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I had been planning to make a pot of vegetarian three bean chilli for some time but as the weather has become more spring-like I’ve been eating less soup and stew for lunch and more salads and sandwiches. Since my kitchen is now in a state of disrepair (more on that soon) it seems a lot more sensible to make a salad than try and cook something up on my paltry single hob. Despite fancying a cold lunch, I still wanted the flavours of a good bowl of chilli so I set out to make something spicy and smoky but salady at the same time. (more…)

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Last weekend I plumped for another Riverford-inspired stew for dinner. I had bought a very nice boneless shoulder of pork from a local farm and wanted to complement it with ingredients from the immediate vicinity. My garden is pretty much dormant for the moment save for rosemary, parsley, bay and some overgrown sorrel but the farm shop is well stocked with root veggies, potatoes and lots and lots of lovely kale. I filled a bag with a mix of curly green and Russian red kale as well as some blades of incredibly dark green cavolo nero which has such a fun bubbly surface. A couple of knobbly pink fir apple potatoes (which manage to taste more like a potato than any other variety) came along for the ride, still caked in red Devon soil, and so did a bottle of fine, fruity tasting Cornish Buccaneer ale made by the Wooden Hand Brewery in Truro.

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Unless I’m feeling ultra lazy or there’s nothing in the fridge, I usually take a packed lunch to work. In the winter I tend to go for soup whereas the summer is salad territory. Recently I’ve become a bit bored of soup, I’ve probably eaten too much and I need some new recipes so, in the spirit of healthy eating, I decided to make this yummy dip to eat with celery, carrot sticks and raw mange tout.

The recipe couldn’t be easier and I had all of the ingredients to hand, if you’re looking to change-up your lunches do give this a go. And if you don’t fancy a cold lunch just yet, this pâté makes a good dip at a drinks party and a handy topping for crackers or bruschetta.

Tuna and white bean pâté

  • One 95g tin of tuna in oil, drained
  • One 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 125ml low-fat crème fraîche
  • 15 olives, chopped
  • chopped parsley and black pepper to taste

Put the tuna, beans, lemon juice and zest and oil into a food processor or blender and pulse until broken down but not completely smooth.

Stir in the crème fraîche, olives, parsley and pepper. Taste and add salt if you like, I found it salty enough from the olives.

I often make a variation of this without the beans, just stir the crème fraîche into the tuna and add lemon juice and zest as well as some chopped spring onions.

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