Black Bean and Beetroot Burgers (4)

These vegetarian burgers from Claire Thompson are very good, though you do have to be careful they don’t break up when you are frying them. They benefit from an extended period to firm up in the fridge. Serve with your choice of sour cream, mayonnaise, aïoli, pickles (, lettuce leaves, goat’s cheese or feta. On rye bread or in a brioche roll …. 

Risotto Milanese (4)

I have only recently started cooking risottos but now realise there is nothing to be afraid of- stirring slowly can be a contemplative process, especially with a glass of wine to sip alongside as you do so. This easy version is from ” The Art of the Larder” by Claire Thomson, my local but increasingly well known chef and food writer. You need good quality stock.

Sour Cream, Chive and Feta Scones (12)

Delicious savoury scones to serve on their own or alongside soups or salad.They are best eaten on the day they are made, but you can make the dough and freeze the scones individually for up to a month if you like. The recipe is from ” The Violet Bakery Cookbook” by Claire Ptak.