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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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Shakshuka

Shakshuka

A traditional Shakshuka is a tomato-based sauce in which eggs are poached. It makes a delicious breakfast dish; and the variations provided here make it suitable for many diets, including replacing the eggs with Tofu for Egg Free and Vegan diets. Originating in North Africa, the rich tomato sauce includes a selection of herbs and […]

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Roasted Cauliflower

Roast Cauliflower with Spices

Roast Cauliflower with Spices can be served as a vegetable, a salad or a light meal. It is suitable for many diets including: Low Calorie, Paleo and Vegan. Roasting cauliflower sweetens it; and the addition of spices makes a tasty ‘combo’ and a good variation on the traditional cauliflower cheese. Cauliflower and peanuts pair well […]

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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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Prawn and Mushroom Curry

Prawn and Mushroom Curry

Prawn and Mushroom Curry, a favourite in my house, is simple to make and suitable for the diets of many who eat seafood. This dish is the first Alastair cooked for me nearly 18 years ago. It was a brave choice because, at the time, I was quite fussy about what I would and would […]

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Perreault - about global causes

Going Global

This week two of my recipes, from BrowsersGrazers, where published in the magazine PERREAULT – about global causes The magazine looks to address global issues, social enterprise and global entrepreneurship. Alongside this, it presents art and film that are beyond entertainment. Both the subscription to and, consequently and even more importantly, the inspiration from this […]

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Zambia

Slice, Dice and Chop

Here in Zambia, it is the end of winter. It is warm (except in the early morning) and pretty much insect-free. Ideal for growing most vegetables (provided one has ready access to water as it is also the dry season). With the aid of ‘just right’ sunshine, plenty of water (we live right by the […]

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Green Beans with Mirin

Green Beans with Mirin

Lightly steamed Green Beans served with a Japanese style dressing is very simple and tasty and suitable for numerous diets. Serve it either warm or cold. Make this vegetable the basis of a nutritious, light vegan meal. Add more seeds or replace with nuts to provide adequate protein; and serve it with steamed brown or […]

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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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Beetroot and Pomegranate Soup

Beetroot and Pomegranate Soup

This Beetroot and Pomegranate Soup combines sweet and earthy flavours. It is suitable for the majority of diets, making it an attractive choice for a party menu. Dill and beetroot are a classic combination. The tang of the added pomegranate lightens the flavours; and yoghurt and/or walnuts add protein, making this soup a light meal. […]

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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 Parsnip and Bean

Roast Parsnip and Beans

Roasted parsnips are sweet and with beans make a tasty light meal or winter salad. This dish is suitable for most diets including Diabetic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Nut Free and Vegan. One of my favourite winter vegetables has always been roasted parsnip. And this recipe is suitable for any root vegetable, which […]

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Vegetable Wrap

Nori Wrap

Nori Wraps are a great snack, canapé or lunch suitable for every diet including Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan. They are a light variation of a sushi roll, having no rice. This makes them very quick to assemble and a particular favourite for those following a Paleo diet. The ingredients chosen will make these […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Sweet Potato Rosti

This variation on the presentation of sweet potato enables it to be a crisp base for a salad, light meal or a snack in its own right. The presentation of these ‘potato cakes’ offers a crisper variation of what is usually a ‘soft’ dish. To achieve this you need a mandolin to finely grate the […]

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Vegetable-Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biriyani is scented rice to which vegetables, beans and nuts are added. (Seafood, chicken and mutton are ingredients regularly added to a biryani.) It is traditionally served at an elegant meal, at festival time, in combination with many other dishes. However, it is a tasty and nutritious meal in its own right, with a […]

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Spring Greens with Tahini

Spring Greens with Tahini is a seasonal vegetable combination that can be served as a vegetable or made into a light meal for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. The term spring greens is a generic term for the numerous varieties available. It originates from the cold north where, with the thawing of […]

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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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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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Ginger Congee

Congee, rice soup, is a delicious breakfast, light meal or any-time snack. Select the ingredients you add to make it suitable for your diet. I was first introduced to congee when I was visiting my mother in Hobart, Tasmania. We went out for breakfast at the café Tricycle in the famous Salamanca Wharf area. It […]

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Pheasant Soup

This winter soup is a combination of the tasty remains of roast pheasant, sweetened with cranberry sauce and ‘bodied up’ with the addition of a variety of seasonal vegetables. It is a treat in our house, not only for the flavours but also because it is made from the remains of a ‘special’ meal, i.e. […]

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Festival Salad

This is a salad to enjoy as a light, healthy meal utilising ingredients remaining from a roast or festive meal. As the name suggests, this is the salad of ‘abundance’…otherwise known as the salad of leftovers! In our enthusiasm for a happy time we so often over-cater. How to use cold, cooked vegetables can be […]

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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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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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Padron Peppers

