The selection of 10 vegetarian pie, tart and pasty recipes below are a selection of my very favourite savoury pastry dishes. Most are very versatile, and could be served cold with a picnic or buffet lunch, or hot with roasted veg and gravy for a hearty Sunday dinner. Read more
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If, on a first date, somebody served me a dinner involving melting Camembert, Tenderstem® broccoli and croissant dough, the likelihood is that I would marry them on the spot.
When the lovely folks at Tenderstem® asked me to get involved with their ‘Date Night’ campaign, creating dishes to enjoy on a date night at home, I couldn’t resist. A beautiful wicker hamper duly arrived in the post packed with lovely Tenderstem®, and all sorts of delicious ingredients to play with – garlic, lemon, massaman curry paste, hollandaise sauce, chinese five spice, limes, butter, and so on. ‘Food for thought’ doesn’t come close! Read more
If you’re vegetarian, eating at Michelin-recommended Vanilla Black is an absolute must any time you find yourself in London. A quick look at their website will give you the idea – we’re talking vegetarian food like no other.
However I must admit that when I was offered a copy of their new book* for review, I did rather jump to the conclusion that it would be one of those arty farty cookbooks that are lovely to flick through Read more
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Happy National Vegetarian Week one and all! I hope you have been celebrating in style and taking the opportunity to try some new recipes and interesting ingredients.
The lovely people at Ocado fittingly chose this week to launch their new vegetarian shop, and offered me the opportunity to try some of its products, err… yes please! Like a kid in a sweetshop, I could wax lyrical about all the yummy products they now have in store, but instead will just suggest that you hop right over there now and have a look, you won’t be disappointed: www.ocado.com/vegetarian Read more
So you think you can’t make bread? Think again! If you’re baffled by yeast and bored by kneading, this Cheddar & Chilli Sweet Potato Bread is the recipe for you. Its a moist and dense bread – not a sandwich loaf by any means, but more something to serve in wedges and dunk in your soup, chilli or Borlotti Bean Minestrone Hotpot as I did!
I’m such a fan of giant pasta shells, (in fact any food with ‘giant’ in its name is onto a winner in our greedy household). These Pinto Bolognese Stuffed Shells freeze well, so you can make up a huge batch to have on standby for weeknight suppers, or equally they make a great centrepiece for a relaxed weekend lunch with friends, alongside a green salad, garlic dough balls and a bottle of wine. Read more
I recently ordered some fairly disappointing mushroom fajitas in a restaurant, (not very spicy, tasteless guacamole, rubbery wraps….ugh), and came away vowing to make some far tastier ones! So if you like juicy, garlicky mushrooms, hot and smoky chipotle tomato sauce, creamy avocado, zingy lime and coriander, what are you waiting for? Stuff them all into a soft tortilla wrap and tuck in – these Portobello and Black Bean Fajitas are for you! Read more
When will I ever learn not to go shopping on an empty stomach. If you have tried Waitrose’s Seriously Chocolaty Triple Chocolate Crisp breakfast cereal you will know what I mean. I would never buy it for myself, you understand, but if we have guests staying overnight it is
a perfect excuse to buy some indulgent cereal the hospitable thing to do to get something naughty but nice in for breakfast. Read more
David and Charlotte Bailey have taken the British street market scene by storm with vibrant, healthy vegetarian and vegan cuisine sold from their ‘Wholefood Heaven’ truck. Their food is not about what’s missing – it’s about maximizing the potential and flavour of plant-based ingredients.