Broad Bean Falafel

Every street food market up and down the country surely has a stall selling hot falafel. These mildly spiced deep fried vegan treats are so delicious. A former colleague of mine used to travel far and wide, always insisting on trying falafel wherever he went. When I worked in West London I would sometime treat…

Broad Bean Stew

Spring is definitely on its way. The days are getting longer and milder, blossom is out, daffodils fill the grass verges, I am about to become another year older and I have planted this year’s crop of broad beans. So it must be time I used up the remains of last year’s crop, carefully podded,…

Green Shakshuka

Some might argue that this isn’t really a shakshuka, or what some call huevos rancheros. Both are made with tomatoes, chilis and onion and would normally be served looking something like this However, I thought I would experiment a little. This is a little like a cross between a traditional shakshuka and eggs florentine. It…

Persian Fava and Tofu Stew

Growing up as the child of German immigrants, I never saw much of my extended family. Grandparents, an aunt and uncle and cousins in West Germany, A grandmother in the East who was not allowed out to visit (and it was rather uncomfortable going to visist: something I only did once), and an aunt in…

Harissa Braised Aubergine With Coconut & Chickpeas

A quick, hearty dinner. No cooking required and, better still, very little washing up. Just place it all in the pot, put it in the oven, wait for an hour or so, then serve. That’s really all there is to it (apart from a quick cooking of the aubergine to make is silky soft). In…

Spinach Pie (Greek Style)

I’m not quite ready to surrender to the fact my holiday for this year is over. Having spent a week in Kefalonia (or Cephalonia, or is it Keffalinia) I am continuing with the Greek themed food. Kefalonia is a beautiful island: Stunning scenery, crystal clear water, hot sunshine and some great food. Somewhat surprisingly none…

Beetroot and Celeriac Slaw (and a Baba Ganoush recipe)

It’s been quite a while since I posted an update here. With this post you get two for one. Two recipes in one post, but perhaps not for dishes that work together. The main reason for writing up both recipes in the same post is that I only have the one photo, with both dishes…

Halloumi and Crunchy Salad Kebab

A tasty alternative to a doner kebab and guaranteed not to contain horsemeat. This will make 5 or 6 decent sized kebabs Start by making the salad ½ head red cabbage 1 large carrot – peeled 6 radishes 3 tablespoons olive oil juice of ½ lime a few splashes of sesame oil 1 teaspoon balsamic…

Falafel Burgers

There’s a new fast food joint in town … only this one is a little different. Pilpel have opened at three sites. I was in the area of St Pauls recently thought I’s give it a try. Lunchtime at Paternoster Square was a little manic and a bit confusing at first but well worth it….

Char-grilled Squash with Walnut Salsa

Pickled walnuts are very odd. Picked when the nuts are still green and unripe, then soaked in brine, they go completely black and soft, almost to the point that when you rub the black skin off, the nut can easily crumble. This is the first and only recipe I have ever come across using pickled…

Freekeh Pilaf

I first cooked freekeh at an Ottolenghi lesson at the Vegetarian Cookery School in Bath. Freekeh is a green wheat that has a slightly grassy, slightly smokey flavour and can be used in place of rice, ebly or bulghar wheat. OK, so grassy doesn’t sound particularly appetising, but once I tasted it, I loved it….

Another Variation on a Turkish Pie Idea

As any parent will know, feeding children is no easy feat and when your children turn to teenagers and beyond it doesn’t get any easier. I have to cater for a vegetarian, a meat eater who doesn’t like meat and a meat eater who likes to eat nothing but meat. I still recall the days…