Courgette & Basil Soup

Now we live somewhere with a garden, I decided I wanted to grow my own vegetables this year. I dug up a very overgrown flower bed, bought some seeds and a small plastic green house and had a go (I did save a few seeds from vegetables we’d eaten such as squash, pumpkins and lemons). The spinach and chard are ready to be eaten and we’ve already made a start on the spinach, I’ll harvest a bunch of chard this weekend for next week. The first vegetable to really make an appearance though were the courgettes. I bought a variety seed pack, we had a couple of gorgeous pale green ones first and today I harvested a bright yellow one! It is beautiful!

Courgette and basil soup

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Strawberry and Basil Jam

Strawberry season is here, wooohooooo! I vowed at the beginning of the year that this year I would make strawberry jam, once the season was upon us. Get ready for a selection of strawberry based recipes. It is no secret that I loooooooovveeee the combination of strawberry and basil; basil MIGHT be my favourite herb but it has serious competition from coriander and rosemary, oh and mint. What is your favourite herb? It’s like choosing between children right?!

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Patty Pan Stuffed with Spinach & Ricotta Risotto

We are fully into that autumn vibe (and I can feel in my bones that Christmas is coming, is that just me…?), to celebrate this ‘autumness’ I cooked up this dish, inspired by a couple of mini patty pan that appeared in my weekly veg box delivery and a delicious meal my sister cooked me a couple of years ago.

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For me this is the ultimate indulgence, the ricotta (bonus points if you make your own) makes it so creamy and delicious; it being served in an adorable pumpkin like vessel is the icing on the top(or bottom I guess).

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Spaghetti & Meatballs

When it comes to a comforting meal, for me pasta is king. Whether it is macaroni cheese, bolognese, lasagne, my go to pasta recipe or spaghetti and meatballs, I am a big fan; James loves meatballs but nearly all meatball recipes have breadcrumbs in, so since I gave up gluten, meatballs have been off the list. Until, that is, I had some stale gluten free bread and thought to make breadcrumbs out of it. Don’t ask me why this hasn’t occurred to me before.

Meatballs (gluten free)

I think this might be my go to meatball recipe from now on. I have made other meatballs and they were tasty too but I quite like the combination of pork and beef in these (although feel free to use whatever mince takes your fancy).

I know it says spaghetti and ideally spaghetti it would be but I used dried gluten free pasta for this and of all the shapes, fusilli cooks the best. I used some left over sauce I had using my roasted tomato sauce recipe, then made the sauce below for the left over meatballs/remaining portions (it made 6 portions, so we had it for three nights, the meatballs freeze really well once cooked). Continue reading

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Basil Streusel Topping

Let’s talk about streusel, I have only just realised it was basically crumble. The recipes I’ve glanced over and not read because it said streusel when I absolutely LOVE crumble but didn’t know is a little painful but I have been enlightened after spotting this beaut of a recipe from Brooklyn Homemaker; I’ve mixed it up a bit by doubling the amount of fruit (but halving the variety, I only used strawberries) and making it gluten free. The combination of basil and strawberries is one of my favourites and it is some coincidence that I went back to the place where I first ever tried the combination (Edinburgh, we’re holidaying there again this week) the day before spotting this recipe. Fate.

Strawbasil

Also, photographing in natural light (we live in a basement flat) as we we’re staying with James’ family was a delight, at 8pm there was still enough light to get a decent photo. Bliss.

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