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…

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……

‘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…

Broccoli and Sweetcorn Fritters

I have played about with fritter recipes during the summer months, as a delicious way of coping with a glut of courgettes or french beans… but I thought I’d try something with seasonal broccoli, and polenta instead of the traditional gram flour.  These are not doughy, they have a firm bite and a crunchy outside,…

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…

Beetroot Hummus

So, I had a whole new bunch of beetroot in my veg box last week and I’m determined to win over the 3 (oh so nearly 4) year old with this wonderful vegetable.  We are told that eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables is a surefire way to know that you’re getting all the…