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Celeriac Soup

Posted 9 November 2012 by
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The celeriac (aka “celery root”) is a strange-looking beast. Be not afraid though: lurking beneath the gnarly exterior is a distinctive earthy, creamy flavour. It’s not unlike celery, although not nearly as evil. It’s perfect for autumn/winter soups. This simple recipe is from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage series.

Celeriac, leek, onion, potato and garlic on a chopping board

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Mushroom Tart (Hugh F-W)

Posted 28 October 2012 by
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This is a nice recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Every Day for a simple puff pastry mixed mushroom tart. Ideally (according to Hugh anyway) the mushrooms should have been freshly hand-plucked from the countryside immediately prior to making the tart. I found an ordinary tub of button mushrooms did pretty well. I  imagine a mixture of wild mushrooms would look very effective.

Divided into three, the tart formed part of a simple, light supper. You could also serve it as a starter, or increase the quantities for a more substantial main course. It’s simple and quick to make, especially if you already have the puff pastry, either homemade or out of a packet. Apologies for the poor quality of photos, I’ll have to do another one some time to take some better ones!

Mushroom puff pastry tart

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A Loaf for Lammas

Posted 1 August 2012 by
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In the Northern Hemisphere, it is Lammas Day today – 1st August. Lammas (“loaf mass”) is an ancient celebration of the first harvest. It is one of several holidays celebrated by Neo-Pagans as part of the Wheel of the Year; Lammas falls between Midsummer and the Autumn Equinox. It’s also known as Lughnasadh. The festival celebrates the first harvest of wheat and loaves of bread used to be brought to church to be blessed.

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Linguine with Garlic, Prawns and Spinach

Posted 14 February 2012 by
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In a recent search for healthier recipes, I came across Italian chef Gino D’Acampo’s book The I Diet (“The Italian Diet”). The recipes look pretty good, some low-calorie, some not so much, but all based around tasty and nutritious Mediterranean ingredients. This is a recipe for linguine (or any long pasta) with garlic, prawns and spinach (aka linguine con gamberi e spinaci). As much as I resist the thought of pasta without some kind of cheese, this was actually very tasty, filling and comes in at 449 calories a portion.

A plate of garlic, prawn and spinach linguine.

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Lemon Garlic Chicken with Coriander (Ainsley Harriott)

Posted 5 February 2012 by
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This recipe for lemon, garlic and coriander chicken is the first of a few healthy recipes that I’ll be sharing from Ainsley Harriott’s Low Fat Meals in Minutes. The recipe uses ground coriander as well as a small amount of fresh coriander (aka cilantro), but they are both easily substituted with spices/herbs of your choice. 🙂 The lemon chicken is really delicious, and according to the book works out at just 195 calories a portion (plus whatever you decide to serve it with). Good for all of you trying to eat healthily, it’s low-calorie and low-fat because the chicken is marinated mostly in lemon juice.

A piece of chicken roasted in lemon juice, garlic and coriander

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