Summer Veg Soup with Pasta and Pesto

Every now and then I get a real craving for a soup like this, fresh with chunky vegetables and filling pasta, topped with dollops of pesto and Parmesan shavings.  You can use whatever veg you fancy or you have in the fridge. Broad beans, asparagus, broccoli...   Ingredients 1 banana shallot or a few small…

Panzanella Salad

This is something I love to eat during the summer. You don't need much else with it, it's a meal in itself but a piece of roast chicken, lamb or some sausages would be welcome. I use Jamie Oliver's recipe for this salad.   Ingredients 200 g stale bread (Jamie recommends ciabatta, I use campaillette)…

Herby Courgettes with Chilli, Chickpeas and Halloumi

Such a summery dish. Courgettes are so versatile and work really well with the salty feta. The chilli gives a welcome kick. Ingredients  1 large or 2 small courgettes A pack of halloumi cut into 1cm thick slices Around 1tbsp each of mint and chives 1 tin of chickpeas Half a deseeded red chilli Zest…

Roast Meatballs, Aubergine and Lemon Cous Cous

Summer has arrived today, proper summer. My car seemed to think it had reached the heady heights of 28.5°c today! So I wanted something for dinner tonight to suit my summery mood. This dish fits the bill nicely... delicious oniony roast meat atop light and fluffy lemony cous cous. A little glass of something cold…

Frittata with Summer Veg and Goat’s Cheese

I've found myself eating less meat during the week and preparing more vegetable based meals. I now consider meat a treat to be enjoyed at weekends and I think I tend to buy higher quality, locally sourced produce as a result. Frittata is a dish I make again and again over summer.  It's great for…

Watermelon and Feta Salad

This is one of the simplest things I will post here but one of the most delicious. The flavour combination is beautiful. Sweet juicy watermelon goes so well with the salty feta and olives with a hint of bitterness from the rocket leaves. And on the plus side, it looks lovely too! Ingredients A small…

Fresh Green Salad with Herbs and Halloumi

We picked a shed load of peas at the weekend and added a bag of broad beans to our haul at the farm shop. I thought I'd use them all up together tonight for dinner in a salad with some asparagus (of which I seem to hoard every time I go to the shops at…