Cheesecake, in general, has long been a favourite of mine. From Ginger Nut Cheesecake to Blackberry Cheesecake and no matter how you make it, cheesecakes always have an inimitable feeling of silken luxury at the very apex of indulgence. Sometimes, however, cheesecake recipes can seem a little over-complicated, when really they should be the height of simplicity. Indeed, the inspiration behind this recipe for Cherry Cheesecake Pudding is directly related to my yearning for something simpler. It features only five ingredients.
Sometimes it’s difficult to describe some dishes as having a particular recipe. As with the Ploughman’s Lunch, a firm British favourite, these toasties are more of an assembly job. Still, I’ve never felt that there’s anything wrong with writing about interesting combinations and slightly more gastro versions of classics. Food is as much about ideas as it is about skill and complexity. So, for simplicity I’ll go on describing this ‘assemblage’ as a ‘recipe’. These Ploughman’s Toasties do, after all, make for a rather wonderful lunch, particularly if you’re in a bit of a pickle.
There are always several balls of pizza dough stored away in my freezer. Divided into portions of around 100g, with a few added ingredients they make a delicious and frugal meal in almost no time at all. While these za’atar flatbreads are by no means intended to be a meal in and of themselves, served alongside an orzo salad or red cabbage slaw they certainly add the finishing touches to dinner time. Really, this recipe is astonishingly quick and the results are among the most mouthwatering available on the food blog market.
Frugal desserts and puddings are often difficult to put together in a short time frame. Yes, you can boil down berries with a little lemon zest and sugar, but serve you well on a special occasion it will not. This simple recipe for Dried Figs in Honey, however, ticks all the boxes. Not only does it take a matter of minutes to “throw together” it is sweet, decadent and satisfying.
First produced in what is now Turkey, the term ‘borek’ refers to any filo-based pastry and has a seemingly inexhaustible number of variations across regions formerly part of the Ottoman Empire. So simple and quick to make are borek that it is easy to see why they have become popular across a large area. This recipe for Feta and Spinach Borek is, in particular, very speedy, with the flavour of the ingredients being allowed to speak for themselves. Of course, more intricate combinations may be attempted, but it seems a shame to over-complicate such an effortless treat.