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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Wine of the Week: Sunday Roast Special

Finding the right wine for a traditional Sunday roast is the question I am often asked. I thought that as we’re having a roasting joints AND wine sale it was the perfect opportunity to go through some wine options for all the different joints of meat you might be roasting next Sunday.

Everyone associates beef with red wine and chicken with white wine – which is fine as a general rule but if you only drink red, or just prefer white with food, there are solutions. I’ve chosen three wines that are fantastic matches for roast beef. Continue reading

Elegant and easy recipes on today’s Daily Brunch with Ocado

Today’s recipes – a delicate sea trout dish and a decadent drizzle cake – are both elegant but easy to cook. Perfect if you have people stopping by this weekend.

Sea Trout en Papillote

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This sea trout dish demonstrates a classic but simple French technique. ‘En papillote’ means cooking the fish ‘in paper’, but you could wrap the trout in foil rather than parchment if you’d prefer. Cooking fish in a parcel is a really simple and healthy way to steam delicate fish and impart beautiful aromatic flavours.

  • Serves 4
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 8-10 mins

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