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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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Yabby Paté

Yabbie Paté

This tangy Yabbie Paté is perfect for a summer dinner party. With variatious substitutions, it is suitable for many diets including: Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Low Calorie. Fish farming has become a growing industry here in Zambia where water is plentiful in many parts. At one time there was even a Yabby farm, […]

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Ricotta Gnocchi

Ricotta Gnocchi

This Gnocchi is Gluten Free, with the ricotta cheese providing a moist texture. Gnocchi is very simple to make, although it does take a little time particularly when you are unfamiliar with the process and the texture required. (Below are some simple tips to help you make your first batch of Gluten Free gnocchi). I […]

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Asparagus and Gribiche Sauce

Asparagus with Gribiche Sauce

This sauce, accompanying steamed or grilled asparagus, can be described as a healthy hollandaise option. It is suitable for many diets including Diabetic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie and Vegetarian. Gribiche Sauce is of French origin. The preparation is simply the mixing of the yolk of a soft-poached egg with a combination of herbs, […]

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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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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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Vegetable Fritters - Bahji

Vegetable Fritters – Bahji

Tasty vegetable fritters, Bhaji, make a great snack or light meal and are suitable for Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Many of you will already be familiar with this Indian snack, also known as pakora, of which there are there are many variations. Onion bhaji are perhaps the best known, at […]

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Spiced Potatoes and Peas

Spiced Potatoes and Peas

A spicy variation on potato salad, inspired with Indian flavours, to accompany a meal. I am very keen on Indian food, a fondness which has grown during my years living in London where many of the ‘curry houses’ are of exceptionally high quality. I am therefore including many variations on Indian recipes on this site. […]

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Steamed-Aubergine-and-Sesame

Steamed Aubergine and Sesame

A light dish of aubergine and mange tout flavoured with sesame and ginger. It is suitable for Diabetic, Dairy Free, Paleo and Vegan diets; and substitutes are suggested for Fodmap diet. Steaming is an unusual way to prepare aubergine as it is generally fried in a lot of oil. This method — together with the […]

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Soft Cheese and Tofu

Two very simple recipes to make your own soft cheese or tofu, to use in baking and for dips and spreads. This soft cheese is called Lebneh in the Middle East, where it is made with yoghurt, and Paneer in India where milk is used. In both recipes you can substitute soya products, with a […]

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Mussels Asian Style

Mussels Asian Style

Mussels, with the subtle Asian flavours of ginger, lime and a touch of chilli, makes a light and delicious meal suitable for many occasions and diets. Many people eat mussels only when dining out. Here is a recipe that may encourage you to incorporate this tasty, cheap and nutritious food into your own cooking repertoire. […]

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Potato Boulangère

Potato Boulangère, sliced potato, onion and herbs cooked in stock, is a healthy vegetable accompaniment to your meal and suitable for most diets. The name, Potato Boulangère, references its origins, the French baker. It was to him that villagers took their prepared dish to be cooked. During the middle of the day, between the early […]

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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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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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Brussels Sprouts, Pomegranate

The sweetness of shallots, orange and pomegranate enliven the sometimes bitter Brussels sprouts. This is a bright and colourful dish, suggestive of festivity. This citrus flavour makes a light alternative to the traditional sprouts and chestnuts combination that is regularly served with roasts. I have found this dish a particularly good accompaniment to Duck with […]

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‘Bread’ Sauce

Made with celeriac, this is a good substitute for bread sauce, a traditional festive dish in the United Kingdom. It is suitable for Gluten Free diets and anyone wanting to avoid wheat and grain. Bread sauce is made by cooking and flavouring milk with onion, garlic, cloves and bay leaves and then thickening it with […]

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Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

A lentil salad that is a complete and easy meal to assemble in 5 minutes, with pre-cooked lentils. Variations are offered making it suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. My preference for lentils in this salad are those cooked with spices. Here I have used those remaining from a meal of “Green […]

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Shiro Wat - Humus

Shiro Wat – Humus

Shiro Wat is a spicy Ethiopian chickpea dish served as one of a number of dishes with injera (Ethiopian pancake). It also makes a very tasty dip, an alternative to ‘normal’ humus. This is a simply prepared combination of onion, Berber (Ethiopian spice mix) and shiro (also known as chickpea flour or besan). I first […]

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Ethiopian Greens

Ethiopian Greens

The simple addition of spices to green leafy vegetables brings extra interest to any meal while keeping it suitable for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Paleo and Vegan diets. This is a traditional dish from Ethiopia, usually served as one of several withInjera, a type of pancake made with Gluten Free teff flour which is a staple […]

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Beetroot Feta Salad

This salad makes a light and visually bright meal. I came upon this recipe through the Australian chef, Jill Dupleix. It appealed to me because the beetroot is without vinegar, enabling the sweetness of the earthy vegetable to contrast with the salty feta. It is very quick to assemble particularly if you purchase pre-cooked beetroots […]

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Cucumber and Avocado Soup

Cucumber and Avocado Soup

A light refreshing soup that is a meal in itself. It is suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Raw and Vegan Diets. The subtle flavours can be enhanced by the addition of a little harrisa or chopped green chilli. However, be cautious with the quantity unless you want a ‘hot’ soup. Diets for which […]

