Another favourite recipe from Rukmini Iyer’s ” The Green Roasting Tin”. She describes it as a cross between a dauphinoise and a tartiflette so comfort food for when you are forgetting the calories. You can use Gruyere instead of Reblochon.
Anna Jones is one of my favourite vegetarian food writers and this warming autumnal supper is from her second book ” A Modern Way to Cook”. If wished, you could also add some kale, stems removed, at the same time as the squash.
Fresh Crab is without doubt my favourite shellfish so I am always looking for new ways to cook it. This is a Portuguese way from the definitive ” North Atlantic Seafood” by Alan Davidson.
A summery recipe from Diana Henry.You can add other vegetables like fried courgettes or braised leeks, layering them between the tomatoes and the beans. Serve with a green salad- rocket or watercress work well with this.
An easy supper dish from Trish Hilferty. I like to serve this with rocket or watercress.
This gratin is a great way to include kale in your diet. Ive adapted it to increase the amount of kale and like to serve it with Baked Jacket Potatoes. Real comfort food.
160g Rigatoni 40g parmesan cheese, grated
225 g prepared asparagus stalks 275ml milk
1 ½ tbsps Extra virgin olive oil 20g plain flour
40g pecorino cheese, shaved 20g butter
I lb ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped Grating of nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to Gas 6, 200 C.
2. Put the butter in a saucepan over a low heat and melt.Stir in the flour then gradually add the milk a little at a time, stirring to make a béchamel sauce.
3. Season with salt pepper and nutmeg then simmer over a low heat for 3 minutes.
4. Stir in the parmesan, turn off the heat, cover with a lid and set aside.
5. Cut the asparagus diagonally into pieces about the same size as the pasta.
6. Heat the oil in a 9” frying pan then sauté the asparagus over a fairly high heat for about 5 mins, stirring .
7. When the asparagus is starting to colour add the chopped tomatoes. Let them bubble and reduce for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
8. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente, then drain in a colander.
9. Add the pasta to the asparagus mixture then stir in the cheese sauce and mix well. Check seasoning.
10. Butter an 8” gratin dish and tip in the mixture. Sprinkle with the shavings of pecorino.
11. Bake for about 10 minutes then serve straight away with a green salad.