Green Bean and Courgette Chutney

I have a huge excess of green beans and courgettes right now – and obviously so did the people at Riverford Organic veg box scheme – as this is where I have stolen the basis for this recipe.  I’ve made green bean chutney before (a family favourite from my Great Auntie June – I must…

Super Seasonal Courgette Fritters

My courgette plants are HUGE!  Right now I can just about crawl beneath the massive leaves to pick off a few courgettes every day.  It’s like entering the Amazon rainforest.  I have four courgette plants, and for those of you who know how prolific the fruit of a courgette plant can be, you’ll know that…

Easy Beany Dip

  There is a reason why this post looks similar to my last one… it makes good use of that Green Midsummer Pesto and creates a versatile dip/spread/sauce to use however your imagination decides.  My blogging has been slack recently; the sun is out, work has been crazy, the garden has been demanding (and so…

Green Midsummer Pesto (Vegan)

This is my first recipe of the year using home grown produce.  The kale is doing really well – as it always does, and this year I’ve finally been bothered to protect it from the butterflies with some netting. (I really hope they find somewhere else just as lovely to lay their eggs!)  So I’m…

Asparagus Quinoa Salad

Hasn’t June gotten off to the most miserable start – it feels like January – Shhhhh though, the asparagus doesn’t seem to have noticed, and has been abundant in the markets, green grocers and veg boxes for these last few weeks.  I thought it’d be best to simply ignore the rubbish weather, and create an…

Persian Bulgur with Aubergine

This is a momentous day – after more than 2 years sporadic  blogging – I finally include an aubergine recipe on The Noble Aubergine!  Aubergines are not exactly in season in the UK right now, but my veg box delivery has started to include them, probably grown undercover for an early crop, so I’m going…

Roasted Squash Hummus

Squash is still about, these things ripen in the autumn and then are virtually indestructible in storage for several months.  It’s brilliant getting a squash in the veg box, because it will normally become the basis of at least 2 family meals, and depending on the size, maybe other sides and soups along the way……

Feel the Pulse

Pulses really are the answer to world peace.  True fact. My love affair with pulses started about 10 years ago when I was eating very little meat and on the verge of coming out of the closet as a vegetarian.  We now eat pulses virtually every day.  I put lentils in everything… and beans in…

‘French’ Onion Soup

Spring didn’t quite get off to the roaring start I’d hoped, time in the garden has been limited due to the incessant rain… The chickens alone are turning everything into a bleak bog land – human feet would only make things worse.  The seedlings are reluctant to germinate in the cold greenhouse and everything is…

Toffle! (aka Waffle Tofu) Teriyaki style

Tofu has a funny reputation.  Some people love it, some can’t abide it.  But the most common complaint is about it’s texture.  Creating crispy, firm, chewy tofu is an art, one which up until now I had definitely not perfected.   But then I purchased a waffle iron and started doing some waffle research.  …

Magic Custard Cake

Happy Easter! I am by no means religious, but Easter is one of my favourite times of the year.  Whatever form your spring festival takes, there is growth and new life happening all around.  And what better symbol of all this fertility than the egg.  The garden is in a state of disarray, jobs just started…