Category Archives: sides and salads

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potato salada

Whenever I find myself feeling “homesick” for Japan and Japanese food, it’s not the niku jagas and shabu shabu’s I crave (although they do have their place) but more often than not it’s the Japanese versions of Western dishes, otherwise known

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potato salada

Whenever I find myself feeling “homesick” for Japan and Japanese food, it’s not the niku jagas and shabu shabu’s I crave (although they do have their place) but more often than not it’s the Japanese versions of Western dishes, otherwise known

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coconut panch phoran sprouts

Sprouts are possibly my least favourite of all vegetables. I’ve always been baffled by their time honoured spot on the table of otherwise deliciousness that makes up Christmas lunch. So when an errant net of these toxic little brassicas turned

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coconut panch phoran sprouts

Sprouts are possibly my least favourite of all vegetables. I’ve always been baffled by their time honoured spot on the table of otherwise deliciousness that makes up Christmas lunch. So when an errant net of these toxic little brassicas turned

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pickled apple and smoked mackerel salad

Faced with a glut of coxes I decided to try my hand at pickling a few. I can’t believe I’ve never done this before because pickled apples are truly superb. Sweet and crunchy yet saturated with the acidity of cider

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pickled apple and smoked mackerel salad

Faced with a glut of coxes I decided to try my hand at pickling a few. I can’t believe I’ve never done this before because pickled apples are truly superb. Sweet and crunchy yet saturated with the acidity of cider

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Bengali style courgette flowers

  Tricky, pretty things, courgette flowers. Fiddly to stuff and yet too good to chuck away. I’m a big fan of Helen’s brown shrimp and crab recipe and also this quesadilla one, by Homesick Texan. My mum likes to rake

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Bengali style courgette flowers

  Tricky, pretty things, courgette flowers. Fiddly to stuff and yet too good to chuck away. I’m a big fan of Helen’s brown shrimp and crab recipe and also this quesadilla one, by Homesick Texan. My mum likes to rake

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smoked mackerel and blood orange salad with chilli, horseradish and lime dressing

Now that we’re finally onto salad weather, I find myself hankering for nice bit of smoked mackerel. Not that flabby rubbish they vac pack in supermarkets but a proper whole smoked specimen from the fishmongers. For something cheap and delicious

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smoked mackerel and blood orange salad with chilli, horseradish and lime dressing

Now that we’re finally onto salad weather, I find myself hankering for nice bit of smoked mackerel. Not that flabby rubbish they vac pack in supermarkets but a proper whole smoked specimen from the fishmongers. For something cheap and delicious

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Larb

Larb, larp, laap whatever you call it, this Lao mince salad has started regularly presenting its zingy little face at our dinner table. Hot, caramelised meat plus frying pan juices poured over crunchy herbal salad, sharply dressed, sprinkled with toasted

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Larb

Larb, larp, laap whatever you call it, this Lao mince salad has started regularly presenting its zingy little face at our dinner table. Hot, caramelised meat plus frying pan juices poured over crunchy herbal salad, sharply dressed, sprinkled with toasted

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wafu doresshingu

  AKA Japanese salad dressing. I used to buy bottles of this stuff ready-made before I realised just how easy it is to knock up at home (except for the bit where you have to grate the raw onion –

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wafu doresshingu

  AKA Japanese salad dressing. I used to buy bottles of this stuff ready-made before I realised just how easy it is to knock up at home (except for the bit where you have to grate the raw onion –

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Panch Phoran Paneer, Coconut and Roasted Pumpkin Salad

When Miss Marmite Lover invited me to host a curry stall at her forthcoming underground food rave, I decided I’d offer dishes that were a little bit different alongside the same old traditional curries. Chaal kumro bhaja is a classic

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Panch Phoran Paneer, Coconut and Roasted Pumpkin Salad

When Miss Marmite Lover invited me to host a curry stall at her forthcoming underground food rave, I decided I’d offer dishes that were a little bit different alongside the same old traditional curries. Chaal kumro bhaja is a classic

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Bombay toast with peach and tomato salsa

Creamy, oozing with comfort and addictive little stabs of chilli this savoury French toast with an Indian twist is just the dish to take refuge in whenever you’re feeling hungry, tired, skint or all three. It’s a proper serotonin-raiser, whether

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Bombay toast with peach and tomato salsa

Creamy, oozing with comfort and addictive little stabs of chilli this savoury French toast with an Indian twist is just the dish to take refuge in whenever you’re feeling hungry, tired, skint or all three. It’s a proper serotonin-raiser, whether

