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Warm Winter Salad

Warm Winter Salad

A warm, crisp salad using seasonal ingredients and suitable for any occasion and any diet. This is very quick to prepare, with the vegetables maintaining their crunchy texture when they are served immediately. This salad is a useful way to use the odd selection of vegetables remaining in the refrigerator. Alternatively, select vegetables, herbs and […]

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Tomato and Basil Risotto

Tomato and Basil Risotto

Tomato Risotto is a versatile dish suitable as an accompaniment to many mains and, with a little variation, can be provided for most diets including: Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan. With tomatoes in abundant supply here in Zambia I am always exploring new ways to include them in our meals. This particular risotto, being simple […]

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Halloumi Burger

Halloumi Burger

This vegetarian cheeseburger is a tasty accompaniment to grilled vegetables, green salad and a variety of salsas. It is suitable for Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, and Vegetarian diets. These burgers are a vegetarian option that make a pleasant change to bean burgers. Grilled Halloumi cheese is a regular addition to many menus. This variation […]

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Vegetable Sauces

Vegetable Sauces

The Vegetable Sauce recipes below are simply prepared and suitable for the diets as indicated with each recipe. Cooked in advance they can be refrigerated for later inclusion in: dips, salsas, pasta and gnocchi sauce, pizza, served over roasted, steamed or stuffed vegetables, as the basis for poaching fish and as a sauce for many […]

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Pineapple and Corn Salad

Pineapple and Corn Salad

The sweet and savoury flavours of Pineapple and Corn Salad provide a meal in one that is suitable for most diets including Diabetic, Gluten Free, and Vegan. This is a combination of ingredients, pineapple and corn, that, until living in a tropical climate, I had not enjoyed to their fullest. Combining them seemed a good […]

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Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip is a light variation of hummus that can also be served as a tasty cold vegetable dish or salad. It is suitable for Diabetic, Fodmap, Low Calorie and Vegan diets. As a dip, the smooth consistency of puréed carrot and tahini has a creamy texture. I also like serving the carrot coarse, mashing […]

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Grilled Aubergine

Grilled Aubergine

Grill aubergine (eggplant) to serve with a wide choice of ingredients to suit various meals types and diets. ‘Grilled’ Aubergine, widely featured on menus in the Mediterranean, refers to numerous cooking methods. It is frequently fried, resulting in the aubergine absorbing a large quantity of fat. The fat content of this dish can be minimised […]

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Roast Carrot Salad

Roast Carrot Salad

A salad for all seasons, bringing great flavour and colour to the table. This is the simplest of salads, being particularly useful when it is winter and you are cooking seasonally. It is also ideal for those occasions when you have minimal vegetables to select from when making a couple of salads. It was for […]

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Salmon Tartare

Salmon Tartare

This aromatic combination of herbs and spices is delicious with raw salmon as a fresh starter or light supper. Tartare is usually associated with steak; a mix of raw beef with herbs and spices. The concept for this dish is similar, though the salmon is cut into small cubes rather than minced: and the mix […]

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Festive Crostini

Festive Crostini

Festive Crostini are a light and healthy canapé, their colours indicative of the festive season. The choice of the base makes them suitable for all diets including Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan. Crunchy, light and quick to prepare, these crostini have the flavours of Italian antipasto. While baguette is generally the base for these […]

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Flatbread, Yeast Free

Flatbread, Yeast-Free

A yeast-free flatbread that you can cook in a frying pan, on the barbecue or in the oven. Its simplicity and suitability for many diets – including Diabetic, Dairy Free and Vegan – make this a ‘must have’ recipe. There are many names for flatbread: naan, pitta and roti to name a few. Today, the […]

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Roasted Quince - Savoury

Roast Quince – Savoury

Roast Quince, rich and sweet, can accompany any grill, roast, curry or salad selection. It is suitable for many diets including: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan. In recent years I have become more interested in combining sweet and savoury. The contrasts enhance the inherent flavour of each and I find it reduces my […]

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

A simply soup that is tasty and suitable for most diets including Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie and Vegan diets. Pumpkin soup was one of my ‘comfort foods’ when I was young and something I still enjoy. There are many variations; but perhaps the most common is pumpkin with the addition of potato to […]

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Plum Parfait

Plum Parfait

Plum Parfait is a mixed fruit dessert, adaptable to utilise seasonal fruit. Autumn is a time of abundance for fruit and vegetables, with plums usually in great supply in the temperate zones. I enjoy incorporating them into both sweet and savoury dishes. The regular sweet options are cakes, crumbles and puddings. This mix of fruit […]

