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The moment the temperature tips over 16 degrees I start eating salad again. I’m also on a bit of a health kick. This salad is massive and would easily do you for dinner.

[5 mins prep / 40 min baking @ 180 degrees C / serves 1 : 1 salmon fillet, 1 sweet potato, 2 eggs, rocket]

1) peel and chop 1 sweet potato, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, place in the oven at 180 degrees.

2) in a ramekin, mix 1 dessert spoon of olive oil with cayenne pepper and smoked paprika to create a paste. Then smother on a salmon fillet. Pop in the oven 15 mins after the sweet potato.

3) after 15 more mins, boil two eggs for 8-10 minutes. Peel and halve.

4) flake the salmon and place on top of mixed leaves with the sweet potato.

Pop on your eggs with symmetry!


It’s taken me a while to get round to making hummus. I bought tahini ages ago but it’s been sitting in my cupboard doing nothing. Since it’s a lazy Sunday I’ve finally got a chance to try making it, and use up some of the leftover bits in my fridge. Everyone has that random jar of sun dried tomatoes they opened once for a recipe and didn’t know what to do with the rest. 

1) in a food processor whizz up 2 dessert spoons tahini, 1 tin of rinsed chickpeas, 5 sun dried tomatoes, 1 large clove of garlic, 1 tsp of smoked paprika, 1 tsp cumin seeds.

2) after 2 mins, add a drizzle of olive oil whilst blending. I found it didn’t need as much as normal recipes call for. 

3) leave the processor whizzing for a couple of mins.

Spoon out into a bowl and sprinkle with smoked paprika. Chop up some pitta and bake for 10 mins to create the perfect dipping aid! 

I’m not one for blowing my own trumpet, but these crispy baked new potatoes are super tasty. Especially since I picked up my potatoes for 29p in the Co-op. Reduced stuff is the best. 

1) wash and chop potatoes. Pop in a pan of hot water and boil for 5 min or til soft. 

2) drain a bash a couple of times with a masher – don’t lose the shape of the potato!

3) drizzle with sunflower oil, season, shake over herbs. 

4) place in an oven proof dish and bake for 20-25 mins on 190 degrees c.

I had these with fish and peas, a nice healthier alternative to chips. 

 I love bruschetta. I spent a week in Rome once and ate bruschetta almost every day. It was the best! This is a cheats version but still tastes lovely and fresh. 

1) in a bowl mix 4 chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped red onion, a shake of dried basil.

2) rub olive oil and a garlic glove onto some crusty white bread and toast.

3) assemble and enjoy with a glass of crisp white wine! 

Sunday night was steak night at my house. I’m trying to mix up what sides I serve with my steak and I saw a recipe in a leaflet I’d picked up in Waitrose about stuffed Romano peppers. I sent my confused other half to get the Romano peppers (“but what if I buy the wrong peppers?”, “just Google what they’re meant to look like, they’re long ones”) and the steak. He came back with the correct peppers and two fillet steaks. He can go shopping again, the fillet steak was glorious.

1) in a pan on the hob, fry 2 chopped spring onions in olive oil.

2) add a 2 big handfuls of spinach and cook down.

3) sprinkle over a handful of pine nuts and fry for a couple of minutes. Set aside.

4) slice the peppers down the middle and pull out the seeds. Place in an ovenproof dish and stuff with the spinach mixture.

5) rip up the mozzarella and stuff into the peppers. Drizzle over some olive oil.

Bake at 190 degrees C for 30-35 mins.

This was our dinner, I served up baked smoked paprika sweet potato chunks, baked tomato halves with basil, and fried the fillet steak, which I just seasoned with black pepper. Overall, a fabulous end to the weekend.