Another attempt to increase the quantity of vegetables in our diet, polpette are “vegetarian meatballs” – in this case roasted fennel, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds flavoured with garlic and chillies. The recipe comes from Jamie Oliver’s website.

This wasn’t quite the quick meal we’d hoped for, it taking 25 minutes to roast the vegetables before pounding into the breadcrumb mixture for the balls. But it was certainly easy, essentially just putting everything into the food processor before scooping balls of mixture onto a baking sheet.

The roasting time does give time to prepare a tomato sauce, which we deviated from a little through the use of roasted shallots, and garlic oil rather than yet another clove of garlic.