19 July 2020

Fermented Chilies

Brine fermented or lacto-fermented chilies - a fantastic flavour addition to any meal, whilst boosting your gut health and preserving your chilies too! Unlike typical pickles which use a hot solution of water, vinegar, salt and sugar, brine ferments simply use water and salt, they are also raw and fermented, containing good bacteria, or probiotics - essential for gut health. These are also pretty easy to make, with less than 15 mins prep which I take you through step by step below and then 1-2 weeks almost entirely hands-off fermentation time, with just a quick burp each day (partly releasing the jar to let the gases out).

Chilies, chillies, or chiles, however you may spell them are such a key flavour to so many meals. These brine fermented chilies are similar in flavour to pickled chilies - a little salty and tangy with some heat too. You can use them raw as a topper like pickled jalapenos in tacos and salads, blend to make your own fermented hot sauce, use in your favourite dishes instead of regular chilies or even use the brine for a flavour hit in dressings and marinades, including my personal favourite - a cultured (fermented) cashew cream cheese - for which I can't wait to share the recipe with you all soon!

5 July 2020

Mediterranean Olive & Pepper Spaghetti

A sweet and smoky tomato sauce with olives, dried mushrooms, courgette and a hint of spice, tossed through perfectly al dente spaghetti. A fantastic dish coming together in just 25 minutes, bringing the feel and flavours of the Meditteranean to your table. Watch the video below to see just how easy this recipe is! 

Over the past few months, staying with my parents has meant more family mealtimes and less of living on leftovers from the weekend. This has led me to get a bit creative with weeknight meals, with something that keeps the menu interesting, but also something that comes together easily at the end of a workday and is super nourishing too. This meal has become a firm favourite, along with some other recipes like my Spiced Aubergine Daal, Porcini BologneseUltimate 5 Bean Chili, Vegan Mac & Cheese and these Broccoli & Chickpea Fritters, as well as some new recipes that I'll be sharing here soon - including a wonderful mushroom & wakame seaweed pho.

28 June 2020

Turmeric Chickpea & Millet Salad

Roasted turmeric chickpea salad, with kale, millet, smoky coconut flakes and a creamy, dreamy sunflower seed dressing. Layered with textures and flavours this salad is a great addition to your summer menu!

This salad is also super customisable - you could use your favourite greens, another grain like quinoa or brown rice, flaked almonds instead of coconut. The stars of the show are really the seasonings - the turmeric coating on the roasted chickpeas, the smoky coconut marinade and the incredible dressing, too! So don't worry if you have all the ingredients, get a little creative and make it your own with what you do have! 

19 June 2020

Miso Sesame Tofu

Crisp sweet and salty miso sesame tofu with spring onions and a hint of chili. Despite having been around for thousands of years in Asian cuisine, tofu can seem a little daunting to many of us when we first try to cook it at home. You want it flavourful, crispy and super versatile so it can go with tons of your favourite dishes - this recipe does all that and more!

My favourite way to cook tofu - the way I cooked it the first time I really enjoyed it at home - is to bake it. A quick marinade in the sweet, salty, spicy sauce and baked to perfection. A little crisp and golden around the edges and chewy in the middle, with plenty of flavour to complement your other dishes.

31 May 2020

Rosemary Roasted Radishes

Roasted radishes with a rosemary olive oil glaze. Most of us have only ever eaten radishes raw and usually in a salad. Roasting completely transforms them and it's something you've just got to try! 

These are a great side dish to so many things and go wonderfully in a Sunday roast too! These would also fit perfectly into a warm, roasted veg salad - there's so many possibilities!