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Stichelton Dressing

There’s only so much cauliflower cheese you can take before you start to feel a bit peaky. Awkward  bride that I was, I’d demanded one of those cakes made up of cheesy tiers for my big day. At the time

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Stichelton Dressing

There’s only so much cauliflower cheese you can take before you start to feel a bit peaky. Awkward  bride that I was, I’d demanded one of those cakes made up of cheesy tiers for my big day. At the time

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A Dish Served Cold

“I want the bastards that tortured my grandmother to bleed” spits Susan, her face contorting and reddening to match the hue of our food. “I want them to feel just a fraction of her pain.” We’re in a tiny izakaya

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A Dish Served Cold

“I want the bastards that tortured my grandmother to bleed” spits Susan, her face contorting and reddening to match the hue of our food. “I want them to feel just a fraction of her pain.” We’re in a tiny izakaya

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Crisp Bitter Melon and Stir-Fried Bengali Greens

Crisp Bitter Melon Bitter Melon, or Karella as it’s called in Bengali is a violently bitter vegetable. To temper this and extract those mouth-puckering enzymes a good long salting is required. Once broken down into paper thin crescents, fried up

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Crisp Bitter Melon and Stir-Fried Bengali Greens

Crisp Bitter Melon Bitter Melon, or Karella as it’s called in Bengali is a violently bitter vegetable. To temper this and extract those mouth-puckering enzymes a good long salting is required. Once broken down into paper thin crescents, fried up

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An Autumn Feast/Smoked Aubergine Dhal

I’ve been ordered out of bed on a Saturday morning to conjure up a Bengali feast for a posse of aunts, uncles, cousins and their adorable yet eternally hyperactive progeny. I usually relish these big messy get togethers; the preparation

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An Autumn Feast/Smoked Aubergine Dhal

I’ve been ordered out of bed on a Saturday morning to conjure up a Bengali feast for a posse of aunts, uncles, cousins and their adorable yet eternally hyperactive progeny. I usually relish these big messy get togethers; the preparation

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Lentil Doughnuts in a Spiced Yoghurt Sauce AKA Dahi Vada

Sometimes only GITS will do. If you have time to clean, wash and soak the black lentils overnight before grinding to a paste with salt, ginger and bicarbonate of soda then of course the results will be infinitely tastier, but

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Lentil Doughnuts in a Spiced Yoghurt Sauce AKA Dahi Vada

Sometimes only GITS will do. If you have time to clean, wash and soak the black lentils overnight before grinding to a paste with salt, ginger and bicarbonate of soda then of course the results will be infinitely tastier, but

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Salt Yard Style Tapas

I had the most amazing meal at Salt Yard – a rabbit dish so good that it made me laugh, fried parsnips with truffle and rosemary honey and padron peppers were all stand out tapas that I couldn’t wait to

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Salt Yard Style Tapas

I had the most amazing meal at Salt Yard – a rabbit dish so good that it made me laugh, fried parsnips with truffle and rosemary honey and padron peppers were all stand out tapas that I couldn’t wait to

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Roast Broccoli

I hate broccoli. Liver, spinach, anchovies, olives – I have no problem with any of these things. But broccoli?  Bleugh. I only eat it if it’s so smothered in something else (cheese sauce) that there is no remaining hint of

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Roast Broccoli

I hate broccoli. Liver, spinach, anchovies, olives – I have no problem with any of these things. But broccoli?  Bleugh. I only eat it if it’s so smothered in something else (cheese sauce) that there is no remaining hint of

Miso Vegetable Soup

This is the simplest soup ever. Add whatever vegetables you have knocking around, I find carrots, spinach and mushrooms work well. The only essentials are seaweed and the spring onion. I like to have this for breakfast with a fruit

Miso Vegetable Soup

This is the simplest soup ever. Add whatever vegetables you have knocking around, I find carrots, spinach and mushrooms work well. The only essentials are seaweed and the spring onion. I like to have this for breakfast with a fruit

Japanese Mushroom Rice

This is lovely hot or cold in a packed lunch with the ganmodoki recipe above (fried tofu-vegetable balls).

Japanese Mushroom Rice

This is lovely hot or cold in a packed lunch with the ganmodoki recipe above (fried tofu-vegetable balls).

Spinach and Yoghurt Dahl

Made using the same spicing used in tradition meat curries, this is so delicious it’s hard to believe how very very good for you it is. It’s definitely worth toasting and grinding the spices yourself as it adds a depth

Spinach and Yoghurt Dahl

Made using the same spicing used in tradition meat curries, this is so delicious it’s hard to believe how very very good for you it is. It’s definitely worth toasting and grinding the spices yourself as it adds a depth