Chicory, orange and watercress salad with a toasted walnut pesto


Chicory, ornage and walnut salad with walnut pesto

A deliciously fresh, vibrant and healthy autumn salad

This salad packs a healthy punch helping to ward off  winter bugs and colds. Chicory  and watercress  are packed full of vital vitamins and minerals and oranges and parsley are brimming with vitamin c . The pesto contains antiviral garlic, and walnuts which are  a superfood in their own right.  Continue reading

A Tuscan Superfood Salad


Cavalo Nero

Fresh Cavalo Nero

Last week I was lucky enough to have a cookery session with Giulia Scarpaleggia at her fabulous Tuscan Cookery School, Jule’s Kitchen (   On the menu, amongst other mouth-watering traditional Tuscan dishes was a Cavalo Nero salad. Now I confess to being a little intimidated by this elegant nutritious brassica with its long slender dusky dark green leaves, having learned from experience that you need to know how to prepare it for a good result.   Continue reading

Inspired ideas and versatile recipes for summer courgettes

Courgette Carpacio with Parmesan and Nastrtium

Ribbons of thin courgette lightly dressed with lemon and garlic and tossed together with slices of parmesan and fresh peppery nasturtium flowers.


Every Summer its a race against time to pick  the courgettes before they  turn into marrows. I don’t always win. They seem to grow before your eyes from small tender courgette with the flower still attached to massive Marrows that need a very different style of cooking.  I love Marrow and I like to let a few courgettes become mature towards the end of the season, but I do prefer courgettes. I love their raw nuttiness in salads, and cooking them is so quick and easy which is perfect for suppers on hot summer evenings.   We like them sliced and fried in a little olive oil and served sprinkled with flaked sea salt.  Or,  simply steamed and garnished with a handful of fresh garden herbs such as lemon thyme, and a knob of butter.

Below are two further  fresh and simple ideas for using Courgettes.  A raw Carpaccio Salad and a wonderfully versatile and flexible Garden Ratatouille. Continue reading