Category Archives: vegetarian

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broad bean, orzo and preserved lemon salad with brazil nut pesto

The taste of purest summer (even if it is a bit schizo and drizzly out there). Especially good with a bit of grilled dsalmon on the side.  Lunch box leftovers an added bonus. FOR THE SALAD broad beans podded and

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broad bean, orzo and preserved lemon salad with brazil nut pesto

The taste of purest summer (even if it is a bit schizo and drizzly out there). Especially good with a bit of grilled dsalmon on the side.  Lunch box leftovers an added bonus. FOR THE SALAD broad beans podded and

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paneer skewers with kitchuri

Like most Bengali kids, I grew up wolfing down bowls of kitchuri. I didn’t really care about the wonderful vitamins and protein involved, just those delicious toasty grains – I find the smell of this cooking so very comforting and

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paneer skewers with kitchuri

Like most Bengali kids, I grew up wolfing down bowls of kitchuri. I didn’t really care about the wonderful vitamins and protein involved, just those delicious toasty grains – I find the smell of this cooking so very comforting and

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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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Aloo saag pies

Behold the traditional creamy Bengali aloo saag pie. Made by countless generations of Bengalis before me and whole lines of master bakers before them, passed down from generation to generation…well,ok maybe not. But you know who really cares, as long

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Aloo saag pies

Behold the traditional creamy Bengali aloo saag pie. Made by countless generations of Bengalis before me and whole lines of master bakers before them, passed down from generation to generation…well,ok maybe not. But you know who really cares, as long

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roasted Bengali tomato salad with mooli parathas

Whenever I’m faced with a glut of tomatoes all I can think of is making a traditional Bengali bortha or a proper, garlicky roasted tomato salad. Here I’ve combined the two, to make an every day salad a bit more exciting

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roasted Bengali tomato salad with mooli parathas

Whenever I’m faced with a glut of tomatoes all I can think of is making a traditional Bengali bortha or a proper, garlicky roasted tomato salad. Here I’ve combined the two, to make an every day salad a bit more exciting

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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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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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Papeta Pur Eeda AKA Eggs on Potato

I’m a truly rubbish Muslim. Seriously. I’ve been known to enjoy the odd half of snakebite, am married to a devout atheist; rarely buy halal anything and would never dream of circumcising my baby boy.  Despite this, I’m still a Muslim

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Papeta Pur Eeda AKA Eggs on Potato

I’m a truly rubbish Muslim. Seriously. I’ve been known to enjoy the odd half of snakebite, am married to a devout atheist; rarely buy halal anything and would never dream of circumcising my baby boy.  Despite this, I’m still a Muslim

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double chilli beanburgers

I   have quite the soft spot for the spicy beanburger. This has less to do with the weird, pappy texture and everything to do with the memory it evokes of errant teenage years. My first ever boyfriend was a

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double chilli beanburgers

I   have quite the soft spot for the spicy beanburger. This has less to do with the weird, pappy texture and everything to do with the memory it evokes of errant teenage years. My first ever boyfriend was a

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Lebanese Mint Lemonade

I came across this at Yalla Yalla the other day. Gloriously sharp and refreshing, it’s immensely quaffable and there’s been nothing else I’ve wanted to drink quite so much since. Don’t forget to strip the leaves from the stalks. There’s

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Lebanese Mint Lemonade

I came across this at Yalla Yalla the other day. Gloriously sharp and refreshing, it’s immensely quaffable and there’s been nothing else I’ve wanted to drink quite so much since. Don’t forget to strip the leaves from the stalks. There’s

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Roasted carrot, red lentil and blood orange soup

So the book’s been officially on sale for a week now, and amazingly has sold out not once, but twice already on Amazon, which has been pretty surreal to say the least. It’s been a total honour to work with such

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Roasted carrot, red lentil and blood orange soup

So the book’s been officially on sale for a week now, and amazingly has sold out not once, but twice already on Amazon, which has been pretty surreal to say the least. It’s been a total honour to work with such

Za’atar Onion Rings

One of the main reasons I could never move to the countryside is because I seriously couldn’t bear to be too far from the ethnic shops and grocers I’ve grown up with in the smoke. I’m constantly amazed at the

Za’atar Onion Rings

One of the main reasons I could never move to the countryside is because I seriously couldn’t bear to be too far from the ethnic shops and grocers I’ve grown up with in the smoke. I’m constantly amazed at the

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Za’atar Onion Rings

One of the main reasons I could never move to the countryside is because I seriously couldn’t bear to be too far from the ethnic shops and grocers I’ve grown up with in the smoke. I’m constantly amazed at the

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Za’atar Onion Rings

One of the main reasons I could never move to the countryside is because I seriously couldn’t bear to be too far from the ethnic shops and grocers I’ve grown up with in the smoke. I’m constantly amazed at the

Spiced Glazed Walnuts

Those nice people at Maldon salt sent me their frankly brilliant Desert Island Dishes cookbook. If you’d like to win a copy, just leave a comment below outlining what your desert island dish might be.

Spiced Glazed Walnuts

Those nice people at Maldon salt sent me their frankly brilliant Desert Island Dishes cookbook. If you’d like to win a copy, just leave a comment below outlining what your desert island dish might be.

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roasted pumpkin mulligatawny

It seems that the whole world and his wife have been struck down by the sniffles. Everyone I talk to sounds a bit bunged up, slightly red around the eyes and just a little bit blue. After working our way

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roasted pumpkin mulligatawny

It seems that the whole world and his wife have been struck down by the sniffles. Everyone I talk to sounds a bit bunged up, slightly red around the eyes and just a little bit blue. After working our way

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piccalilli

In need of some Christmas gift inspiration? Want something that looks and tastes like way more effort than is actually involved? Look no further than home made piccalilli. Your lucky recipient will think you’ve injected literally hours of love and

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piccalilli

In need of some Christmas gift inspiration? Want something that looks and tastes like way more effort than is actually involved? Look no further than home made piccalilli. Your lucky recipient will think you’ve injected literally hours of love and

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health nut balls

There’s a special place in my kitchen cupboard dedicated to all those crazy life-enhancing ‘restorative’ health foods I’ve purchased in a guilty haze after overdoing it or when I’m feeling under the weather. Zip lock bags of spirulina powder, maca

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health nut balls

There’s a special place in my kitchen cupboard dedicated to all those crazy life-enhancing ‘restorative’ health foods I’ve purchased in a guilty haze after overdoing it or when I’m feeling under the weather. Zip lock bags of spirulina powder, maca

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tea spiced chickpeas with puffy spelt bread

“ahm joony faareigner ja git me yeah? Nooo. Naaaaah Jimmy I’ve nae idea wha’ ure sayin’” slurs the wild-eyed Asian guy with the Celtic scarf and hair like Jesus. The table of young office workers look shocked and slightly scared.

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tea spiced chickpeas with puffy spelt bread

“ahm joony faareigner ja git me yeah? Nooo. Naaaaah Jimmy I’ve nae idea wha’ ure sayin’” slurs the wild-eyed Asian guy with the Celtic scarf and hair like Jesus. The table of young office workers look shocked and slightly scared.

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miso courgette tart

aaah miso-cream cheese. My new addiction; this happy, happy accident has proved incredible on toast, in smoked fish sarnies, smeared over celery sticks and of course, straight from the spoon. It’s absolutely killer in this super-speedy tart. This has become

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miso courgette tart

aaah miso-cream cheese. My new addiction; this happy, happy accident has proved incredible on toast, in smoked fish sarnies, smeared over celery sticks and of course, straight from the spoon. It’s absolutely killer in this super-speedy tart. This has become

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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 –