Plant Based

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Harissa Black Bean Ragout | Sabrina Ghayour (Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes)

Harissa Black Bean Ragout | Sabrina Ghayour (Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes)

With only a handful of ingredients and very little prep, the Harissa Black Bean Ragout seemed like an excellent meat-free Monday option. The black beans are even cooked straight in the pot, no soaking required. The total cooking time was about an hour and a half but most of that time was spent idly pottering around letting the pot do all the hard work.

Vegan Frittata Elly Pear Curshen The Pear Cafe Green cookbook Socca

Vegan Frittata | Elly Pear (Green)

My poor, long-suffering other half has had to eat many a food experiment over the years, complying with all of my culinary whims and wishes. The one dish that I have never been able to convince him to eat is frittata or omelette – its a textural thing. So when I found a recipe for vegan frittata while perusing Elly Pear’s latest veggie/vegan cookbook, Green, the reception wasn’t exactly rapturous. I sold it as more a chickpea pancake quiche. I suppose it isn’t far off Socca – the French chickpea flour pancake. He wasn’t convinced.

Shallot Blossoms with paprika crème fraîche | Sabrina Ghayour (Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes)

Shallot Blossoms with paprika crème fraîche | Sabrina Ghayour (Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes)

These deep-fried Shallot Blossoms are so worth the chore. The savoury batter, spicy creates a delicious crispy coating that I’ve missed since KFC left my life. The shallots cook till they’re soft enough to eat and have lost that raw onion punch. If you think onion rings (x10,000) then you’re on the right track.

Diana Henry Roast potatoes with chilli, mint and preserved lemon Simple

Roast potatoes with chilli, mint and preserved lemon | Diana Henry (SIMPLE: effortless food, big flavours)

You will have to give me the benefit of the doubt with this recipe. The UK is currently experiencing what we call a heatwave, but is probably just our sad, brief excuse for a summer. I am literally sat with the windows open, fanning myself as I write this. Yet somehow I find myself roasting potatoes.

Gigli with chickpeas and za’atar | Yotam Ottolenghi (Ottolenghi Simple)

Pasta really does make such a simple mid-week dinner.  It’s hearty and carby and the leftovers travel well – what more do you need?  True to it’s name, Ottolenghi Simple is filled with interesting and achievable mid-week pasta recipes.  One such recipe, is the gigli with chickpeas and za’atar.  People […]