Monthly Archives: December 2013

World Food Cafe Vegetarian Bible – Special Offer

I’ve just got my hands on the excellent new World Food Cafe’s book Vegetarian Bible. I’m going to be spending most of the weekend cooking up some delicious dishes from far flung lands. The book, by husband and wife team Chris and Carolyn Caldicott, has over 200 recipes from around the world – watch this […]

Stilton arancini with a walnut crust

These arancini balls make fantastic starters. They are pretty rich so team them up with a fresh salad with a sharp dressing or dipped into a fiery tomato salsa. Key to cooking these is patience. The rice needs to be cold before you add the eggs and the arancini then need time to sit in […]

Crunchy Autumn Salad

I recently made this in a bit to use up some leftover parsnips from our bumper crop and it was a real success and makes a great side dish. Sprouting beans can be bought in many places nowadays and are relatively cheap. I used a pre-made mixture of lentils and chickpeas that I bought from […]

Grosvenor Arms – Chester

Down the road from the Duke of Westminster’s estate in Cheshire is the Grosvenor Arms. It is set in an imposing but decorative red brick building, indicative of the architecture belonging to most of the buildings owned by the Grosvenor family in that part of the world. While I quite like the building’s appearance, its […]

Nasi Goreng with tofu

It was sometimes a little difficult being a vegetarian in Bali. The odd prawn would rear its head in ‘vegetarian’ meals, and there was often a distinctive meaty flavour in some dishes. That being said, in the majority of restaurants, I had some lovely vegetarian meals. Nasi Goreng is the Balinese national dish which  is, […]

Mushroom and Tofu Thai Broth

When I’m stuffed up with cold (as I currently am), there is nothing I want more than a spicy and fragrant Thai broth. I love mushrooms and it’s great that you can now buy fresh shiitake mushrooms in many shops. Shiitake mushrooms are now being produced in the UK and can be bought online via […]