I recently learned the term ‘pluviophile’ which describes someone who enjoys the rain and gains peace of mind from it. Like a number of people I can absolutely relate to that: do you get that feeling of instant comfort when you look out the window and see that it’s pouring outside? I think there’s almost something reliving about it; like it gives you the green light for a few guilt free hours of relaxation – I mean you couldn’t possibly go out and run errands in such dreadful conditions, right?
With a hearty base of penne pasta and packed with all kinds of raw and fiery veggies this is the kind of salad that’ll put hairs on your chest. The kind that’ll make you want to chop wood and grow a beard do other gender stereotypes I haven’t mentioned. You get the idea: this is a fiery dish that’s perfect for celebrating the arrival of warmer weather.
Summer is so close I can almost taste it! Which got me in the mood to create something light, quick and easy for pre-BBQ snacks and picnics. This is classic Italian flavours wrapped up in a light puff pastry.
If I were an animal I would most definitely be a bear, because dark nights and numb feet make me think about nothing but sleeping in late and warming my belly with something hearty. Bears like warming their bellies, right? Well, they definitely would with this beast of a Winter snack: deliciously sweet sausage rolls with red onion and creamy feta.
Here’s a quick tip for tangy, sticky soft onions like the kind that get plonked on top of your burger and handed to you in a paper napkin from a van.