When temperatures start to climb, this Roman-style rice salad with tuna, vegetables & hard boiled eggs is my go-to recipe for feeding a crowd. As well as being deliciously full of flavour and easy to prepare, it’s also a handy option for bringing on picnics, walks or long car journeys.
Looking for a dessert that even your health conscious pals will enjoy? Although this blueberry & yogurt cloud cake is made with no butter or oil, barely any sugar and just a sprinkle of flour it somehow becomes a magnificent, towering cake with a wonderfully fluffy texture and a beautiful subtly sweet, lemony flavour – a triumph by any standards.
Deliciously satisfying, richly savoury & almost caramelised from its time in the pan, fried halloumi is great for making all kinds of salads & vegetarian meals a bit more substantial. Case in point, this delicious halloumi & green bean combo, which I expect will swiftly become part of your regular meat-free repertoire.
Taking inspiration from the restaurant-style kievs I love so much, and adding a little extra ooziness just because, I recently came up with these very yummy mozzarella, rosemary & chilli breaded chicken cutlets. I would call them Kievs, but that term is somewhat sacrosanct to me, so cutlets it is. Give them a go, I think you’ll love them too.
The unusual way of cooking the courgettes in this light summery salad gives them an incredible flavour & texture, while the zingy dressing offers that genuine, hard-to-put-your-finger-on Italian flavour that you only find in the best trattorias & delicatessens.
I’ve always been a fan of Welsh rarebit toasts – my parents used to occasionally make them for lunch on Saturdays when I was small and I could never understand why they tasted so good. Now that I’m older, I understand that they’re pretty much pure ‘umami’. And I also know now just how good they taste with a cold drink.