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Creamy, roasted and vegan - cauliflower and almond soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Almond Soup is an easy, no-fuss “cream of” kind of soup. And it just happens to be whole food and vegan. 

Three bowls of cauliflower and almond soup with garnishesIf you are fancying a silky-smooth, super-cosy, creamy-textured vegan soup, this is your lucky day. Especially if you love cauliflower as much as we do. Even if you don’t, the healthy whack of garlic and the deep flavours of Dijon mustard and bay leaves might just tempt you.

As an additional selling feature I find that roasting the cauliflower brings out its natural sweetness and tones down the heavier – and to some off-putting – brassica notes.

Am I enticing you yet? Continue reading

baingan bharta pasta with burrata in skillet and bowl

This is the Food To Glow dinner version of the iconic Indian side dish, baingan bharta. Based on fire-roasted eggplant and cooked-down spiced tomatoes, this fragrant, soothingly-soft dish is served rather heretically with pasta and topped with creamy, indulgent burrata. Enjoy xx

close up of smoky Indian eggplant and pasta in skillet with burrataBaingan Baharta Pasta is a rather cheeky nod to my favorite Indian side dish. Spiced, but not hot; vegetable-filled, but not “worthy”; this is a tangy, aromatic way to enjoy eggplants and tomatoes. And pasta! And creamy burrata!  Continue reading

sliced apple cake with slice on white plate. Wooden background with apples

Apple Streusel Cake – crunchy and crumbly, yet moist and full to the brim with seasonal apples. The cake to bake NOW.

Apple streusel cake sliced on plate with applesDo you like apple cake? Silly question. Of course you like apple cake.

Wholesome, slightly sweet and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, this Apple Streusel Cake is a step up from my sugar-dusted Dorset Apple Cake. Where the Dorset apple cake has 225 grams of delicious apple populating its cinnamony batter, this one has a whopping 600 grams. That’s about seven apples. In one cake. Continue reading

Lemony Crab and Zucchini Pasta

Lemony Crab and Zucchini Pasta is our favourite non-veggie midweek supper dish. Why not make it yours? It is a delicious, speedy supper that doesn’t compromise on taste or texture.crab pasta with zucchini and lemon

As you can plainly see, this is a very simple dish. So simple in fact that I debated whether or not to post it. Especially as I am not at all happy with the images. Not only are these images rather old, I am on my first attempt at editing in Adobe Lightroom Classic. Talk about a learning curve! To be honest, I am tempted to ditch it, but will persevere.

Thankfully this recipe for Lemony Crab and Zucchini Pasta requires no learning curve. If you can boil pasta and wield a box grater then consider yourself an instant expert.

As it is so easy I will dispense with the usual preamble about the method. Although, to whet your appetite, I will tell you what you need. Continue reading

Smoky Mediterranean Orzo Salad on white platter

My Smoky Mediterranean Orzo Salad is packed with tangy and bold flavours to please most everyone. Serve warm or at room temperature for a hearty, attention-grabbing side dish. Or, with one or two additions, transform this easy-going pasta salad into a filling main dish.

Basically this is a sassy tweak of the picnic and potluck staple, pasta salad. Very sassy. Vegan, too.Smoky Mediterranean Orzo Salad Continue reading

scandinavian cauliflower rosti with smoked salmon and cucumber slices with pollen close shot on white plate

Low-carb cauliflower rösti is the recipe you didn’t know you needed!

close up of cauliflower rosti with smoked salmon and cucumber slices on white plateThese cauliflower rösti cakes – like hash browns! – are a delicious and low-carb alternative to the potato version. Serve for breakfast, brunch or lunch with the suggested smoked salmon and crème fraîche. Or, why not pair with poached eggs or slices of creamy avocado? I’ve got a whole list of ways to enjoy these röstis – many suitable for your smallest eaters.

I also include my easy cauliflower prep method for making perfect röstis. So no more grated fingers!

