Clear beetroot soup

There are many different recipes for beetroot soup: thick or thin, with or without cream. I like mine clear, like a consommé, with plenty of dill, lemon juice and black pepper. If I’m using young beets, I add the tender leaves to the soup towards the end of the cooking time. It tastes great on

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Gardens of the Rose at the Royal National Rose Society

What better place to find the perfect roses for our new garden than the Gardens of the Rose at the Royal National Rose Society near St Albans, Hertfordshire? This year, the gardens are celebrating their 50th anniversary and entrance tickets (£6 per person) are valid until the 28th of July 2013. The gardens feature over

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Tuna and tomato salad on toasted ciabatta

Finally, summer has arrived! It’s been so hot, we’ve only had cold suppers for the past few days. This salad is light and refreshing but substantial enough for dinner. Tuna and tomato salad on toasted ciabatta   Print recipe Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins   Serves: 2 Ingredients For the salad 2

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Chicken with fennel seeds and smoked paprika

Chicken with fennel seeds and smoked paprika is a staple mid-week supper in my house. I serve it with potato wedges and tzatziki or slice it and put on top of green leaf salad. Even though the marinade is quite thick,  the chicken is moist with plenty of jus in the pan. You can add

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Summer fruit crumble

Summer fruit crumble   Print recipe Prep time 10 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 40 mins   Serves: 4 Ingredients For the filling 750g mixed summer fruit – I used raspberries, blackberries and strawberries 4 small or 3 medium apples (I used Cox) 1tbsp golden caster sugar Juice of half a lemon (optional)

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Roast new potatoes with rosemary and garlic

Roast new potatoes with rosemary and garlic   Print recipe Prep time 5 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 50 mins   Ingredients New potatos, scrubbed and dried 4-6 garlic cloves, smashed with the blade of a knife and finely chopped A handful of rosemary leaves, finely chopped A little vegetable oil Instructions Warm

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Chilli con carne

I prefer to use chunks of braising steak to mince – it looks better and gives you something to chew on. Just make sure to brown the meat well first – this is very important – the deeper the colour, the better the flavour. It takes around two hours to cook, so I always make sure

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Flower therapy

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Carrot Cake

This is a really easy cake to make and the results are great, as long as you stick to the recipe. Once, I added more carrots to make it ‘even better’ but all I got was an inedible gooey mess – I guess the mixture was too heavy to rise properly. Three medium carrots is

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Chicken Chasseur

French classic, also known as hunter’s chicken, in a tangy tomato sauce. Freezes well and makes a great mid-week dinner or lunch. Chicken Chasseur   Print recipe Prep time 15 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 45 mins   Author: Cookwithjo.com Recipe type: Main Serves: 4 Ingredients 1kg chicken thighs or legs 8 ripe,

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