Mushroom Carbonara

Mushroom Carbonara

Carbonara is a very well-known yet misunderstood recipe, as so many people get it wrong, either adding milk or cream or letting the eggs become scrambled. Traditionally, the Italians use dried cured unsmoked pork called pancetta, however I have substituted mushrooms which offer an earthy flavour, especially when sauteed in olive oil.  Other than the swap of mushrooms for pancetta, I have kept the sauce very traditional, using only eggs, parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper. I...
Egyptian Falafel

Egyptian Falafel

Falafel is a staple recipe across the Middle East and North Africa, so it is no surprise that the recipe varies greatly from region to region. I have posted two versions of falafel before, 5 bean and almond falafel, and the falafel wraps I made when I was catering at Rumbellion Festival. Both recipes I followed no specific ingredient list, process or regional variation. I just added what I had available in my cupboards and went on...
Thai Red Vegetable Curry

Thai Red Vegetable Curry

When I first started blogging I was adamant that everything had to be made from scratch. I have since realised that life is too busy to spend shopping around for obscure ingredients to then spend hours cooking. So, as with my recent easy vegetarian pho or more complex traditional Vietnamese tofu pho recipes, my Thai red vegetable curry recipe uses a cheat; pre-made red curry paste. I haven’t posted a traditional red curry paste before, but I have...
Peanut Chickpea & Kale Stew

Peanut Chickpea & Kale Stew

Hello and Happy New Year! My Peanut Chickpea & Kale Stew is an incredibly cheap and easy recipe that uses mainly store cupboard ingredients – perfect for the frugal months after an expensive holiday season. It is the perfect balance of savoury (from the peanuts), spicy (from the hot sauce) and hearty (from the chickpeas). This recipe is also completely vegan and very healthy, yet feels decadent due to the peanut butter thickening the sauce....
Mushroom Wellington

Mushroom Wellington

Season’s greetings! Sorry there has been a lengthy break since my last post, a concoction of my laptop breaking, starting a new job and moving house has led to me not dedicating enough time to the blog. My brain has however still ben whirring away coming up with new ideas, so today I bring you an excellent festive vegetarian centrepiece just in time for Christmas… the mushroom wellington. Usually I take inspiration from other...
Rumbellion Festival Falafel

Rumbellion Festival Falafel

At the beginning of June I took my catering escapades one step further and opened up a pop up food stall at the magical festival of Rumbellion. I needed something I could cook in a field with little power but still be hot and tasty, so I turned to the old faithful vegetarian classic, falafel. When I am at festivals I want something which won’t go everywhere, I can eat whilst dancing and still holding...