Nigella introduces us to this recipe with a sweet headnote about her amusement at eating the butt of the pig, which actually relates to the shoulder and not the rear end. Pork Shoulder is a good value joint and I was looking for a faff free recipe that did not require separates rubs and sauces and marinades. This recipe did not disappoint on the faff-free front.
This vibrant recipe by Meera Sodha came highly recommended by a friend. I’m so glad I took her advice because despite being a salad, this is a very satisfying plate of food. It hits all those flavour points we look for in a recipe: spicy, sharp, nutty, fresh, crunchy, sweet. Best of all, its very healthy.
Frugal is the last word you’d associate with a rich, gooey brownie, but these brownies are a thrifty treat. Relative to other brownie recipes, these are quite low in butter. They are also chocolate free, that is the chocolateyness comes entirely from cocoa. You’d never tell it was a frugal recipe – dark, treacly, chocolatey, gooey. All the brownie buzzwords.
Well, I normally buy pink grapefruit marmalade from the Ludlow Food Centre for about £4 a jar. By comparison, I made 8 jars for a similar price. So home made marmalade seems both excellent value and delicious. The shreds were a bit chunky, but that adds to the rustic charm. The only disappointment was the orange hue, I’d hoped for a pretty blush pink preserve.
Yotam has included a lot of pasta recipes in Ottolenghi Simple and they are all very tasty and very simple. They’re also not quite pasta in the traditional Italian sense, they’ve definitely been Ottolenghi-fied. This pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers seems to take inspiration from the robust classic pasta alla puttanesca (or slut’s spaghetti if you’re Nigella). This Ottolenghi take on the classic adds rose harissa and removes the anchovies, making it an incidentally vegan recipe.
I knew I had to make this recipe for Cauliflower Cheese Filo Pie. I had a packet of filo pastry in the freezer and a sad looking cauliflower leftover from last week’s vegetable box. On top of that, two friend’s sent me screenshots of the finished product on Yotam’s instagram. Impossibly golden and appetising.
Gizzi Erskine’s Slow isn’t a vegan cookbook and this isn’t labelled as a vegan recipe – it’s planet friendly. I’d been curious to try this recipe since I first saw it featured in newspapers around the launch of the book in Autumn 2018, but it took me a while to get around to buying the book and even longer to making the planet-friendly bolognese.