An ode to my salad spinner

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I’d like to use this blog to shout out some of the products I love using in the kitchen, from delicious ingredients to useful kit. First up, my salad spinner.

An ode to my salad spinner

When I was 21, I spent a year living in the south of France (oo la la, I know). One evening I found myself making dinner with a French guy and, as we made salad to accompany our meal, he used a salad spinner to dry his washed salad leaves. And it was honestly a revelation.

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Roasted cauliflower salad with tahini yogurt dressing

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cauli salad etc

Something I really love to make, especially when friends come round for dinner, is a Middle-Eastern style feast made up of lots of different, complementary dishes. It’s great because there’s a few flavour-packed dishes which look and taste impressive together but are really easy to make. Plus, the salady things can be made ahead of time.

I usually make this warm, roasted cauli salad alongside a cold, fattoush-style salad with a zingy dressing, then something hot which provides protein, like spiced lamb koftas or harissa halloumi. I serve everything with warm flatbreads and various pickley things and, if I have more time, I’ll make homemade hummus or another dip or salad.

If you want to eat this on its own rather than as part of a spread, I’d personally amp it up a bit by adding some chopped spring onions and crumbling over som feta.

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My homemade granola

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For me, most shop-bought granolas contain either too much sugar or too much dried fruit (get out), or both. So for years, I’ve been making my own, with a base of nuts, seeds and oats (obviously). It’s really easy and quick to prepare and makes the house smell amazing when it’s cooking. It’s also one of the things people seem to ask me how to make the most often, so here it is.

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Spicy pork & sesame noodles

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This recipe was inspired by my good friend Ellie who is a chef, food writer and all-round inspiration. She created an easy noodle recipe for BBC Good Food which uses sausage-meat instead of pork mince and I loved how simple but effective it was. I made a couple of tweaks/additions to her original recipe and now it’s one of the meals I make all the time – it’s really easy, full of flavour and any leftovers are great heated up the next day too.

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