Spice-roasted cauliflower & broccoli with warm olive couscous salad

spice-roasted cauliflower & broccoli with warm olive couscous salad

This is the sort of vegetarian meal that many meat-eaters – my own dearest DH included – often complain about, as it consists basically of side dishes, with no identifiable lump of protein to be seen. However, to such people I say, get a grip – it’s delicious! You may …

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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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Malawach – delicious Yemenite Jewish fried flatbread

malawach

I think I was in my late teens when I first ate malawach on a trip to Israel. It’s a flaky, savoury fried flatbread, that usually comes served with chopped fresh tomatoes, grated cheese, and schug – a potent Yemeni hot sauce. Sometimes you also get hard boiled egg and …

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Super-delicious roasted tomatoes (and kale, pecan & goat’s cheese pesto)

Roasted tomatoes

Kipper is not generally a picky eater, but one thing she’s never liked is tomatoes. Well, identifiable tomatoes anyway. She’ll eat ketchup by the spoonful, and will tolerate a tomato-based pasta sauce, or a thin layer under the cheese on a pizza. But a slice of tomato? Raw or cooked, …

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Succotash – sort of…

Our raised bed has finally started producing vegetables in earnest – beans, courgettes (zucchini), sweetcorn and assorted tomatoes. Yum. Time to get creative in the kitchen. Succotash is a traditional American dish of sweetcorn (maize) and lima beans, cooked in butter or other fat. Popular during the Great Depression, the vegetables …

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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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Providence Deli giveaway winner & salmon with sun-dried tomatoes

Salmon with sun-dried tomatoes

Congratulations to Rebecca Nesbit, who has won the bundle of Providence Deli goodies, comprising dairy-free pesto, onion relish, black olive paste, sun-dried tomatoes in oil and fiery harissa, together with a smart shopping bag and recipe cards. Commiserations to those who didn’t win. Remember, you can buy Providence Deli’s delicious …

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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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Tuna puttanesca with tagliatelle

tuna puttanesca pasta

“This is the best thing you’ve made for ages!” So spake DH as he tucked into a bowlful of this delicious savoury pasta. Kipper, I’m sure, would have voiced her approval too, but she was too busy stuffing saucy pasta into her mouth.  Not a bad result for something I threw …

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