Tag: food

Review: The Optimum Nutri Force Extractor

Review: The Optimum Nutri Force Extractor

Well hello! I’ve been dying to share this new spangly Optimum product with you for a couple of months now, but it’s all been a bit hectic over here at EMT HQ and I’ve had pretty limited access to WiFi. But fear not! I have found […]

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 – […]

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 your toppings and bake in the oven, then serve with salad. It doesn’t really get much easier.

My favourite toppings for tarts depends on the season. In the summer, I love the sweet acidity of tomatoes, with green pesto, like I use in my heirloom tomato tart. In autumn, I often make pumpkin puree and use this to make my pumpkin, sage and goats cheese tart, but another autumn favourite is this pear, walnut and feta tart.

At the time of writing, it’s still summer, but I rescued a bag of unwanted pears and it just made sense.

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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 […]

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 […]

National Vegetarian Week: Thinking Outside The (Veg) Box

National Vegetarian Week: Thinking Outside The (Veg) Box

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 […]

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 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.

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Review: Top Banana Ketchup from Rubies In The Rubble

Review: Top Banana Ketchup from Rubies In The Rubble

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 […]