Beetroot, grapefruit, chicory and goats cheese salad

Don’t you just love the beauty of beetroot? Vivid pink, I marvel at how nature produces such shocking hues. Sugary, earthy and dense it lends itself to comforting autumn cookery, but also adds a balance to lighter, sharper dishes. The versatility of this often overlooked root vegetable is something that I have capitalised on in…

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Leek and cheese puff pastry tart with chorizo pangrattato

This leek and cheese puff pastry tart is the perfect antidote to the oncoming autumn (and winter) chills. Sweet leek is tempered by savoury mushroom, with a creamy, yet sharp, unctuous cheese base bringing it all together. I’ve added a zesty chorizo pangrattato and boy, does it make this tart sing. It’s perfectly fine without, but…

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Roasted vegetable lasagne

This vegetable lasagne is the perfect transition dish, just what you need for the cooler evenings that herald the onset of autumn, yet still light enough that it won’t weigh you down on those nights that still have a hint of warmth in them. Over the past few years I’ve been eating less and less…

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Soy marinated flank steak with banh mi salad

When the weather is hot I crave crunchy, sharp food – cornichons and salami, caper pasta and any Asian pickles I can get my hands on. Having eaten an excellent tofu banh mi at Common in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, I decided it was time to make some for myself. Banh mi pickles are great. They’re…

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