Category: Mains (Veg)

Spaghetti with chilli, garlic and parsley

On a low heat fry 2 cloves of garlic and a large red chilli in 2 tablespoons of good olive oil until the garlic is light brown and crunchy. Remove from the heat and add a small bunch of finely chopped parsley. Cook 100g spaghetti. Toss together…

Garlic butter spaghetti

On a low heat fry 2 cloves of garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter until the garlic is light brown and crunchy. Cook 100g spaghetti. Toss together with 20g of finely grated Parmesan and serve.

Bulgar and freekah with green beans

Makes 3 decent sized lunches. Saute 175g chopped green beans with half a finely chopped red onion for 2-3 minutes. Next add more olive oil and a clove of garlic and cook for a minute. Stir in 175 g course bulgar and 125 g (half a…

Aubergine Parmigiana from ‘Veg’

Slice 5 medium aubergines (1.25 kg) into 3-4 mm slices, sprinkle well with salt and lay on something that allows them to shed their water and drain away. After an hour, wash off the salt, pat dry and fry in batches on a medium high hear…

Pide – Turkish pasties / pizzas

Ideas Caramelised onion and butternut squash Lahmacun Roast peppers and crumbled peynir cheese Spinach and cheddar Prawn bhuna!

Spicy Paneer Masala Balti from ‘The Curry Guy’

Am yet to cook this… adapted from here: http://www.greatcurryrecipes.net/2014/01/18/spicy-paneer-masala-balti/ INGREDIENTS AND METHODS Deep fry 500 g Paneer cheese cut into 1 cm sized cubes and set aside. Remove all but 2 Tbsp of the oil and fry 2 tablespoons each of garlic and ginger paste. Next add 1 Tbsp…

Pea, Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

I use a dish measuring 32cm x 26cm x 7cm, but I would prefer a deeper dish with the same total volume (e.g. 25cm x 25cm x 9cm). Make the cannelloni about 2cm diameter max, so not too large or there wont be enough pasta or filling to…

Stuffed Paratha/Naan

I tie these in with another meal as the bread for this can be a small amount of the burger bun recipe (a quarter) and the filling is a small part of the veggie burger recipe (also a quarter). So veggie burgers one night and stuffed parathas…

Pea, Broad Bean and Sweetcorn Veggie Burgers

This is adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe with a few alterations. Original recipe is here… With a blender I like to use the ‘grind’ setting, which uses the blunt end of the blades and makes less of a paste. The original mixture was very wet so…

Vegetable Tempura

Serves 4 people as a starter. Mix 150g plain flour with water, little by little, until the consistency of thickish double cream. Season with salt. In a separate bowl whisk two egg whites until stiff. Combine the two by folding the eggs into the batter. Place the vegetables into…

Goan-Style Dal – Madhur Jaffrey

Taken from this: http://food52.com/recipes/25705-goan-style-dal-curry. The only issue is it is way too salty. Half it. So maybe 3/4 tsp or 1 tsp but no more. Apart from that it tastes great. Serves 4-5 1 cup masoor dal (red lentils), washed and drained 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and…

Spring Rolls

For around 10 medium spring rolls Julienne and quickly wok 1 large carrot (julienne), 5 spring onions (julienne), 1 cup of bean sprouts, 2 cloves of garlic, 10 rehydrated shiitake mushrooms (stalks discarded) and 10g of grated ginger in sesame oil. After a couple of minutes…

Vietnamese Pho

This is far from perfection but am just working on a recipe…. Start with a nice stock, beef or vegetable is most normal, 500ml between 2 people is fine. Add a tablespoon of grated garlic and ginger cook for a couple of minutes and then strain…

Falafel – The secrets to making perfect falafel at home

From making a number of falafel recipes I have figured out some very important steps to making good falafel at home… You should always use dried and not canned chickpeas (soaked overnight). The solid parts of the mixture need to be minced, NOT food processed or they…

Turkish menemen with sumac yogurt recipe

This is adapted from; http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/turkish-menemen-with-sumac-yogur Serves 4. Takes 20 minutes to make, 20 minutes to cook. Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp fennel seeds ½ tsp cumin seeds ¼ tsp mustard seeds ½ tsp chilli flakes 3cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated 1 red onion, finely diced…

Gnudi – Jamie Oliver

Ingredients 1 kg best-quality ricotta 100 g Parmesan cheese 1 whole nutmeg, for grating fine semolina, for dusting To serve: good-quality unsalted butter 1 bunch of fresh sage (30g) Parmesan cheese, for grating 1 lemon Method Gnudi is a fantastic dish – you must make it.…

Oeufs en cocotte – Eggs in pots

Add to a cup/ramekin; 1 large tbsp. creme fraise bit of nutmeg salt and pepper add a large egg maybe some herbs then a tsp more of creme fraiche Cook in a oven in a half filled bain marie (with luke warm water) at 180c for…

Vegetarian Paella (Based on Yotam Ottolenghi)

This is adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe; there are some simplifications but its mostly the same. If you want to make this into a more traditional meat/fish based paella, add some chorizo to the oil before sweating the onions, exchange the veg stock with good fish…

Mae Ploy Curry Paste Recipes

These were originally sent to me by Tephparit who sells the Mae Ploy brand on ebay (where I buy mine). You can view his shop here: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/chiangmai_products. I have made changes after I have cooked them but they remain basically the same. Mae Ploy Panang Curry…