Aaand, to give you more choice, I give instructions for both frying (quicker) and baking (fat-free). With so many options, you are bound to find a method and flavour menu to suit you. Continue reading

colouful coleslaw in wooden bowl with wooden spoons on concrete background

Creamy Sunflower-Ranch Coleslaw – Ditch the mayo and blend up roasted sunflower seeds, with ranch dressing flavours, for a more healthful coleslaw. A whole food twist on a BBQ, pot-luck and picnic favorite.

close up of creamy sunflower-ranch coleslaw in assymetric wooden bowlColeslaw has got a bit of a bad rap. It’s funny how something where the main ingredients are cabbage and carrots can veer so far away from healthful. But adding in a half cup of mayo can do that to a salad. 😉

Of course, many modern coleslaws eschew the sat-fat and opt for an oil and vinegar approach. And sometimes not even the oil. I like these kinds of tangy coleslaw recipes. Not only are they easy to riff on with fruits, herbs and nuts, they are lighter on the palate and digestion. 

I have a vinegar and oil-based, pear-heavy coleslaw, studded with dried cranberries and walnuts, that I could eat pretty much every day. It makes appearances at my work throughout autumn and winter, where it goes faster than a winter salad really ought to. It is absolutely delectable paired with hummus, too. Continue reading

smashed cucumber salad in bowls with tofu on concrete background

Smashed cucumber salad is a glorious, simple recipe that is more than the sum of its parts. Crisp, craggy shards of cucumber and slivers of broccoli are infused with a zippy, garlicky dressing, then studded with chili tofu. It really is quite sublime. And it is completely no-cook. 

I repeat, no cook.

flatlay image of smashed cucumber salad in vintage Chinese serving bowl and shallow grey bowlBelow is my more satiating, side-to-main take on the classic Sichuan side dish, pai huang gau. Used as a cooling foil for cooked Chinese dishes, the original cucumber salad is popular all over China. Indeed, cucumbers by themselves are a refreshing snack during the hot summer months. Kinda beats our own obsession with creamy iced coffee drinks. Continue reading

roasted tomato galette on baking tray with ricotta dip and herbs

My roasted tomato galette is a delicious savory tart, with a freeform cornmeal and fennel seed-flecked crust. Nestling slow-roasted tomatoes and a quick savoury spread – choice of two – this bake is a tweak on a sweet Food To Glow favourite – the fruit galette.cutting tomato galette on antique tray. Moody image

Word of advice: don’t be put off by the long instructions. It is a relatively easy make, just needing a bit of your time. But truthfully, not much attention. And I would highly recommend making a double recipe, if your food processor allows. One in each flavour. With perhaps some slivers or zucchini (below left), or lightly roasted cubes of eggplant bunged on for good measure. Like many of my recipes, I would love you to make it your own.

two tomato galettes with different flavour bases, sliced and on trays

Why make one roasted tomato galette when you can make two! L: with preserved lemon tapenade and yellow squash. R: with sweet rose harissa

This roasted tomato galette is a vegetarian slow food recipe for lovers of deep umami flavours. If you manage to hold off demolishing the whole tart in one go, carefully pack a slice or two in your lunch box. You will instantly be the envy of your sandwich-nibbling co-workers. 🙂 Continue reading

summer fish and vegetable pie side view with spoon in

Summer Fish and Vegetable Pie – a seafood- and vegetable-packed dish, with a crème fraîche and mustard sauce. Topped with crushed olive oil new potatoes for a delicious crispy texture and great taste, this is a dinner recipe that the whole family will love.Summer Fish and Vegetable Pie with vintage spoon and herb garnish

It may be boiling-hot where you are, but here in Britain it has cooled right down. I don’t know if things will perk up, but for now I’m wearing a sweater and socks. In August! Crazy, huh?

So, apologies if seeing a Summer Fish and Vegetable Pie in your inbox comes as a surprise. Especially if you are taking four showers a day to keep cool. Maybe pin this recipe for the autumn? 🙂 Continue reading

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