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Try Japanese-style Tenderstem ® with Toasted Sweet Sesame Sauce for a quick and easy side dish. It’s a nutritious and delicious accompaniment to any Far East Asian meal, grilled fish or chicken. Or add in baked tofu pieces or cooked seafood for a simple supper.

Try Japanese-style Tenderstem ® with Sweet Toasted Sesame Sauce for a quick and easy side dish. It’s a nutritious and delicious accompaniment to any Far East Asian meal, grilled fish or chicken. Or add in baked tofu pieces or cooked seafood for a simple supper.

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Try Japanese-style Tenderstem ® with Toasted Sweet Sesame Sauce for a quick and easy side dish. It’s a nutritious and delicious accompaniment to any Far East Asian meal, grilled fish or chicken. Or add in baked tofu pieces or cooked seafood for a simple supper.Many of you will already be familiar with leggy, deep green Tenderstem®. But did you know that this elegant vegetable is a Japanese reinvention of broccoli? Using classical plant breeding techniques traditional, large-head calabrese and Chinese kale were brought together to make a sweeter, more nutritious, “no-waste” plant.

For those of you who have never tried Tenderstem® it has a mild but distinctive taste, and a texture more like asparagus than broccoli. We love it!

Over the past few years, I have pretty much switched over from calabrese to Tenderstem® because of not only its taste but its ease of preparation. You literally rinse it and get on with the cooking. Or indeed, it is so sweet and tender I nibble it raw – lovely dipped in hummus or tapenade. No dividing up florets, chopping off or peeling the stem. Just steam, griddle, roast, stir-fry or boil: all in under a few minutes. Continue reading

A paleo, low-carb crab and shredded cabbage salad, with Asian flavours. Easily doubled. A great light lunch for one or starter for two.

A paleo, low-carb crab and shredded cabbage salad, with Asian flavours. Easily doubled. A great light lunch for one or starter for two.

A paleo, low-carb crab and shredded cabbage salad, with Asian flavours. Easily doubled. A great light lunch for one or starter for two.Is this the total opposite of every other recipe being posted right now? Are your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds all turkey, pumpkin pie and cornbread stuffing?

Although I live in the UK, profiling algorithms must know I’m American because there is no escape from glistening birds and plumptious pies at the moment. However, this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, is a working day for me and lunch will be a box of sushi on the train to London to do some filming. Continue reading

Pan-fried Brussels sprouts with tangy pomegranate molasses, mint, pickled red onion and crispy red & wild rice: because side dishes don't need to be boring. Perfect for the festive table, or as a perky midweek addition to a meal. A vegan and anti-inflammatory recipe.

Pan-fried Brussels sprouts with tangy pomegranate molasses, mint, pickled red onion and crispy red & wild rice: because side dishes don’t need to be boring. Perfect for the festive table, or as a perky midweek addition to a meal. An anti-inflammatory recipe.

In collaboration with Waitrose #ChristmasTogether.

Pan-fried Brussels sprouts with tangy pomegranate molasses, mint, pickled red onion and crispy red & wild rice: because side dishes don't need to be boring. Perfect for the festive table, or as a perky midweek addition to a meal. A vegan and anti-inflammatory recipe.Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, December 25th is a time to get together with family and friends. Perhaps you sing songs around the piano; maybe you cuddle up on the sofa watching movies. Or the hearty among may go out and build a huge snowman, or set out for a long walk in the crisp air.

For us, we are a small family, very diverse in age, but we all love our food. My lovely in-laws Ann and Bob come round, picking up great-aunt Trudy on the way, and we kick things off with homemade sausage rolls (or this year I’m making these veggie haggis sausage rolls), smoked salmon with homemade blinis and a glass or two of Champagne. Michael Buble is usually crooning in the background while we pass round presents and nibble away. We then play some games while trying desperately to convince ourselves that we will be even a teensy bit hungry for our late lunch.

We always manage. 🙂 Continue reading

A Croatian-inspired savory phyllo pie filled with glowing-stemmed rainbow chard, skin-on potatoes, loads of garlic and toasted fennel seeds. Naturally vegan.

A Croatian-inspired savory phyllo pie filled with glowing-stemmed rainbow chard, skin-on potatoes, loads of garlic and toasted fennel seeds. Naturally vegan.A Croatian-inspired savory phyllo pie filled with glowing-stemmed rainbow chard, skin-on potatoes, loads of garlic and toasted fennel seeds. Naturally vegan.

Unlike kale, mineral-rich chard doesn’t get a whole lot of love. At least in the US and UK. This is despite its glowing vibrant stems, generous, fleshy leaves, garden-hardiness, and impeccable nutritional profile (it’s related to quinoa and spinach, after all). Oh, and it tastes gorgeous, too.

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These tea-infused sour cherry energy bites make a brilliant protein-rich and whole food snack. Perfect for those peckish moments, lunchboxes and after exercise. Even for an on-the-go breakfast. A no-sugar-added, paleo recipe.

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These tea-infused sour cherry energy bites make a brilliant protein-rich and whole food snack. Perfect for those peckish moments, lunchboxes and after exercise. Even for an on-the-go breakfast. A no-sugar-added, paleo recipe. Continue reading

Enjoy these spiced vegetarian haggis sausage rolls at your Bonfire Night party, or other outdoor autumn/winter gathering. Wrap the pastries in a double layer of foil to keep warm. And don’t forget the firecracker sauce!

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Enjoy these spiced vegetarian haggis sausage rolls at your Bonfire Night party, or other outdoor autumn/winter gathering. Wrap the pastries in a double layer of foil to keep warm. And don’t forget the firecracker sauce!