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Bibimbap

Bibimbap

Bibimbap, a Korean dish, is colourful, nutritious and adaptable for most diets including Egg Free and Vegan where the traditional egg can be substituted. It has been said that ‘there are as many versions of Bibimbap as there are Korean cooks’. With that in mind, this is not really a recipe as such but a […]

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Mediteranean-Bean-Salad

Mediterranean Bean Salad

Mediterranean Bean Salad is a combination of legumes and summer vegetables; delicious as a light meal or as one of a selection of salads. The vegetables I have recommended for this salad are a guide only; any number of summer vegetables can be included. Try adding celery, green beans or a little tomato. Fava beans, […]

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Vegetable Stock

Vegetable Stock

A basic stock recipe that can be utilitsed in soups, stews and sauce and is suitable for most diets including: Diabetic, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegetarian and Vegan. Making your own stock is simple and a good way to use odd pieces of vegetable, particularly those that look a little ‘tired’. If you do […]

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Asparagus-Soup

Asparagus Soup

A light asparagus soup, the fragrance enhanced with ginger and lime. Suitable for Diabetic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, and Vegan diets. This soup is a simple combination of ingredients. The result is optimised when your asparagus is full of flavour; you can not judge this visually, however, so my recommendation is always to try […]

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Steamed Fish with Basil

Fish, simply cooked, absorbing the flavours of herbs and fresh vegetables to provide a light and nourishing meal. This recipe could be called ‘steamed fish’; but that would suggest something very bland, which it is not! Quick and simple to prepare, it is nevertheless very tasty and healthy and is suitable to serve as an […]

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Horseradish Cream

A very simple recipe to make a horseradish cream or sauce which, with its spicy (almost mustard) flavour, enlivens many dishes. Horseradish, a root, is considered a herb rather than a vegetable. It can be stored in the refrigerator with vinegar to preserve the flavour and colour; or grate and freeze it. It is not […]

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Quinoa Citrus and Herbs

Quinoa, Citrus and Herbs

A multitude of flavours and colours for this salad of grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and herbs. I have used quinoa, a high protein, Gluten Free grain; but there are many other wholegrains that are suitable in this recipe. For a Fodmap and Gluten Free-friendly salad try bulgur wheat, millet or wild rice. Many of the […]

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Grilled Chicory Salad

Chicory Salad

A cooked winter salad. A crowd-stopper of vibrant red, white and green. Winter salads can be bright and light. Here, the leaves of chicory, which has a slightly bitter taste, are combined with the sweeter gem lettuce. Grilling these greens both changes the flavour and challenges the concept of how to present lettuce. Adding a […]

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Brussels Sprouts, Citrus

Brussels Sprouts, Citrus

A colourful and interesting winter salad combining Brussels sprouts with the flavours of Middle Eastern cooking. Sprouts often have a slightly bitter flavour and this combination of sweet and fresh, fruit and herbs will encourage most people to try what may not be their ‘favourite vegetable’. I was never very keen on sprouts but, since […]

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Kedgeree

Kedgeree is an old English fish and rice dish, a simple pilaff that is suitable for Diabetic, Dairy Free, Fodmap and Gluten Free diets. Traditionally it is served after Christmas and the New Year, although it is very versatile being an elegant dinner or a comforting, homely meal. As such, there are innumerable variations for […]

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Oranges for Breakfast

A colourful fruit platter of winter fruits, while the colour and fragrance suggest warmer times. In the cooler latitudes, the selection of fresh fruit available is limited in the cold months (or extremely expensive while not always providing the best flavour). Presentation of the ‘standard fruits’ with a few simple additions will transform your light […]

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Turkey Burgers

A tasty meal or addition to your smorgasbord luncheon, using the remains from your celebratory lunch of roast turkey. Yesterday a friend sent christmas greetings which included:                                 This little note I send to say                                 I hope you’re well and perky;                                 And don’t forget on Christmas Day                                 Enjoy a meal of turkey! At the risk of […]

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Spinach Slice

Spinach slice makes a healthy and satisfying canapé or a light meal; or add it to your picnic basket. This dish requires little preparation time and can be cooked well in advance. The taste is subtle and, I find, a pleasant change to the spicy food I usually eat. However, you may want to add […]

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Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

By selecting a variety of mushrooms and natural ingredients, this soup is rich in flavour and suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan diets. There are hundreds of varieties of mushrooms. For real depth of flavour, this soup requires a selection beyond the button and chestnut. If availability of fresh and interesting mushrooms […]

