All posts tagged: broccoli

Broccoli and Blue Cheese Soup

In typical English fashion, this morning the heavens opened to make way for a few hours of rain showers. As the chill in the air returned, so did my craving for a big bowl of something warm. Broccoli and stilton is a soup combo as old as time, and usually I’m with the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” guys but I’ve added a couple of ingredients that take the flavour in a slightly different direction and it totally works. Namely apple, kale and ginger. The kale is in there for the sake of it, someone in California somewhere once said it was good for us and we’ve all agreed that we must therefore put it in everything, it makes no difference to the taste of this dish but a big difference to how good it is for you. The ginger gives a little kick to add extra warmth perfectly suited to a miserable day, and the apple contributes a mild sweetness to keep the ginger in check.   1 head of broccoli, chopped …

Meat Free Monday – Sweetcorn Quinoa Salad

Meat Free Monday is something you should all be taking part in, its a fun way to switch up your diet and get creative and thoughtful when it comes to thinking up recipes. If you want to find out a little more about the campaign, check out their website here. When it comes to quinoa, I have a pretty basic set-up for constructing a recipe. Quinoa + 2 veg servings + little salad-y things + something kinda creamy (like yoghurt or avocado), it works every time. Serves 2 200g baby sweetcorn Couple fistfuls of tender stem purple sprouting broccoli 80g quinoa 3 cloves garlic 2 tbps sesame oil Little drizzle chilli oil 2 heaped tbsps houmous 2 heaped tbsps lentil, pea and bean shoots 4 spring onions, chopped finely Each 40g serving of quinoa wants to cook in 200ml water, so rinse your quinoa off under cold water then put it on to boil in 400ml of water, it’ll take 15-18 minutes so chuck a timer on. Heat the sesame oil in a big pan and …

Save-me-from-Domino’s Stir Fry

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that yesterday I travelled all the way from North Devon back to Brighton, if that’s not a familiar sounding journey to you I’ll simplify it by saying it’s hours and hours and hours of driving. And if you’re a regular person, you’ll know that coming home after being on the road for hours and hours and hours of driving makes it extremely difficult to resist the urge to hunt online for Dominos codes that will get you carbs as far as the eye can see for around £20. Being the born-again healthy cook that I am, I soldiered on and rustled up this stir fry. The key to surviving the struggle of not logging on to just-eat or calling your favourite Chinese is always having something in the cupboard that can be transformed in to a quick dinner. Luckily, I was armed with Amoy Ribbon Rice Noodles and Mum’s allotment purple sprouting broccoli. So with little more than a flash in a pan, I had dinner ready …