Sun blushed tomato, feta, herb and giant couscous salad jars

Give this dish a few hours between making it and eating it. The more time those bouncy grains of couscous have to soak up the lemony, garlicky dressing, the more delicious this salad becomes – making it the perfect picnic salad. You can choose which grains, beans and pulses you prefer, and if ever I have some leftover chicken, that’s worth shredding in too. Number 1 tip? Make sure you have some good quality sun-blushed tomatoes – they’re sweeter with a softer texture than sun-dried. Continue…

Winter picnic: roasted pumpkin soup.

Initially revered for its impressive colour, size, and roundness by its misshapen brother and sister Squashes, the fate of the Pumpkin is a tragic one. Its “big moment” consists of being disembowelled, barbarically disfigured by parents lacking artistic skill, paraded to insensitive children from the end of the drive, and chucked away or forgotten about from the 1st November onward.  Continue…