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Tomato Orzotto

orzotto
Quick, healthy and simple vegetarian food has made up about 90% of my cooking for some time now. As much as I love baking, I’ve recently found the challenge of producing nutritious and speedy weeknight meals to be much more enjoyable. It’s low stress (depending on the day) and very satisfying, and it allows me to stretch my creative brain on a daily basis.

When my husband became vegetarian we both tried really hard to include plenty of vegetables in our diets, not too much over-processed faux meat. We found ourselves indulging in carbs and cheese a bit too much in the early days, but 5 years on, we’ve got a good repertoire of vegetarian meals. Sure, there are some days where we pull veggie sausages out of the freezer or order a takeaway, but mainly we manage to eat well. Plus, when you live in a village the takeaway options are grim.

This tomato orzo is one of my favourites at the moment. (more…)

Cookbook Crusade: a spring update

chocolate biscuits nigella lawson

I’m keeping a New Year’s Resolution! This never happens to me, or anyone? I’ve been keeping up my resolve to use my cookbooks more, and since January I’ve cooked a recipe a week from a cookbook I own. There have been a couple of weeks where I missed out but I’m glad to say I’ve kept going, and more importantly, enjoyed the cookbook crusade. (more…)

Cookbook confessional + a resolution

yogurt drop scones mamushkaHow many of you actually use your cookbooks? I don’t think I’m alone in having a cookbook buying addiction yet hardly using them once I’ve put them on the shelf, relying on Google for recipes instead. Or, if we’re being honest, just making it up as I go along.

I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions because they’re so hard to keep (especially the ones about giving up cake) but I quite like the one I’ve made this year – to use my cookbooks. (more…)

Rotli, roti or chapati? How to make the perfect Indian flat bread

chapati roti rotli how toWhat do you call them? In Gujarati they are called rotli, and in other parts of India roti, and also chapati – which is often used outside of India. They are a soft, unleavened, flat bread made from a mixture of brown and white wheat flour, used to scoop up your curry. (more…)

Mincemeat & Carrot Cake

mincemeat and carrot cake

I suspect that most of you reading this have a jar of mincemeat languishing in the back of your fridge, not quite enough for a batch of mince pies (which, let’s face it, you’re probably sick of by now) but definitely not something you want to just throw away. Let’s embrace leftovers with a cake!

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