Bowls of grains topped with vegetables, protein and some sort of dressing are not only healthy but can be flavoursome and deeply comforting. This vegan rice bowl with its smoked tomato sauce is particularly good. It’s especially so when topped with tofu marinaded in a pure maple syrup dressing then fried in coconut oil.
A ginger flavoured persimmon custard topped with vanilla is set in a white chocolate and chilli pastry. The flavours of chilli, ginger, vanilla and persimmon marry beautifully. These persimmon tarts can be served warm or at room temperature.
This vegetarian shepherd’s pie is winter comfort food at its best. It’s my take on my grandmother’s “best shepherd’s pie ever”. Lentils and vegetables form a rich umami base which is topped with cheesy mashed potato.
Everyone’s heard of carrot cake. Indeed it’s said to be the nation’s favourite. So why not use parsnips in a sweet bake? This parsnip and walnut cake is so good, you might just prefer it. Especially as it contains chocolate chips.
Some biscuits are best for adults to savour and these chestnut biscuits fall into that category. The chocolate cream filling is very rich and made with dark intense chocolate. And the chestnut purée in the biscuits themselves is quite a delicious but sophisticated flavour.