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An easy, vegetarian and family-friendly introduction to fermented food superfood, kimchi.

An easy, vegetarian and family-friendly introduction to fermented superfood, kimchi. 

An easy, vegetarian and family-friendly introduction to fermented food superfood, kimchi.Kimchi is a big ask for some. Even more so for those with families to feed.

For starters – not to put too fine a point on it – kimchi stinks. To highest Heaven. Even hardcore kimchi fans would have to admit this. In fact, I have read that many Koreans have little refrigerators just for kimchi (much like many US college dorm rooms/man caves have beer fridges). #goals

It’s also a wee bit spicy from the Korean chilli flakes, as well as a bit sour and sometimes fizzy from fermentation – which can be slightly off putting traits in comestibles when one is used to sweeter, or at least more neutral, food.

And mostly food doesn’t hiss at you.

But hopefully you can get past/have got past these “attributes” to appreciate the intense flavour of this firework of the food world. Spicy, pungent and fermented, this Korean condiment/side dish/vegetable dish will make any savoury recipe to which it is added explode with added umami and interest. Continue reading

A nourishing, easy and slightly unusual version of comfort food staple, lentil soup. Top with pureed spinach and caraway pitta croutons for a dinner party version. Naturally vegan and perfect for lunch. Add optional grains to this Mediterranean diet soup while it cooks for a main meal with staying power. kelliesfoodtoglow.com

A nourishing, easy and slightly unusual version of comfort food staple, lentil soup. Top with pureed spinach and caraway pitta croutons for a dinner party version. Naturally vegan and perfect for lunch. Add optional grains to this Mediterranean diet soup while it cooks for a main meal with staying power.Lentil soup is a standard lunch staple in many a kitchen. Whether it is from a tin, or lovingly crafted from gathered produce and a sweeping armful of warming spices, lentil soup is a giver. Hearty, comforting, homey, exotic, simple, nourishing, and ambrosial – lentil soup in its various forms ticks a lot of delicious boxes. And although tinned and pouch versions can taste pretty good, homemade has a vibrancy that bought can’t hope to match. (Although – top tip – adding a squoosh of lemon to tinned soups really helps.) Continue reading

Ring in the Year of the Rooster with this "lucky" dish of spicy peanut butter and parsnip noodles. I can't promise health, wealth and happiness but I can pinky-swear that you will love this flavour-jammed quick, easy, lower carb vegan recipe. Adjust the spices to your liking.

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Ring in the Year of the Rooster with this “lucky” dish of spicy peanut butter, soba noodles and spiralized parsnips. I can’t promise health, wealth and happiness but I can pinky-swear that you will love this flavour-jammed quick, easy, lower carb vegan recipe. Adjust the spices to your liking.  Continue reading

A hearty and rich cold weather comfort blanket of a recipe, with red wine, herbs, beans and wild mushrooms. Like any stew this vegan bean bourguignon gets better after a couple of days of flavour mingling, so make enough for leftovers.

A hearty and rich cold weather comfort blanket of a recipe, with red wine, herbs, beans and wild mushrooms. Like any stew this vegan bean bourguignon gets better after a couple of days of flavour mingling, so make enough for leftovers.

A hearty and rich cold weather comfort blanket of a recipe, with red wine, herbs, beans and wild mushrooms. Like any stew this vegan bean bourguignon gets better after a couple of days of flavour mingling, so make enough for leftovers.I’m feeling a bit sheepish. This is the longest I have gone without writing to you, and for you. And do you know what, I’ve really missed you.

I can’t regale you with any earth-shattering news that has kept me away. In fact the opposite. My wonderful daughter Rachel had a ridiculously fantastically long Christmas break from uni (6 weeks!), so Andrew and I spent as much time with her as possible.

