Smoked haddock gratin

Smoked haddock gratin

500g smoked haddock (or mix of smoked and fresh white fish for a less strong taste) 2 big handfuls of spinach leaves, stalks removed 225ml cream (or crème fraiche or mix of milk and cream to make it less rich) Good pinch of cayenne pepper Generous grating of nutmeg...
Black-eyed beans with mushrooms

Black-eyed beans with mushrooms

225g dry beans or 1 400g tin of cooked beans 225g mushrooms, cut into 3mm slices 4tbsp sunflower oil 1tsp whole cumin seeds 1 inch cinnamon stick 150g onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 400g peeled + chopped tomatoes 2tsp ground coriander seeds 1tsp...
Chickpea and cauliflower curry

Chickpea and cauliflower curry

1tbsp sunflower oil 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2.5cm peeled and grated ginger 2cm of peeled and grated turmeric (or 1tsp ground turmeric) 1 green chilli, finely chopped (leave seeds in for more spice) 2tsps hot curry powder 300ml vegetable...
Pasta with goat’s cheese

Pasta with goat’s cheese

350g pasta 1tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1tsp fresh thyme, chopped 2 bay leaves 1tsp balsamic vinegar 400g tin chopped tomatoes 100g baby spinach leaves 1tbsp basil pesto 100g soft goats’ cheese, crumbled 2tbsp pine nuts, toasted...
Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicoise The classic dish uses tuna steaks, but I love it as a simple mid-week dinner with a jar of Shines wild Irish tuna and whatever else you have leftover. If I have some bread (stale is great) I like to make bruschetta, simply toasting the bread and then...
Quick Chickpea Curry

Quick Chickpea Curry

Serves 3 or 2 if very hungry Ingredients 1 tbsp oil1 small onion – peeled and finely chopped1 clove garlic — peeled and finely chopped1 cm fresh ginger – peeled & grated (or 1 tsp ground ginger)1 chilli – chopped (leave seeds in if you like it spicy)1 tsp...
Nut Roast

Nut Roast

This takes time and effort, but it will reward you. If you are doing this especially for the one vegetarian or vegan (see below for vegan-friendly alternative) coming to the feast, then you already probably have lots of vegetables to hand anyway. Mix and match the...
Mushroom, tofu and miso broth

Mushroom, tofu and miso broth

Ingredients 200g firm tofu2tbsp soy or tamari sauce2tsp caster sugarJuice and zest of 1 lime2tsp veg stock granules/1 stock cube  1 tbsp miso paste3cm ginger, peeled and grated4-5 mushrooms, thinly sliced3 spring onions, sliced150g ribbon noodles  Wrap tofu...
Roisin’s Falafels

Roisin’s Falafels

Ingredients 1kg uncooked chickpeas5 garlic cloves1 whole peeled lemon1tsp ground chilli1.5tsp ground coriander2tsp cumin seedsSmall bunch each of coriander and parsley3 eggs2tbsp cornflour2tbsp self-raising flour Method Soak chickpeas overnight with 1tbsp of...
Spicy lentil burgers

Spicy lentil burgers

(makes 8-10 burgers) Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil1 garlic clove, crushed1 large onion, finely chopped2 carrots, finely chopped1 celery stick, finely chopped225g green lentils, boiled for 25-30 mins and drained 1.5 tsp ground cumin2 tsp ground coriander6 tbsp...
Baked mushroom risotto

Baked mushroom risotto

(serves 2-3) 10g dried mushrooms – soak in 570ml boiling water for ½ hour 225g fresh mushrooms, chopped 80g butter 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped 200g arborio rice/pearl barley 150ml dry madeira 2tbsp freshly grated parmesan Melt butter in medium saucepan,...
Midweek Fishcakes

Midweek Fishcakes

Midweek fishcakes Ingredients 4 boiled potatoes, peeled, mashed, and seasoned1 tin wild salmon, drained1 onion, peeled and chopped2tbsp parsley, chopped1 chilli, deseeded and chopped (optional)¼ cup milk1-2 spring onions25g butter1 tbsp olive oil Method  Heat the...