Author Archives: helpots

Beetroot carpaccio and goats cheese

This is a great starter for a dinner party. Don’t bother arranging it on individual starter plates, spread out the beetroot on a large serving plate and dot the cheeses on top. Be careful to use a plate which has a rim otherwise the beetroot juices will spill over the edge. If you have time, […]

Vegetarian Turkish Koftas

Ingredients (6 koftas) 200g brown lentils 200g red split lentils 2 cloves of garlic 1 white onion 1tsp ground cinnamon 1tsp ground allspice ½tsp grated nutmeg 100g breadcrumbs salt and pepper Vegetable stock cube Oil Method Boil the kettle and make 600mls of vegetable stock using a stock cube. Pour it over both types of […]

Mushroom, wild rice and ale wellington

This main course dish is delicious. It is really worth getting your hands on a good variety of mushrooms if you can. If you can’t get any interesting fresh varieties, just use more chestnut mushrooms in their place. Ingredients (8 portions) 300g wild (black) rice 30g butter 1 white onion 2 cloves of garlic 250g […]

Vegan punchy coriander and ginger ‘curry’

I’m not really sure if this should be called a curry (as it doesn’t have the traditional ‘curry’ like flavours), but is punchy and full of flavour. I make it regularly and it has always done me proud! The huge amounts of garlic, ginger and coriander may seem a bit much – but trust me, […]

Vegetarian Taiedda

This is a vegetarian version of dish which originates from Puglia in Italy. The traditional dish includes mussels, but I have exchanged mussels for capers. It is so, so easy to make. Just ten minutes of chopping and arranging, and then pop it in the oven for 40 minutes to bake. It has both potatoes […]

Hilary Cacchio’s Chickpea, Black Olive & Piquillo Pepper Hummus

This recipe is from the the Braxted Park Cookery School. They have just launched a Vegetarian Cookery Class – so get signed up! This recipe is for a lovely colourful dip with a satisfying salty and savoury balance. The hummus is best accompanied with a spicy onion stuffed Moroccan flatbread and a salad. Use an […]

Advert – Falafel served with Spicy Aubergine & Tomato Salad

This is a recipe sent to me from Cauldron Foods Ingredients: 1 Pack of Cauldron Falafels 2 Aubergines 4 Large Tomatoes 100ml Olive Oil 2-3 Cloves Garlic, Crushed 1 Tsp Harissa Paste 1 Tbsp Chopped Parsley 1 Small Bunch Coriander Juice of 1 Lemon 1 Tsp Ground Cumin Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper Pitta […]

Cauliflower crust pizza

I absolutely love pizza. You can’t beat a thin and crispy base covered in a rich tomato sauce and oozing cheese. However, it is no secret that pizzas are not the healthiest of meals. When a friend mentioned that you can make a pizza base out of cauliflower I was a bit dubious so I […]

BBQ halloumi with mango salsa in a brioche bun

This is the perfect vegetarian option at barbeques on warm summer evenings. Ingredients 1 pack of halloumi 1 ripe mango 1 small red onion 1 fresh red chilli 1 lime Handful of fresh coriander 4 brioche buns Method There are many different ways of stoning a mango. I find the way that works for me […]

BBQ pineapple with rum

This simple recipe was whipped up by a friend as a last minute addition to a very poorly organised BBQ I hosted recently. It tasted wonderful… Ingredients 1 pineapple 1tbsp runny honey 2tbsp rum 1tsp cinnamon 1tsp chilli flakes 2tsp brown sugar Raspberries (optional) Method In a jug, stir together the honey, rum, cinnamon, chilli […]