Category Archives: Veggies

Spanish-style stuffed aubergines

Having lived in and out of hostels these past many months I’d almost forgotten what it’s like to have your own kitchen. And here I am; with quality utensils, a reliable oven, and charmingly chipped second-hand china. What joy it … Continue reading

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Kohlrabi and carrot fritters

If you have frequented a farmer’s market recently you have probably seen this extra-terrestrial looking, and strangely beautiful, ‘tentacle’-sprouting bulb. They come in green and purple varieties and are often ignored by shoppers simply because they do not know what … Continue reading

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Pumpkin and caramelised onion tart

Halloween has been and gone, but luckily pumpkins haven’t. My butternut soup-turned-into-a-tart recipe is so easy, especially if you can find one of those convenience packets of diced pumpkin. The perfect lazy supper. Serves 4: 500 g pumpkin or squash, … Continue reading

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Börek – Turkish pastries with feta and herbs

I adore Turkish and Turkish-inspired food. A friend and outstanding cook introduced me to a bunch of dishes which have now gone with her and her suitcases back to Istanbul.  In her absence, I am now endeavouring to recreate these … Continue reading

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Broad bean, feta and mint linguine

Broad beans are in season, and although they will be available throughout the spring and summer don’t wait around too long – you get the sweetest and most tender specimens right now. Broad beans are a relatively new item on … Continue reading

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Carrot risotto with baked wild garlic and goat’s cheese

Have you ever tried wild garlic? It’s in season right now, which means you can go and pick them from an obliging meadow or maybe in a forest – I’d expect to find them much the same places as wild … Continue reading

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Nettle soup

They are everywhere. Peeking out beneath the hedgerow. Carpeting the slopes of the forest. The gardener’s terror and the forager’s treasure. For me, up until now nettles have been more infamous for their sting than for their taste. But all … Continue reading

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Sweet potato ‘rösti’ with goat’s cheese

In my book, sweet potatoes are an absolute godsend. Delectable in their rich sweetness, they are also wonderfully low maintenance – cut them into wedges and shove them in the oven, and you’ve got yourself an exquisite little treat (beats … Continue reading

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Roast tomato salad with hazelnuts and cauliflower ’cous cous’

When it comes to cauliflower, raw is the only option for me. Sweet, delicate and crunchy, it is totally unrecognisable from its cooked counterpart which introduces that drab, slightly bitter taste so characteristic of any member of the cabbage family. … Continue reading

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Turkish beetroot and pistachio dip

When did you last travel? For me it’s been way too long, in fact I’m convinced that I suffer a severe case of travel-deficit-disorder (is that a thing?). As my student budget does not allow me the luxury of a … Continue reading

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