Buttermilk and rye waffles

waffles

Photo by Lara Messer for Khoollect.com

Waffles are making a big comeback. Their perfectly spaced nooks are the ideal vessel for pocketing maple syrup and trapping blueberries, or other tasty little morsels. This buttermilk version has a sprinkling of rye to add a wholesome nuttiness – just enough to stand up to the lashings of syrup. – Find the recipe over on khoollect.com

Corn and seafood chowder

corn and seafood chowder

Photo by Lara Messer for Khoollect.com

 

This chunky chowder is the perfect one-bowl dinner for those chilly winter evenings at home. With the sunny seafood and yellow corn peeking through a light coconut broth, you’ll quickly forget you haven’t seen the sun in weeks. If you’re not a fan of red mullet, leave it out – this chowder will still pack a punch. – Find the recipe over on Khoollect.com

granola

Chuck-it-all-in granola

So many granola recipes are strict with numbers – 20g of this, 35g of the other – but one of the joys of granola is that pretty much anything goes on the dried fruit, seeds and nut front. It’s that chance to shove all the odds and ends in the oven and wait for those toasty aromas to waft through the kitchen.

I have had a crazy few months of back-to-back book shoots and following a much-needed pantry clear-out, I uncovered an insane quantity of nut packets with approximately 15 nuts in each of them which I shoved in one jar to save for granola or spiced nuts.

Granola is fairly pricy to make, but it’s even more expensive to buy, so it is one of those items really worth making yourself, especially if you are on a clear-out cupboard mission.

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rhubarb granita

Rhubarb and beetroot granita with burnt meringue

As a child I saw absolutely zero merit in any dessert than didn’t contain chocolate, and was baffled by anyone who would be so crazy as to order anything fruit-based. The insanity! How times have changed, and after a decade or so of ‘progression’ (depending how you look at the evolution of my palate towards an obsession with oysters and offal), I have arrived at a point where desserts are best containing fruit (rhubarb), some kind of acidity (the lemon juice) and contrasting textures of crunch, coolness (ice) and creamy smoothness (in this case, meringue). 

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tinned sardines london pantry

Three ways with tinned sardines

Either I’m suffering from a bout of Baader-Meinhof or artisanal tinned fish (no, not the John West variety) is having its moment. Case in point, in the space of 10 days,  Nuno Mendes’ new Spitalfields market wine bar and restaurant Taberna do Mercado opened with a section exploring the gastronomic potential of oily conserves of the ocean variety. Days later in Lisbon, I spot pretty little branded tins all over the place and the Rough Guide is imploring me to visit a tin-tastic shop tucked away in Alfama exclusively selling these conserves. Then fast forward to the following thursday at trendy natural wine bar Septime La Cave in Paris, they peeled back the silver lid of a tin of sardines, presented it on a white plate with a wedge of lemon, then chucked us a basket of bread and a fork for scooping up said sardines and soaking up the lovely Mosse.

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brown rice sushi rolls

Brown rice sushi rolls

These sushi rolls are a nifty way of using up some odds and ends from the fridge. Here I have used a selection of veg, but you could easily add some strips of tofu, shredded roast chicken or a bit of tuna or salmon – customise as you wish! These make a great lunch on the go – a pretty awesome and wholesome alternative to a soggy sandwich.

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two ways with porridge

Pantry raid breakfast bowls – Part 1

I rarely spare a second thought for shopping for breakfast supplies; I’m generally too busy thinking about what’s for dinner. But boasting a pantry stocked with every type of grain under the sun allows major leeway in creating a healthy and wholesome brekkie without ever having to think too far ahead.

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