Ottolenghi’s celeriac and lentil delight

If you are unfamiliar with celeraic, then definitely give this dish a try. I served mine with a quick mango, cucumber and fresh chilli salad. Recipe available here. Advertisements

Black bean and tomato pasta

This is a quick and filling dish, perfect as a post-workout dinner as it packs protein, iron, and carbs. 200-250g rigatoni (or another type of short pasta) 15ml olive oil 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 tin whole peeled tomatoes 1 tin black beans, rinsed 1 teaspoon dried chilli (to taste)…

French toast

If you are avoiding eggs and dairy, but you miss French toast, then this recipe is for you. Made using aquafaba (chickpea brine), it is quick, easy, and tastes surprisingly close to the original! 125ml aquafaba (brine from a can of chickpeas, preferably chilled overnight) 125ml plant milk 2 teaspoons castor sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla…

Favourite roasted veggies

What is more comforting than your favourite vegetables, roasted in olive oil and fresh herbs, served on a plate of couscous? Try to include loads of whole garlic cloves, at least one quartered lemon, as well as fresh whole fennel … other than that, just mix all your favourite vegetables together, top with fresh thyme,…

Ottolenghi’s Brussels sprouts and tofu

This recipe is from one of my favourite cookbooks, Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi. Find the recipe here. Nowadays you can easily find sesame oil at your local grocer or deli. It is worth sourcing for this recipe, as it adds to the depth of flavour. Make this even if you hate Brussels sprouts – frying…

Eggy cheese toast

I’m trying out a few simple recipes for lunch while on holiday. This one was originally designed for Sunday evenings, when you’re feeling peckish but you can’t really eat much (because a large Sunday lunch). It reminds me of my childhood, which is also why I like to eat it simply with some chopped tomatoes…

In search of the perfect vegetarian menu

My fiance and I decided last night that, since we are both vegetarians and both love fine food, we should go in search of the perfect vegetarian menu at a local restaurant. We have been doing it anyway, but not really writing about it. Over the last few years we have been to a number…

Buttermilk-muesli rusks

There are few things quite as comforting during the winter as homemade rusks with freshly brewed coffee. This recipe combines two of my favourite ingredients – buttermilk and muesli. It’s easy to follow and to adapt, so if you don’t like some of the suggested ingredients, just replace them! Feel free to get creative and…

Going Italian at Cook Franschhoek

                                                                          Franschhoek is beautiful any time of the year, but in mid-winter even more so: The lovely autumn-coloured trees, the misty mornings and rainy skies, add a special touch to anything one does in this small town in June. We opted to attend a cooking class at a local restaurant as part of a weekend-long…

Shepherd’s Pie

This is a real treat – spicy tomato flavoured soy mince topped with creamy mashed potato and melted cheese … If served on it’s own it feeds 2-3 people, but with some side dishes you could stretch it to feed 4. I would rather make more though, as this is so tasty on its own you won’t…

Butternut Conchiglioni with Tomato Sauce

This makes for delicious comfort food – feel free to make lots extra, as it’s even better the next day 🙂 If you have a bottle of passata, add a little garlic and use it instead of this tomato sauce for a quicker version. Delicious either way! 12-16 conchiglioni (large shell-shaped pasta) 1 small butternut, chopped…