- 4 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 5 red onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp dried thyme or 2 tsp fresh
This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…
- 500g pack puff pastry
- 4 thin slices prosciutto
Prosciutto is a sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is…
- 400g open cup mushrooms, stalks trimmed
The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…
- 100g firm goat's cheese
- 50g bag rocket
Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…
Heat 3 tbsp oil in a frying pan, add the onion and gently cook until softened, about 10 mins. Add the thyme, vinegar, salt and pepper and cook for 5 mins more, stirring occasionally to stop them burning. Set aside to cool.
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Roll out the pastry, trim to a 28cm round, then put on a non-stick baking sheet (or one lined with baking paper). Fork the pastry all over.
Spread the onion over the pastry to within 3cm of the edge. Tear the prosciutto into strips and arrange over the onion in a rippled effect. Arrange the mushrooms on top and brush them with the reserved oil. Slice or crumble the cheese and arrange over the tart. Season with salt and pepper.
Push the side of the tart up with your fingers to form an edge. Bake for 30-35 mins until the pastry edges have puffed up and the mushrooms are tender. Cool for a few minutes, then scatter with rocket just before serving.
Bulghar wheat, basil & pine nut saladCook 200g bulghar wheat for 12 mins in a pan of boiling salted water, drain and cool. Tip into a large bowl with 4 tbsp toasted pine nuts, a good handful torn basil leaves, 200g halved cherry tomatoes, a handful raisins and some snipped chives. Stir in 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, salt and pepper. This salad can be made a day ahead and stored in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Spinach & avocado salad with blue cheese dressingTip 150g bag young spinach leaves into a bowl. Peel, stone and chop 2 avocadoes and add to the bowl with 200g lightly cooked green beans, halved. Crumble 75g blue cheese into a bowl, then mix in 2 rounded tbsp natural yogurt, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp each clear honey and lemon juice and a little seasoning. Drizzle over salad and lightly toss before serving.