Enjoy these spiced vegetarian haggis sausage rolls at your Bonfire Night party, or other outdoor autumn/winter gathering. Wrap the pastries in a double layer of foil to keep warm. And don’t forget the firecracker sauce!Here in the UK, we are on the cusp of the effigy-burning, firework-displaying extravaganza that is Guy Fawkes  Night. Also known as Bonfire Night, November 5 commemorates the evening in 1605 that 13 young men plotted to blow up the King and Houses of Parliament, and the comeuppance that followed this audacious plan. Fireworks, powered of course by gunpowder, represent the explosives that were never deployed.

Poor old Guy Fawkes should have stayed in the ye olde tavern sinking pints because not only was he caught, tortured and executed, we now have a rather gruesome tradition of making effigies of him to burn.  Continue reading

A kind of savory granola minus the oats, this turmeric and togarashi super seed mix is wonderful straight out of a jar, swirled into yogurt and sprinkled over all kinds of savory dishes. A super-easy paleo, sugar-free and vegan recipe. But don't hold that against it.

A kind of savory granola minus the oats, this turmeric and togarashi super seed mix is wonderful straight out of a jar, swirled into yogurt and sprinkled over all kinds of savory dishes. A super-easy paleo, sugar-free and vegan recipe. But don’t hold that against it. 😉

A kind of savory granola minus the oats, this turmeric and togarashi super seed mix is wonderful straight out of a jar, swirled into yogurt and sprinkled over all kinds of savory dishes. A super-easy paleo, sugar-free and vegan recipe. But don't hold that against it.As much as I love homemade granola, believe it or not, it’s not something I eat for breakfast. I am a savory breakfast girl through and through. Give me a poached egg or two over a mess of stir-fried greens, a sprinkle of coconut bacon (another thing I could just eat out of a jar!) and I’m a happy bunny.  Continue reading

A slightly sweet, vegan chocolate mousse made with aquafaba and protein-packed peanut butter powder. Easy, light and perfect for a family or special occasion dessert. Top with crushed salted peanuts or pretzels for a flavour and texture contrast.

4A slightly sweet, vegan chocolate mousse made with aquafaba and protein-packed peanut butter powder. Easy, light and perfect for a family or special occasion dessert. Top with crushed salted peanuts or pretzels for a flavour and texture contrast.

A slightly sweet, vegan chocolate mousse made with aquafaba and protein-packed peanut butter powder. Easy, light and perfect for a family or special occasion dessert. Top with crushed salted peanuts or pretzels for a flavour and texture contrast.I bet you thought I had disappeared off the blogosphere. Nope, I’ve just been in Japan! For the second year in succession, I have travelled with Andrew for work and pleasure to one of my favourite destinations. Continue reading

A Polish spin on the classic Italian dish, risotto. Made with millet instead of rice, this easy vegan recipe is laden with wild mushrooms for a decidedly autumnal dish. A perfect Meatless Monday or midweek dinner choice for the whole family.

 

A Polish spin on the classic Italian dish, risotto. Made with millet instead of rice, this easy vegan recipe is laden with wild mushrooms for a decidedly autumnal dish. A perfect Meatless Monday or midweek dinner choice for the whole family.Risotto is an oft-made and enjoyed dish in our house. Most especially on an autumn weekday evening, a candle glowing on my kitchen windowsill, and the cat curled up by the fire. A cosy meal for a cosy feeling.

Throughout the fall months and into winter I will make risotto variously with buckwheat, barley and rice, studding it with whatever I have handy – nobbly celeriac, a bright squash, shreds of beetroot, and of course mushrooms and garlic.

In her recently published cookbook, Wild Honey & Rye – modern Polish recipes, my friend and fellow food writer Ren Behan gives this traditional Italian comfort food an inventive Polish tweak – kaszotto. When I saw the beautiful earthy image accompanying the recipe I knew this was going to be the first recipe of hers to try. It was a triumph. Continue reading

If you are toiling for a tasty midweek dinner idea, this gently spiced tomato and coconut prawn (shrimp) curry can be on your table in 15 minutes. Serve with pre-cooked rice or chapatis to keep it quick and easy.

If you are toiling for a tasty midweek dinner idea, this gently spiced tomato and coconut prawn (shrimp) curry can be on your table in 15 minutes. Serve with pre-cooked rice or chapatis to keep it quick and easy.

If you are toiling for a tasty midweek dinner idea, this gently spiced tomato and coconut prawn (shrimp) curry can be on your table in 15 minutes. Serve with pre-cooked rice or chapatis to keep it quick and easy.I’m not known for my quick meals. In fact, looking through my recipes over the six and a half years of blogging, I spot just a few “meal-meals” that I reckon are under 30 minutes, let alone 15.

Partly this is because I cook from scratch, and encourage others to do likewise: nutritionally and tastewise, homemade food is almost always superior – unless you are a terrible cook. If you are toiling for a tasty midweek dinner idea, this gently spiced tomato and coconut prawn (shrimp) curry can be on your table in 15 minutes. Serve with pre-cooked rice or chapatis to keep it quick and easy.

Diligent home cooking can involve washing, soaking, measuring, chopping, peeling, marinating, reducing, stirring, grating, whisking, sauteing, roasting, baking. That’s a lot of steps!

My other excuse is that I like to make things that are more involved, with layers of flavour for maximum impact. However, nothing I make and share with you is difficult (I’m a home cook, not a chef), and most recipes are accessible to anyone of age and common sense to wield a sharp knife. Continue reading

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