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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

chinese stir fried rice in vintage blue and white Chinese bowl

Chinese Turmeric Fried Rice, served with curls of sesame-scallion omelette, is a delicious way to use up any type of leftover rice. A gently-spiced Food To Glow favourite.

Fried rice in blue Chinese bowl with vintage fork and garnishesFried rice is one of those comforting dishes that covers many culinary bases: as a post-pub, sop-up-the-booze snack; a thoughtfully-considered side dish with a larger Chinese meal; as a meal itself, studded with plenty of filling protein, as well as the usual peas, egg and onion.

It’s typical for fried rice to be a catch-all kind of dish, that needs no recipe. Who hasn’t come in late from work, looked at a Tupperware of cooked rice in the fridge and immediately knew what to do? Of course, you reach for the eggs, some onions (ignoring the green sprouts at the top), slightly bendy carrot, soy sauce, and boom! Dinner! You might have free-styled it with some powdered ginger and grated zucchini. Or found an open package of ham and rightly thought, “this’ll do.” And that’s perfectly fine. Continue reading

Feature image of Kung Pao style broccoli on handmade grey ceramic plate on concrete background

Kung Pao Broccoli has the tongue-tingling, sweet, salty and tangy taste of the original Sichuan chicken dish, but is vegan and full of fiber. A great, silky-sauced side dish, or light main meal with rice.

close up of kung pao broccoli with cashews and carrots on grey ceramic platterWe’ve got a garden, but I don’t have green fingers. Basically I throw seeds into our back yard raised beds and hope for the best.

I don’t grow vegetables or fruits that need molly coddling. I am rubbish at remembering what needs what, and when. Feeding, pruning, tying up, pricking out. Nah. Chard, kale, peas, rocket, pak choi (okay, I do molly coddle that with a special bug resistant cover) are my fail-safe vegetables. They are hardy enough not just for our temperamental Scottish weather, but also my benign neglect. Continue reading

Flatlay wide view of Thai noodle salad with colourful veg on green plate with green napkin

This Thai Rainbow Noodle Salad grabs you with its veritable rainbow of colours, and holds you with its hot, sour, salty, sweet taste. Cool and crunchy, too. Make more of the loose, peanutty sauce than you need to drizzle on any likely dish over the next few days.

Thai rainbow noodle salad with green napkin to side and peanuts in coconut shell bowl on concrete backgroundBe warned: you will want to make this everyday throughout the summer. Not that this is a bad thing, but, you know, variety.

If you do wish to make this everyday, it is easy to change-up this colour-saturated salad with other nutritious, radiant ingredients. Sour, sweet, salty and hot, this Thai-inspired salad is a zesty tangle of crunchy, vibrant vegetables, noodles, herbs and nuts. So, even if you just slightly tweaked it you would be getting the benefit of some powerful phytochemical synergies. Just keep it largely whole food and you really can’t go wrong. I’ll give some pointers further on down.

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