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…

Roasted Pepper Stuffed With Bulghur, Chick Peas & Herbs

For those of you that have been following me you’ll know I decided to take part in #veganuary. Veganuary is a global campaign highlighting the impact the meat and dairy industry has on our planet. The idea is simple. Cut out meat, fish, dairy, eggs and honey from your diet for the month of January,…

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…

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…

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….

Chick Pea, Tomato and Bread Soup

From Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty. This reminds me of a vegetable stew and paprika dumpling recipe I used to make as a student – in the days when vegetarian food hadn’t really been invented! – only this is simpler as the bread acts like a dumpling wihtout having to do any of the work. Serves 4-6…

Vegan month – part 2 (Middle East)

An old recipe – so old in fact I shared it with @pau1martin when he went traveling many many years ago. Another favourite from Madhur Jaffrey’s Eastern Vegetarian Cooking. Chick peas with bulghar wheat and tomatoes. Sounds a bit bland but tastes great. I did miss a good blob of natural yogurt with it though….

The Big Lunch

24 hours to go till the Big Lunch. Not being one for BBQs I have made enough Chick Pea and Potato Curry to feed about 25 people. Just hoping the weather holds out. I used a whole pack of dried chick peas – soaked overnight then boiled until tender. Fried up 2 onions with a…

Broad Beans

OK, so the broad beans have some way to go before I can pick them, pop them from their furry pods and cook them young, fresh and tender. Some farmers markets and supermarkets are starting to sell fresh UK broad beans but I cheated here and used frozen baby broad beans which are OK, but…