Monthly Archives: January 2014

Panis – Newcastle

I have a love / hate relationship with shopping. It is one of those activities where I have to be in a good mood, hangover free, and feeling flush as well as slim. It is therefore quite a rare occasion when all of these things to be aligned. Mostly I trudge around the shops, look […]

Marmite and mushroom mac ‘n’ cheese

This is a fantastic food for the soul kind of recipe. It’s totally, uncompromisingly indulgent and unfeigned. It’s a great dish to eat if you’re feeling a bit blue, sat on the sofa, mid box series marathon. If you’re not a lover of marmite, don’t worry, the marmite taste is subtle and simply adds a […]

What oil should you use and when?

I have a habit of using extra virgin olive oil when cooking, but this is completely unnecessary and a massive waste of money since I cannot taste the lovely olive oil flavour. I’ve done a bit of research and discovered which oils are best for different circumstances Olive oil Olive oil comes in three different […]

Great places to eat in and around Hexham and Corbridge for vegetarians

As a vegetarian, there is nothing I love doing more than eating at vegetarian restaurants. Having a choice about what I want to eat is a delightful treat. However, like the majority of vegetarians, I am surrounded by friends and family that are meat-eaters. When I do go out to eat with my husband, friends […]

Lemon quinoa with griddled courgettes and spring onions

This is light and refreshing dish. You could also crumble some feta into it if you fancy – peas and broad beans also work really well. Ingredients (serves 2) 300g quinoa 2 courgettes 6 spring onions 2 cloves of garlic 300mls vegetable stock Juice of one lemon Salt and pepper Oil Method Fry the finely […]

Spinach, mushroom and veggie gorgonzola with nutty polenta

It only takes about 15 minutes to make this meal – polenta is the ultimate fast food. Ingredients (serves 2) 200g polenta 30g pine nuts 30g brazil nuts 400mls vegetable stock 2 large flat field mushrooms 50g butter 200g spinach 100g vegetarian style gorgonzola 1 red onion Salt and pepper Method Pop the oven onto […]

Rumtopf

Rumtopf is a boozy, show-stopping Christmas desert that is well worth reviving in British culture. One pot will last the whole festive period and will feed plenty, although it is certainly not suitable for children! It literally means ‘rum pot’ and should be ceremoniously brought out at the end of every meal to be eaten […]

Kale and cauliflower cheese

This is a great comforting winter warmer. I makes a fantastic side dish, but I just like to eat it as it is, with some crusty bread to mop up the sauce. Key to this is to make sure the white sauce is quite thick. It needs to have a thicker consistency than the type […]

Mini pear, stilton and honey tarts

These are really easy to make and don’t require many ingredients. The pears will caramelise in the honey while the stilton will provide a lovely tangy aftertaste. I used two different sized round pastry cutters, one smaller than the other. If you don’t have pastry cutters, you could simply improvise with different sized glasses. Ingredients […]

Ginger and lentil soup with kale

This soup is great if you’re stuffed up with a cold. It’s really healthy and full of things that will get your sinuses working again! Ingredients 250g dried split red lentils 1 large carrot 2 sticks of celery 1 onion 4 cloves of garlic 1 red chilli 75g fresh ginger 1 tin of chopped tomatoes […]