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Helly's top tips!

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Hello I’m Helly, Head Chef & co-founder of Batch & Thyme & I’m at my happiest in a kitchen (or up a mountain!)

Being more creative in the kitchen can be scary, so over the next few months, I want to share some basic principles to follow which will allow you to play around with different flavours, giving you more confidence in the kitchen. Getting to know what flavour combinations work for you is part of the fun!

Session 1: Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables is a great accompaniment to our dishes, they’re quick to prep, can be thrown together & left to roast whilst you get other things done & are super cheap.  They are also very forgiving so if you have some older veg that you think is coming to the end of their life, don’t waste them, cook them up & you’ll be surprised at how tasty they still are.  They are delicious both hot & cold so you can also batch cook them at the beginning of the week and they’ll keep in the fridge for the week.

Basic principle;

Use a deep tray. Chop vegetables up &  throw them in the tray with the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Make sure you drizzle with a good amount of olive oil before popping it in the oven. Bake for 35-55 minutes at 200 until the vegetables are soft and golden.

Each serves about 4.

Here are a few suggestions;

Now it’s your turn to have a go, let me know how you get on! For extra inspiration I always look at recipes online or flick through my many books, here are my top 3 favourites.

Our top 3 recommendations;

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi go on a journey to explore the flavours of their childhood, flavours that made Ottolenghi what it is. Now accomplished chefs, they don’t only explore their families’ cuisine, but also delve into the incredible richness of this exciting city. The result is a book bursting with incredible recipes, intriguing stories and striking images.

You can buy it here

As well as writing cookbooks and presenting cooking shows on the BBC, Claudia is also a cultural anthropologist based in the United Kingdom. She’s written many book, all amazing but this title features a collection of recipes from the subtle, spicy, varied cuisines of the Middle East, ranging from inexpensive but tasty peasant fare to elaborate banquet dishes.

You can find it here

Jamie’s book Veg is packed with easy and delicious meals for everyone.  These veg recipes are tasty, comforting, simple and colourful. He’s made the vegetables the hero however there are some amaizing recipes that work well with our dishes.

You can find it here