Tag Archives: Main course

Miso glazed aubergines – nasu dengaku

The aubergines absorb the lovely sweet and umami miso flavours making a unique and delicious tasting dish. The aubergine skins become quite tough when baked in the oven. I think this works well as it adds a contrast in the texture for the dish, but if you’re not too keen on aubergine skins, simply peel […]

Slow roasted tomato tart with watercress pesto

Tarts are great for picnics as all you need is a knife for cutting and your hands for eating. The polenta gives is a slightly ‘gritty’ texture which I think works well for a summer tart. Ingredients For the pastry base: 170g plain flour (plus a bit to dust) 50g polenta 20g finely grated vegetarian […]

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 […]

Garden vegetable pasta

You don’t necessarily need fresh peas or broad beans for this dish – the frozen ones work just as well although you will need to slightly thaw the broad beans before taking the skins off. I think this pasta dish is best eaten in the garden on a warm summer’s evening with a good glass […]

Juniper, cider and sage infused wild rice salad with mushrooms, almonds and crispy onions

This is much more exciting than your bog standard rice salad! It has subtle fragrant spices from the juniper, a sweetness from the cider but is also earthy with sage and mushrooms. Wild rice has a tougher consistency than white rice and therefore takes longer to cook but has plenty of texture. It is also […]

Allotment stew with parsley dumplings

Ingredients (serves 4) 200g broad beans 200g runner beans 2 large courgettes 200g peas 2 large onions 1 fennel bulb 150g mangetout 3 cloves of garlic 200mls good vegetable stock 50mls double cream 1 glass of white wine Juice of one lemon Cooking oil 200g self-raising flour 100g butter cut in pieces 75g mature cheddar, […]

Carrot fritters with cumin yoghurt

These are really easy and quick to make. This recipe uses age old bed friends with cumin, carrots, yoghurt and coriander. Ingredients For the fritters 8 large carrots Handful of fresh coriander 1 hot red chilli 2tbsp gram flour 2 eggs (beaten) Salt and pepper For the yoghurt 100ml Greek yoghurt 2tsp cumin Small handful […]

Slow roasted tomato stew with chickpeas, almonds and yoghurt

It does take a bit of time to make this stew due to slow roasting some of the tomatoes in the oven and reducing the stew on the hob for a while. The addition of yoghurt and lemon juice just before you serve brings the stew back to life by giving it body and a […]

Mixed quinoa with ceps and green beans

I have decided to enter this recipe into the Betta Living competition because this is a recipe that I make time and time again. It may not be the prettiest or the most colourful of dishes but everyone I make it for seems to love it – so I guess that is a good sign […]

Honey nut cutlets

Nut burgers have a reputation of being dry and boring in the vegetarian community. But the simple addition of honey caramelises the nuts making these cutlets rich and tasty. Adding a touch of honey can also transform nut loafs into more exciting dishes. Ingredients (makes roughly 6 cutlets) 300g mixed nuts (I use walnuts, brazils, […]