Do you love Pinterest? Apart from using it to design my dream home, I find it especially handy for collecting recipes I want to try. Whether I’ve got people coming over and feel like cooking to impress, or I’m just looking for some mid-week inspiration, I often have a quick scroll through my recipes board for ideas. I’ve found some of my favourite recipes that way, and I wanted to share them with you here. After all, sometimes it can be a bit daunting getting lots of new ingredients for a recipe you’ve never tried before. What if it doesn’t work? What if it’s horrible? Having cooked each of the recipes below several times, I can vouch for their deliciousness, so give them a try!
1. Red lentil and coconut soup
Oh, I looove this soup. Anything with red lentils and chickpeas is always an easy sell to me. I often make this soup quite thick and eat it with rice – for me, it’s the ultimate comfort food. It’s full of flavour, but mild enough to ensure that the toddler loves it too. Now that the weather’s getting colder, this soup will once again be in heavy rotation in our house.
2. Mushroom burgers with Asian slaw
These veggie burgers feel satisfyingly indulgent, yet they’re really healthy and packed full of veggies. Portobello mushrooms are marinated in a tasty soy sauce/maple syrup concoction, and there’s a slaw dressed with the most amazing tahini dressing, plus some mashed avocado thrown in for good measure (always a good idea in my opinion). Be warned, though: they get super messy, so have lots of napkins (or kitchen towels) to hand when you tuck in.
3. Pasta with yoghurt, peas, and chilli
This recipe is so cookable – and by that made-up word, I mean that it’s not particularly difficult to make, nor does it require lots of ingredients (despite being an Ottolenghi recipe). In fact, it’s so very good that it’s exactly the sort of thing you should make for dinner tonight. The yoghurt sauce is creamy yet light, and the chilli oil drizzled on top with pine nuts makes it into something really special. Trust me, just typing this is making me want to eat it right now.
4. Crumbled cookie ice cream with espresso caramel
The summer that I was pregnant with George (the last time I remember having time on my hands), I made this ice cream several times and it always disappeared quickly. The base is really easy to make because it uses condensed milk, evaporated milk and double cream (just don’t think about the calories!), and the espresso caramel is divine. In fact, I may have to dust off the ice cream maker…
5. Super-soft chocolate chip cookies
I like my cookies to be slightly crunchy at the edges and very soft in the middle. This recipe gets it just right – they’re soooo good (like, oops-I-just-ate-five good). I love this recipe so much that I can even overlook the fact that everything is measured in cups (one of my pet hates). This recipe makes a lot of cookies, so I tend to roll some of the dough into balls and freeze them, ready to cook from frozen whenever I’m after a quick cookie fix.
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