Oven-dried tomatoes

I am slightly addicted to tomatoes. And they’re wonderful at the moment, especially if you’re lucky enough to source Isle of Wight Tomatoes. I eat them like I would sweets. But I also love this slow recipe for very ripe, larger tomatoes. You need five hours – but can do a batch and it only…

Lockdown veg box idea #7: Sticky spiced squash loaf

I absolutely love and relish most vegetables but lockdown has persuaded me finally never to bother with butternut squash again if I can possibly help it. They’re such a faff, for a start. The boys in the family don’t like the sweetness and I don’t care for the bland claggy texture. So when there was…

Lockdown veg box idea #5 – anything! – Vegetable crumble

I can’t believe this wasn’t the first idea I posted or that it didn’t occur to me sooner. This hearty, healthy and delicious recipe is a very old one of my mother’s. It’s very popular with all families I’ve given it to! And the best thing of all is that you can use anything –…

Lockdown veg box idea #4 – lettuce, pea and parsley soup

It’s really easy to let a lettuce languish in your larder [fridge] until it’s a soggy mulch. I don’t mind lettuce but I’m alone in my family. Therefore, it’s almost impossible to get through a whole one such as the one in my veg box two weekends ago. But it feels very wrong to waste…

Lockdown veg box ideas #3 – green peppers

Nobody ever really knows what to do with green peppers. They’re pretty much indigestible and unpalatable, compared with their yellow, orange and red cousins. So when I found that my veg box had a red, yellow and green pepper each, I felt that the only and best thing I could create was a version of…

Carrot and oat burgers

In these times, we need uncomplicated food made from ingredients that we can source more easily than others. Despite the humble ingredients here, these burgers – invented by my mother – are incredibly tasty and very filling. They also hold together really well, instead of sprawling and disintegrating. Ingredients (makes about 8 burgers) 170 oz…

Jack Monroe’s ‘Ultimate lasagne’

I was browsing through Jack’s Cooking on a Bootstrap website at the weekend and this sumptuous lasagne piqued my interest, so I made it last night. Even though lasagne can be a faff – and I never seem to have the right-sized dish for it – I find the processes involved in making it strangely…