Tandoori Paneer & Spinach Nan Pizza

So simple, so delicious, and very little washing up, and not a lot of cooking To serve two people 2 Nans (shop bought is fine) 4-6 tablespoons natural yogurt 2 tablespoons tandoori masala a pinch of salt 150g spinach – wilted and roughly chopped 120g paneer – cubed ½ red onion – finely sliced 1…

Roasted, Marinated Aubergine and Tofu with New Potatoes and Pepper Sauce

I’d originally planned on coating the aubergine and tofu in panko breadcrumbs, but then decided they could work well, just marinated and roasted as they are. The aubergine and tofu use separate marinades to add extra interest and flavour. This looks complicated, but really isn’t. There are just a few steps required to get to…

Vegan Seitan Steak

If you are following a gluten free diet, look away now. Unless you suffer from coeliac disease, there is no reason why you need to avoid gluten. Seitan is made from wheat gluten. That’s essentially a dough where the starch has been removed, leaving a protein rich, chewy gloop. This recipe uses vital wheat gluten,…

Mini White Pizzas

These make a nice starter or finger food for a party. I went a bit mad and made about 20 or so with these quantities. Just as well as they are rather moreish To make the dough 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon dried yeast 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 cups strong flour a pinch…

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

This makes a great centrepiece for a Sunday roast, or family supper, served with roast potatoes and steamed vegetables. Alternatively it works well with rice and a salad. 1 cauliflower 100ml olive oil Juice of ½ a lemon 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon paprika powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons dry…

Blackberry Tart with Mascarpone and Vanilla

It’s getting a little late now for foraging for blackberries, but if you are lucky enough to find some, or planned ahead and have a tub in the freezer, this is a simple and delicious dessert. it works just as well with raspberries, blueberries or plums. I’m not one for desserts. You can probably guess…

Beetroot, Chick Pea and Quinoa Burgers

I now realise you can make burgers from pretty much anything provided you follow a few basic principles. You need something dry, something sticky to bind it together and lots of flavours. The dry part tends to be oats, or breadcrumbs, or nuts. The sticky comes from eggs, cheese or mashed pulses. This came about…

Courgette and Halloumi Cheese Fritters

A tasty and simple meal that tastes of summer. This will make about eight rissoles – enough for four people. 3-4 medium courgettes 1 onion 1 pack halloumi cheese 3 tablespoons plain flour 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon chopped dill (optional) Olive oil for frying Grate the courgettes, place in a clean tea towel or…

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…

Nutty Cauliflower Cheese

Regular readers of this site may have noticed I am a big fan of cauliflower. This is a slight twist on a classic, adding leeks and walnuts to add texture, flavour and a little bit of healthiness. Makes enough to feed four adults 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 head cauliflower – cut into florets 1…