For the uninitiated, the Elimination Diet excludes all your typical allergens from the diet. I have pretty much eliminated all nuts anyway because of concerns about a nut allergy.. but eradicating dairy, eggs, gluten, nightshades*, soy, alcohol, caffeine, legumes really doesn’t leave much to consume on a vegan(ish) diet. I can avoid bread or dairy.. but soy really is a protein packed lifeline to vegans.
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.
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.
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.
I have been eating Grazing Shed burgers consistently since they opened way back in 2013. I’ve tried a few different things on the menu, but for me – I’m a bit of a creature of habit and so I found myself ordering the John Wayne burger time and time again. Since deciding to cut down on meat, I’ve been slowly going back to all my familiar junk-food haunts and trying their vegetarian/vegan options.
A pasta alla norma can be wonderful thing. A simple tomato sauce with some well cooked aubergine. What’s not to like? Traditional recipes can be a faff, calling for rinsing, salting and/or frying the aubergine. Felicity Cloake’s recipe actually calls for baking half and frying half the aubergine. No, just no.