Fried Cauliflower and Broccoli with Cashew “Cheese” Sauce

Last year I went to Vegfest London. I was expecting a spectacular selection of meat free foods but instead I was presented with a vast array of meat and cheese substitutes. I tried a sample from one of the cheese shops. Quite possibly the most vile thing I have ever tasted and the taste lingered…

Roasted, Spiced Broccoli with Paneer

I’ve been reading lately about the deliciousness of roasted cauliflower – just a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, half an hour in a hot oven and out pops a delicious, charred side dish. I wondered if I could do something similar with cauliflower’s green cousin, broccoli. To make it more interesting…

Risotto of Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Tallegio

Today’s Observer newspaper features some recipes from Nigel Slater for purple sprouting broccoli. I may be a little biased but I think this sounds nicer than either of his. So nice in fact that it all got eaten before I had a chance to take a photo. This makes enough for 3-4 people 2 tablespoons…

Pasta with Garlic, Chili and Purple Sprouting

After a long, cold and often wet winter it was such a pick-me-up to see the small purple heads of purple sprouting broccoli peeping their way through the leaves and protective netting down on the allotment. In a year that began with a drought and ended in being one of the wettest on record I…

Green Vegetable Soup with Pearl Barley

You may have noticed I’ve got a bit of a thing about soup at the moment. So simple and healthy and can be made from almost anything. This one came about one Saturday morning when I scoured the vegetable tray at the bottom of the fridge looking for something to feed five hungry people. Surprisingly…

Chinese Vegetable and Tofu Stew

An early celebration of Chinese New Year. Inspired by (and almost copied from) Ken Hom. 100g or so of each of the following – trimmed whole mange tout – shredded savoy cabbage – finely sliced red pepper – sliced courgette – mushrooms – halved of quartered depending on their size – broccoli – cut into…

Pasta with Mushrooms, Cream and Purple Sprouting

The snow appears to have destroyed the purple sprouting on the allotment. Last year the pigeons ate most of it so this year I grew it under netting. Now it snakes across the allotment floor looking distinctly sorry for itself and unable to raise itself from the ground. Good job then that Riverford delivered a…