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
Crispy Duck. Photo by Lara Messer
Late spring stew with preserved lemon relish
Crispy spiced duck with plum sauce
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