Yotam has included a lot of pasta recipes in Ottolenghi Simple and they are all very tasty and very simple. They’re also not quite pasta in the traditional Italian sense, they’ve definitely been Ottolenghi-fied. This pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers seems to take inspiration from the robust classic pasta alla puttanesca (or slut’s spaghetti if you’re Nigella). This Ottolenghi take on the classic adds rose harissa and removes the anchovies, making it an incidentally vegan recipe.
I knew I had to make this recipe for Cauliflower Cheese Filo Pie. I had a packet of filo pastry in the freezer and a sad looking cauliflower leftover from last week’s vegetable box. On top of that, two friend’s sent me screenshots of the finished product on Yotam’s instagram. Impossibly golden and appetising.
Gizzi Erskine’s Slow isn’t a vegan cookbook and this isn’t labelled as a vegan recipe – it’s planet friendly. I’d been curious to try this recipe since I first saw it featured in newspapers around the launch of the book in Autumn 2018, but it took me a while to get around to buying the book and even longer to making the planet-friendly bolognese.
If it isn’t clear from the photos, these Tahini and halva brownies have the crisp topping and by jove, the underneath hits that sweet spot between fudgey and cakey. Hallelu. They are undeniably rich but the nutty sesame balances the brownie, making them more moreish than most brownies. Without restraint, these hollows legs of mine would be full of halva brownies in no time.
This recipe was truly born from necessity. Inspired by all the banana bread baking I’ve been witnessing, I’ve been stocking up on bananas, with the full knowledge that they won’t be eaten as is. This is nothing new. My dilemma was a lack of plain flour and an abundance of lacto-fermented blueberries, from an optimistic ferment-happy afternoon a few weeks ago.
Poached eggs, lukewarm yoghurt and a faintly spicy butter. I cannot stress how much nicer the Turkish Eggs is than the sum of its parts. Who can argue against alchemy before noon. Where Doherty fries diced chorizo to give the butter it’s ruby hue, Nigella eschews the delicious meat in favour of browning the butter.