Beetroot & Sauerkraut Fritters

Adapted and simplified from a recipe in Gill Mellor’s book, root, stem, leaf, flower, these fritters are simple, tasty and perfect as we move from summer to autumn 2 raw beetroot – peeled and grated1 onion – thinly sliced into half rounds2 cloves garlic – finely chopped500g sauerkraut4-5 tablespoons gram flour (or use plain flour)1…

Panzanella – Tuscan-Style Tomato & Bread Salad

Ingredients 3-4 very ripe tomatoes100g slightly stale ciabatta loaf1 shallot or ½ small red onion – very finely chopped1 tablespoon capers2 tablespoons red wine vinegar4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil5g basil leaves – shreddedSea salt and black pepper Method Remove and discard the crust from the ciabatta and tear the loaf into bite-sized chunks Steep…

Beetroot & Red Cabbage Salad

Ingredients 2 small beetrootHalf a small red cabbage1 small carrot1 tablespoon mayonnaise1 tablespoon natural yogurt1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon lemon juiceSea saltBlack pepperMintChili flakesBlack sesame seeds (optional) Method Peel and grate the beetroot and carrot. You may want to wear gloves to do this so as not to stain your hands Finely slice the red…

Yogurt with Charred Cauliflower & Tahini

A Middle Eastern inspired quick side dish, or served as part of a mezze Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil1 small cauliflower – broken into bite sized pieces1 red pepper – cut into 2cm dice2 cloves garlic – finely chopped5-6 tablespoons natural yogurt3 tablespoons tahiniA large handful of herbs such a mint, coriander, parsley, dill –…

Aubergines with Yogurt, Pomegranate and Walnuts

Something to wow your dinner guests as part of a meze or as a starter served with warmed flatbreads Olive oil 2 aubergines 50g walnuts 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2-3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses 3-4 tablespoons thick natural yogurt – dairy or vegan Chopped herbs – coriander/mint/parsley 2-3 spring onions – finely sliced Heat the…

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…

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…

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…