Roast Cabbage with Tahini-Maple Dressing

Roasting cabbage turns it into a totally different vegetable than the boiled or steamed variety that we’re more used to seeing. Roasting caramelises the sugar in veg, bringing out the sweetness, but also adding crisp edges for a beautiful contrast. Cabbage works equally well in one-pot traybakes.   Serves 4 – 6 as a side…

Cabbage, Wild Garlic and Walnut Pesto

Use this anywhere you would use regular basil pesto: swirled through soups or pasta; dotted into a sandwich, baked potato or pizza; mixed through mashed potato or shaken into salad dressing. For a beautifully simple tart, spread the pesto across thinly rolled puff pastry leaving a 2cm border round the edge, then pile roast vegetables…

Squash & Sage Macaroni Cheese

Adapted from a BBC Good Food recipe Serves 4 Tip: no need to peel a butternut squash, just wash the skin well and it roasts up soft enough to eat. Ingredients ½ a butternut squash or 500g piece of pumpkin / other squash, peeled if required and chopped into chunks 1 onion, diced or finely…

Moroccan Squash, Chickpea & Kale Stew

Adapted from a BBC Good Food recipe Tips: 1.      This tastes way better a day or two after it’s made. 2.      Don’t bypass the feta/lemon zest/olive oil topping, it takes the whole dish up a notch. 3.      If you’re short of time, you could swap out the cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, fennel seeds and ground coriander…

Spiced Pumpkin / Squash Cake

This cake is a great way to use up leftover pumpkin from Halloween Jack o’lanterns, but also benefits from more flavoursome eating squashes. Makes two loaf cakes, two stacked cakes or one large cake Ingredients 350g pumpkin / squash puree 150g wholemeal flour 100g self-raising white flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 1.5…

Roast Tomato, Feta & Basil Quiche

Ingredients 300g cherry tomatoes, halved A handful of fresh basil, leaves torn 100g feta cheese 100ml milk 3 eggs 150ml creme fraiche 2 tablespoons olive oil 280g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 140g cold butter Method Preheat the oven to 180C / gas 4. Toss the halved cherry tomatoes with olive oil. To make…

Spiced cider-poached pears

Ingredients 1L cider 5 hard pears – comice or Williams 100g sugar 5 cloves 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely sliced 5 cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed 1 cinnamon stick 1 orange, zest and juice 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out Method Heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Put the cider in a saucepan…

‘Strawberry Surprise’ biscuits

Made up on the hoof at a Sunny’s Kitchen community lunch, the surprise of the title was whether these were going to be edible…They were intended to be shortbread, but I messed the recipe up and had to doctor it as I went along. They turned out well enough for the recipe to be requested…

Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Quick, easy and SO much better than a takeaway. You could use any combination of veg here of course, but this one works well – the mushrooms bring savoury richness, and roasting the veg and pineapple first adds sweet, caramelised flavour. Definitely worth the small amount of extra time. This dish is also vegan (except…

Tortilla Pizza Cups

A healthy, quick and easy twist on pizza – or the tortilla pizza that I like to make – that children can get involved with making. There are lots of fun age-appropriate jobs they can help with: get them to choose the veg fillings, tear the mozzarella, grate cheddar and veg, practise their chopping skills,…

Chocolate ginger breadcrumb trifle

In the UK, we throw away 24 million slices of bread per day. And yet supermarkets still sell pre-made breadcrumbs! What is happening? Whizz your leftover loaf into breadcrumbs and freeze them so they’re always on hand for coating fish or chicken; sprinkling over mac n’ cheese for crunch; adding to veggie burgers and crab cakes; making…