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Preparing Tumbet



Take yourself on holiday to Mallorca in the comfort of your own kitchen with this dish of layers of roasted vegetables.


  • 2 medium aubergines, cut into 1.5cm/⅝in rounds
  • up to 200ml/7fl oz olive oil
  • 2 medium courgettes, cut into 2cm/¾in slices
  • 500g/1lb 2oz large waxy potatoes (such as Charlotte), thinly sliced (around 3mm/⅛in)
  • 2 roasted red peppers (from a jar), cut into strips
  • small bunch fresh oregano
  • small bunch fresh basil

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g/14oz ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas 6.

  2. Arrange the aubergine slices on a large baking tray and brush with olive oil. Season with salt. Roast for 20–25 minutes, or until softened and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

  3. Pour a 5mm/¼in thick layer of olive oil in the base of a large, heavy-based frying pan. Fry the courgettes on a medium heat, for a couple of minutes on each side, then remove and drain onto kitchen towel. Season lightly with salt.

  4. Add the potato slices to the frying pan and fry on both sides until they are softened all the way through and a very light golden colour around the edges. This will take up to 10 minutes. Drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper.

  5. To make the sauce, put the olive oil in a saucepan and add the garlic. Cook for 3–4 minutes on a low–medium heat until soft and aromatic, then add the tomatoes and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook gently, uncovered, until well reduced – around 25 minutes. Taste after 10 minutes – if the sauce tastes acidic, add a pinch of sugar.

  7. Reduce the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.

  8. To assemble, spread a couple of tablespoons of tomato sauce in the base of an oven dish. Sprinkle over some fresh oregano and basil leaves. Top with all the aubergines.

  9. Add more tomato sauce, then sprinkle with more herbs and add the courgettes. Repeat with more tomato sauce, more herbs and the peppers, then finish with the last of the tomato sauce and herbs, and top with the potatoes.

  10. Sprinkle over more salt and pepper and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes, or until the potatoes are crisp and browned and the vegetables underneath are tender.

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Food And Nutrition

Classic Italian Sub Sandwich Recipe




My one requirement for the perfect beach day? A delicious packed sandwich that doesn’t get soggy. After a lot of trial and error, I’ve learned exactly what that is: a classic Italian sub. Nothing beats the layers of cured meats, salty cheese, shredded lettuce, and thick tomatoes. And thanks to a few smart assembly tips, it stays fresh and crisp all day long. Plus, you can easily feed a few mouths with just one sandwich. Here’s how to make the absolute best one.


  • 1 large Italian sub roll
  • 1 tablespoon Italian vinaigrette
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 pound sliced provolone cheese
  • 1/3 pound sliced rosemary ham
  • 1/4 pound sliced mortadella
  • 1/4 pound sliced hot soppressata
  • 3 tomato campari tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • 1/4 small onion, thinly sliced
  • packed cup baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped banana peppers
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for classic Italian sub
  2. Use a serrated knife to cut the Italian sub roll in half lengthwise.

    Cut Italian sub
  3. Place the sub roll in the middle of a sheet of wax or butcher paper and drizzle the inside of the bread with Italian vinaigrette and balsamic vinegar.

    Place the sub roll in middle of the sheet
  4. Next, add the provolone, ham, mortadella, soppressata, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, banana peppers, salt, and pepper.

    add provolone, ham, mortadella, soppressata, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, banana peppers, salt, and pepper
  5. Wrap the sandwich tightly in the butcher paper and slice the sandwich into 4 quarters.

    Wrap the sandwich in butcher paper and cut
  6. Enjoy now or wrap up tightly in more butcher’s paper until ready to eat.


  • Depending on how hungry you are, this thick flavorful sandwich can feed up to 2 or 4 people.
  • As this sandwich sits, the flavors begin to meld and make it more flavorful over time. If you’re waiting to eat it, be sure to wrap it tightly in butcher or wax paper so the ingredients stay intact and the sandwich doesn’t get soggy.
  • Don’t have these exact ingredients on hand? No worries. Any variation of Italian ingredients will do. Experiment with a mix of different lunch meats to see what you like best. Try to use different veggies and cheeses such as a nice pickle-y giardiniera with fresh mozzarella or roasted red peppers with asiago cheese.
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Courgette gratin




This simple courgette gratin makes a great side dish as it’s creamy and flavoursome without being too rich. Serve with a salad for a light supper.

Each serving provides 273 kcal, 10g protein, 5.5g carbohydrate (of which 4g sugars), 23g fat (of which 12g saturates), 2g fibre and 0.7g salt.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 800g/1lb 12oz courgettes, sliced into 5mm/¼in rounds
  • few sprigs thyme
  • few basil leaves
  • 100ml/3½fl oz crème fraîche
  • 50ml/2fl oz milk
  • 1 tsp plain flour
  • 75g/2½oz gruyère or similar cheese, grated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Preparing Super spring salad




This vegetarian salad is simply bursting with the fresh flavours of spring, the perfect meal for a sun soaked day.


For the spring salad

  • 12 Jersey Royal potatoes
  • 10 green asparagus spears, sliced on an angle
  • 150g/5½oz young broad beans, podded
  • 150g/5½oz peas, podded
  • 150g/5½oz fresh or frozen soy beans
  • 3 spring onions, sliced on an angle
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 4 purple asparagus spears, sliced using a peeler
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 2 shallots, cut into rings
  • 15 mint leaves, 10 torn, 5 shredded
  • small bunch of chervil
  • handful watercress
  • punnet of pea shoots
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 5 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp walnut oil
  • 300ml/10½oz extra virgin olive oil


  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and blanch the potatoes, drain and carefully slice in half.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Drop in the green asparagus, broad beans, peas, soy beans and spring onions and cook for a couple of minutes. Drain and run under cold water to stop them cooking but not to cool them.

  3. Spread on a tray with the potatoes. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Put the purple asparagus in a bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice and salt to cure and soften.

  5. For the dressing, whisk together the mustard and vinegar in a bowl, slowly adding the oils. It should have a thick consistency, like a sauce. Season with a good amount of salt and black pepper.

  6. Mix all of the vegetables with the shallots, mint, chervil, watercress and pea shoots and pour over the dressing.

  7. Divide between four plates and dig in.

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