Couscous with dried apricots and butternut squash

Tip: make this recipe one day before use. By then all the ingredients will have mixed so well, it’s like they have had a good party in the fridge! Ingredients (serves 4) 1 large onion, thinly sliced 6 tbsp olive oil 50g dried apricots 1 small butternut squash (about 450g), peeled, seeded and cut into…

Mixed mushrooms with cinnamon and lemon

This dish is easy to make and so delicious. The cinnamon, thyme and lemon juice make it all very special, a great lunch with some dark bread to soak up the juices. Thank you Ottolenghi for another lovely recipe! My team loved it. 🙂 Ingredients (serves 6-8) 400g button mushrooms 400g chestnut mushrooms 300g shiitake…

Pan-fried brussels sprouts and shallots with pomegranate & purple basil

This is for sure a recipe I will try to make at home as well very soon. This time with the “forgotten” maple syrup. ;-). The reactions in the office this morning when they saw my groceries were hilarious: SPROUTS! The bowl was finished in a no-time… – enjoy- Ingredients (serves 4-6) 600g brussels sprouts 120ml…

Rigatoni with fennel sausage sauce and pecorino-and-anchovy pesto

This recipe was a bit of work for 35 people, but we finished this Ottolenghi week off on a high. Definitely try this at home. Ingredients (serves 4) About 2½ tbsp olive oil 6 Italian fennel sausages (400g), cut into 1.5cm-thick slices 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and roughly chopped;…

Clementine & almond syrup cake

Three cakes was just enough to give all of the Buxers a good slice of this delicious sweetness. The clementines were swopped by oranges (make that 2 in grated zest and juices) and of course we went for the optional part, chocolate! Instead of orange zest in the centre to finish it of, we opted…

Bridget Jones’ grilled salmon with pine nut salsa

Another great Ottolenghi recipe. The story behind this dish is funny. In the film Bridget Jones’ baby, the gorgeous Patrick Dempsey makes dinner for Bridget and calls it Ottolenghi salmon. Apparently, the great chefs at Ottolenghi themselves never heard of it! But, as good sports as they are, they took the recipe up in one…

French beans and mangetout with hazelnut and orange

This cold bean salad is lovely. The Buxers looked a bit funny at the orange peels in their salad but nobody complained, so I guess they love it as much as I do! I made lots, so extra’s for tomorrow. I did follow this Ottolenghi recipe from top to bottom for the best result. Ingredients…

Ricotta tart

These shortcrust cuties were already made and bought from my grocery supplier. We made 7o of them today! I do like to fill them with anything I fancy. Today it was with ricotta, following this recipe. The sundried tomatoes on top are the zing to the tarts. Ingredients (serves 6-8) 200g shortcrust pastry 30g unsalted…

Cauliflower soup with mustard croutons

This soup is definitely something different! I gave it my own little twist and left the herb bundle in when blitzing the soup smooth. Of course I did take the cooking string off first. I also cheated with the croutons. Instead of using crustless Ciabatta I used already made croutons instead. It did work out,…

Almond and pear tarts

These tarts above became little pear parcels as I didn’t have enough puff pastry. But, hey, don’t they look cute? I also cheated a little with the pears. In red wine pre- cooked and tinned pears were used. ;-0 (The picture is before they went into the oven) INGREDIENTS (makes 6) 4 sheets frozen butter…