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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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Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes

Herby fish cakes or small bites, as canapes for Gluten Free, Low Calorie and Paleo diets. The herbs provide moisture and flavour to these fish cakes, so select a firm fish (it need not be expensive). The idea for these originated from my mother’s cooking. She used to make what the family called ‘green patties’. […]

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Peaches with Feta

Peaches with Feta

A fruit-based starter; or a light lunch for Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie and Vegetarian diets. This dish provides a delicious mix of summer flavours – fragrant peaches and basil with salty feta cheese mixed with a grain to bind the contrasting textures. I have selected giant couscous (not suitable for GF diet), other examples […]

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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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Red Pepper with Lemon

A tasty balance of sweet roasted pepper, lemon and caper making it an interesting addition to salads for Dairy Free, Diabetic, Fodmap, and Vegetarian diets. Roasting peppers increases their sweetness, making them a good basis for sauces. Here they are prepared as a salad or as a dish to complement a grill or cold selection. […]

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Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

A simple and tasty addition to any meze platter, salad or starter. Asparagus various widely in its colour, size, texture and taste; from white to green, fine to thick, firm to soft, and subtle to nutty. Whatever your selection, grilling the asparagus and serving with lemon juice, parmesan cheese and black pepper is delicious. Diets […]

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Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted tomatoes for many occasions and most diets. Ripe, seasonal, tiny tomatoes are sweet bites. Roast with some fresh herbs to provide complementing flavours. Diets for which Roasted Tomatoes are suitable: Diabetic, Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Vegan and Vegetarian. Ingredients Preparation: 5 mins | Cooking: 20+ mins […]

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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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Chicken Tikka

A tasty meal or snack adapted for Dairy Free, Low Fat and Gluten Free diets. Traditionally a spicy Indian roadside snack, Chicken Tikka has become one of Britain’s favourite meals. It is a rich dish and the cream sauce makes it high fat and calories, not a healthy choice. My tasty alteration is chicken marinated […]

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Ginger Rice

A lightly spiced dish, so tasty it will put rice high on your list of staples. After cooking ginger rice I decided never to cook boiled rice again; well, never say never, but you understand how much I liked it. I like ginger – you may have guessed that – and have been working to […]

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Celeriac-Roasted

Celeriac, Roasted

A sweet, nutty-flavoured vegetable that is delicious served with hot meals and salads. Hidden in the gnarled appearance of the celeriac is a vegetable that is much more than a potato substitute. It is usually cooked and served in similar ways to a potato, ie mashed, roasted or in gratin dishes. However, the flavour and […]

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Pea Guacamole

Pea Guacamole

Pea Guacamole is a bright green dip that is very suggestive of spring. It is a healthy, low fat alternative to the avocado guacamole we all know and love; and it is as simple to prepare. The dish is sweet from the natural juices of the peas, the flavour of which is enhanced by the […]

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Asparagus with Orange

A delicious treat to herald the spring. Asparagus is simple to prepare and in this recipe the subtle flavour is enhanced with a little orange and mustard. Cook the asparagus for minimal time so it retains texture and colour. Diets for which Asparagus with Orange are suitable: Dairy Free, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low […]

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Celery and Cashew Salad

A salad full of crunch and subtle flavours. This salad is simple to prepare and the combination of ingredients will be an interesting variation in your salad repertoire. The flavours make it suitable to serve with many dishes; and the high protein content of the nuts makes this a satisfying inclusion for any meal of […]

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Spinach and Pinenuts

Spinach and Pine Nuts

Sweet and sour spinach for Fodmap, Dairy Free and Vegans. Spinach has been one of my favourite vegetables since I was very young. A strange choice for a child, though not all my favourite foods are such healthy choices! But I do not normally discuss this as I encourage tasty nutrition rich foods. Spinach is […]

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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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Tofu Sauce

A tasty, simple sauce for vegetables, that requires no cooking. It is suitable for Vegan, Raw and Paleo (low carbohydrate) diets. I developed this recipe from a dish I ate in a Japanese restaurant in Melbourne –. http://www.ichiichiku.com.au/ – a small restaurant on Park Street, Sth Yarra, where I had a delicious meal that was […]

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Mango and Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Mango Salad

A light refreshing salad for diabetic, nut free and vegan diets. The season for the smooth skinned and fragrant Alphonso mango is until the end of June (any variety of mango can be used in this recipe). If you have one ‘lying around’ (not sure how that would be for this soft sweet fruit) this […]

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Avocado and Grapefruit

A simple, refreshing starter. I generally cook seasonal foods and use local produce. However, in the depths of the English winter I can be seduced by some imports, avocado and grapefruit being good examples. They are available all year, though I am most attracted by a taste of the tropics when the days are short. […]

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Mango Salsa

A multi-purpose dish – salad, appetiser or serve as a spicy accompaniment to many dishes. Mangos are one of my favourite fruit. Growing up in a cool climate, we did not have mango when I was young. Later, while doing the Aussie travelling thing, I spent a few months in India where I ate mango […]

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