Spinach Soup with Basil Walnut Pesto

Spinach Soup with Basil Walnut Pesto

This iron-rich spinach soup with basil walnut pesto soup only takes 10 minutes to make and uses mainly store cupboard ingredients, so is an excellent weekday meal. The pesto adds a hit of flavour and protein to this already fibre rich soup, perfect for satiating hunger. The weather has taken a turn for the worse these past few days in South West England, and soup is my go-to recipe in blustery weather. Surprisingly I...
Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush is one of my favourite dips, I love the silky texture and smoky flavour. This Levantine dip is very similar to houmous, but you replace the chickpeas with aubergine smoked over a hot flame or bbq. Serve it with crudités as I have done, or with warmed flatbread as part of a mezze platter. This recipe is enough for 2-3 but is easily doubled to cater for larger audiences. Baba Ganoush 1 Aubergine Juice...
Super Green Pesto with Courgette Tagliatelle

Super Green Pesto with Courgette Tagliatelle

If you are obsessed with the Twittersphere like I am, you may have come across the #30wayswithveg competition hosted by Rachel’s blog from Demuth’s Vegetarian Cookery School. I am proud and humbled to say that Independent Kitchen was one of 8 competition winners, and I won a magnificent mandolin from The Foodie Bugle. I have wanted a mandolin for a while so I was very excited to receive the prize, so thank you both! I have been dreaming...
Roasted Pepper Romesco Sauce

Roasted Pepper Romesco Sauce

A roasted pepper, hazelnut and wild garlic romesco sauce inspired by the traditional Catalonian recipe. This is a gluten-free version with no bread, with foraged wild garlic instead of garlic cloves. I served the sauce on top of slow roasted aubergines with Cauliflower Couscous, griddled halloumi and a big green salad. Serves 4. 2 Red Peppers 2 Medium Fresh Tomatoes 50g Hazelnuts Handful Fresh Wild Garlic (can substitute  2 cloves bulb garlic) 1 tsp Sweet Smoked Paprika 1-2...
Pistachio Dukkah

Pistachio Dukkah

Dukkah or duqqa, pronounced do’a, is an Egyptian dry dip which is traditionally served as an early evening snack with bread and olive oil. The name ‘dukkah’ means “to crush” or “to pound” in its native Egyptian. I like to make a jarful and keep it in the fridge to use to top pretty much anything, from baked aubergines to a salad of lettuce and semi hard boiled eggs, this stuff adds an extra special texture and flavour...
Homemade Almond Butter

Homemade Almond Butter

Almonds are high-protein and rich in monounsaturated fats, which research links to a reduced risk of heart disease and a healthy cardiovascular system. Almonds are also one of the richest sources of vitamin E, magnease and magnesium, which help protect the body from Alzheimer’s disease to muscle function. To achieve a more spreadable consistency, we added a little coconut oil, which is also classed as a superfood and can help weight loss, heart disease...