tbsp paprikaLarge pinch of saffronSalt, to taste 1 – Heat 1 tbsp oil in a saucepan on a medium heat and add your pepper and onions. Sprinkle with salt then cover, and …

Marzipan Date Porridge

This year – for the first time in my life – I hosted Christmas at my flat. On Christmas Eve Eve, four pints deep with my best friend, it suddenly hit me that I hadn’t got in the ingredients to make marzipan dates for my Mum (her favourite, and therefore a festive essential). Cue my insisting that we leave the pub immediately to get to the supermarket before it closed and rectify my fatal mistake. After all that, it will surprise nobody to learn that on Christmas Day I was on the prosecco from the very moment I woke up and neglected to remember that marzipan and medjool dates were awaiting my attention in the kitchen drawer. Daughter of the year. There they both sat, where I rediscovered them last month and added them to my breakfast. Once again my defective personality has led me to something delicious. The universe works in mysterious ways. Notes on serving: all porridge is, for me, at the moment, incomplete without the addition of toasted nuts and natural yoghurt. …

Beetroot + Potato Rosti

This recipe might only be suitable if you’re almost exactly the same kind of cook as me. I cook mostly for myself, have no qualms about how long something might take but frequently find myself cutting corners just to see if I can get away with it. The corner I cut here might upset people who cook properly. I can’t be bothered to drain the potatoes. I simply do not have the energy or kitchen towel backstock to rinse and moisture-squeeze and dry adequately. The moisture-squeezing is, I understand, essential for optimum crispiness. However, I’ll take a sort-of-crispy rosti over all that effort so early in the morning any day. Here, all you need to do is mix together grated root veg and fry it very, very slowly. Making it low maintenance provided you don’t mind hanging around near the kitchen for an hour. I work in the same room as I cook, so to me this is the perfect working from home breakfast. Some of you may not, therefore it might be less than …