Sweet, roasted romano peppers, lemony giant couscous and harissa-braised chickpeas… this is a surprisingly simple supper that looks great and tastes even better. Romano peppers are the long, pointy ones now quite widely available in supermarkets. They work well here because their flesh is quite a bit thinner than a standard pepper, so they can be roasted quickly without turning soggy, but hold their shape. But of course you could use standard peppers if that’s what you have to hand, just roast them for a little longer than the recipe suggests.
Harissa is one of those ingredients that immediately transports my tastebuds for a mooch around Marrakesh. I actually used Rose Harissa* which is even better, fragrant and exotic, but the ‘normal’ stuff is fab too, so do use whatever is lurking in your cupboard.
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in collaboration with Cauldron Foods
Until fairly recently I was a tofu-sceptic – loving the stuff in Thai and Japanese restaurants, but often frustrated when cooking it at home and ending up with a soggy, flabby mess. But I’ve learned a few tricks recently to help get that super-crispy, packed with flavour ‘ultimate’ tofu taste at home and now cook it regularly.
It doesn’t have much of a flavour of its own. but soaks up anything you chuck at it like a sponge, so marinading is a great idea, and pairing it with lots of ginger, garlic, chilli, soy sauce, sesame, coriander and so on makes a huge difference.
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In collaboration with OXO Good Grips
If you’re dusting off your BBQ in readiness for the next Bank Holiday weekend, you might be looking for some easy veggie and vegan recipes to spice things up a bit. Here’s a juicy and flavour-packed burger which won’t fall apart on the BBQ, and which you can make and freeze in advance. What more could you ask for?
I’ve been testing out my new OXO Good Grips Burger Press this week, and this black bean and jalapeño combination has definitely been my favourite. And it is all the better topped with creamy smashed avocado, alongside all your favourite burger toppings.
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Juicy chestnut mushrooms cooked in a rich and glossy red wine gravy… this is a warm, comforting dinner which has the added bonus of leaving two thirds of a bottle of red wine going spare for a cosy night in.
This is the latest in my ‘20 Minute Meals‘ series, and is suitable (as always) for both vegetarians and vegans. Make sure you cook the bourguignon over a fairly high heat, it should be bubbling vigorously throughout to ensure it reduces to its thick, glossy sauce before your 20 minutes are up.
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A chipotle, (pronounced chi-POT-lee), is a smoke-dried jalapeño chilli, used in many Mexican recipes. Chipotle paste, (which is fairly easy to find in supermarkets these days), has a distinctive smoky flavour, and adds a lovely warm and deep spice to a simple chilli like this one.
This quick and easy chilli is incredibly versatile, I use it as a jacket potato filling, in fajitas or tacos, with rice and guacamole for a Mexican feast, or scooped up in a handful of tortilla chips for a speedy lunch.
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These noodles are incredibly quick and easy to make, and taste fantastic too. Just the sort of dinner we’ve been eating a lot of since baby #2 arrived six weeks ago. I’m quickly re-learning the art of one-handed cooking, and eating a meal whilst it is still hot with both a knife and fork seems a dim and distant memory!
Variety packs of fresh ‘exotic’ or ‘speciality’ mushrooms are now sold in most supermarkets, or you can use a mixture of shiitake, oyster, enoki and any other exotic varieties you can get hold of. They aren’t the cheapest mushrooms around, but the combination of textures and flavours are worth it.
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These vegan beany burritos are lip-smackingly good, with a filling that is somehow creamy, fresh and spicy, all at the same time. A perfect weeknight supper for those signed up for ‘Veganuary‘ this year, (or anyone else for that matter!).
If you’re one of those people who can’t eat a fajita without most of it ending up in your lap, the burrito is your friend. ‘Toasting’ the outer wrap until crisp in a dry frying pan acts like a glue to stick it all together and keeps the fillings neatly tucked inside.
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I’ve yet to meet anyone who actually wants to spend their whole Christmas morning faffing about in the kitchen, so to take the stress out of festive cooking, I’ve put together an easy, prep-ahead Christmas Dinner menu which is both vegetarian and vegan, and will be posting it over the course of this week.
To kick things off, these pretty Porcini & Chestnut Mini Wreath Roasts make a lovely centrepiece for the Christmas table, served with Creamy Porcini & Parsley Gravy (for which the recipe is also below – make sure you scroll right down to the bottom of the post for both recipes!).
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There’s something about combining the deep, earthy flavour of dried porcini mushrooms with a festive splash of sherry that works really well. My Porcini & Sherry Soup recipe was super-popular, so here I’ve used the same idea to turn a quick, everyday mushroom risotto into something extra-special.
Whilst I get exceedingly fed up with mushroom risotto being the only veggie option on the menu at 93% of pubs and restaurants in the UK, (I exaggerate, but you get my point!), there is something incredibly good about a luscious homemade risotto made with really good mushrooms, and served the minute the rice has cooked through.
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