Monise Barbosa

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Hey, pesto: basil recipes for a taste of summer

Basil’s sunny flavour and relaxing aroma provide the perfect antidote for a hectic week, as well as a leisurely Sunday afternoon surprise<p>Basil is the smell of summer for me. Just a waft of it has an almost drug-like ability to make me feel chilled out and sunny. And basil at the height of summer is …

Waitrose: roasted Mediterranean vegetable tart

Silvana Franco shows you how to make this vibrant, colourful tart<p><b>Video by Waitrose</b><p>Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus cooling<p>Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes<p>Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes, plus cooling 60 minutes 30 minutes<p>Serves: 6<p><b>Ingredients</b><p><i>1 large aubergine, cut into 4cm dice</i><p><i>2 red peppers, halved,</i> …

The new baker: chocolate tray bake with salted caramel ganache

A deliciously rich chocolate cake coated with a thick layer of salted-caramel chocolate ganache.<p>SERVES<p>Makes a 13 x 9in cake<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the cake</b><p>4½ tbsp cocoa powder<br>• 180g (6¼oz) plain flour<br>• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda<br>• 225g (8oz) dark chocolate, chopped<br>• 170g (6oz) unsalted butter<br>• 4 eggs<br>• 300g (10½oz) caster …

Goat's cheese and red onion tart recipe

This comforting recipe combines salty goast cheese with sweet red onions, herbs and spices for a lovwly lunch or dinner<p><i>This comforting recipe comes from MasterChef 2010 winner Dhruv Baker's new cookboo, SPICE: Layers of Flavour</i><p>Ever heard the phrase ‘real men don’t eat quiche’? Well I love quiche …

Apricot and coconut loaf cake recipe

A soft, fluffy coconut cake laced with apricot jam from the award-winning food blog Poires au Chocolat<p><b>SERVES</b><p>10<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p><b>For the cake</b><p>200g (7oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature<br>• 180g (6oz) caster sugar<br>• 120g (4½oz) plain flour<br>• 1 tsp baking powder<br>• pinch of fine sea salt<br>• 3 eggs<br>• 80g (3oz) unsweetened …

Moroccan boiled courgette salad recipe

Boiled courgettes don't sound very enticing, but trust me - this salad's a winner<p>This courgette salad is a wonderful dish that is perfect as part of a mezze-type lunch or as a side with a roast<p><b>SERVES</b><br>4 as a side<p><b>iNGREDIENTS</b><br>6 small courgettes<br>½ garlic clove, crushed with a little salt<br>½ tsp paprika<br>1 …

Avocado lime cheesecake

<b>Sugar, flour and dairy-free, this lime-flavoured cheesecake (made with avocado flesh and coconut oil) is delicious straight from the fridge.</b><p>We always soak and dry nuts and seeds before we use them. This removes bitter tannins and aids digestion. Dissolve ½ tsp salt per cup of nuts or seeds in …

Love your lunchbox: delicious lunch recipes to take to work

For many children of my generation, the lunchbox was a treasured possession. My Thomas the Tank Engine one was so cool that my five-year-old self practically paraded down the street to school; its contents, whatever they were, however similar to yesterday’s pickings, offered fresh promise, new …

Grilled Zucchini and Ricotta Flatbread

4 Servings<p>The only way to make flatbread even better? Grill it.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grill<p>2 large zucchini (about 1 lb.), sliced lengthwise ¼” thick<p>1 bunch scallions, trimmed (about 6 oz.)<p>Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper<p>1 lemon, halved<p>1 pound prepared pizza …

Recipes

Sweet green smoothie

The Plant Cafe in San Francisco shares a healthy recipe for a green smoothie<p>Kale works very well in smoothies, especially when balanced with apple and lemon<p><b>SERVES</b><br>1<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>¼ bunch parsley<br>1 large apple (seeds and core removed)<br>3 large kale leaf<br>1/2 tsp lemon juice<p><b>METHOD</b><br>Wash all produce and puree …

How to make the perfect saag paneer

Choosing from a menu is never straightforward where I'm concerned – I'm always worried I'm going to make the wrong choice, and miss out on something I'll never get the chance to try again. But as soon as I sink into the soft flock cushions favoured by British Indian restaurants of the old school, …