Meatless Monday: One Pot Pasta: Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper and Basil

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Pinterest has supplied me with a couple of cracking recipes. It’s like looking through an online magazine and I love to be able to see what something looks like before I cook it, it’s part of the inspiration process. This one was a doozy though, I couldn’t believe me eyes. A one pot pasta dish? No separate sauce to make? Bring it to a boil and leave it? No way.

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Spring Soup with Shrimp, Fennel and Leeks

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The weather has taken a turn for the chilly here in sunny California, instead of a balmy 85-95ºF (30-35ºC), we’ve had a rather breezy 65-75ºF (18-24ºC). I can hear the groans already. No, I haven’t already become accustomed to warm, pleasant weather in which showing your toes and your knees is acceptable. No, I haven’t forgotten that for 50 weeks of the year in England you have to leave the house with an umbrella, winter coat and wellies. I am simply stating that the tropical weather we experienced for the past week or so has shifted to a much more spring-like mix of breezy and cloudy. This means that a different type of spring cuisine comes onto the menu, the spring soup!

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Meatless Monday: A Vegetarian Grilling Feast

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A friend of mine, whose blog you can find here, suggested I start posting recipes for Meatless Monday, a phenomenon which seems to have taken hold in foodie circles on Twitter. The idea is that by cutting out meat once a week you will not only improve your health and well being, but you will also reduce your carbon footprint and take a big step towards creating a more sustainable lifestyle for yourself and your family. I think we can all agree that these are good things and there are few things that irritate me more than people who believe that a meal without meat is somehow incomplete − I’m a poet and I don’t know it! − because vegetables have so much more to offer than looking  sad and neglected on the side of the plate.

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