This is a hardly a recipe, more a compilation of ingredients which can all be switched round. You can use watercress or rocket and any other salad leaves, any blue cheese you have such as Stilton, Gorgonzola or Dolcelatte, apples instead of pears. If you didn’t have walnuts, you could use pecans or hazelnuts instead.
The weather turns from warm sunshine to windy showers so we veer from winter soups and stews to summer salads and cakes. All the ideas below are simple to make and can be made with the minimum of standing or split out into separate stages. This could be made with bought cooked chicken, ready made croutons,
If if you can’t stand up for long to prepare food, this quick tomato and pesto tart is brilliant to make as it uses ready made puff pastry and pesto. For the nicest results, buy puff pastry made with butter and fresh pesto, not the stuff in jars. Its simplicity belies how delicious it is.
I eat this Bircher muesli every week day for breakfast and I am quite particular about the way I prepare it. It’s easily transportable and if I am going to work, I just put it all in a plastic box. It doesn’t look quite so pretty but it tastes just as good. There’s no sugar
Trifle is my favourite easy pudding to make. It can be assembled in a matter of minutes and everybody always loves it. The taste belies the fact that all the ingredients are in packets and cartons and people always asks for the recipe. In the past, I have made it in various mountain huts in
This salad is really quick to prepare and makes a good lunch time dish. This amount serves two but it could always be scaled up. Use whatever soft herbs you have as a garnish. I picked a few mint leaves from a pot in the garden.
This is such an easy soup as it’s so flexible and can be adjusted to what you have in the cupboard or what you like eating. Sometimes I don’t add the beans and stir in some fresh spinach leaves at the end which wilt in for a bit more green goodness.