Cranks restaurant opened in London’s Carnaby Street in 1961, one of the first vegetarian restaurants in the UK, and is credited as a major factor in the spread of vegetarianism in recent decades. So I was thrilled when they got in touch recently to ask me to give a makeover to their signature dish, Homity Pie. Continue reading
I do love a nice cup of tea, and the delicate, citrussy Earl Grey is one of my favourites. These little fluffy buttermilk pancakes would be perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or brunch. They are packed with tea-sozzled sultanas and pecan nuts, and absolutely must be served with a generous drizzle of honey. Continue reading
Here’s a rich and hearty pie recipe – perfect for Sunday lunch or a filling supper for a cozy evening in. The slow-cooked borlotti beans and chestnut mushrooms give the filling a really (dare I say) meaty texture, and the red wine forms a lovely thick gravy… definitely one to serve up to veggie-sceptic carnivores!
If you were in a hurry and wanted to save making mashed potato, try frozen mash instead, or else ready-made puff or shortcrust pastry would also make a lovely pie crust.
Its raining outside, and will be for the rest of the day, apparently. On days like this there’s nothing better for dinner than one of these delicious comfort food recipes from around the web.
1. No.1 Toasted Cheese Sandwich by Jamie Oliver
Cheese toasties are about as good as it gets when it comes to comfort food, and since seeing Jamie cook this on his recent TV series I am utterly convinced that this is the best cheese toastie recipe ever.
I know you think you don’t need a recipe for a cheese toastie, but after trying this you’ll be a convert, I promise.
2. Vegetarian Chilli with Avocado Cream from Martha Stewart Recipes
A spicy and smoky Continue reading
Here’s a speedy weeknight supper making the most of some of the great supermarket indian takeaway dishes around at the moment.
‘Grassy’ might seem like an odd flavour to rave about, but somehow the combination of peas and parsley make this bright green soup taste like springtime in a bowl.
It’s such a treat when a really top-notch new veggie cookbook pops through the letterbox for review. As soon as I heard that Leon were planning to add a vegetarian book to their series I knew it would be a corker – most pages of my copy of their Baking and Puddings* book are stuck together with cake mix or bread dough, which is always a good sign. Continue reading
Brown noodles with a brown sauce and brown mushrooms – I wasn’t doing myself any favours with the photography here, but trust me that these are delicious! Continue reading
“A savoury muffin?! Life is full of enough disappointments, Gary”. Miranda Hart, in the BBC’s ‘Miranda’
I don’t share Miranda’s views on savoury muffins. As an accompaniment to a steaming bowl of soup, or served with a cheeseboard / salad / pickled onions kind of lunch, they are exquisite – so much more interesting than a bread roll, and perfect as they are straight from the oven, or a few days later split in half, toasted lightly under the grill and slathered in butter. Continue reading
Having moved the entire contents of our kitchen three times in the past 2 years, I was increasingly fed up with finding four almost-empty packets of pearl barley lurking various dark corners of the kitchen, or having to empty an entire cupboard to find the dark brown sugar. So, before our final house move a few months ago, I decided to get organised. Continue reading
When I mooted the idea for this recipe at home the first reaction was: “what, guacamole, on pasta? Yuk”, followed by “hot avocado? Just wrong.”. But who do you think had the last laugh? (Ha!). You’ll have to trust me on this – it really does work, give it a try. Continue reading
There’s nothing better on a chilly February lunchtime than a warming bowl of soup. Here are some of my favourites from around the web:
1. Middle Eastern-spiced spinach and lentil soup with garlic yogurt from delicious magazine (Vegan if you omit/substitute the yoghurt topping)
Middle Eastern flavours are very trendy at the moment, (probably in no small way due to Mr Yotam Ottolenghi!) and this sounds delicious. Continue reading
Some years ago I posted a recipe for Toffee Apple and Peanut puddings, but my camera batteries ran out before I had a chance to photograph them. Continue reading
Authentic Indian Dosas take two days of fermenting rice in preparation for making the batter. I’d love to have a go one day, but in a quest to replicate the idea in a dish you can put together in half an hour, here is my ‘inspired by Dosa’ Indian Pancake recipe. Continue reading
Publishers send me a lot of books to review, and quite a number of them are nice enough but not dissimilar to every other veggie cookbook on the market. But now and again a book just blows me away, and by the time I’ve reached the end almost every page has a post-it-note on it saying “try this”. Continue reading