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…

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…

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….

Cauliflower & Kale Tart

Tart, flan, quiche. Call it what you will, the combination of light, fluffy egg and thin, crisp pastry is something I never tire of. Frying the cauliflower until charred brings out flavour. Don’t be afraid if you think you are burning it. The more colour, the more flavour. I cheated here and used a ready…

Aubergine and Sweet Potato Katsu Curry

Autumn brings colder, dark nights. By the time I get home from work it’s already dark. I’m often tempted to turn up the central heating, but perhaps a cheaper and more satisfying option is to make a thick, spicy, sweet/sour Japanese katsu sauce to keep warm. Not only does this sauce work well with crispy,…

Bean and Vegetable Lasagne (without the Lasagne)

OK so maybe it’s not really a lasagne as it doesn’t contain and pasta, but it’s just as tasty and, being low in wheat and carbs, it’s kind of healthy depending on how much cheese you put into your sauce. Earlier in the year I thought it would be a good idea to plant some…

Miso Soup with Noodles

One of the easiest soups to make and can easily be adapted to your personal tastes. This is also great as a portable lunch. Just make everything up then add boiling water when you get close enough to a kettle. Nice alternative to a limp sandwich You can put pretty much whatever you like into…

Gluten Free Pizza

Not just gluten free, but also ultra low in carbs. Inspired by a recent cauliflower cheese tart where I used a cauliflower crust, I thought I’d try to use some of the glut of courgettes we get at this time of year on our allotment in another unusual way. The topping is a standard pizza…

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…

Roasted, Spiced Vegetables with Paneer

Roasted vegetables have always been a a standby in our house. Sunny, Mediterranean vegetables drenched in good olive oil and roasted, sometimes with chick peas, sometimes with cubes of squeaky halloumi and occasionally when feeling decadent, with both. Sometimes however we need a change. I fancied something spicy, something curryish. Not hard to make, but…

Quinoa and Red Bean Burgers

Veggie burgers are tricky things to get right. Too dry and they crumble apart when you try to turn them in the pan. Too wet and you end up with a sludgy mess on your plate. On a recent visit to New York i experienced the good and bad side of burgers. On the first…

Mediterranean Vegetables and Pasta

During a holiday a couple of years ago in Kefalonia, this became a firm family favourite. Delicious vegetables, fresh from the local market, prepared in olive oil with pasta and cheese. What’s not to love? The vegetables are prepared a bit like a ratatouille and can be cooked in advance. A great dish to get…