Perfect for packed lunches, this colourful, filling salad transports really well
- zest and juice 1 large orange
- 140g couscous
- 25g walnut piece
- 85g firm goat's cheese, crumbled
- 6 dried apricots, roughly chopped
- 4 small cooked beetroot, quartered
- 2 handfuls spinach leaves
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- juice ½ lemon
MethodPlace the couscous in a medium bowl and pour the hot liquid over. Mix well, then cover and leave to absorb for 5 mins. Fluff up the grains with a fork, then add the walnuts, cheese, apricots, beetroot and seasoning. Mix the oil and lemon juice (or use your favourite bought vinaigrette), then toss well. Pack in two sealed containers, with the spinach sat on top (it won’t go soggy when layered up this way). When ready to eat, toss the spinach through.
- 700g cooked beetroot, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 ripe mangoes
- 200g soft goat's cheese
- 80g bag rocket
- 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp walnut oil
- Arrange the beetroot slices on a platter. Cut the mangoes either side of the flat stones, then peel and thinly slice the flesh. Lay the slices over the beetroot. Roughly crumble the goat’s cheese on top, then scatter over the rocket.
- Mix the orange and lemon juice, mustard and some seasoning in a small bowl. Whisk in the oil, then drizzle over the salad.
- 3 whole garlic bulbs
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 375g block all-butter puff pastry
- 1½ tbsp honey Dijon mustard (we used Maille) or use 2 tsp Dijon mustard and a squeeze of honey
- 325g cherry tomato, halved
- 1 egg, beaten
- 150g pack soft goat's cheese (we used Chavroux - other soft goat's cheese would work but mix with a little milk to loosen)
- handful basil leaves
- Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Slice the tops off the garlic bulbs and sit on a sheet of foil. Drizzle over 1 tbsp of the oil, season and wrap into a parcel. Roast for 50 mins or until soft, then leave to cool – this can be done the day before.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the pastry into quarters. Roll out each piece and cut into a 14cm-diameter circle. Use a saucer as a guide if you don’t have a cutter. Pop the circles on a baking tray and score a 1cm border around the edge of each, being careful not to cut all the way through. Avoiding the border, prick the pastry all over with a fork, then chill.
- Increase oven to 200C/180 fan/gas 6. When the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the flesh from the bulbs into a bowl. Add the mustard, remaining oil and some seasoning, and use a fork to mash to a paste. Spread this over the pastry, leaving the border clear, then top with the tomato halves, skin-side down, and season well.
- Brush the edges of the pastry with egg, crumble over the goat’s cheese and bake for 25-30 mins until the pastry is golden and crisp, and the tomatoes are starting to shrivel. Remove from the tray and allow to cool to room temperature. Scatter over the basil before serving.
- plain flour, for dusting
- 500g pack shortcrust pastry
- 1 fat pinch saffron threads
- 500g courgettes, all but one coarsely grated
- knob of butter
- 4 eggs
- 284ml pot whipping cream
- 140g soft goat's cheese
- 2 handfuls rocket leaves, to serve
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Lightly dust a surface with flour, then roll out the pastry into a large, 5mm thick circle. Use to line a deep, 23cm tart tin with removable base. Trim away excess pastry. Prick all over with a fork, then line with baking paper and fill with baking beans. Cook for 10-15 mins until starting to turn golden. Remove paper and beans, then cook for 5 mins more until crisp and cooked through. Leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, put the saffron in a cup with 1 tbsp hot water, then leave to infuse. Mix grated courgettes with 1 tsp salt, then place in a colander. Slice the last courgette very thinly lengthways into long ribbons (use a vegetable peeler). Sprinkle with salt, then put on top of the grated courgettes. Put the colander over a bowl to drain for at least 30 mins. Tip into the middle of a clean tea towel over the sink, twist and squeeze the tea towel getting every drop of the green liquid out.
- Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Put the courgette slices to one side and add the grated courgettes to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 3 mins. Tip the grated courgettes into a bowl. Lightly beat the eggs, then add all but 2 tbsp to the courgette bowl. Pour in the cream, the saffron and soaking water, then mix well. Season generously with pepper, and salt if it needs it (it may be salty enough).
- Reduce oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Brush the remaining beaten egg over the tart case. Bake for 5 mins, until the egg has set and sealed the case. Pour in the mix. Crumble on the goat’s cheese. Lay the courgette strips over the top like the spokes of a wheel. Bake for 40 mins, until just set, but still a little wobbly. Cool and serve at room temperature.