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Easy Dairy Free Milkshake (Banana & Walnut)

Easy Dairy Free Milkshake (Banana & Walnut)

Perfect for kids (and big kids), this dairy free milkshake made with ripe bananas and soaked walnuts makes for a quick and healthy breakfast. Granted, it’s not the lurid yellow colour we typically associate with banana milkshakes, but it’s delicious all the same. I guess […]

DIY Rhubarb Vodka

DIY Rhubarb Vodka

Home-infused vodka is my go-to DIY gift. It’s a great way to use surplus home-grown fruit and… well, do I really need to justify rhubarb vodka? If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I often have shedloads of rhubarb on my hands, either from […]

Indian Inspired Veggie Club Sandwich

Indian Inspired Veggie Club Sandwich

I can’t really explain to you what possessed me to create this. I’d love to have some kind of inspirational story to tell you but, in reality, I just flung together some leftovers from the fridge to make lunch and ended up with this – an indian inspired veggie club sandwich, complete with flatbreads and curried aubergine. I’m always up for a mish mash of god-knows-what and this did not disappoint.

Now, I did not make said flatbreads – I got them out of a packet. The packet said they were gujarati flatbreads, however having looked up gujarati flatbreads online, I’m slightly sceptical because they look nothing like anybody else’s gujarati flatbreads.

So let’s just call them flatbreads.

The curried aubergine was leftover from the night before, as was the mango chutney and the beetroot and chickpea dip.

And then I raided the salad drawer.

That was essentially the process of creating this veggie club sandwich.

Now if that doesn’t have you sitting back in your chair thinking, “wow, this woman really knows what she’s doing!” I don’t know what will! Ahaha.

Other people research ingredients, test flavour combinations and make notes… I simply pray to the refrigerator Gods for good luck and get on with it. All I can say is, I must be in favour with the refrigerator Gods because, more often than not, something delicious is produced and I leave the kitchen feeling like a magician.

Anyway.

Ingredients

  • 2 flatbreads, cut into quarters
  • A few tablespoons of curried aubergine (warm or cold – though I think I may be the only person on the planet who likes cold curry)
  • 2 tbsp of mango chutney
  • 4 tbsp beetroot and chickpea dip (just blend tinned chickpeas and a little beetroot with lemon juice, garlic and extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 avocado, de-seeded and sliced
  • Half a red bell pepper, sliced
  • A handful of shredded purple cabbage
  • A handful of washed spinach leaves

Method

You only actually need 6 pieces of the 8 pieces of flatbread that you have available to you (3 for each sandwich). What you do with those extra two pieces is up to you. I ate them whilst constructing and photographing the sandwiches, but you could make another sandwich with them, add another layer to your sandwiches, save them for a rainy day… whatever you feel like!

Then just layer all of the ingredients evenly between the flatbreads and secure with a skewer.

That’s literally it.

Oh and by the way, there is no polite way of eating this veggie club sandwich. You will get it all over your face. Just saying.

Indian Inspired Veggie Club Sandwich

Pear, Walnut & Feta Tart

Pear, Walnut & Feta Tart

When I can’t think what else to cook – I make tarts. As long as you have some pre-made pastry to hand, dinner can be ready within 30 minutes! It doesn’t matter what pastry you use – shortcrust, puff or filo – just load on […]

Veggie Gado Gado

Veggie Gado Gado

Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad that consists of at least two vegetables served with a peanut sauce, crunchy tofu and boiled eggs. The name literally means “Mix Mix”. I learnt to cook this at a Balinese cooking class in Ubud, earlier this year, but […]

Review: Frozen Ready Meals from Goodlife

Review: Frozen Ready Meals from Goodlife

I’ve got to be honest – I’m not usually one for ready meals. My version of convenience food is batch cooking dishes like chilli and curry from scratch and then freezing them in portions, ready to whip them out the freezer during a busy working week.

Sometimes though, it’s nice to just let someone else do all the hard work for you.

Goodlife have been producing delicious vegetarian meals for over 25 years and offer a wide range of vegan and vegetarian products such as bean burgers, veggie sausages, vegetable kievs and falafel. I had the pleasure of reviewing some of these products earlier this year, so I was delighted when Goodlife commissioned me once again; this time to review their new range of frozen ready meals.

Their 3 bean chilli and their vegetable masala are now available in selected Morrisons stores. But how do they taste? Well, lucky for you, I am here to try food on your behalf. So here goes…

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Why I’m Quitting Social Media

Why I’m Quitting Social Media

This post has been sitting in my drafts for almost 6 months. But finally, I’m ready to press publish. Finally, I’m quitting social media! Okay, that’s not strictly true… I’m not quitting things like WhatsApp or Snapchat because I use those to share things with my […]

Spinach, Mango and Avocado Salad

Spinach, Mango and Avocado Salad

Another salad, because it’s spring and therefore time to eat leaves. This spinach, mango and avocado salad was inspired by something I once ate at Ethos Foods in London – some kind of fruity spinach-y concoction; it was amazing! I think theirs was made with some […]

Szechuan Fried Cauliflower

Szechuan Fried Cauliflower

For those of you that believe you don’t like cauliflower, I can almost guarantee that it’s because it’s been served to you as a boiled lump of blandness; perhaps smothered in melted cheddar if you’re lucky.

I use the word “lucky” quite loosely there.

But there are so many ways to cook vegetables – why torture yourself? Like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower is only boring and/or disgusting when it’s cooked badly. Roasted or fried, it’s damn delicious. Trust me.

I tend to eat these Szechuan fried florets as a snack, along with some crispy cauli leaves, but they’d also be good as a starter!

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Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Leaves

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Leaves

Like most people, I’ve gone the vast majority of my life without even considering that you might be able to eat cauliflower leaves. When I’ve previously bought cauliflowers from the supermarket, they’ve barely had any leaves to speak of and I’ve never managed to successfully […]