Moroccan freekeh with harissa aubergine

Moroccan freekeh with harissa aubergine-4

This Moroccan freekeh with harissa aubergine was dee-lish. And as you can tell from the name, I thought I'd use a couple of new-to-me ingredients in this recipe, in the spirit of trying new things: harissa (a spicy chilli paste), and freekeh (a grain). Don't be afraid of freekeh if you've not heard of it before! FYI, I believe it's actually pronounced 'freak-ah', not … [Read more...]

Honey chipotle roasted peanuts

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Snacking is hard. I don't snack very often, but when I do get a bit peckish in the middle of the afternoon, it's sometimes tricky to think of things to nibble on. Apple, banana, orange, and repeat every three days; it gets a bit old. And much as I would love it, it wouldn't be a great idea to reach for a bag of crisps every single day either. So, here's something you … [Read more...]

How to make a layered cocktail / mocktail

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The Twitter addicts amongst you may have noticed that I took a quick trip to Paris last month (90% of my tweets from my trip were about how I was lost in St Pancras train station, so apologies for that...). A few journalists and bloggers (including me, Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and Margot from Coffee and Vanilla) were whizzed across the channel by the lovely people at … [Read more...]

Sausage and puy lentil vegetarian cassoulet

Sausage and puy lentil vegetarian cassoulet-1

I never knew I could love a cassoulet so much. Stews have never really been my thing - I can enjoy them, but I tend to gravitate towards creamy dishes, rather than rich gravy-based dishes. This vegetarian cassoulet, though... so, so good. I think I might now be a stew person. If you didn't already know, a cassoulet is a traditional French stew. It's usually made with white … [Read more...]

Vegetable tempura

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I love tempura. I almost always order it whenever I see it on the menu at a Chinese restaurant - the rest of the time I go for spring rolls, another firm favourite. Tempura is actually a Japanese dish, and it's just vegetables (or sometimes seafood, though I avoid that for obvious reasons) that have been dipped in a really light batter, and deep fried. I am aware that using … [Read more...]

Mediterranean chickpeas with sweet potato mash

Mediterranean chickpeas with sweet potato mash-2

I've called these 'Mediterranean chickpeas', but really I have no idea what they are. They're sort of Moroccan, sort of Greek, sort of Italian... so I thought I'd just stick with Mediterranean. I bet someone who lives near the Mediterranean Sea would eat something like this... I just can't tell you which side of the sea they live. … [Read more...]

Peach and basil white sangria

Peach and basil white sangria-2

Helloooo, sunshine! We've been having fairly mixed weather here lately - one day it'll be chucking it down, and the next it'll be gloriously sunny. Today is the latter, thankfully! So let's make the most of the sun while it's here, and celebrate with sangria! (which, by the way, you have to say in an obnoxiously bad Spanish accent: sangriiiiaaaa!) … [Read more...]

33 tasty vegetarian kale recipes

33 tasty vegetarian kale recipes

Kale! It's a vegetable that I don't think I had ever tried until last year, when I was introduced to it via a cookbook all about kale (Let Them Eat Kale! by the absolutely lovely Julia from The Roasted Root - you can read my post about it here!). Since then, it's quickly shot up to a pretty prominent position on my 'favourite vegetables' list (which is a list that I've never … [Read more...]

Green goddess sandwiches

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Hellooo, new favourite sandwich! Well, maybe it's a tie with my halloumi and sun-dried tomato sandwich, which I still think is bloomin' incredible - but, these green goddess sandwiches are definitely up there. So what on earth does 'green goddess' mean? Honestly... I have no idea. I don't know where the name originated (please enlighten me if you know!), but I've heard the … [Read more...]

Balsamic roasted strawberries with coconut cream

Balsamic roasted strawberries with coconut cream-4

So, you've roasted your strawberries - what next? Well, if you can resist eating them straight off the tray (or at least can be bothered to make a second batch after you've polished off the first), there are any number of ways of using them. You can go the fancy route (like these two beautiful cakes that were left in the comments on my Facebook post by two lovely readers); … [Read more...]

How to make roasted strawberries

Balsamic roasted strawberries with coconut cream-2

I know what you're thinking: why on earth would anyone ever want to roast a strawberry? Strawberries are pretty amazing as is, why roast them? Well, yes. I agree with you. Strawberries are amazing - especially when they're perfectly in season and you can get huge, juicy British ones (or ones from wherever you're from!). But there are a few reasons why you might want to roast … [Read more...]

