Author: xvavier

This cumin-spiced slaw is crunchy and sweet with shredded red cabbage, carrot and apple. This is a great recipe to have up your sleeve for when you have friends with dietary requirements over for dinner. This is delicious served with any grilled meats, seafood, chickpeas or beans of choice....

London’s foodie darling, Melissa Hemsley, talks food, kitchen waste and where to get properly ‘trashed’. What’s always in your fridge? Eggs, cabbage, butter, leftover cooked shredded chicken and bone broth that I make from the chicken carcass (if you don’t want to make your own, Borough Broth Co is absolutely delicious and makes home-cooked soups, stews, ragu and casseroles taste...

This chili is more like a wintry vegetable soup in disguise. Chili is a very personal dish so feel free to adapt the recipe to suit you and your family - the only non negotiable ingredient is the chilli. Grated carrots add a natural sweetness and adds (meat free) bulk out the dish. This recipe tastes best if left to...

This is a quick 15 minute curry that is delicious and satisfying. You could also use frozen prawns, any firm fish (chopped into cubes) or seafood mix. If you can’t get every spice in the recipe, don’t worry, skip that ingredient, I promise it will still be delicious (in fact, sometimes I forget to add a spice myself!). Serve with...

This makes a great packed lunch, just take the dressing with you in a jar and toss at the last minute. If you can’t find smoked mackerel, any fish works well here, I also love hot smoked trout and salmon or swap in some cooked shredded chicken. I’ve used cooked beetroot here but you can easily buy raw and cook...

This vibrant salad is a melange of fresh, simple ingredients that packs up well for a picnic (just take the feta to scatter on top before you serve). If you don’t like feta, swap with goat’s or any cheese of your choice. Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice that adds sweetness to the dressing....

Kuku sabzi is a traditional Persian egg dish similar to a frittata that uses an abundance of herbs. I like a combination of mint, tarragon and chervil but you can use any green herbs. The nuts add texture but you could leave them out. This makes an easy weeknight supper, packed lunch or it can be cut into squares...

Smashing is a classic Chinese technique which breaks open the cucumber’s skin, helps release the seeds and splits the flesh into delicious chunks. This spicy sesame dressing is punchy and addictive, so watch out! Start this recipe ahead of time as the dressing needs time to marinate the cucumbers....

This creamy green feta dressing can be eaten even without any salad, it’s that good! I use chicory as the base of this simple salad but use whatever greens you have on hand. The carrots add a sweet crunch and, if you’d like to bulk this up, add a handful of nuts or perhaps half an avocado, too....

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