Mouthwatering stuffed vegetables to celebrate the harvest season

Stuffed vegetables, brimming with abundant fillings, are traditionally eaten to celebrate the autumn harvest. Tuck in to these delicious dishes and enjoy!

Succot, the Jewish autumn harvest festival, is surely party to some of the oddest practices in the Jewish calendar. If we aren’t parading round shul waving citrus fruits and bunches of foliage, we’re eating dinner in a draughty hut in the garden. To the untrained eye, we must look properly bizarre. And yet, …

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Vegetarian moussaka – a delicious gluten-free dinner!

vegetarian, gluten-free moussaka

I had included this vegetarian moussaka on my Pesach meal planner as a ‘maybe’ and DH begged me to upgrade it to ‘definite’. It really is a favourite here, containing as it does all the things we love – flavoursome grilled aubergines (eggplant), rich tomato sauce, filling potato slices, and …

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Tomato soup with gnocchi and aubergine ‘croutons’

Creamy tomato soup with gnocchi and aubergine croutons

Do you ever struggle to prepare food that meets everyone’s likes and dislikes? Family meal preparation is an exercise in compromise, at least it is in this house. Nobody is particularly fussy, but everyone has their favourite ingredients, and those that they don’t like so much. Creating meals that balance …

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Summer salad with grilled vegetables

chargrilled vegetable salad with black olive dressing

Despite being mostly vegetarian, we barbecue A LOT during the summer. Why wouldn’t you?! Everything tastes wonderful, we get to eat our dinner in the garden, and it prevents the kitchen from turning into a furnace. Lovely. Grilled vegetables are among our favourites! Kipper LOVES eating outside, and is always …

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Aubergine shakshuka

aubergine (eggplant) shakshuka

I recently attended Gefiltefest, where a highlight of my day was watching Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co cooking up a delicious shakshuka. As a result, I’ve been craving shakshuka pretty much every day since! Fortunately, a dish of spicy, saucy vegetables and eggs is entirely compliant with my current …

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Sticky baked sweet potatoes & aubergines with soy, maple, garlic & ginger

baked sweet potatoes & aubergines

A long time ago, I spent 3 months in California, writing my MSc dissertation while simultaneously working in two part-time jobs. Despite being fairly busy, it was a fun time, and I met lots of nice people. Early on in my American adventure, I was invited to a pot-luck dinner, and …

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Pasta & cannelini bean soup with mini aubergine ‘pizzas’

pasta & cannelini bean soup with mini aubergine 'pizzas'

I’ve made these aubergine ‘pizzas’ before as a side dish and they were jolly delicious. Kipper adores aubergines (eggplants) so it wasn’t really a surprise that she went in for these in a big way. And so, I was trying to think of a way to make them more central …

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‘Hassleback’ stuffed aubergines – vegetarian showstopper main course!

hassleback aubergine - vegetarian stuffed aubergine - showstopper main course

Ever since the success of the hedgehog potatoes (aka hasselback potatoes) I’ve been wondering what other foods could be given a similar treatment. Basically sliced almost-all-the-way-through and baked/roasted.  I was reminiscing about a dish an old flatmate used to make which consisted of slices of aubergine, interleaved with sliced tomato and …

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Quesadillas with holiday-inspired vegetables & feta

quesadillas with sesame oil vegetables & feta

We recently had a lovely holiday in Israel. Since we were last there a couple of years ago, the quality of restaurant food seems to have improved immensely (unless we were just eating in all the wrong places last time). We had some truly spectacular meals. On our first night …

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