A variety of edible thistle, the Artichoke is one of the real joys of summer in both flavour and fragrance. Though cultivated in Britain – particularly in the South – the heartland of the Globe Artichoke is the Mediterranean, where it grows wild and in prodigious quantity. Indeed, the artichoke is best known for its use in Italian cuisine. But before we get onto all of the clever things that can be done with artichoke hearts, let me show you how to prepare the vegetable and enjoy its meaty leaves.
Indian food is all about the – not-so-optional – extras. A curry isn’t as it should be without a hastily torn handful of flatbread, a refreshing salsa or a dollop of homemade mango chutney. Even better, why not create something a little more complex, such as a bowl full of crispy onion bhajis, or – yes, you guessed it – vibrantly-coloured Spinach Pakoras. These are the additions that truly make a dish into a meal.
This recipe is an homage to the many times we’ve all been to our local deli/cafe and found ourselves astounded by the hastily thrown together salads, which are soon found to be perfectly balanced and down-right delicious. Usually, my recipes feign a sense of deep-thought and consideration; the Green Bean and Butternut Squash Salad you see before you is the product of nothing more than a swift glance around my fridge. Hastily thrown together, it is nonetheless perfectly balanced and downright delicious.
Drizzled with local honey and extra virgin olive oil, this recipe for Beetroot, Pear and Goats Cheese Salad brings an interesting and complementary range of flavours to the dinner table. Served in large chunks, it’s a salad perfect for sharing with others as a starter, or even main meal.
For me – and my toast – Spiced Blueberry Jam is at the pinnacle of preserves. Unlike other jams – strawberry jam, rhubarb and ginger jam – blueberries maintain their structure and texture throughout the jamming process. Dried and concentrated, the presence of whole berries adds a welcome burst of flavour – or several – to every mouthful. The experience is truly divine.