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Rachel Khoo

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Slow food: recipes to get you back to basics

If you're like me and find yourself regularly rushing between work and social gatherings, racing to catch buses, trains or flights, and barely have a minute to pause for breath, then we could probably all learn a lesson or two from the 'slow movement'.

The concept of slow living is essentially 'getting back to basics' - getting more balance in your life, and taking time out to appreciate the small things. It's no surprise that food is at the centre of this; cooking delicious food from scratch at home with quality fresh ingredients, instead of reaching for quick and easy options from your deli or supermarket.

Chances are, if you've been following me for a while, then you already have a keen interest in all of the above. To set you up for the weekend and get you inspired to slow down a little, I've put together a list of simple to make, heavily fresh veg-based recipes you can experiment with in the kitchen this weekend (regardless of the weather or season). Try to source your ingredients locally where possible... Happy cooking!

Light mains / Lunch

Carrot fritters. Photo by Lara Messer

Carrot fritters with saffron yoghurt and a fennel, cabbage and sprout slaw

Open omelette with fennel, red cabbage and radish sprout slaw

Pesto pumpkin pancakes

Provencal stuffed squash


Crispy Duck. Photo by Lara Messer

Late spring stew with preserved lemon relish

Crispy spiced duck with plum sauce

Shepherdless pie

Slow roasted pork belly with sloe gin


Crispy bacon & brussel sprout salad. Photo by Lara Messer

Crispy bacon and brussel sprout salad

Figs with pesto, mozzarella and black olives


Rhubarb & cardamom preserve. Photo by Lara Messer

Rhubarb and cardamom preserve 

Lemon curd

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