serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • white bread slices crust trimmed
  • chaat masala
  • 150gms green pepper finely chopped
  • 100gms red onion finely chopped
  • Softened butter for the toasties
  • 250gm Jarlsberg® cheese thinly sliced
  • for the green chutney;
  • 200gms of fresh mint leaves
  • 100gms of fresh coriander
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 30gms red onion roughly chopped
  • “piece of ginger
  • salt & sugar
serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • green cardamom
  • cumin seeds
  • black peppercorns
  • large white onion
  • garlic
  • 1” piece of ginger
  • turmeric powder
  • heaped tsp coriander powder
  • 150mls whisked Greek yoghurt
  • Coriander for garnish
  • Salt to taste
serves 2
You might need to buy:
  • Ingredients for salad
  • olive oil
  • 100g mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper
  • celery stick finely chopped
  • turmeric
  • cooked lentils
  • bag of watercress
  • Ingredients for dressing
  • Dijon mustard
  • 75ml tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1tsp walnut oil
  • 300ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • turmeric
Belongs to xombi Asparagus Risotto 

This risotto is great when the asparagus season has just started. However, even though it can be very expensive, a little asparagus can go along way as it has such a deep flavour. You can make this risotto with a vegetable stock but make sure it’s fresh and not made from a stock cube – the result will be much tastier!

serves 2
You might need to buy:
  • tbls of finely chopped white onion
  • 100g carnaroli rice
  • chicken or vegetable stock
  • 50ml white wine
  • parmesan
  • basil leaves
  • 2tblsp of olive oil
  • finely chopped celery

This is a simple risotto to make and the combination of peas, spinach and parmesan is delicious. It is very important that you cook the rice with the onion for the first few minutes so the rice will be hot when you add the hot stock. This way the rice will cook evenly and the risotto will have a chewy bite. Always season your stock before you start making the risotto.

serves 2
You might need to buy:
  • finely chopped white onion
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • 100g freshly grated parmesan
  • chicken or vegetable stock
  • carnoroli rice
  • white wine

This works as well as a speedy supper as it does as a brunch dish. I like to eat this with a tomato and avocado salad on the side, but anything fresh and green will tick the boxes, too. Serves four.

serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • 90ml olive oil
  • 100ml whole milk
  • nigella seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

This is more savoury bread pudding, but the bread and cheese come together so seamlessly that it feels a lot like a lasagne in the mouth. It’s inspired by an old Sardinian dish designed to use up stale bread, but you can also use well-toasted fresh bread. I love the intense, smoky flavour of scotch bonnet, but use another type of chilli if need be, or leave it out altogether if you don’t like heat. This is a rich dish, so needs only a green salad alongside.

ready in about an hour and 40 minutes; serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 800g lamb mince
  • ground nutmeg
  • tomato paste
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • chicken stock

This is a perfect brunch or easy family dinner. Apart from quickly wilting the spinach, everything is cooked in the oven. I’ve used 200g chorizo, because many packets come in that size, but feel free to add more – even up to 300g. Serve with a simple green salad.

ready in about an hour and 5 minutes; serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • 60ml olive oil
  • thyme leaves
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 250g baby spinach
  • large eggs

These baked beans are warm, comforting and ideal as a hearty brunch on toast or as a side dish to an epic barbecue spread. Just remember to soak the dried beans overnight. The smoky chipotle adds a robust flavour that makes this taste meaty despite it being vegan. The beans will keep for several days in the fridge: just reheat with a splash of water to loosen. The salsa is a great accompaniment, but a dollop of yoghurt or soured cream would work, too.

serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • vegetable oil
  • ground cumin
  • ground cinnamon
  • 40g tomato paste
  • soft light brown sugar
  • apple-cider vinegar
  • Salt
  • For the salsa
  • olive oil
  • lime juice

Sweet potato cooks quickly, so it’s ideal for a speedy supper for one. Feel free, however, to swap it for another vegetable, such as aubergine or courgette. This serves one, but the sauce can be easily scaled up if you’re cooking for more, or batch cooking. Serve with rice, couscous or a bowl of greens.

ready in about 45 minutes; serves 1
You might need to buy:
  • olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 200g tomato passata
  • caster sugar