Watercress and Mushroom Risotto With Hazlenut Pesto

The name Rissotto comes from “rissot”, the old Milanese word for “hotchpotch” and it sums up this recipe perfectly. My risottos are often based on whichever suitable ingredients are readily to hand which this week happened to include a punnet … Continue reading

Watercress and Hazlenut Pesto

This more unusual pesto recipe is surprisingly easy to make and is delicious stirred into plain pasta, with risotto or as a topping for grilled fish or chicken. RECIPE Ingredients 50g shelled hazlenuts, roasted and peeled, chopped roughly 50g grated … Continue reading

Dairy Free, French Style Pizza with Red Onion and Mushroom

This meat and dairy free, French style pizza is easy to make and tastes good either hot or cold. If you’re in a hurry, use a ready-made pizza base and pre-sliced onions and mushrooms. It will taste much better than … Continue reading

Spicy vegetable soup

Whilst having lunch with some friends last week, the conversation moved to discussing how good chefs hate throwing away food so will often creatively “upcycle”  ingredients into delicious soups, sauces or  puddings. Despite my assurances that chefs would not compromise … Continue reading

Top foods to help beat arthritis

Home spun remedies, based on local ingredients and handed down the generations, like chicken soup to combat flu, are often dismissed as placebos.  We live in an age dominated by over-reliance on prescription medicines and pill popping, even for minor … Continue reading

Tuna and olive tapenade

This is a really simple, yet healthy dish which only takes minutes to prepare.  Tapenade is a French recipe involving crushed olives,  although the Italians claim it was they who originally invented it thousands of years earlier.  As with all … Continue reading