Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Vegetarian

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 …

Super Food Stew

Super Food Stew

You feel healthier just looking at the photo of this pot of vegetables. If only it were that easy. While it not be as easy as moving your eyeballs across a computer screen, this recipe for curried vegetables is simple enough for even the most inexperienced cook because mostly it just requires chopping vegetables up. I made this dish because I had a bit of a blow-out last week during half-term holidays. Not only did I go to Bristol where the food is amazing, but I seemed to fall every wagon I own. There were white bread sandwiches flying and …

Flourless Carrot and Walnut Cake

Flourless Carrot and Walnut Cake

I don’t really want to add much to this post, because frankly, I don’t want to distract you. You might already know this if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time but I’m on the search for the perfect carrot cake. I know it’s out there, I’ve tasted it and I will not rest until I’ve found it. In the meantime, I’ve found Ottolenghi’s version to be very nice, and I believe this flourless recipe to be another, very worthy entry.

AT and I ate this whole cake ourselves and so when a recipe brings out the …

Cheddar and Chutney Scones

Cheddar and Chutney Scones

I’ll let these photos speak for themselves. As much as I’d like to recall, these buttermilk, Cheddar and Christmas Chutney scones didn’t just happen spontaneously because unlike chutney and cheese, it’s not often I have buttermilk in the fridge. And you really need buttermilk for this recipe. These scones were a premeditated craving. I’d also recommend grabbing some proper Wookey Hole Cave Cheddar and Rosebud Preserve Christmas Chutney rich with dates, prunes, apricots and ale because that’s what I used and the combination worked deliriously well. I can’t speak for the quality of these scones using lesser quality cheese and …

Roast Butternut with Pistachio Pesto

Roast Butternut with Pistachio Pesto

Every once in a while I like to try out new side dishes, because let’s face it, grilled meat is a dietary no-brainer. With a nice piece of chicken, fish or lamb, sometimes just a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a nice hot pan is all you need. But it’s often the vegetable component of a meal that can end up making the nightly dinner seem lacklustre. I’m hoping to remedy that by sharing a few new things I’ve tried out lately, some flavoursome, exciting vegetable dishes that will brighten up the weekly repertoire.

Let’s begin with this delightful …

Summer Greens Side

Summer Greens Side

As promised, I’ve team up with Jo Randell from Perfect Friday Wine to deliver another smashing wine and food combination, and this time it’s a perfect recipe to whip up as a side to some spectacular piece of grilled meat or fish, or as a simple lunch time treat.

Using the asparagus that’s now in season, courgette, spinach, leek and if you fancy some chevre, this summer side will liven up any dinner plate because there is no grains or potato present, this is also a very low GI and calorifically forgiving meal which goes decidedly well with Jo’s recommendation …

Spiced Root Vegetable Fritters

 

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I love the look of beetroot. I like the way the dirty root bulbs belie the firm, bloody flesh inside. Beetroots are another one of those vegetables that we don’t each much of but are packed with bioflavonoids and other fun things that we’re told is good for us. But aside from that, they taste good and this recipe is great way to get more of those unfashionable vegetables like parsnip and carrot into your diet in the most delicious way.

You can serve these fritters up with anything from cucumber raita, yoghurt dip, sweet chilli sauce or some …

Mushroom Risotto

I was recently made aware of #mancrushmonday. I’m in the process of creating a Top 10 list to share with my sister and yes; Gary Oldman, Mark Strong and Mads Mikkelsen if you’re reading this – you will make the cut. And speaking of hash tags, I made up my own one for the boys yesterday in the wake of a Horrible Histories overload. It’s called #noTVintheafternoonmonday. It was not a hit.

But while we’re on the topic of popularity and hash tags,  this post falls in line with the #meatfreemonday. Except it’s not Monday. But it would have been …