Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Vegetarian

Spicy Breakfast Beans

Spicy Breakfast Beans

Sometimes, on a Saturday morning, I watch a whole lot of The Pioneer Woman episodes as I finish my breakfast. Being in a family, this means that someone is usually in earshot of Ree Drummond’s twang as she waxes lyrical about cowboys and ‘life on the ranch’ and on one particular occassion, AT was around as she cooked up a big ranch breakfast. There were hashbrowns, baked eggs and all sorts of goodies being made and of course he asked if I could make something ‘like that’, listing ingredients like green peppers and onions.

II always try something once. And …

Elderflower cordial

Elderflower cordial

“Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” so says the Wiccan Rede. If you want to cut an elder you must ask permission of the Elder Mother, the spirit said to inhabit the tree, “Old girl, give me some of thy wood and I will give thee some of mine when I grow into a tree.” The Elder tree has long been used for medicinal purposes throughout Europe and Asia and in times past to treat colds, flu, hayfever and arthritis. It’s been found that elderberries stimulate the immune system and some …

Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer

I’ve always wanted to enjoy paneer but have found the paneer dishes at restaurants to be… not so great. It’s an unusual cheese, sort of like cottage cheese in flavour – which is to say incredibly mild – but it’s dense and closer to tofu or halloumi cheese in composition. The delicate flavour and robust texture goes well with this lightly, spiced tomato sauce because you can actually taste the paneer, it’s not just a vehicle for other flavours. I called my friend and she recommended this recipe which uses an MDH masala mix called Shahi Paneer. I prefer to …

Keralan Chickpeas

Keralan Chickpeas

I was lucky enough to get a personal tutorial for this Kadala curry from a friend of mine who hails from the south Indian region of Kerala. My friend makes hers with soaked and pressure cooked chick peas, but I just used tinned. If you find a good brand of chick peas – where the texture is just right – stick to it, because some tinned varieties can be really quite horrible. Seeing her prepare this dish made it more accessible to me as dish that I can incorporate into my menu. In the past I’ve been a bit frightened …

Blitva

Blitva

My dad is from a little island on the Dalmatian coast and the food they eat in those parts is very simple and yet superbly delicious. Mostly the locals eat grilled meats and fish accompanied with bread, salad and a dish they call blitva. Blitva is a vegetable usually made with silver beet or swiss chard and potato, but it can be made with anything from broad beans or zucchini or as I like to use, broccoli and sometimes green beans.

I use broccoli in my blitva because the flavour is mild and better for the kids…chard and silver beet …

Avocado & Baby Gems with Honey-Mustard Dressing

Avocado & Baby Gems with Honey-Mustard Dressing

I stole the idea for this dish from a restaurant in Notting Hill called Pizza East. A fairly amazing establishment, and not just because I saw Mark Strong there. They serve up pizzas and delicious cured meats but it was their vegetarian offerings that I became acquainted with. I was blown away by the quality of each dish, there were fried battons of polenta, pomegranates, purees and an assortment of complex meat-free arrangements but the stand-out plate was the simplest of all, some leaves and avocado drizzled with a vinaigrette.

I like to serve mine up with a sweet …

Warm Halloumi Salad

Warm Halloumi Salad

I found this recipe in the Waitrose magazine of all places. Created by grain & gluten-free bloggers Hemsley & Hemsley, this salad combines a few of my favourite things, one of those being halloumi cheese. Wilted lettuce is another feature that doesn’t get much press but is truly a sensation. Once you can get over your preconceived notions of how lettuce should be eaten, you’ll be throwing lettuce into your stir fries and including it as a warm side in no time.

I love that this salad is warm. I love that most of the ingredients will probably already …

The Perfect Hummus

The Perfect Hummus

There’s not much that needs saying with this recipe. It’s hummus. Who doesn’t love hummus? But before you scoff and think about your off-the-shelf variety,  it’s not like that. Grocery store hummus is a grainy, grey goop compared to the silky, subtle flavour of the real thing. And this recipe is the real thing.

This hummus takes a little bit of effort but is worth every step and so reliable that it was featured on Food52. The recipe comes from Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi’s book Jerusalem and will elevate your snacking experience beyond your wildest dreams. Don’t …

Guacamole

Guacamole

Everyone once in a while when the wind blows in a certain way and the stars align, my sister and I will get together for dinner and drink wine and watch a DVD. Over time it came to be known as Nacho Night, because while at first we might have tried various meals to enjoy on our sisterly night, it soon became clear that we were really only interested in one particular recipe. Yep, you guessed it. But it’s not the nachos I want to talk about today. Our nachos are great, but we don’t deviate much from the Old …

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

The first time I had French onion soup was in L’Entracte brasserie on 1 Rue Auber, opposite the Opera Garnier in Paris. I wrote about it here. The last time I ate French onion soup was this weekend, as the rain and wind swept away the promise of fun and relaxation this Easter weekend. Ok, so I’m exaggerating a little. There were ‘glimpses’ (I think is the term they use on the weather report) of sunshine, and I did manage to plant some sweet peas and go on a bike ride.

I did the obligatory Google-search, and read Felicity …