New Recipe: Three delicious dishes to make for Mother’s Day or a picnic with a friend

Lockdown is lifting and spring is on the horizon – finally! Whether you are celebrating Mother’s Day or awaiting a long overdue catch-up with a friend, it’s time to make something delicious to eat while you enjoy the longer, lighter (and hopefully sunnier!) days outside. We are so looking forward to doing the same.

The tomato and harissa tart is a favourite of ours. The recipe doesn’t require you to blind-bake the pastry first, and the dough itself is forgiving – it can be mixed in a food processor, then roughly pressed in the tart dish. It’s handy to transport as a whole or just a couple of slices. We like to serve it with a fresh, crunchy salad with shaved fennel and a lemony dressing.

If you’re staying closer to home, try our chicken burgers, which are light, fresh and a little different. They’re also on the healthier side of the burger spectrum and even more so if you decide to ditch the bun. If you’re after a good vegan alternative, try grilling a portobello mushroom. Pack your burgers full of salad and chipotle mayo, and eat with your hands – the messier the better!

Finally, the cupcakes are definitely something to whip up ahead of a reunion and would make for a wonderful treat to give on Mother’s Day. The addition of yogurt in the cake recipe helps to keep them soft and spongy. Freshly baked, they are utterly delicious.

Recipes from ‘A Love of Eating’ by Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones (Square Peg, £25). Order a copy from

Roast tomato and harissa tart with an oat crust

Lucy grew up with this recipe, as it is a favourite of her mum’s. It was originally a Jane Grigson recipe, a cook her mother often turned to for inspiration. There’s no need to roll out this dough – just press it straight into the tin. 

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