Monthly Archives: July 2013

Biblos

I’ve written about my love of the unassuming high street that makes up St Werburghs before. But haven’t given due credit to my favourite wrap joint which is a little too close to my house for comfort as I’m not very good at resisting its charms. Biblos offers Mediterranean style salads, wraps and mezze dishes […]

Insalata Caprese

Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese as it is known in Italy, is a beautifully refreshing salad. However, there are a few tricks that will turn this humble salad in to a thing of wonder. These are: Use really good ingredients! Good extra virgin olive oil and mozzarella make all the difference to the overall flavour […]

Sprouting chickpea salad

Spouting seeds are all the rage at the moment. Mung beans, alfalfa, chickpeas and lentils are well known for their healthy properties and are great for vegetarians thanks to their high protein content. We normally boil the life out of them, but now, we are learning to use them in their natural, sprouting state. The […]

Blueberry, watermelon and feta salad

The hot weather is really glorious and has been leaving me thinking about new ways to eat refreshing salads and fruit. When browsing through some cook books, I noticed some unusual parings between fruit and cheese for the ultimate summer salad. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been recently posting recipes that uses fruit in salads, as has […]

Polpo

Apparently Polpo is a bàcaro which is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food. That may be the intention when Polpo first opened, but this small chain has now become one of London’s most desirable foodie hangouts. It recently received some free publicity by appearing in Jay Rayner’s list of top […]

The Olive Shed

I have a fond attachment to the Olive Shed in Bristol. Not only was it the location for one of my first dates with my fiancée but every time I go, I am really impressed by the fantastic service and quality of the food. We found ourselves baking in the bright July sunshine on Saturday […]

Top tips for vegetarian kebabs for barbecue season

Summer is well and truly with us. British summers come with some obligatory customs which include watching Wimbledon on TV while munching through a bowl of strawberries, a muddy festival or two, overly competitive sports days and barbecuing in the rain while cursing at the BBC weather forecast. It is sometimes a little rubbish as […]

Really easy coleslaw

Like hummus, coleslaw is one of those dishes that is so easy and cheap to make, and much, much better than the shop bought alternatives. Ingredients 1 medium white onion ½ red cabbage ½ white cabbage 1 large carrot (grated) 75g mayonnaise 2tsp wholegrain mustard Method Finely shred the onion, red cabbage and white cabbage […]

Which lagers are suitable for vegetarians?

Sometimes being a vegetarian is a bit of a minefield. Supposedly ‘vegetarian’ friendly produce turns out to have either animal produce in it, or animals have been used during the making process. The reason many lagers a not vegetarian is because a fish bladders are used in the filtering process – where the lager is […]