Tag Archives: Italian

Chestnut, mushroom and samphire risotto

While I regularly moan about being given risotto in restaurants as the only vegetarian ‘choice’ at the moment, I do still love making it and eating it at home. I just don’t want to eat it every time I go out – especially when I can make a better version at home! My uncle made […]

Creamy ‘gorgonzola’ polenta with aubergines, tomatoes, olives and flaked almonds

This is really easy to make. Feel free to exchange the aubergines with courgettes and olives with capers if you want. If you don’t have flaked almonds, use sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead. Gorgonzola isn’t suitable for vegetarians, please see this post for alternatives. Ingredients (serves 2) 1 medium aubergine Handful cherry tomatoes Small handful […]

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 […]

Porcini and black truffle linguine

I am a total sucker for truffle. I know it is extravagant and expensive, but I tend to justify my truffle splurges by qualifying that, as a vegetarian, I spend a lot less money on food than others. This also makes me a total sucker for truffle stalls at markets and foodie events. At the […]

Rocket pesto

You can eat this however you like – either in pasta, as a dip or spread on some bread. Ingredients 30g pine nuts 40g rocket (one pack) 1 garlic clove 40g grated vegetarian parmesan Salt and pepper Extra virgin olive oil Method Toast the pine nuts in a pan (without any oil). Keep an eye […]

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 […]

Homemade Gnocchi with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Ingredients For the gnocchi 1kg Désirée potatoes 350g plain flour Pinch of nutmeg Salt 2 eggs For the creamy mushroom sauce 100g chestnut mushrooms 50g mixed dried mushrooms 2 cloves of garlic Splash of white wine 15g sage Big knob of butter 100ml double cream (or crème fraiche if you want to be a touch […]

Rosemary polenta cake with olive tapenade and tomatoes

I visited the Dolomites in Northern Italy last year and while I was there, polenta quickly become part of my daily diet which gave me the energy to hike over the huge mountain range. I don’t understand why it isn’t used more in British cooking. It is so easy to make, versatile and extraordinarily cheap. […]

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 […]

My ‘Traditional’ Vegetarian Lasagne

Lasagne is one of those dishes that always seems to go down well. If you’re having visitors and lead a busy life, you can make a lasagne well ahead of time and simply pop in the oven on the evening. Also, once it has been cooked it keeps well for a left-over lunch the next […]