Padron peppers are small green peppers that are pan-fried and served as a snack or canapé. They also make a good accompaniment to a grill, roast meats or eggs. Most padron peppers have a subtle flavour; but occasionally you get the jackpot, a blast of heat. This surprise of the hot pepper is often referred […]

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Pea and Lemon Soup

A nutritious soup that is quick to prepare, makes a tasty light meal and is suitable for many diets including Low Calorie, Paleo and Vegan. Peas are one of those vegetables that are often neglected. I think this is a result of there having been fewer choices of vegetables when they were the vegetable…and often […]

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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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Carrot and Potato

Carrot and Potato

A mildly spiced carrot and potato dish, ‘Tikel Gomen’, that is so versatile it can be a cold or warm potato salad or served as a vegetable with any grill. It is suitable for most diets including Dairy Free, Low Calorie and Vegan. This is a very tasty potato and carrot combo, with the turmeric […]

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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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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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Broad Bean Puree

Broad Bean Puree

Broad bean purée makes a delicious accompaniment to your meal. Being high in protein, it is a particularly good choice for Paleo, Vegan and Vegetarian diets. My mother grew broad beans. However, when young I was never very keen on them because I found the skins tough. I have now been converted to these rich […]

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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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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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Vegetable Sticks

Vegetables Sticks

A vegetable snack for your lunch box or picnic. These toothpick-sized vegetable sticks are a variation on grilled vegetables. As finger food, they can be a portion of your barbecue menu, your picnic or lunch boxes; or they can be served as a canapes. The vegetable selection is seasonal: here are pepper, courgette, aubergine, shallots […]

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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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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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Rice Noodle and Vegetable Salad

Rice Noodle Salad

A light salad that can be a tasty meal in 10 minutes. A simple combination of vegetables served with rice noodles to make a quick meal. Rice noodles are suitable for Gluten Free and Fodmap diets and are lighter in texture than the wheat-based noodles you may be more familiar with. This salad is interesting […]

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Venison with Spiced Beetroot

Grilled game with star anise and orange-flavoured beetroot. Game meats are very low calorie and low fat despite their richness. They are often accompanied by root vegetables, the strong and sweet flavours complimenting each other. Here, beetroot marinated in star anise and orange juice provides an unusual and tasty combination. The venison is simply grilled […]

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Beetroot and Star Anise

Beetroot with Star Anise

Beetroot with sweet, spicy flavours. Beetroot rates high on my shopping list because, along with potatoes, it is Alastair’s ‘favourite’ vegetable. With their great colour and flavour, they regularly feature in most of our mixed salads. I enjoy exploring other options to prevent flavour and cooking boredom; here, I have added star anise and orange […]

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Springtime Quiche

Vegetable Quiche

Eat seasonally with this quiche full of fresh green vegetables. Choose your favourite spring vegetables for this quiche. I have included asparagus, one of the star vegetables of spring, peppery watercress and green beans. For a Fodmap diet courgette is a good substitute for the asparagus. You can use a regular shortcrust pastry; or, alternatively, […]

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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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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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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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Sweet Potato Bake

Potato as a nutritionally complete meal for Vegan and Dairy Free diets. For those of us who like our potatoes, here it is in its sweeter guise prepared as either a complete meal or as a tasty addition to almost any main course. There are many versions of sliced baked potato dishes, from the very […]

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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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Wrinkled Potatoes

Wrinkled Potatoes

Soft, moist, salty potatoes are delicious served with a sauce as an appetizer; or they can accompany a main course. I was first introduced to this potato dish as Tapas in Spain. It originated in the Canary Islands where it is called Papas Arrugadas, an intriguing name for these tender and tasty potatoes. It is […]

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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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brussels sprouts and feta salad

Brussels Sprouts and Feta Salad

A new way to eat Brussel sprouts for the Diabetic and Vegetarian. Brussel sprouts used not to be my ‘favourite vegetable’! But, after a few winters in Britain, I came to understand that sprouts can be sweet. They like the cold (even if I don’t), with the frosts and snow being the secret to growing […]

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Cauliflower Rice

A great winter salad with an unusual combination of flavours. I have usually eaten cauliflower cooked, and when raw as a part of a platter of vegetables with a dip. A friend served a similar cauliflower salad at a BBQ and I liked the simplicity and the texture of the finely chopped cauliflower. Here I […]

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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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Aubergine, Pumpkin Curry

Aubergine, Pumpkin Curry

A simple, tasty vegan curry that is a warming winter treat for Paleo and Vegan diets. There is a long list of ingredients for this recipe, do not be alarmed it is an easy dish to cook. The inclusion of cashew nuts makes this vegetable curry creamy and a good source of protein. For those […]

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Potato and Rocket Salad

A colourful potato salad with ‘greens’, a good addition to any vegan or gluten free selection. Potato salads have traditionally been dredged in mayonnaise, making them rich, very high calorie and not the healthy choice you may have wished for. Traditionally my simple potato salad has been potatoes (Pink Eye in Tasmania or Charlotte in […]

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