White bean and pesto burgers (Amuse Your Bouche and Marley Spoon!)

White bean and pesto burgers-4

I have something a bit different for you today - there's no recipe in this post, but there is something even more exciting! I've teamed up with Marley Spoon to bring one of my recipes right to your doorstep (literally!). For those of you who don't know, Marley Spoon is a recipe delivery service - they deliver recipe cards, along with all the ingredients you need to make the … [Read more...]

Roasted red pepper falafel

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I have a love-hate relationship with falafel. I love the flavours and the crispy bits on the outside - and, as a vegetarian, I feel I really should enjoy them (especially considering that falafel and hummus in a wrap is the only vegetarian option in about 97% of cafés around here). But as I've told you before, I sometimes find them sooo dryyy that they just suck all the … [Read more...]

Carrot and red lentil koftas

Carrot and red lentil koftas-9

I actually made these carrot and red lentil koftas aaages ago (my Instagram picture serves as proof - I wonder whether Instagram has ever been used as evidence in court?), but I've only just got around to sharing them. Sorry if you were waiting for the recipe! Koftas are usually balls of meat, but here I've made a lentil version (the whole 'vegetarian' thing, and all), and … [Read more...]

Aubergine red Thai curry noodle bowls

Aubergine red Thai curry bowls-5

It's another dinner bowl! I'm obsessed with these things. This time I went for a noodle bowl, with red Thai curry aubergine. And it was amazing. The thing that takes this recipe over the edge, from 'mmm yummy Thai curry' to 'mmmm yummy yummy Thai curry noodle bowl' is: garnish. So much garnish! All sorts of delicious bits scattered over the top, which add heaps of extra … [Read more...]

31 vegetarian chickpea recipes

41 vegetarian chickpea recipes

I looove chickpeas. I tend to use the tinned version, which means they're really handy for throwing into dishes to add a bit of protein - the fact that they don't have a huge amount of flavour on their own means they'll go with just about anything. Make them Indian, make them Italian, throw them in a soup, mash them up, throw them in the air a few times - whatever you do you'll … [Read more...]

Butternut squash and black bean dopiaza

Butternut squash and black bean dopiaza-3

Since vegetarian food is often cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and (to some) even more delicious than meat, a lot of companies are starting to feed their employees meatless meals - even if it’s just once a week, as part of the Meatless Monday initiative. One of those companies is Ovo Energy, based in Bristol, who are serving up a delicious vegetarian meal to their … [Read more...]

Easy chickpea biryani

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Have you ever had a biryani? It's basically a curry with rice, but it's all cooked together in the oven so the rice soaks up all of the curry goodness. I've avoided making a biryani in the past because honestly, baking rice has always scared me a bit - eeeek, how much water should you use, and eeeeek, don't you just end up with strange, crispy, roasted rice? and eeeeek, how … [Read more...]

Kale and avocado burritos

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Okay, this is probably more of a kale and avocado wrap than a kale and avocado burrito, but since I have absolutely no idea what the heck a burrito actually is, let's just go with burrito. Either way, my goodness this was amazing. Mashed avocado (yes!), garlicky sautéed kale (yes yes!), black beans (yeeees!) - and not much else, meaning very little washing up (I think I … [Read more...]

Mushroom and walnut bolognese

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The walnut 'meat' returns! I've used it twice before now, piled high on roasted potato slices, and stuffed into lettuce wraps. Since both of these recipes spiced it up and made it taco meat style, this time I thought I'd do something a bit different and use it to make spaghetti bolognese (a firm favourite). I usually use beef-style soy mince in my bolognese, but I … [Read more...]

Croatian soparnik (kale pie)

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I was recently invited to share a Croatian recipe as part of the World On A Plate challenge, which is being run by the travel company Expedia. I’m always up for a challenge and I love international food (sweeping statement of the day...), so I set about looking for a vegetarian Croatian recipe to share. I went to Croatia years ago (back in 2008, in fact), but since we were … [Read more...]

Indian spiced potato wedges with coriander lime yogurt

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Do any of you own a Tefal Actifry? My husband and I have been lusting after one for months, and I was lucky enough to be sent one before Christmas, much to our delight! (…is ‘much to our delight’ something that someone in their mid-twenties should be saying? Not sure.) If you don’t know what an Actifry does, it basically fries things in only one tablespoon of oil. I don’t know … [Read more...]