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 – […]
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.
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 […]
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 grow my own because the little plants kept getting obliterated by slugs.
It was only when I went to the market the other day for a ‘DIY veg box’ that I received an actual, real-life cauliflower. Not a perfectly manicured version of a cauliflower – a real cauliflower. With all its leaves.
It was only then, when I was looking at the leaves, that I realised how similar they are to cabbage and wondered why the hell I’d never cooked them.
It seems bizarre to me that we go out and buy a leaf-stripped cauliflower and then go looking for additional leafy greens, when we could just buy a bloody cauliflower with the leaves on!?
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 […]
It’s National Vegetarian Week; the annual awareness-raising campaign to promote vegetarian food and the perfect excuse to introduce a few more vegetables into your diet – hopefully for longer than just one week! Many of us buy our fruit and veg at the supermarket; however, supermarket […]
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 get the urge to start eating leaves.
In the summer, I’m usually all over my strawberry and asparagus salad, but this fennel and orange salad is also a favourite, either for a light lunch or as a side. I know it’s only spring, but you know.. I’m thinking ahead.
Like most salads it’s really quick and easy to put together too, which is great because, let’s face it, we’d all like a bit more time to spend in the beer garden.
Ahhh, ketchup. It’s the perfect partner to fries, burgers, hot-dogs… but it’s usually tomato. And it’s usually Heinz… So what if I told you that you could swap your usual red sauce for a saucy yellow number? I’m talking about… banana ketchup. Yes, as in, ketchup […]