Cookfulness recipes are all about pleasure and relaxation in the kitchen.

Cooking can fill people with trepidation, particularly when they’ve got a health condition. Enjoying cooking simple dishes in a leisurely manner is what the cookfulness concept is all about. 

By Ian Taverner

Minimum 5-10 minutes prep and 20-25 minutes cooking. Key steps are marked along the way.


  • Knife
  • Chopping board 
  • Weighing scales 
  • Ovenproof baking dish
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon 
  • Large mixing spoon


  • 500g sprouts 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced or 2 teaspoons ready chopped 
  • 30g parmesan cheese or non-dairy alternative
  • 2 teaspoons dried or ready chopped chilli or paste 
  • 1 teaspoon ready chopped ginger or paste 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper


1 KEY Pre-heat the oven to 200°c.
2 Wash the sprouts with cold water.
3 Cut the sprouts in half vertically and place in oven dish.
4 Add the parmesan, chilli, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper and mix well.
5 Add the olive oil and stir well to coat sprouts evenly.
KEY Set timer for 20-25 mins. Roast until golden brown


Top Tips

Browned is caramelised, not burnt. Be brave!

Don’t overload the dish with sprouts, space equals roasted.

If you want to be fancy, place all sprouts cut side down for the best roasting.

Add a teaspoon of lemongrass paste or zest of a whole lemon to the chilli mix for a citrus hit.

Add a tablespoon of soy sauce and a squirt of honey with the olive oil for a sweet and salty kick.

‘Cookfulness – A Therapeutic Approach to Cooking’ by Ian Taverner, published by Clink Street, is available now via Amazon, BookshopUK and Waterstones.

Follow Ian Taverner’s cookfulness journey on Instagram and Twitter @Cookfulness