Tag: dairy free

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 […]

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 – […]

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 I’ve since developed my own ‘cheat’ version, which saves a lot of time and effort!

In the original recipe, you have to deep fry peanuts until golden, grind these in a mortar and pestle, along with other ingredients, to make a paste, before heating said paste with coconut milk and soy sauce.

In my version, you just fry off garlic, chilli and ginger in a pan and add crunchy peanut butter, soy sauce, coconut milk and lime juice. Granted it might not taste quite the same, but I just can’t bring myself to go to all that hassle for the sake of a bit of sauce.

So yeah. I cheat.

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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 […]

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 […]

Carrot & Parsnip Tart with Carrot Top Salsa Verde

Carrot & Parsnip Tart with Carrot Top Salsa Verde

This carrot and parsnip tart might not be your immediate idea of a spring dish, but with salad leaves and a carrot top salsa verde, it becomes a lot lighter and more spring-like. For most people, root vegetables belong in either a stew or a […]

Baked Potato Wedges & Wild Garlic Dip

Baked Potato Wedges & Wild Garlic Dip

It’s no secret that my general approach to cooking involves adding large quantities of garlic to everything. So, in the spring, when wild garlic is in season, it stands to reason that it features pretty heavily in my day-to-day meals. One of my favourite things to make with wild garlic used to be pesto; that was, until I made this creamy, wild garlic dip. It’s so good, I could just eat with a spoon! And it’s the perfect accompaniment for baked potato wedges, especially purple ones, because… well… the colours!

I’m lucky in that wild garlic grows in my mum’s back garden, but all it takes is a little walk in the woods and you’ll soon sniff out your own supply. In fact, that’s probably the best thing about wild garlic – it’s free! And, unlike other foraged foods, there’s less chance of you picking the wrong thing. All you need to do is smell the leaves!

Failing that, they do often sell it at farmers markets though.

In April and May, the leaves are at their best, but later in the season, you get the added bonus of their little white flowers – not only are they pretty, but they’re also edible!

wild-garlic

The leaves are pretty pungent when raw, which is how I like it! I used raw leaves to make the dip. But you can also wilt them like spinach and have them either as a side dish or eat them in soups, stir-fries and curries.

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Fennel and Orange Salad

Fennel and Orange Salad

Spring has sprung and it is finally acceptable to start thinking about salad. I don’t know about you, but I actively enjoy nurturing what I describe as my “Christmas belly” throughout winter, but as soon as the clocks change and the days are longer, I […]