Green beans with pine nuts

Green beans should have a bright, strong colour, with crisp pods with a satin-like sheen. They should not look wilted, discoloured or brown. They are best eaten when young and tender. To More »

Lamb koftas in yogurt with cinnamon and chilli

Lamb koftas are one of the classics of Indian cuisine, well adopted by Westerners around the world. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef, chicken, More »

Deep-fried zucchini flowers

Deep-fried zucchini flowers are Italian speciality and it becoming recently much wider popular. The flowers have a subtle flavour, reminiscent of young zucchinis, and can be eaten even raw. The flowers can More »

Croque senor

Croque senor is actually sandwich of Cheddar cheese and ham given a Mexican flavour with salsa of tomatoes, chilli and red pepper. It is a version of the croque-monsieur, that originated in French More »

Courgettes on garlic bread

Courgettes on garlic bread are delicious choice for quick lunch or light dinner, or even a party bite. Easy to make and with ingredients that may be found in any shop, this More »

 

Spinach, pepper and tomato tortilla bake

Spinach, pepper and tomato tortilla bake

Layer up fresh Mediterranean vegetables with tortillas and Cheddar cheese in this lasagne-style fusion of flavours. Made in 20 cm aluminium pan, it pops out of the tin perfectly, ready to sprinkle with basil, slice and serve. Excellent dish for every season and occasion, easy and quick to make. Serves 4 – 6. 

Easter rabbit biscuits

Easter rabbit biscuits

Easter holidays are coming, which means the family gather around together and everyone thinks about Easter eggs and, of course, delicious food. Children will especially love this recipe, as it is light and easy to have with a glass of warm milk or a cup of tea. It is also very easy to make, as it needs only basic ingredients and currants, that can be found in any well-supplied grocery shop. This recipe makes 14 biscuits.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes. There are about 38,000 varieties in the world, with 3,000 of those growing in England. However, only about a hundred of them are edible, with twenty being seriously harmful – even fatal. With these odds, it is not very recommendable to go out foraging in the woods for mushrooms on your own. Everyone should have a go if they can, but make sure you have somebody with you who knows what they’re doing. It’s such a great way to spend a few hours. 

Fettuccine all’Alfredo

Fettuccine all’Alfredo

This simple recipe was invented in 1892 by a Roman restaurateur called Alfredo Di Lelio who became famous for serving it with a gold fork and spoon. the fame of his “fettuccine al triplo burro” (later named “fettuccine all’Alfredo” or “fettuccine Alfredo”) spread, first in Rome and then to other countries and became very popular especially in United States. Fettuccine all’Alfredo is a simple dish made of very few ingredients, yet full of flavour and texture. It is prepared and cooked in no time and is perfect for a quick (15 – 20 minutes), fuss-free lunch or dinner. The story behind make this dish appropriate even for evening meals prepared for guests, that would love to hear it. 

Smoothies and juices

Smoothies and juices

Juices of one sort or another have been enjoyed for millennia, and shakes have been indulged in for decades, but the growing fascination with juicing and blending is something else again. Maybe this smoothies and juices obsession is triggered by our growing interest in health and nutrition and the desire to improve our consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, or because we’ve realized there’s more to liquid refreshment than a carton of orange juice. Whatever the reasons, the fact remains that homemade smoothies, juices and blends are one of the most exciting things happening in today’s kitchens.