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.
Though indigenous more or less across the European continent, gooseberries are best known for their use, traditionally, in the British Isles, which has a climate particularly well-suited to their cultivation. Now, usually when I get my hands on a berry at this time of the year it immediately gets preserved – strawberry jam, raspberry jam, apricot jam – but it seemed a shame not to experiment a little with such a little used ingredient. So, Gooseberry and Stem Ginger Cordial it is!
A popular home-grown food, courgettes – or zucchini, if that’s your thing – come into abundance around this time of the year, especially as we get closer to autumn. Instead of making plate after plate of ratatouille, or courgette fritters, try something new. Courgette Loaf Cake is an intriguing and delicious way to make use of surplus summer squash – give it a go!