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A snappy little raw pomegranate and cranberry relish cum salsa to make Christmas leftovers almost as good the second time round! It is also really fantastic with grilled or poached salmon and as a buffet salad. Add fresh slices of chilli for a proper salsa. kelliesfoodtoglow.com

 

A snappy little raw pomegranate and cranberry relish cum salsa to make Christmas leftovers almost as good the second time round! It is also really fantastic with grilled or poached salmon and as a buffet salad. Add fresh slices of chilli for a proper salsa.I love Christmas dinner as much as anyone. After all, I pretty much get to make the menu, cook it and serve it. Just today my daughter Rachel and I have donned felt antlers to make up some venison sausage rolls, cranberry sauce and start fermenting blini batter for smoked salmon blinis that we serve Christmas morning. Tomorrow (also with some kind of festive headgear) it is roasting carrots for mashing with rosemary butter, preparing my Southern cornbread stuffing to the part-bake stage, and making crumpets to toast on Boxing Day morning (see below).homemade cinnamon and rye crumpets are easier than you think! A super breakfast or comforting snack. kelliesfoodtoglow.com

As the Christmas Day hostess I still get a buzz seeing platters passed around and everyone helping themselves to scoops of this and slices of that, all smiles and Christmas cracker jokes. But the next day is just as awesome, and without the pressure.  Continue reading

If you have a gluten-intolerant loved one who loves brownies, this recipe is for them. And you. Made with a wholegrain and gluten-free flour (I know!), these are every bit as chocolatey, fudgy and more-ish as those made with wheat flour. It may have something to do with the real butter and real sugar... ;-) kelliesfoodtoglow.com

If you have a gluten-intolerant loved one who loves brownies, this recipe is for them. And you. Made with a wholegrain and gluten-free flour (I know!), these are every bit as chocolatey, fudgy and more-ish as those made with wheat flour. It may have something to do with the real butter and real sugar... ;-) kelliesfoodtoglow.comOn the sidebar to the right I have a little blurb about myself. You may not have read it, or not read it in awhile, but it lets you know what to expect here on Food To Glow. Along with telling you that I am an “ex-pat American cancer health educator with a taste for global food made with fresh, seasonal British ingredients”, it adds a crucial element: “you will find the occasional decadent treat – usually with a healthy tweak”.

Today’s recipe fulfils this oft neglected sentence. Today’s brownie recipe is properly decadent. It is most definitely a treat. And the tweak is properly healthy. Actually two tweaks. 🙂

If you have a gluten-intolerant loved one who loves brownies, this recipe is for them. And you. Made with a wholegrain and gluten-free flour (I know!), these are every bit as chocolatey, fudgy and more-ish as those made with wheat flour. It may have something to do with the real butter and real sugar… 😉  Continue reading

Chestnuts and celeriac bring out the best in each other in this luxurious, velvety smooth low calorie winter soup. Add an easy foam, plus horseradish-truffle toast to make it fancy - even on a wet weekday afternoon. The soup is gluten-free and vegan.

Chestnuts and celeriac bring out the best in each other in this luxurious, velvety smooth low calorie winter soup. Add an easy foam, plus horseradish-truffle toast to make it fancy – even on a wet weekday afternoon. The soup is gluten-free and vegan.

Chestnuts and celeriac bring out the best in each other in this luxurious, velvety smooth low calorie winter soup. Add an easy foam, plus horseradish-truffle toast to make it fancy - even on a wet weekday afternoon. The soup is gluten-free and vegan.Celeriac is not a marketer’s dream. Unlike Tuscan kale, with its glossy-green good looks, nobbly, odd-bod celeriac doesn’t exactly inspire. Even when its dirt-holding, tendril-like roots are scrubbed ivory-clean its rough countenance gives the potential buyer pause for thought. Just what do I do with you? But looks are deceiving.

Underneath the gnarly skin and close cap of roots is a seriously interesting vegetable. Because it isn’t available year-round – it is very slow to grow and mature – its sudden presence in early winter leaves us a little befuddled. Most of us know that you can mash it – and indeed it makes a fantastic low-carb sub for mashed potatoes (or truthfully best as half and half) on cottage or shepherd’s pie – but beyond that, we can be stumped.  Continue reading

This festive skillet phyllo pie is not only stuffed with loads of delicious things (wild rice, chard, chanterelle mushrooms) but hides a secret layer of savoury baklava crunch. It is also great with a puff pastry lid instead of the phyllo pastry. Perfect as the vegetarian main course at your Christmas Eve or Day table. Easily vegan.

