Posts Tagged ‘basil’

Courgette Carbonara

We were away at the weekend and so returned to a huge pile of vegetables, not only from the vegbox but also kindly donated from an allotment. In search of courgette inspiration, I got this recipe from Rachel Eats. A wonderful blog brimming with simple, colourful and delicious Italian food. Every time I read it, […]


Courgette, Tomato and Basil Fritatta

A colourful, summery fritatta making the most of the abundant supply of courgettes and sweet and juicy cherry tomatoes at the moment; finished off with a little cheese and a sprinkling of basil.


Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Mmmmm, I can’t begin to describe how good this pesto is, I just had some leftovers for my lunch and its even better than yesterday. For some reason we ended up with 4 red peppers in the fridge, I decided to roast them as I’m a bit fussy about raw peppers, in that I’m not […]


Courgette Caponata

A courgette version of the classic sweet and sour vegetable stew.



I don’t normally go in for homemade pizza, I would much rather make flatbread pizzas, so much quicker! But, dinner was left up to Pete and this is what he came up with. Very impressed I was too. He used the Jamie Oliver recipe for pizza dough (he prefers Delia’s though) and we got 4 […]


Simple Tomato Sauce with Basil Oil

This was another staring in the fridge moment, or rather my friend Rose was, we decided to make a fresh tomato sauce, I suggested a raw one but she didn’t agree. Anyway, with some lazy chopping we decided to try blending it and came up with lovely sauce. Some red pepper that needed to be […]

Broad Bean Pesto

Mmm… more broad beans in my veg box and this is the perfect way to use them, as usual you can always substitute frozen broad beans. This is a lighter version of your classic pesto, I didn’t use pine nuts, but some toasted and sprinkled on top would be a welcome addition. I also had […]

Pasta with Tomato and Creamy Pesto

This is a summery fresh dish dreamt up by using what was in my friend Jen’s fridge, and pretty good it came out too. We fried some muhrooms and garlic, added them to pasta with pesto and a dollop of yoghurt, then we added fresh tomato at the end. We used vine tomatoes, but cherry […]

Pasta with Peas, Basil and Pumpkin Seeds

I hate to say it, but another recipe from Nigel Slater. Once again the combination sounds a bit weird, but I love peas and I love basil, so I thought I’d give it a go. The toasted pumpkin seeds are delicious and go perfectly with the garlicky, oily peas. I never know what pasta to […]


Herby Pasta

This was borne out of post pub hunger and trying to assemble something out of what was in the fridge. Thankfully you can’t really go wrong with garlic, capers, anchovies, olives and herbs (we had oregano and parsley). For some reason, we decided to stir in a bit of creme fraiche at the end, but […]