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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Peapod & Little Gem Soup

Recipe: Peapod & Little Gem Soup

A while ago I ordered pea soup in a restaurant.  It was such a vibrant green colour and tasted so intensely of peas, I just had to try making something similar myself.  A bit of googling suggested that making soup from both the peas and their pods was the way to go, and here’s the result.

I realise this is a bit premature, as you’re unlikely to have peas ready to pick in April, but I usually get around to posting recipes from home-grown produce far too late in the season to be of use to you, so thought I would get ahead here with a recipe you can bookmark for pea season in a few months time.  I actually used mange tout peas here instead of pea pods, (and frozen peas in stead of freshly-picked!), and the result was really good, so you can try this out immediately with supermarket produce if you just can’t wait. Continue reading “Recipe: Peapod & Little Gem Soup”

Cider & Barley Stuffed Tomatoes

Recipe: Cider & Barley Stuffed Tomatoes

These great big, juicy beef tomatoes were just crying out to be stuffed with something delicious, and as we’re firmly in April shower season rather than bright and sunny springtime, I went for a comforting and slightly boozy combination of dry cider and plump pearl barley, with a parsley & pine nut crust.

The recipe is similar to my Kale & Squash Pearl Barley Risotto, but stuffing it into oversized tomatoes then topping with crunchy parsley and pine nut breadcrumbs makes this into a bit more of a ‘showstopper’ main course for friends and family.

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March 2016: Recipes & Reviews (& Win an Edge of Belgravia Knife Block & Precision Knives RRP £169)

Another manic month has hurtled past in a bit of a blur, with Easter celebrations, too much chocolate, and an awful lot of hot cross buns.

Here’s my end-of-month roundup of what’s gone on in my kitchen, and some fabulous foodie finds I’ve been sent to review.  Plus your chance to win some rather beautiful and incredibly good-quality knives.  Read on!

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Veggie Sausage & Sun Dried Tomato One Pot Pasta

Recipe: Veggie Sausage & Sun Dried Tomato One Pot Pasta

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganOne Pot Pasta dishes are terribly trendy at the moment… and with good reason.  Ever so simple, with no draining required – the pasta and sauce cook themselves in the same pot, with the pasta soaking up all the lovely flavours as it cooks, and its starch helping to thicken the silky sauce.

Most one-pot-pasta recipes involve simply chucking everything into the pot at once and leaving it to its own devices, and you could do that here if you wanted, but I prefer to brown off the veggie sausages first, (or they end up a bit pale and flabby), and also to cook off the onions so they turn really sweet and release their juices before adding everything else.

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Prosecco & Peach Jellies

Recipe: Prosecco & Peach Jellies

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The ‘Roaring Twenties’ – a time of flappers, parties, new fashions, new cars, new foods, and fabulous cocktails.  I was recently challenged by Rennie® to create a recipe inspired by the 1920s, as part of their ‘Cooking Through the Decades’ Campaign.

My thoughts immediately turned to Great Gatsby-style parties, and specifically to cocktails, and I decided to turn the iconic ‘Bellini’ cocktail of prosecco and peach purée into an elegant and refreshing dinner party dessert in the form of jelly.    Continue reading “Recipe: Prosecco & Peach Jellies”

Plum & Polenta Upside-Down Cake

Recipe: Plum & Polenta Upside-Down Cake (Vegan)

First there were some plums perilously close to going mouldy in the fruit bowl.  They nearly became a crumble, then I started thinking about cake.  (That happens quite a lot).  So here’s what happened next.  Juicy, over-ripe plums arranged in a pretty pattern over a lusciously lemony polenta and almond cake.  Perfect with a cup of tea and a sit down on a Saturday afternoon, or just as good as a dinner party dessert with a scoop of ice-cream (dairy-free or not, whatever floats your boat).

I’ve made this a vegan recipe, but have included in brackets where you can substitute in butter and eggs if you prefer.  One day I’ll try making one of each, and do a blindfolded taste test.  (Purely as an excuse to eat twice as much cake, you understand).  Continue reading “Recipe: Plum & Polenta Upside-Down Cake (Vegan)”