Greek Green Beans

This is such a simple and beautiful dish, inspired by the simple beautiful food of Greece.  I have visited quite a few of the Greek islands during my years before children and have enjoyed similar dishes to this, slow cooked, tender, tangy and rich. This is an excellent way to make good use of a…

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…

World Meat Free Day (aka – My 1st Wedding Anniversary!)

13th June 2016 – World Meat Free Day What better way to celebrate the first year of marriage to my brilliant husband – than by promoting World Meat Free Day!?  Please take a look at the website and get involved – and if it’s too late for you to complete today meat free – maybe…

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…

Veggie Quinoa Patties

So the Easter holidays are upon us, we’ve spent our first day embarking on the fairly mammoth task of straightening up the garden.  Trying to extend the veggie plot, pressure washing the moss off the greenhouse, digging over the compost heap, and generally moving a lot of soil from some areas of the garden to…

Squash Tagine

What else can I do with a butternut squash?  I’ve risottoed, roasted, baked, stewed and curried, it’s now time for some new flavours.  So I’m heading back to Morocco, the place were the husband and I took one of our first holidays (in that magical time, way before we had children) and I’m trying to…

Baked Spinach Polenta (with a spicy lentil sauce)

When my daughters were really little and learning to eat I used to make a version of this which they loved.  Baked polenta was firm enough and easy to grab in their chubby little fists, yet soft enough to bite with a gummy mouth and smear about the table.  After the need for such perfect…