Cauliflower, apple, almond, leek ash

Cauliflower, apple, almond, leek ash
I’d heard for years how good roasted cauliflower was but it was only very recently when I cooked a recipe from Yottam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem cookbook that I actually got to try it. I’d no reason to doubt people’s recommendations but I was still surprised at just how fantastic it tasted and the following dish is ...

Spring Quinoa Salad

Spring Quinoa Salad
In part three of a two part series I never intended on writing, here is yet another quinoa salad recipe. What’s happened with these is that as the year has gone on I’ve changed the dish depending on what’s in season, with the only constant being the grain and a yoghurt based sauce. And given ...

Sprouting broccoli, wild garlic, alexanders, salsify, buckwheat, hollandaise

Sprouting broccoli, wild garlic, alexanders, salsify, buckwheat, hollandaise
I know the whole foraging thing has become somewhat of a cliché by now but there is something great about the wild ingredients that crop up at spring time. I’ve written about wild garlic and nettles several times but never alexanders, which to my mind taste like a floral celery and since Roman times have ...

Freekeh, Beetroot, Kale, Pomegranate, Walnut 5

Freekeh, Beetroot, Kale, Pomegranate, Walnut
This recipe started life with a Georgian dish of aubergines stuffed with a spicy walnut paste I made a while back; it was quite good although I wasn’t too keen on the amount of vinegar but it did give me an idea for a sauce to go with an Ottolenghi style salad. I also wanted ...

Winter Quinoa Salad 2

Winter Quinoa Salad
This salad is a winter take on a previous recipe and as I said in that post it is heavily influenced by Yottam Ottolenghi; once again I’ve used one of his sauces pretty much wholesale, this time a version of baba ganoush given a lovely burst of sweetness and acidity by the addition of pomegranate ...

Beetroot, Fennel, Plum ‘Gnocchi’, Yoghurt 1

Beetroot, Fennel, Plum ‘Gnocchi’, Yoghurt
The inspiration for this came from a post on Kitchen 72 as I really liked the idea of pairing beetroot with fennel and a seasonal fruit. My recipe has gone through a few iterations but I’m happy now that it’s finally right. There’s a few modernist tricks I’ve mentioned before, like fluid gels, and also a ...

Quinoa, Courgettes, Broad Beans, Black Beans, Pine Nuts, Herbs, Flowers, Sumac 2

Quinoa, Courgettes, Broad Beans, Black Beans, Pine Nuts, Herbs, Flowers, Sumac
This recipe is one big homage to the cooking of one of my favourite chefs Yottam Ottolenghi and I hope it doesn’t seem too derivative. We do a vegetarian week every month and that basically entails cooking nothing but dishes from his Plenty cookbook so I took inspiration from a few of the recipes in ...

Fettucine, Courgette, Hazelnut, Broad Beans, Mint 2

Fettucine, Courgette, Hazelnut, Broad Beans, Mint
I had originally bought the ingredients for this Yottam Ottolenghi recipe but some leftover fresh pasta that had to be used up meant a change of plan and some improvisation. Unfortunately, the fresh hazelnuts called for in the original are very hard to come by so I had to make do with some normal ones ...

Broccoli, Peas, Broad Beans, Samphire, Radish, Sorrel, Hazelnut 2

Broccoli, Peas, Broad Beans, Samphire, Radish, Sorrel, Hazelnut
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a more technically demanding recipe, mainly because most of the new things I’ve been trying haven’t produced good enough results and weren’t worth writing about. I’ve been experimenting a lot with modernist techniques like reverse spherification and it’s just taken me a while to become somewhat comfortable using ...

Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup
As you may have noticed it’s nettle season at the moment but this time, unlike last year, I lazily bought mine in the Temple Bar Farmers Market instead of foraging them myself. Although there are lots of similar recipes around for this soup I thought I’d post my one because rather than the usual thickening ...