Tag: vegetarian

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 – […]

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 […]

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 kind of mango dressing, but I tend to use frozen raspberries – they add a nice tartness to the salad and because they’re a bit squishier than fresh raspberries, they create a kind of dressing too.

I tend to put fruit in all my salads, from asparagus and strawberries to fennel and oranges. I like the contrast in flavours, plus it adds colour.

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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 […]

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 Sunday roast. They’re thought of as being hearty and robust, yet simply changing the way you prepare them makes them a whole lot more delicate. This dish uses ribbons of carrots and parsnips to create little spirals within a shortcrust pastry case, making root vegetables just a little bit… sexier?

And the vinegar in the carrot top salsa verde really cuts through the sweetness of the root vegetables.

And have you ever tried carrot tops before? To me they taste like slightly carrot-y parsley; they’re really quite delicious, so I’m not sure why all our carrots these days are… topless.

But I did manage to spot some with their tops on at my local market. They were winking at me from across the square, screaming “salsa verde”. So here we are.

Parsley is the key ingredient in a salsa verde, but I substitute the parsley for carrot tops because… well, like I said earlier, to me they already taste a lot like parsley. But what’s great is that you’re making something delicious from part of the vegetable that’s usually thrown away and that can only be a good thing!

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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 […]