Spiced, Roasted Vegetables with Moghrabieh

#Veganuary continues to gain momentum. What could be more natural and wholesome than a tray of roasted veggies, spiced up with a littleĀ Ras El Hanout to keep out the cold of winter. Moghrabieh is a giant couscous so gives the dish some extra texture. If you can’t find it you could use normal couscous or…

Nutty Quinoa Porridge

My in-laws are creatures of habit. They like to eat the same breakfast every day. Porridge oats, made with water, followed by toast. I do find it odd how so many people eat the same things for breakfast every day, but wouldn’t dream of having the same lunch or dinner every day. Don’t get me…

Japanese Style Vegetable Pancakes

Serve this with a simple soy sauce, lime juice and crushed peanut dipping sauce, a warming bowl of miso soup and crispy vegetable spring rolls. 2 tablespoons sunflower or groundnut oil 2 eggs 1 large carrot – grated 3-4 leaves from a cabbage – finely shredded 2-3 spring onions – finely sliced 1 teaspoon of…

Mexican Red Bean & Tomato Soup with Toasted Tortilla Croutons

A cross between a bean chili and a soup. Essentially it’s a bean and vegetable chili but with the addition of stock to turn it into a hearty, nourishing and warming soup. The croutons are delicious thrown on top of the soup and also as “chips” to dip into the soured cream and mashed avocado….

Beet ‘n’ Bean Burgers

I first had a beetroot burger at Wholefoods Market on a recent trip to New York while trying to escape the cold and the rain. Then on a flying visit to Cornwall last weekend I had them again – this time at the takeaway hole-in-the-wall at Watergate Bay. These can be made in advance and…

Borlotti Beans with Spring Greens and Grilled Cheese

The weather may be summer like but the end of my borlotti beans on the allotment tells me it’s definitely autumn and time to start clearing and preparing the plot for the colder, shorter days. Borlottis are the only beans I grow now. In fact they are one of the very few successes this year….

Pancake Nidi

A very slight variation on Michela Chiappa‘s recipe from her Simply Italian series recently on Channel4. This dish is traditionally made using pasta sheets but Michela’s recipe uses pancakes instead to great effect. The quantities below made nine Nidi – one per person is plenty as a starter or a light evening meal. For the…

Blue Cheese Salad with Lentils and Radish

I’ve got a thing about Puy lentils at the moment, and about eating summery salads in spite of the weather being anything but summery just now. Serve this with Gail‘s mixed olive sourdough bread – quite possibly the best bread ever made. Serves 4 for a light lunch 1 bag of mixed leaf salad 3-4…

Roasted Beetroot and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

Last weekend gave us a very short glimpse of what summer used to be like. If summer ever returns, then this is great for eating al fresco. This would also work well with the addition of toasted pine nuts, toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds or some walnuts perhaps. The earthy beetroot, freshness of the mozzarella…

Puy Lentil and Roasted Beetroot Salad

The allotment is a sorry sight this time of year. A few cabbages sitting amongst the weeds seem to be keeping the mice fed through the long nights and the purple sprouting is a favourite for the pigeons. I did however manage to salvage the last of the beetroot before the slugs got to them….