Hey friends! It’s been a while. I’ve been learning to slow down. It’s cool and you can really taste every ingredient in that vegan junk food (I’ve been eating lots of it in Bristol, New York and Cornwall!)
Given my hiatus I thought I would treat you to not one, but four, brand new vegan recipes! They work super well together for a Sunday night feast with friends, and you can also try them out individually to perfect them and enjoy something quicker on a school night.
Let’s talk smoked paprika for a minute. I’m obsessed with those smokey flavours, and a tin of smoked paprika, alongside a bottle of Mesquite liquid smoke, is a must in my pantry. The coveted flavour of La Chinata smoked paprika, my favourite brand, comes from oak-smoked Spanish paprika peppers grown in the Extremadura region southwest of Madrid. Worth investing, pals.
Traditionally this wonder spice is used in chilindrón stews, romesco sauces and adds to the flavour of chorizo (none of that) and here I’m using it to add depth and richness to this vegan stew.
Continue reading “Recipe: Smoked Paprika Beans with Miso Mash, Crispy Cabbage + Beetroot Creme Fraiche”
It was my dear friend, and vegan warrior princess, Rae’s birthday (pictured here embracing Steve the triceratops on said day of celebration) and as well as making a ridiculous cake (dripping with lemon frosting and and smothered in marshmallows) I made some jalapeño poppers, because, well, I never have before and it seemed like something that might be kinda straightforward and delicious. I’m trying to be less complicated as an overall motif. Smoking hazelnuts to stuff into a tiny pepper: I know, this doesn’t seem to fit the theme, but let me explain…
Continue reading “Recipe: Smoked Hazelnut Creem Cheeze Jalapeño Poppers”
My friend Luke and I were having one of our movie nights, drinking a few beers/ciders, and as per usual I was whipping up a batch of mac n cheeze. We were wondering what it is about mac n cheeze that makes it such perfect comfort food, and landed on a theory that it’s the creaminess, the stodginess and the simplicity of the stuff that really hits the spot. It’s just the perfect anytime dinner, especially to share with friends so you can both ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ as you’re eating it!
Continue reading “Recipe: Gochujang Mac n Cheeze with Miso Spinach, Pink Pickled Onions + Coconut Bacon”
I love making dishes with unusual flavour combinations, so when I read about Chiles on Nogada, a Mexican dish from Pueblo, my interest was piqued…. stuffed poblano peppers featuring lots of fruits and spices, bathed in a walnut sauce and topped with pomegranate seeds? Wow!
Supposedly the recipe was developed by nuns, who peeled and ground the walnuts for days, awaiting the arrival of Agustín de Iturbide! It’s served nowadays in Mexico when the pomegranates are in season, and often to celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembr (Mexico’s Independence Day).
Continue reading “Recipe: Autumn Spice Stuffed Peppers with Walnut Sauce + Pomegranates”
An old Ukrainian proverb warns, “A tale that begins with a beet will end with the devil.” Well, autumnal soup lovers, I reckon that’s a risk we have to take, because I, for one, love a good beetroot soup!
Having heeded this warning from Tom Robbins’ book Jitterbug Perfume, you’ll be pleased to know that this particular kitchen tale begins with a beet (or two) and will end with a gorgeous vibrant soup for autumn, in which the devil is in the detail (or garnishes).
This comforting, thick soup has warmth from ginger, tang from orange zest and is topped with an aniseed swirl of cashew and tarragon cream and a sprinkling of toasted hazelnuts.
Continue reading “Recipe: Roasted Beetroot + Orange Soup with Cashew-Tarragon Cream + Hazelnuts”