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.
With sunshine on tap over the last few weeks, I’ve been broadening my BBQ repertoire with new flavour combinations for the grill. One of my best discoveries was this delicious beef kofta burger with crunchy veg; tangy pickles, lemony houmous yogurt & crumbled feta; AKA a full Middle Eastern feast in a bun, and it’s exactly as good as that sounds.
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.
Delicious as a fancy antipasti option, confit tomatoes also work beautifully as the star of simple pasta dishes. Their flavour concentrates amazingly as they cook, and they keep their shape really well throughout roasting, making them a bit more elegant than ordinary roasted tomatoes.
The gin & tonic combination in these poached pears came about sort of by accident due to having no wine opener (or wine for that matter) in our new place to make my usual poaching recipe, but the G&T version turned out to be a real revelation – the gin gives a light bitterness that works beautifully as a counterpoint to the sweet fruitiness of the pear, and the various aromatics flavour the syrup beautifully.