Smoked Tofu and Avocado Brunch

Serves 4 1 tablespoon light olive oil 225g smoked tofu. I used the Tofoo one but any smoked tofu will do – cut into into bite sized cubes 8 or so ripe cherry tomatoes – halved 8 or so mushrooms – diced the same size as the tofu 2 ripe avocados Juice from 1 lime…

Mushroom Pie

A rich and satisfying puff pastry topped pie that makes a great centrepiece for a Sunday lunch or for Christmas Day with all the trimmings This recipe will feed 5-6 people 1 tablespoon olive oil A knob of butter or dairy free margarine/spread 1 onion – finely chopped 300g mushrooms – sliced 1x400g tin of…

Christmas Lunch

Meat free Christmases….. I’ve done a lot of them now, and each year try to think of something new to make. The trouble is, having to serve a centrepiece with all the trimmings, etc restricts us somewhat as it just isn’t natural to make meat free food in the same way as meat. That is,…

Portobello Puttanesca

I hate business parks. Those soulless tin sheds full of people busily tapping away at keyboards, staring blankly at computer screens. I had the misfortune of being based at one along the Great West Road in Brentford, West London many years ago. There were two places to go at lunchtime to get away from the…

Gnocchi with Spinach, Mushrooms, Mascarpone and Courgette Balls

…or how to take some healthy ingredients and turn them into something a little decadent. I was going to make this using half cream but, whereas cream tends to split quite easily, mascarpone keeps itself together quite nicely. Serve this with a green salad with balsamic dressing. The sweetness of the balsamic works well with…

Leek and Gruyere Stuffed Mushrooms

Yeh I know, stuffed vegetables….. very retro. There was a time when I could first afford to eat out where the meat free option (yes there was generally only one) was some vegetable or other filled with a bland concoction of rice and diced frozen vegetables then smothered in cheese. I kept the cheese in…

Portobello and Halloumi Burger

Quick and tasty snack to see me through after two big lunches in two days For each burger you need:- 1-2 Portobello or large field mushrooms 1 large slice of halloumi 1 large bap – brown or white, whatever takes your fancy 1 piece of grilled red pepper – from a jar is fine 1…

Last night’s dinner

A little rushed as I got home in the rain at 7:15 with 4 guests arriving at 7:30, but I did it. First course was served around 8:15 Mushroom risotto with a whole roasted field mushroom to start. The mushrooms were topped with a heaped teaspoon of basil pesto and served with pea shoots. Followed…

Spaghetti with Peas, Asparagus and Mushrooms

Simple, quick and summery, but probably didn’t really need the mushrooms as they made it a little heavy. 3-4 tablespoons olive oil 250g asparagus – chopped into chunks about a teacup full of frozen peas 8 mushrooms – chopped 1 dried red chili – crushed 1 clove garlic – finely chopped Parmesan cheese Spaghetti Bring…

Pizza

My son came home from a school snowboarding trip to Colorado today so I thought I would make Pizza. Yeh I know, hardly original or creative but at least it’s everyone’s favourite so should go down a treat. How was I to know when he got home he would ask for something for dinner with…