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This festive skillet phyllo pie is not only stuffed with loads of delicious things (wild rice, chard, chanterelle mushrooms) but hides a secret layer of savoury baklava crunch. It is also great with a puff pastry lid instead of the phyllo pastry. Perfect as the vegetarian main course at your Christmas Eve or Day table. Easily vegan.Today’s two vegetarian recipes are extra special ones. Not because of what they are particularly – although shatteringly crisp phyllo pastry surrounding creamy wild mushrooms, wild rice, and sauteed chard is, I’ll admit, one of my new favourite flavour and texture mash ups. These holiday recipes are extra special because they are shared. Between not only me and Andrew, but with everyone staying overnight on Christmas Eve.

Whilst sporting festive headgear (reindeer horns, Santa hats, flashing headbands – ie nothing tasteful) it is our tradition to trip over each other in my small kitchen prepping for Christmas Day, then share a lingered-over vegetarian supper as Santa makes his way to Scotland. 🙂

Most years I come up with something different, but even if not it will be a recipe that has been elevated, as befits a gathering with one’s nearest and dearest. In past years I have made this pie and this savoury cake. In fact, three of the latter are being made by Pete, one of our clinical psychologists, for our Christmas work’s night in tomorrow. A few other of my recipes are being made by staff, including this celeriac remoulade, my festive slaw (this post includes 15 healthy holiday eating tips!) and a raw, non-boozy version of my port-poached pears, endive and blue cheese salad. I love that instead of going out for our Christmas party, we eat homemade dishes at a long, beautifully decorated table in candlelight. And get silly with games and races. 🙂

The Food To Glow Christmas Day itself features locally-raised turkey (organic, free range) as the only meat, and a greengrocer’s shopfront of vegetables. But it is so nice to share my love of seasonally inspired, properly vegetarian food with the wider family. So our tradition, I guess, is to be a bit untraditional.  Continue reading

An A/W warm salad using winter squash, shredded sprouts, hearty grains, juicy pomegranate, earthy chestnuts, all topped off with a zingy vegan Buffalo ranch dressing to chase away the winter blues.

An A/W warm salad using winter squash, shredded sprouts, hearty grains, juicy pomegranate, earthy chestnuts, all topped off with a zingy vegan Buffalo ranch dressing to chase away the winter blues.I know, being a Floridian at heart, I should really prefer summer, but there is so much gorgeous produce to eat right now that late autumn and early winter are pretty hard to beat.

Okay, maybe the British weather is a bit pants underwhelming much of the time, but the produce that’s coming in is stunning: crimson globes of pomegranate; sunny hues, ghostly blues and the forest greens of winter squash; glossy brown chestnuts bursting in the fire’s heat. I really cannot resist raking through the pyramids of produce at this time of year; an edible treasure hunt where everyone’s a winner. Continue reading

Making Christmas mince pies is a lot easier using the "slab pie" approach. Easy, vegan and gluten-free - a perfect treat to serve or give as a homemade gift.

Making Christmas mince pies is a lot easier using the “slab pie” approach. Easy, vegan and gluten-free – a perfect treat to serve or give as a homemade gift. Oh, and an “everyday”, lower sugar tweak is given too. 

Making Christmas mince pies is a lot easier using the Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies. At least in the UK. Dating back to at least the 13th century these little hand pies, originally large, oval pastries filled with shredded meat (!), suet (!), warm spices and dried fruits, have been ever-popular – despite occasional sectarian condemnation throughout British history. In post-reformation England, ‘Christmas Pyes’ were seen as an “Invention of the Scarlet Whore of Babylon, an Hodge-Podge of Superstition, Popery, the Devil and all his Works”.

Strong stuff.

Happily most have a jollier view of these festive treats. A tray of warm-from-the-oven mince pies is sure to draw in anyone within sniffing distance. Mostly we indulge in supermarket-made mince pies, but how much nicer to gobble down a burstingly juicy homemade one? Or two? Continue reading

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