Autumn

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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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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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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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Baked Quinces

Baked quinces are fragrant and sweet, delicious served as breakfast fruit or dessert. Raw, quinces are inedible; but cooked they have a sweetness that requires few additional ingredients. They have a short ripening season; so make the most of their versatility while they are available. Often stewed or baked with complementary fruits, quinces make good […]

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Pear and Dried Fruit

This combination of flavours makes a wonderful breakfast treat or dessert. It combines fruits of the season with those that have beendried, during the summer, for use in the darker months when the variety of fresh seasonal produce is limited. This recipe is a guide only. Make your own selection of both variety and quantity […]

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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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Artichoke Hearts

A vegetable dish that can be served as a tasty appetiser or as the topping/sauce for gnocchi or pasta. This recipe evolved when cooking a ‘special’ meal. It was our anniversary…a moment for the heart! And Valentine’s Day would be equally appropriate. I like to try new recipes and variations when I make extra time […]

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Grilled Polenta, Mushrooms

Grilled polenta and mushrooms is a tasty alternative to mushrooms on toast that is suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Vegan diets. This combination of polenta and mushrooms could also be considered a variation of risotto or pasta, making it a starter at a dinner party or a light meal with a […]

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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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Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are presented in a variety of ways that make them suitable for numerous diets, enabling you to serve them as a canapé. These small bites are a nutritious and tasty choice for any party. From the ingredients listed make your preferred selection. If you are using a pesto that contains garlic, I recommend […]

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Quince Paste

Quince Cheese

Quince cheese frequently accompanies a fruit and cheese platter; or is added to savoury dishes to sweeten and enrich the flavours. The season for quince is late autumn – and it is short! It is around the time when apples and pears, to which they make a great ‘companion’, are abundant. Try an apple and […]

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Beetroot, Carrot and Pepper

A strikingly coloured, hot vegetable dish or cold salad that will brighten up your table. This is a combination of vegetables I first encountered at Bale Mountain Lodge in Ethiopia where it was served as a warm dish with a meat main course. I have subsequently made it as a salad on numerous occasions. Either […]

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Chestnut and Mushroom Pie

A vegetable pie that is full of autumnal flavours appropriate to the festive season. This is an elegant addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dining table and suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Pumpkin, mushroom and chestnut make for a rich, tasty pie. I usually make a roll with puff pastry. enabling […]

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Pumpkin Pie, Crustless

This pumpkin pie is made in the tradition of a flourless cake. It is a light and healthy dessert and a good choice for the seasonal celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Variations are offered, making it suitable for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Paleo diets. Especially at times of celebration it is […]

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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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Pumpkin, Spinach Muffins

Pumpkin, Spinach Muffins

Moist, savoury muffins for a snack, a Hallowe’en treat or a nutritionally-balanced light meal that is suitable for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. With autumn and the falling leaves, we harvest the remaining pumpkins, gather chestnuts and forage for mushrooms. It brings with it opportunities to celebrate with friends and family as we include […]

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Aubergine Cheescake

Aubergine Cheescake

A tasty baked savoury cheesecake with no grains, making it a good choice for Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Fodmap diets. With aubergine and tomato it has the flavours of a Mediterranean summer; and the creamy texture is reminiscent of moussaka. The inspiration for this dish comes from Nopi, one of popular chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s […]

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Spiced Aubergine Salad

Spiced Aubergine Salad

A multitude of flavours in this salad or salsa and a good choice for Diabetic, Fodmap, Low Calorie and Paleo diets. A tasty aubergine dish to which little oil is added and no salt is necessary. The spice balance makes it suitable for many occasions and palates. It is also delicious with chilli incorporated in […]

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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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Aubergine Rissoles

A vegetable rissole, packed with flavour and protein. I am a great fan of aubergine, especially when cooked without the huge quantities of oil too often used. These simple patties are a variation on the traditional aubergine dip Baba Ganoush, in which the aubergine is baked in its skin and mixed with various combinations of […]

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Spicy Steamed Plums

An interesting mix of flavours from the tropics and temperate regions suitable for Vegan, Paleo and Diabetic diets. Plums are abundant at the end of summer. I think they are not prized enough and am endeavouring to provide ideas for utilising them in both sweet and savoury dishes. This healthy, simple recipe offers an interesting […]

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Ginger Apple Muffins

Ginger Apple Muffins

A light, Gluten Free and Dairy Free snack that is not over-indulgent. Imagine autumn has arrived and, with it, shorter days, darker skies and the desire to bake with time for those comfort foods. Apples spring to my mind. I grew up with an abundant supply of apples, my grandfather having an orchard, and my […]

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Parsnip Soup

Parsnip Soup

A good Fodmap soup, great flavour with no onion or garlic. Baked parsnips have always been a favourite of mine, especially when sweet and caramelized for a roast, be it meat or a nut roast. Parsnips also make a delicious soup. The inclusion of the fennel in this soup provides an unexpected combination of flavours […]

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