Tamara’s ratatouille

We made Tamara’s ratatouille from Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook, perfect for a summer supper and miles away from the tinned version. Even though theres a few cooking steps, its actually really easy to make (and helps work on that courgette glut). http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/tamara-s-ratatouille-shop  On 28th September, Ottolenghi is visiting Manchester to promote his new book, Nopi. Book here: www.royalexchange.co.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/yotam-ottolenghi-ramael-scully 

Ottolenghi’s Chickpea Saute… with Fat Hen

Following on from Ottolenghi’s Chickpea Saute in his book, Plenty. We replaced the chard with fat hen, and only used 1 carrot and a large turnip in place of the other 3 carrots. It proved to be delicious, and fat hen brings a richness which works well with chickpeas, while the turnip gives an earthy…

Mary Berry’s Vanilla Ice Cream

I’ve made a few types of ice cream and this is the best by far (yet). The ice cream is always soft and easy to scoop – possibly because it features egg whites whisked up and I used vanilla essence with alcohol. It’s even tasty if you only have half the cream and substitute the…

Rhubarb Bakewell Tart

This is an adaptation of a bakewell tart just as I had a jar of Honey Roasted Rhubarb to finish off and thought it would make a novel filling instead of jam. *To make the rhubarb filling, I used 1 jam jar of the honey roasted rhubarb and reduced it in a saucepan on a…

Greek Salad

When you have cucumbers, lots of tomatoes and some cheese… time to make a greek salad. This recipe from BBC Food website is simple and easy. Go easy on the red wine vinegar and olive oil – would recommend 2/3rds of what’s suggested… Ingredients 50g/2oz black Kalamata olives 3 medium tomatoes, diced into 2cm/¾in cubes 1 cucumber peeled,…

Nigel Slater’s yummy yummy Courgette Cake

#courgetteglut continues and the courgette has now become something to experiment with. I’ve worked my way through 3 courgette cake recipes this summer. This recipe, which features on Nigel Slater’s Guardian column is my favorite. The texture is slightly too moist but the flavour really makes up for it and its the only cake where…