A salad of beetroot and Ticklemore, Virginia

Beetroot are sweet and earthy. Once I thought that they were red, but this is not so. They may be pink or creamy, little or big. They absorb flavour and make rich soups and crisp pickles. They are a perfect ingredient in a vegan goulash. But to my way of thinking they are perhaps at their most appealing in a cold weather salad. And to this version, I have added an English goat’s cheese.

Harvest Greek salad

At last I have a small crop of cherry tomatoes! These, plus the herbs which always grow in the garden, call for a celebratory salad on this hottest of days. In Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me, by Richard Fariña, the protagonist sets out carrying a jar of feta in his bag. A modern version of the latter is a key ingredient here.

Operatic pancakes

In this post I return to pancakes, this time English ones. Traditionally served with lemon and sugar, always good, they are a very adaptable backing for savoury and sweet fillings and can be eaten at any time, all day long. The 70's (Hippy) version would have been stuffed with leeks and baked in a cheese sauce. Here I have made one savoury and one sweet version