As autumn begins to take hold and the weather gets decidedly chillier, you can’t help but sideline the salads and start seriously thinking about comfort food. COMFORT FOOD! There is nothing better! And when you start talking about getting chillier, you can’t help but think […]
Marrows are often thought of as a bland, watery vegetables that aren’t really worth the time of day – but they’re actually great for carrying strong flavours. I’ve shared recipes previously for marrow tikka masala and lentil stuffed marrows, but this thai green curried marrow […]
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 officially it’s not a milkshake if it has no milk in it… Maybe it’s a Mylkshake. Or Milkless Shake. Maybe a Fake Shake? Probably just a shake… Anyway, I digress.
Point is – it’s quick and easy and doesn’t have anything weird in it.
This is my go-to recipe for ripe bananas that need using up. For most people it’s banana bread, but I can’t bake so… for me, it’s this. Or sometimes I make desserts like chocolate orange nice-cream. Mmm.
And if you’re super-committed to reducing your food waste, I even have recipes for the banana peel.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]