After a taste of some warm summer sunshine over the last week, Saturday was a bit of a dreary day, and reminded us that it is, after all, still April. I really fancied some soup with crusty bread, but the fridge was looking more than a little bare. One soggy cauliflower sat looking grey and sorry for itself at the back of the fridge, with nothing but a lonely onion for company. So here’s what happened. Continue reading
Warning: seriously more-ish.
Salty, spicy, smoky and sweet – these warm toasted nuts are the perfect sophisticated nibble to serve with drinks. A bit more special and ‘homemade’ than a bowl of crisps, they will take less than 15 minutes from turning on the oven to handing round in a bowl, and are most definitely worth the effort. Continue reading
A great crowd-pleasing cheesy pasta bake, this could be sub-titled “can’t-be-bothered-to-make-a-lasagne”. It is very quick to assemble – with everything to hand, this could be in the oven in less than 10 minutes, and on the table in under half an hour. There’s a challenge. Continue reading
We had a 2nd birthday to celebrate this week, and as the weather was unseasonably lovely I took the opportunity to make some refreshing and deliciously fruity homemade cherry cordial. “Cherries?”, I hear you cry… “but they’re not in season until July”. Well here I’ve used a packet of frozen cherries instead.
Here’s a hearty vegetarian Sunday lunch centrepiece, a savoury take on the great British classic jam roly-poly. Made from steamed suet pastry, roly-poly is designed to be stodgy, but in my book that makes the perfect receptacle to soak up plenty of gravy, served alongside a pile of roast potatoes and spring greens. Here, the red onions are slow-cooked with red wine, and encased with feta and spinach in a steamed walnut and lemon pastry. Continue reading
Steamed puddings are such a treat, but I don’t often get around to making one. Please don’t think that this is a long-winded pudding – you will have the ingredients thrown together in less than 5 minutes, then you can pretty much leave it alone during the 2 hour steaming time. Ideal for Easter Sunday lunch – prepare this first, and have it steaming away whilst you cook the main course.
If, like me, you could happily eat gratin dauphinois every day of the week, but are sensible enough not to as one portion contains roughly a million calories, then this boulangères method of cooking root vegetables might just be for you. It is similar in that vegetables are thinly sliced and layered, but cooked in stock and milk rather than cream. It works brilliantly with almost any root veg – traditionally potato, but also celeriac, parsnip, even carrot. Continue reading
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