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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rhubarb Pudding

These upside-down puddings are a tasty option as a winter or spring dessert, when seasonal fruit is in short supply. I like rhubarb, probably because it was a regular addition to apple desserts throughout my childhood. Also, I find its sharp astringency makes a good contrast to the sweet elements of a dessert, as in […]

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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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Beetroot Blinis

Beetroot Blinis

These blinis are tasty bites that can be served as a canapé or a snack; or, when larger, they are the basis of a light meal. With the vegetable content, they are a nourishing variation on a flour-based blini. The beetroot and tofu keeps them moist, adds protein and makes them suitable for vegan diets. […]

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Pumpkin and Tofu Flan

Pumpkin and Tofu Flan

A savoury pumpkin pie full of flavour while being suitable for many diets including Diabetic, Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian and Vegan diets. All the spices in this flan are sweet, with the cardamom and chilli also providing ‘heat’. The natural flavours maintain suitability for Diabetic, Dairy Free and Vegan diets. They […]

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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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Pine Nuts with Banana

Boozy bananas. A delicious mix of aniseed and banana that Alastair used to serve when he lived in Kinshasa in the 1980s. The first time I made this dish I was cautious with the bottle; although the bananas tasted great they discoloured off-puttingly because they had not been completely covered in liquor. Next time, to […]

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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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Avocado Tartine

Avocado Tartine

A tasty light meal for Vegans, Diabetics, Dairy Free and Nut Free diets. Tartine is a French word meaning open sandwich and it also suggests bread with rich and elaborate toppings. This is a good description for this simple but delicious light meal. It is inspired by a lunch I enjoyed with a friend at […]

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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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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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