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Pesto per tutti

Variations on traditional pesto recipes making it suitable for Dairy Free, Nut Free, Paleo and Vegan diets. When one or other of the ingredients in pesto is omitted or substituted it becomes suitable for most diets. The flavour changes; but it continues to be a tasty addition to any dish. For a Dairy Free, Paleo, […]

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Courgette and Dill

Courgette with Dill

A tasty salad or warm vegetable dish suitable for, among others, Fodmap, Paleo and Vegetarian diets. Especially if you grow your own courgettes, you will probably be searching for new and interesting recipes for your crop. Mixed with dill, one of my favourite herbs, they make a fine salad. Make a light meal with the […]

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Courgette Linguine Salad

Courgette Linguine Salad

A grain-free ‘pasta’ salad, fresh and light and suitable for Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegetarian diets. With the help of a mandolin, or a good knife and a lot of patience, a courgette can take on the appearance of pasta. Even its texture is not dissimilar. This dish can provide flavours similar to ratatouille when […]

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Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh, flavours of the Mediterranean enjoyed by Dairy Free, Diabetic and Low Calorie diets among many others. Also referred to as a parsley salad, Tabbouleh can be personalised according to taste and the availability of ingredients. To the parsley is added a softened grain. I have used millet, which is gluten free and a tasty […]

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Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad

A vegan version of a spicy Thai salad. Papaya salad is traditionally known as Som Tam. The interesting flavour combination – sweet, sour, salty and hot – make it a tasty accompaniment to any grill or cold selection; or, with the addition of more seeds, it is a satisfying light meal in itself. Green papaya […]

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Baked Apricots

Baked Apricots

Delicious softened apricots with subtle complimenting flavours that make a good dessert for Diabetic, Low Calorie and Low Fat diets. Eating fresh apricots, with the juice running down one’s chin, is a treat. Although, the apricots in this recipe are baked for a few minutes, they do retain their juiciness, shape and texture. There are […]

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Mushrooms with Coriander

Mushrooms with Coriander

A mushroom salad, a canapé, or a tasty vegan addition to meze platter. This versatile dish has just three ingredients. It is very simple to prepare and is suitable for most diets, with the exception of some Fodmap diets, ie mushrooms are on the ‘foods to avoid’ list for the Fodmap diet but this does […]

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Green Salad and Grains

Green Salad with Grains

A light, bright salad prepared with seasonal vegetables and suitable for most diets including Dairy Free, Diabetic, Low Calorie and Vegetarian. Spring brings the return of wonderful green vegetables, perfect for salads. The combinations are numerous even when you need to consider the diets you are catering for and select carefully. Fodmap diets avoid particular […]

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Coriander and Feta Samosa

Coriander and Feta Samosas

A tasty variation on the Vegetarian samosa that can also be enjoyed by Low Calorie and Low Fat diets. I came upon this tasty combination when visiting Kenya. The first time was in the café at the airstrip in Nanuki, which provides an interesting selection for lunch and snacks as you wait for your charter […]

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Fish in Chermoula

Fish in Chermoula

Grilled fish with the gentle spice mix of northern Africa that is suitable for Diabetic, Dairy Free and Paleo diets. Chermoula is an Arabic word referring to a marinade that is often used for fish and seafood but that also compliments meat and vegetables. It is a varied mix of herbs, spices, oils; lemon and […]

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Plum and Mushroom Salad

An unusual autumnal salad. Autumn provides us with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Last year, there was a bumper crop of plums; and, while one never tires of plum cake, it is interesting to delve into savoury options (and forage for mushrooms too). This salad is a variation on a roast vegetable salad. Perhaps […]

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Smoked Salmon Nori Rolls

Smoked Salmon Nori Rolls

These elegant canapés, are simple to prepare and suitable for Fodmap, Diabetic and Gluten Free diets. The mouth-sized bites are suggestive of sushi, though filled with cream cheese. This makes them a cooking-free canapé. I have found them very popular as much for visual impact as the delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese combination. Diets […]

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Coriander and Walnut Sauce

The subtle flavours in this sauce are tasty with vegetables and fish. I first made this sauce as an accompaniment for grilled vegetables. It made a light and tasty lunch and is nutritionally complete with the numerous vegetables supplemented by the protein in the walnuts. It is quick to prepare. If you make more than […]

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Spiced Blueberries

Spiced Blueberries

Variation on berries for all diets and all meals. This simple dish can be an elegant touch to a dessert or breakfast platter. The rosemary makes an unusual addition to this fruit dish. Diets for which Spiced Blueberries are suitable: Dairy Free, Diabetic, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegetarian […]

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