Vegetarian food blog featuring nourishing home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Spiced Lentil, Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup

Lentil & Tomato Soup

Lunch, Savoury Chocolate, Soups | 25th January 2015 | By

The other day, I had the pleasure of sharing a bowl of soup with The Hedge Comber. As it was rather cold outside I fancied making something both warming and colourful. I always have split red lentils in the house, but I also happened to have carrots and tomatoes too. All were of a suitable hue I reckoned. As for flavourings I decided ginger and home-grown chilli for warmth and rosemary and thyme for aroma would hit the spot.

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An Italian Feast – Grazie Ufuud

Ufuud Pasta & Sauce

There is no doubt about it, Italians are proud of their food heritage and they have every right to be so. With its fresh flavours, vibrant colours and simplicity, Italian cuisine ranks as one of the world’s best and is one of my personal favourites. It’s had a massive influence on British food. Where would we be without our pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, risotto and more recently the panini? But there is far more to it than these familiar dishes.

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Miso Muffins with Kale, Carrot and Courgette

Lunch, Savoury Chocolate | 25th September 2014 | By

If you haven’t heard of the baking challenge Alpha Bakes, you may have had less of a headache than I did this month. A random letter is generated each month and we have to find something to bake where a main ingredient or name begins with that letter. When it happens to be C there is no problem for me – everything I bake has chocolate in it, but when it’s something a little more obscure such as Z, it becomes  difficult. This month’s letter is K. Although kiwi fruit came to mind initially and when I looked in my recipe books I found a few obscurely named recipes beginning with K, I ended up going with kale. Despite the pigeons, kale is one of the few crops we’ve managed to grow this year and having initially dismissed this as an ingredient, I decided I really wanted to use some in a bake. Once I’d decided that, it was easy. I resorted to my trusty savoury brunch muffin recipe and adapted it to suit.

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Spiced Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad with Millet, Peas and Lentils

Roasted Picnic Vegetables

We’ve been blessed with a good summer this year and my how we needed it after seven months of solid rain. Along with the good weather comes the picnic season. Eating outside with simple food that hasn’t meant hours spent in the kitchen is what many of us are after – I know I am.

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Fasulye with Dukkah Roasted Tofu

Fasulye

Street food in the UK, I’m very glad to say, is on the up and up. Hot dogs and burgers made with cheap and often unhealthy ingredients are making way for fresher and more vibrant fare. With this in mind Cauldron Foods are challenging bloggers to create a street food recipe using one of their vegetarian products. Cauldron Cumberland sausages have long been a favourite of mine, but I am less familiar with their tofu. Sausages, I thought would be too easy, so I opted for the tofu.

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Chocolate Bean Burgers To Go – With Hot Chilli Sauce

 To call these vegetarian patties, chocolate burgers, is perhaps a bit of a misnomer. Leftover burgers would be a more apt name. It was hot, I wanted to eat something with salad and there were a few things in the fridge that needed using up. I’ve never added chocolate to burgers before, but if it works in chilli as it did in these falafels, I reasoned, so why not with burgers?

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Three Allium Smoked Chilli Tart

 Several things combined to bring forth this three allium smoked chilli tart. I had some onions and some recently dug up leeks which were well past their best before date. It’s the season when onions are sprouting and leeks are bolting. We also had some wet garlic delivered in our occasional top up veg box. Likewise I had a courgette in the bottom of the fridge which was definitely passed its best. Although I’ve been using the Gran Luchito smoked chilli paste I was sent some time ago, I hadn’t created a specific recipe for it. I also wanted to take part in this month’s Tea Time Treats which is all about tarts and pies.

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Caramelised Onion and Cocoa Yogurt Dip

Yogurt Dip

It’s not only National Vegetarian Week, but it’s National Yogurt Week too. Being both vegetarian and passionate about yogurt, I couldn’t let this go without a post. Nayna over at simply food recently mentioned making a caramelised onion and yogurt dip at an event. I was immediately struck by this excellent idea and thought I’d try and create my own version – with a chocolate twist, of course.

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Beetroot, Walnut, Wild Garlic and Goat’s Cheese Brunch Muffins

Lunch, Savoury Chocolate | 24th April 2014 | By

 The benefits of olive oil have long been appreciated. When I was a child it was hard to get hold of and more of it was poured into our ears than went into our salads. It was bought from the chemist and used to reduce ear infections and soften wax. Luckily things have moved on since then. We are big fans of it in this household and use quite a lot of the extra virgin variety, preferably cold pressed. Not only does this have a better flavour, but also has a higher level of the beneficial components. If the claims for its health benefits are to be believed, CT & I should do pretty well as we get older. It is said to aid calcium absorption thus reducing the effects of osteoporosis in the elderly. The monounsaturated fatty acids found in olive oil may also prevent memory loss by maintaining the structure of the brain cell membranes – hmm, perhaps I’m not consuming enough of it or perhaps my memory would be even worse without it. There are also a number of antioxidants to be found, including Vitamin E, carotenoids and phenolic compounds. These are meant to help in the prevention of certain diseases such as cancer and mitigate against some of the effects of ageing.

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Welsh Pancakes for St David’s Day

Welsh Pancakes

Occasionally, CT likes to explore his Welsh heritage. When we woke up this morning, he announced, “it’s the 1st of March, St David’s Day. Why don’t we have leeks?”. Well why not indeed. With Shrove Tuesday fast approaching, pancakes were on my mind and I’d been planning to make some for breakfast, so why not make them savoury. In fact, why not go one step further and make Welsh pancakes.

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