Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Gratin

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This dish is proof that a recipe needn’t be complex or time-consuming in order to be outrageously delicious. Make this a day or two ahead. An hour before serving, take it out of the refrigerator. Place it in the oven loosely covered with foil for 20-30 minutes until heated through.

Fish Stew with Rouille


Any leftover rouille will keep well in the fridge for a couple of days.  You could also serve it with the Fish Burgers or Crispy Baked Hake

Serves 6

Cooking time: 45 minutes


  • 500g whiting, skinned, boned and cut into 2½cm chunks
  • 18 mussels, cleaned and beards removed
  • 18 raw, peeled prawns, veins removed
  • 2 tablesp. olive oil
  • 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 stick of celery, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablesp. tomato purée
  • 120ml white wine
  • 600ml water
  • 1 bouquet garni (bay leaf, fennel and thyme)
  • ½ teasp. saffron or saffron strands
  • 300g potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the rouille

    • 25g stale bread, soaked in 2 tablesp. water
    • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 tablesp. harissa or chilli paste
    • Squeeze of lemon juice
    • 200ml olive oil

To Serve:

    • Toasted slices of bread
    • Chopped parsley

To Cook

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauce pan over a medium heat. Add the tomatoes, onion, celery and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes. Then stir in the tomato purée, wine, water, the bouquet garni and saffron. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 10 minutes. Add the cubed potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes.

Then add the whiting, mussels and prawns. Cover the pan and simmer very gently for 10 minutes. Taste and season with a little salt and black pepper.

Meanwhile make the rouille: Put all the ingredients except the oil in a food processor and whiz. Then, slowly pour in the oil until you have the consistency of mayonnaise. Taste and season.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the stew topped with thin slices of toasted bread with a spoonful of rouille on top. Sprinkle over some chopped parsley.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 26g 

Carbohydrates: 35g 

Fat: 23mg 

Iron: 2.1mg 

Energy: 477kcal 


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Serves:  4

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Organic Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Salad Leaves and Cheese


This makes a perfect lunch with some crusty bread.

 Serves 4

Preparation time: 30 mins 


  • 1-2 aubergines
  • 8 unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 3 tablesp.olive oil
  • 2 red peppers, halved and deseeded
  • 2 tablesp. balsamic vinegar
  • 4 scallions, finely sliced
  • 8-10 black olives
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Salad leaves, generous handful per person
  • 200g cheese

To Cook

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C (350°F). Slice the aubergines lengthwise and mix with 6 of the garlic cloves and 1-2 tablespoons of the oil. Spread out on a baking sheet. Season well. Roast until tender – this will take approximately 20 minutes.

Grill the peppers until well blackened. Cover with a tea towel and leave to cool. Then remove the skins and cut into strips.

Whisk the vinegar with the remaining oil in a large bowl, peel and chop the remaining garlic and add to the bowl. Mix in the aubergines and peppers, scallions and olives. Taste for seasoning. Tear up the salad leaves, arrange on a large platter, top with aubergine mixture and sprinkle with cheese.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with crusty bread.