Sunshine flavours on the penultimate Daily Brunch with Ocado

Well the sky is concrete grey outside my office window, but in the Daily Brunch studio there’s spice, mango and lemon to lift the mood. Tomorrow is the last show in the series, so don’t forget to tune in to Channel 4 at 10am! In the meantime…

Blackened Halibut with Mango Chutney

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This Blackened Halibut with Mango Chutney is a delicious fish main course. ‘Blackening’ is a process of dusting the fish with spices and then frying until the spices turn dark. It is a traditional Cajun technique that can be used for lots of fish, including salmon or sea bass. Simon serves the fish with homemade mango chutney for a more luxurious finish.

  • 4
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 40 mins

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Rediscover these foods from your childhood

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Seven-year-old me is doing an excited dance. Retro foods are making a comeback, as shown by a massive surge in sales for classic treats of the Seventies and Eighties, and I’m loving all the nostalgia.

It’s time to sit up straight, elbows off the table, and rediscover the food of your childhood.

1. Angel Delight

Sales of this pudding-in-a-sachet are up 43% on the year to date. Fluffy, sweet, and properly affordable, reach for the milk and get whisking.

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Delicious dining ideas from Daily Brunch with Ocado

Now that the first doors are open on our Advent calendars, it’s time to think about entertaining. Today’s recipes are perfect – cheesy arancini balls make a wonderful starter or light meal, and Simon’s pavlova with chocolate and raspberry is a fantastic way to finish.

Mozzarella Stuffed Arancini

Image of the arancini Arancini are deep-fried balls made from leftover risotto. The word arancina literally means ‘little orange’ because of their shape and golden colour. Here, Simon stuffs each ball with a piece of mozzarella for an oozing cheesy centre. He serves the arancini with fresh tapenade to cut through the richness of the dish.

  • Serves 6
  • Preparation time: 30 mins
  • Cooking time: 3-4 mins

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Feeling naughty or nice? Check out Daily Brunch with Ocado

Morning! Today’s recipes go from a virtuous salad, packed with fresh, crunchy veg and a juicy dressing – to a rich, darkly tempting chocolate tart. Come over to the dark side…

Crispy Chickpea Salad

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This chickpea salad is a delicious lunch dish or light dinner. Simon deep-fries the chickpeas to add a deliciously crunchy texture, complementing the juicy baby tomatoes and fresh watercress leaves. He marinates the feta cubes in lime juice for an extra zingy flavor that cuts through the rich saltiness of the cheese.

  • Serves 2-4
  • Preparation time: 5 mins + 20 mins for marinating
  • Cooking time: 2-5 mins

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Guest post: Natoora, “Let Them Eat Kale”

Image of Natoora purple kaleKale is one of the tastiest greens (or purples!) to arrive on British plates each autumn, and in the past few years it has become one of the most talked-about vegetables, often dividing opinion. It is extremely nutritious and full of health-boosting vitamins and minerals; it has a lovely sweet flavour; and it is very versatile in the kitchen, working wonderfully in a wide range of recipes, from smoothies to soups.

When and where

Our purple kale comes from two farms in Cornwall and Lancashire. Grown in the open air, slowly and without excessive watering, it develops tender leaves with no trace of sponginess, and a deep, complex flavour. In season from early autumn to mid-spring, kale grows better and more widely in cooler climates, as the cold temperature keeps its leaves more tender, and the stalks crunchier and sweeter. Continue reading

Flavour Friday on Daily Brunch with Ocado

We’ve got a flavour-packed Friday celebration going on today: crispy polenta served with an intense, tomatoey pesto and Parma ham; and the ultimate veggie burger topped with strong cheddar and a proper burger sauce.

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Crunchy Polenta with Parma Ham

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This polenta recipe makes a delicious side dish or light meal. Simon serves the polenta squares with a fresh and zingy pesto to offset the creaminess of the polenta and the richness of the Parma ham. He adds extra texture by deep-frying to create a deliciously crunchy crust.

  • Serves 4 – 6
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

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Fish stew and pumpkin pie on Daily Brunch with Ocado

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we have a fish stew to warm your cockles, and a pumpkin pie fit for a Thanksgiving feast. Tuck in.

Warming Fish Stew

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This fish stew is a hearty and warming winter treat. Unusually for a stew, it’s also really quick to cook, making it ideal for a midweek family meal. Simon adds a range of fresh fish and shellfish to the stew, but you could use whatever you have at home. Just cut the fish into similar size pieces so that it will cook evenly.

  • Serves 2
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 25 mins

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From Sicily to India in two dishes on Daily Brunch with Ocado

Bored of grey skies and damp mornings? Today’s recipes bring you sunshine – first from Sicily and then from India – in the form of two delicious dishes.

*Skips off a la Morcambe and Wise*

Pan-Fried Bream and Caponata

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This fish dish is a really quick and nutritious midweek supper. It’s the perfect way to get a taste of the Mediterranean in the middle of winter. Simon serves the bream with caponata, a Sicilian vegetable stew made with aubergines. Caponata is often served with fish, seafood or lamb, but can also be eaten as an antipasto with bread.

  • Serves 4
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins

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Smoke and spice on Daily Brunch with Ocado

Brrr… Today’s recipes add some comforting heat with smoky paprika, curry powder and chillis. Better than a hot water bottle. Curl up and tuck in.

Curried Squash Pot Pie

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These curried squash pot pies are delicious vegetarian pies that meat-eaters will love too. Simon has made the white sauce with coconut milk rather than traditional cow’s milk so the pies are suitable for people who are lactose intolerant. He has added paprika and curry powder for a hint of spice that complements the sweetness of the roasted squash.

  • Serves 8
  • Preparation time: 15 mins
  • Cooking time: 50 mins

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A taste of the Middle East on Daily Brunch with Ocado

This morning Simon’s dishes were heavily inspired by the Middle East, with lots of fragrant spices and deep, earthy flavours. Delicious.

Lamb-Stuffed Aubergines

Lamb Stuffed Aubergines

This aubergine dish is a delicious Middle Eastern-inspired recipe, which would be perfect as a light meal or starter. Simon is stuffing the aubergine discs with a hearty combination of minced lamb, bulgur wheat, tomatoes and aromatic spices. For a vegetarian alternative, Simon recommends replacing the lamb with cubes of roasted squash.

  • Serves 4
  • Preparation time: 25 mins
  • Cooking time: 5 mins

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