All posts tagged: spring

4 Quick, (Mostly) Vegetarian Dinners for Spring

Typically, the weather is yet to make up its mind about which season we’re currently experiencing. I’ve been pushing on with spring regardless under the guidance of the calendar alone – sometimes eating outside, sometimes on the sofa under a blanket wondering how long it’s been since I’ve seen the sky. That’s April for you. Quick, easy dinners that can be rustled up on a weeknight after a long day at work were my most requested post last year. This year (now that I have a proper job where I have to actually use my brain) that’s all I have time for anyway, so you can expect plenty of these in the months to come. Spaghetti with Tuna, Capers and Lemon Boil 150-200g spaghetti in salted water according to pack instructions. Reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta water just before draining. Put it back in the pan with the splash of pasta water and add the juice of a lemon, a can of tuna, a tbsp capers, a generous knob of butter and a drizzle …

Spring Pasta Salad (perfect for packed lunch)

This month, Cate in the Kitchen turned three years old. I didn’t bake a cake, I didn’t write a blog post, I didn’t even really pay my own personal anniversary much notice until the past couple of days. When I got to thinking, I realised that this blog is a really different space than it was three years ago. I’ve grown as a writer, I’ve widened the net a little in terms of the content I produce here, and I’ve almost completely stopped publishing recipes – which was pretty much my sole purpose when I first started blogging. I don’t know why that is, exactly. It could be that consistently publishing new recipes takes a shit tonne of planning time that I no longer have, or that recipes just don’t do so well when it comes to traffic, or that my creativity is being channeled elsewhere. I’m always doing new things with food, but those experiments and discoveries and adventures tend to happen only on social media now, and never make it onto the blog. I …

Broccoli, Asparagus and Mint Quiche

What picnic blanket, BBQ buffet or garden party would be complete without quiche? Nobody has quite decided whether it originates from France, Germany or England, but one of us sure got it right. One of the most versatile pastries ever, it can be enjoyed stone cold on the beach whilst you cower behind a windbreaker, lukewarm in the park while you wonder why the coolbag isn’t working, or piping hot with some salad indoors when the June showers hit. It has something of a reputation for being very, very unhealthy. This is fair enough, it’s butter, milk, eggs and cheese – sometimes even cream. But I’ve done my best to take the calorie count down a notch and made up for the butter indulgence by filling it up with green stuff. for the pastry: 170g wholemeal flour a pinch salt 100g butter (I used goat butter) 1 egg yolk 2 tbsps cold water                        for the filling: 3 eggs (and the white of the egg …