Olive BBQ Flatbreads with Artichokes

Recipe: Olive BBQ Flatbreads with Marinated Artichokes

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The never-ending debate is re-surfacing again for the summer…. what on earth do vegetarians & vegans want to eat at BBQs?  Fake sausages just dry out and turn to cardboard, and I’m getting a bit bored of halloumi.

So, here’s an idea which is deceptively easy and a sure-fire crowd pleaser at any BBQ… garlicky, olive-y flatbreads cooked quickly over the coals, topped with marinated artichokes and cherry tomatoes.  Totally delicious, and great served with hummus, baba ganoush or other middle-eastern style bits and pieces.

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Wild Rice & Watercress Salad

Recipe: Wild Rice & Watercress Salad

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganHere’s one of those ‘bung it all in and see what happens’ sort of suppers – supposedly celebrating all the fabulous produce that early British summertime brings, (though I fear that summer might in fact have been and gone…. oh well, it was fun whilst it lasted).

If you’re a regular reader you’ll have noticed that I’m not much of a salad fan…. I rarely find a salad filling and satisfying enough to count as a main meal in its own right, but adding grains like giant cous cous (here), bulgur wheat (here), or rice (here) transforms a collection of vegetables (ie. a side dish), into a proper stand-alone main course.

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Sun Dried Tomato & Pine Nut Scone Fingers

Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato & Pine Nut Scone Fingers (with homemade sun dried tomatoes!)

Here’s a really gorgeous savoury scone recipe, which I’ve cut into fingers for the sole purpose of dunking into a nice big bowl of soup.  By all means cut these into rounds or squares instead, (in fact little round ones halved, with something lovely on the top would make a really gorgeous party nibble or canapé.).  The flavours are punchy, just how I like them – along with the sun-dried tomato is cayenne, mustard and garlic, then the crunch of pine nuts.  These are just as good, (in fact better!), than any cheese scone I’ve had recently!

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Ultimate Lazy Veggie Lasagne

Recipe: The Ultimate Lazy Veggie Lasagne

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I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who doesn’t like lasagne, but let’s face it – it can be a bit of a chore to make.  Two pots bubbling on the stove, one with a creamy béchamel and the other with a rich, tomato-ey ragù, then all that layering, breaking the lasagne sheets into the right shape, then baking.  It is absolutely always worth the wait, but sometimes I just can’t quite find the motivation.

So here’s something a bit different – a no-chop, no-saucepan, lazy-boy -person’s lasagne.

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Mushroom & Merlot Posh Pasties

Recipe: Mushroom & Merlot Posh Pasties

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In preparation for National Vegetarian Week (16th – 22nd May), Cranks challenged me to come up with a recipe suitable for Sunday Lunch – something comforting, tasty and filling, which could be served alongside roast potatoes, lots of veggies and lashings of gravy.

For me, a vegetarian option for Sunday Lunch should be big, bold, tasty, and enough of a ‘showstopper’ to make the meat-eaters insanely jealous.  Let’s just say that I’ve never found a nut roast recipe which has ticked all of those boxes.  So instead, here are my ‘posh pasties’ – posh in that they contain merlot, flat-cap mushrooms, puy lentils and thyme, all wrapped in a layer of fabulous, (hopefully homemade), pastry.

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Gearing up for National Vegetarian Week with Cranks

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Here’s a quick heads-up for you…. National Vegetarian Week is coming up very soon, (16th – 22nd May).  How will you be marking it? There are so many ways to celebrate vegetarian food during the week – the website is a great source of ideas… how about inviting friends round for a meal, sharing some veggie food with your colleagues, or organising a community event to spread the meat-free love?  Continue reading “Gearing up for National Vegetarian Week with Cranks”

Spelt Spaghetti & Avocado Pesto

Recipe: Spelt Spaghetti with Avocado Pesto

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20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganThere’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of pasta, but traditional wheat products are usually highly processed and refined, leaving few useful nutrients.  Wheat is difficult to digest and can encourage inflammation in the body.  Spelt on the other hand, along with other ancient grains like quinoa, amaranth and millet, has not been refined in the same way, so is far more nutritious, and (for most people), really well tolerated.

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Porcini & Polenta Sausages

Recipe: Porcini & Polenta Sausages

I was asked recently for a magazine article how I would describe the food on my blog.  It’s a tricky one, but eventually I decided to go with ‘comfort food for vegetarians and vegans’.  This is far from a health food blog, (not a green smoothie in sight), and is more about the sort of food we eat at home every day, hoping to give others some ideas if they are looking to reduce the amount of meat in their diet either a little or a lot.

And when it comes to comfort food, I’m not sure you can get much better than a great big bowl of bangers & mash, slathered in red onion gravy.

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April with Cranks and a Vegetarian Cookbook Giveaway!

So, things have been a little quiet around here this month, I hope you’ve missed me(!).  The reason for this brief absence is that I’ve been scurrying around posting recipes and articles elsewhere instead.  If you’re a regular reader, you will know that I’ve teamed up with Cranks in the past on some exciting projects, (like this one), and so I was thrilled when they invited me to do a ‘website takeover’ for the month of April, writing recipes and blog posts on their site, on the theme of ‘eating seasonally’.

I’ve been posting these on Facebook and Twitter, but just in case you’ve missed any of my posts, here’s a quick roundup:
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