Tomato Orzotto

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Quick, healthy and simple vegetarian food has made up about 90% of my cooking for some time now. As much as I love baking, I’ve recently found the challenge of producing nutritious and speedy weeknight meals to be much more enjoyable. It’s low stress (depending on the day) and very satisfying, and it allows me to stretch my creative brain on a daily basis.

When my husband became vegetarian we both tried really hard to include plenty of vegetables in our diets, not too much over-processed faux meat. We found ourselves indulging in carbs and cheese a bit too much in the early days, but 5 years on, we’ve got a good repertoire of vegetarian meals. Sure, there are some days where we pull veggie sausages out of the freezer or order a takeaway, but mainly we manage to eat well. Plus, when you live in a village the takeaway options are grim.

This tomato orzo is one of my favourites at the moment. (more…)

Cookbook Crusade: a spring update

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I’m keeping a New Year’s Resolution! This never happens to me, or anyone? I’ve been keeping up my resolve to use my cookbooks more, and since January I’ve cooked a recipe a week from a cookbook I own. There have been a couple of weeks where I missed out but I’m glad to say I’ve kept going, and more importantly, enjoyed the cookbook crusade. (more…)

Blueberry, almond and cardamom cake

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This is a good spring or summertime cake. The kind you whip up for an afternoon tea or to enjoy after a barbecue, eaten al fresco with cups of tea. It’s the kind of cake I’ll always order if I see it at a tearoom or cafe – lots of fruit, crisp almonds and a little spice to make it interesting. (more…)

Rhubarb crumble muffins

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Some of the best cakes are those that bridge the gap between dessert and cake – chocolate cakes are often best at this (served warm with a scoop of ice cream) or ginger cake with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Crumble cakes are absolutely excellent with a pool of vanilla custard, and none more so than a rhubarb cake.  (more…)

Self-saucing sticky toffee pudding

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What a beautiful set of words.

Sticky toffee pudding is my favourite pudding over anything else, and I’ll always order it if I see it on a menu in a restaurant. I’ve even made sticky toffee brownies before. I love sticky toffee sauce. It’s just so great.

This fabulously easy recipe is in today’s Domestic Sluttery newsletter and I urge you to subscribe. (more…)

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