Ingredient: celery

Smoked Salmon & Strawberry Salad

Smoked Salmon & Strawberry Salad

This is a lovely, summery and light salad. Really simple to make, it contains a great variety of textures and flavours. The soft, sweet strawberries perfectly compliment the crisp, peppery celery. I’m not a fan of celery on it’s own but it really works in 

Caponata With Steak

Caponata With Steak

A caponata is a mixed Mediterranean vegetable stew, traditionally starring aubergine. However I came across this one on BBC Good Food using pepper, tomatoes and celery, which were all the ingredients I had at the time and so I decided to give it a go. 

Chicken & Chorizo Gumbo

Chicken & Chorizo Gumbo

The dish gumbo originates from Louisiana, USA. It is similar to jambalaya in that it has two typical versions, the creole and the Cajun varieties. Cajun is traditionally meat based, whereas creole is seafood. Jambalaya is a rice based dish, while gumbo is more of 

Cabbage & Bean Minestrone Soup

Cabbage & Bean Minestrone Soup

This recipe was inspired by one for minestrone soup. Ministrone is a traditional Italian soup, consisting of a mix of seasonal vegetables, cooked in a light stock, with some sort of carbohydrate based food, preferably pasta. Potato or rice could be used instead, to bulk it 

Turkey Jambalaya

Turkey Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a Creole/Cajun one pan rice dish, very similar to the Spanish paella, that is designed as a cheap, but wholesome dish to use up any leftovers. This time I made it with turkey, but it can be made with chicken, chorizo, prawns or 

Chicken Creole

Chicken Creole

This is the first recipe I attempted from scratch. Back in 2011 I was inspired to start being more creative in the kitchen by my then tandem partner or ‘pilot’ Fiona Duncan. I didn’t really know where to start so I ordered a couple of 

Quick Fish Curry

Quick Fish Curry

Sometimes at the end of a week you just have lots of ingredients to use up. This is a great way of making use of all your leftovers and creating a simple and tasty meal. Curries are great for this style of cooking as you