Category: Mains (Veg)

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…

Fresh Tomato Sauce

If you have a glut of tomatoes then this is a good recipe in which to use them. The finished produce tastes great on its own (add a splash of olive oil helps enhance the Mediterranean flavour) and can be used as; a simple sauce for fish…

Simple Baked Potato

A potato of about 400g is good. Cover in olive oil and sprinkle on some salt, this will help it go nice and crispy. Cook at about 210c for an hour. Test with a skewer, it should go through nice and easily. Nigel Slater says to…

Arancini (risotto balls) – A simple staple

This is one of those things that sounds hard,  maybe just because they aren’t often seen on menus so most people don’t know what they are, but actually they are the simplest things. When you make risotto, make sure you make too much (preferably double) and…

Thoran – Rick Stein

Ingredients 3 tbsp coconut oil or vegetable oil 2 tsp black mustard seeds 2 tbsp chopped fresh curry leaves 1 tsp cumin seeds 2 dried Kashmiri chillies, each broken into 3 or 4 pieces 30g/1oz (or 6cm/2½in) fresh root ginger, finely grated into a paste ½…

Rice pilaf with green lentils and caramelised onions

This has been adapted from Zov’s book ‘recipes and memories from the heart’. It is the best side dish ever with most things but particularly with salmon apparently Feeds 8 – 10 as a side, perhaps for a BBQ but also great for a rustic middle…

Thai Green Curry

This is adapted from Felicity Cloake Serves 4 people Ingredients 30-40 green bird’s eye chillies 2 tbsp chopped galangal 3 six” lemongrass stalks Zest of half a lime 2 tsp chopped coriander root, or 20 tsp pounded coriander stems 2 tsp chopped red turmeric 2 largeish chopped shallots A small head…

ZOV’S MEDITERRANEAN POTATO SALAD

SERVES 4 TO 6 2 pounds, small red-skinned potatoes – cut into 3/4-inch chunks 1/3 cup, fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup, good quality olive oil 2 1/2 teaspoons, salt (plus more to taste) 1 teaspoon, ground black pepper (plus more to taste) 1 teaspoon, crushed dried…

Nantes Carrot Stew

1kg sweet carrots, preferably Nantes, I used supermarket standard and this dish is still lovely amazing 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon caraway seeds 60-90g unsalted butter Salt 2 tablespoons dry sherry or Madeira 1 cup fresh carrot juice (If you have no juicer then best just to…

Red Lentil Dahl

1 T. sesame oil or, alternatively, olive oil 1 cup finely chopped white onion 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 T. finely chopped fresh ginger About a litre of veg stock 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed and picked over 1 t. cumin 1 t. coriander…

Cold Noodles with Peanut or Sesame Sauce

Adapted from Mark Bittmann (Recipe from How to Cook Everything.) http://markbittman.com/cold-noodles-with-peanut-or-sesame-sauce Makes: 2 main-course or 4 side-dish or appetizer servings Time: 30 minutes A crowd-pleaser and an easy starter or side—or a main course on a hot day. To make it more substantial, add 1/2 cup…

Pomodori al Forno

Ingredients 1 cups (or more) olive oil, divided 2 pounds plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seeded 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 3/4 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons minced fresh Italian parsley Aged goat cheese (such as Bûcheron) 1 baguette,…

Luisa Weiss’s Tomatoes Filled with Rice

Adapted from ‘Orangette’ http://orangette.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html I made my own breadcrumbs for this, but it’s not really necessary. It is nice, though. If you happen to have some leftover baguette lying around, or some crusty white bread or something like that, it will take you about 5 minutes.…