“Orecchiette with Broccoli, Garlic and Chilli” from “Gino’s Italian Escape”

Kirstin: I was taught how to make a version of broccoli pasta from an Italian. She used orecchiette too but dried chilli and the broccoli was mashed.

Tom: I remember that recipe!

Kirstin: I used to make it all the time. But I could easily make this one all the time instead!

Tom: The chilli is really good with the broccoli.

Kirstin: And unfortunately I mentioned that there was tomato in it (just 6 small cherry tomatoes, quartered) so the kids aren’t being very interested in this.

Tom: Their loss.

Kirstin: Indeed!

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“Orecchiette with Broccoli, Garlic and Chilli” from “Gino’s Italian Escape”

“Mustard Chicken Salad” from “How Easy is That?”

Peter: I like this. What’s in the dressing, apart from mustard?

Anna: Well there’s tarragon in it. And it’s supposed to have tarragon vinegar, but I couldn’t find that. So I used cider vinegar instead.

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Peter: There’s a lot of this. I’ll be having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Anna: I liked her tip for doing the chicken, roasting it on the bone and then shredding rather than poaching. But this did mean that it took quite a while to make dinner which isn’t so cool on a school night.

Peter: This would be good as a salad at a barbeque or a party.

Anna: You’re right. Honestly I find it a bit boring. So I don’t think I’ll be going out of my way to make it again. Sorry.

“Mustard Chicken Salad” from “How Easy is That?”

“Broccoli and Cheese Soup” from “Notes From My Kitchen Table”

Maureen: It’s a new year, a new month and a new cookbook. This is the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook that Anne gave me for Christmas. What do you think of this? I like it.

Andrew (13): Yes, it’s good.

Nicholas (9): It’s OK (unenthusiastically).

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Tim: Is there cheddar in this?

Maureen: Yes, but very little. You’re only supposed to add 60 grams, but I used 80 grams, which still seemed very little to me.

Nicholas: You can hardly taste the cheddar.

Maureen: Since we all love broccoli and cheddar pizza, I thought we would all like this.

Tim: Yes, I really like it. It’s certainly a lot healthier than the other vegetable-cheddar soup you make.

Maureen: Are you talking about Potato-Ceddar Soup? That’s heresy to say there’s something better than that. You’re just weary of it because I first started making it 18 years ago. Would you like me to make this one again?

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“Broccoli and Cheese Soup” from “Notes From My Kitchen Table”

“Salmon and sprouting broccoli salad” from a Taste of Home

Tom: Well this is, as our friend Judy would say, a great combination. The radish is really crunchy and sharp. The broccoli is not quite so crunchy and sharp. And the salmon is not at all crunchy and sharp. Yum.

Kirstin: I loved the colours in this one. I had to cook the fish for longer than she said. But she is forgiven for that wonderful collision of yummy flavours.

Tom: Can we have this one again?

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“Salmon and sprouting broccoli salad” from a Taste of Home

“Orecchiette con Broccoli e Acciughe” from Two Greedy Italians

Kirstin: So we should be talking about this now…

Tom: That was rather good. I liked the chilli.

Kirstin: Having just wolfed down my bowl, I feel now really full. But in a good way.

Tom: Yes, that kind of pasta is surprisingly filling.

Kirstin: Do you remember that recipe that Cristiana gave us for broccoli pasta? This reminded me of that. Do you remember that was the time when we helped (I say helped, but we weren’t much of a help) with the olive harvest?

Tom: I do like it when the broccoli is all soft like this.

Kirstin: Do you remember that amazing green olive oil straight from the press?

Tom: Yes, it was so sharp. It was like it had chilli in it.

Kirstin: Anyway, I would definitely make this again. But maybe not in the summer as it was a little filling.

Tom: Yes, it is quite a substantial meal. I could easily imagine adding pancetta and parmesan to that too.

Kirstin: I could have a nap now after all that pasta!

Tom: Zzzzzzzz….

“Orecchiette con Broccoli e Acciughe” from Two Greedy Italians

“John’s broccoli with garlic, cashew nuts and chilli” from “Leon 2”

Peter: This tasted quite Asian to me.

Anna: Of course it’s Asian! It’s got garlic, cashews and chilli in it. Oh, and soy sauce, just in case they aren’t Asian enough ingredients for you.

Peter: Well, the book’s called Leon which implies that the recipes are Mediterranean.

Anna: We had curry last night! Shall we start again?

Peter: Seven years too late….. This seemed to be a relatively quick dish, would you agree?

Anna: Yes, in fact this is the first recipe I’ve done from the book that lives up to the name of Naturally Fast Food.  It was rather good actually.  I loved the way it smelled like a proper Chinese – that’ll be the soy, garlic and chilli.  I would defintely make it again.

Peter: You made this as an accompaniment, to go with the salmon and spinach.

Anna: Would you eat it as a meal on it’s own?

Peter: There wasn’t that much to it. It needs something else to go with it.

Anna: Even if I made a load of rice to eat it with?  Would you still feel it wasn’t a proper meal?

Peter: Yes. It needs to have a focal point. Broccoli isn’t the hero of a dish.

Anna: Well as an Asian side dish I guess we could say that it’s our first Leon 2 success!

“John’s broccoli with garlic, cashew nuts and chilli” from “Leon 2”

“Broccoli Orecchiette, Courgette & Bocconcini Salad, Prosciutto & Melon Salad” from “Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals”

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You can find the recipe for this meal on the Channel 4 website (click here).

Tim: Another Not-In-30-Minutes Meal.

Maureen: Nope.

Tim: That’s not a huge surprise, is it? We haven’t hit the 30 minute mark yet.

Maureen: Anything you’ve never made before is going to slow you down. This book should have a disclosure that says these are 30 minute meals, once you’ve done them three or four times.

Tim: It’s true. The fastest recipes are the ones that you know by heart. You don’t get slowed down by having to read the method.

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“Broccoli Orecchiette, Courgette & Bocconcini Salad, Prosciutto & Melon Salad” from “Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals”