It’s a side issue – take 3

Side dishes don’t have to be complicated and sometimes it is the simplest of ideas that can make a side dish more appealing.  The things that I am suggesting in today’s blog are not revolutionary; however, they can enhance a dish, or be a welcome change if you are getting a little bit bored of eating the same types of food regularly.  Take mashed potato for example – if you fancy something a little bit different that works really well with sausages or a pork chop, try adding a little whole grain mustard as this can really lift the flavour of the meat.

Salads are quite possibly one of my favourite side dishes.  I adore the way that they are so simple to vary depending upon what is in season at the time.  We have loads of cherry tomatoes and green beans coming through at the moment and they are always great to throw in a salad.  Last week the radish patch needed thinning due to my wholly inadequate planting, so after a quick wash ‘the thinnings’ were tossed into a salad.  Young radishes have a lovely peppery flavour and are a pleasant addition.  So if you have a spare bit of ground/flower pot that you could plant a few radish seeds in I would absolutely recommend you do so, as you will get to enjoy both the baby and mature radishes all within a month of planting depending on the type of radish you choose.

A Garden Salad


  • ½ round lettuce (washed and torn into manageable pieces.
  • handful of green beans (cooked and cut into 1” pieces)
  • small handful of young radishes (washed)
  • 15-20 cherry tomatoes
  • 8-10 black olives
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • seasoning
  • pinch of sugar


Place everything in a large bowl and mix together well – it is as simple as that.

Mustard Mash

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • 6-8 medium potatoes (peeled, cut into quarters)
  • knob of butter
  • 3-5tbsp milk
  • seasoning
  • 1 ½ heaped tsp whole grain mustard


  1. Place the potatoes in a saucepan with some salt, cover with water and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer until a knife passes through the potatoes easily.
  2. Drain the potatoes and put back in the saucepan.
  3. Add the milk, butter and seasoning then using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until they are smooth.
  4. Finally add the mustard and stir well, until it is all incorporated.

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