All posts tagged: vegetarian recipes

Blueberry, Lemon and Buttermilk Cake

Ever since my mum brought back a small vintage cake tin, from Canada, I’ve been on the lookout for a recipe to test it out on. It’s probably the top tier from a wedding cake pan set, somehow separated from the rest, but as it turns out, is the perfect size for two or three people. There is something so pleasing about making small individual cakes, like this one. And very manageable too. But it did make me think of a book Delia Smith wrote back in the 80’s called One is Fun! But seriously, if you like baking, and don’t need to feed a crowd, I can highly recommend getting a small tin like this one, and start making smaller cakes. (otherwise you just end up eating 8 pieces..) I have been on a mission lately looking for lemon inspired recipes, for my very soon to be wedding. Lemons and all things Tuscan & Botanical seems to be my theme for the wedding, so as the desert option, I have roped in all my …

Twice Cooked Butternut Squash Pasta

I woke up to the sound of lovely bird song this morning, the sun was shining, and on closer inspection, the daffodil heads had come up from between their green shoots. How exciting, spring will come again! And after a long walk with the dog, I fancied a pasta dish I made for Kitchen Garden Magazine back in November. For this deliciously heart-warming dish, use either pumpkin or butternut squash. They both work well, but sometimes pumpkin can be hard to find out with Halloween, unless you have a farm shop near by. What makes this dish a little different is the pan-frying of the pasta. This merges and melts all the flavours into a mouthwatering lunch or dinner. ___________________________________________________________ Ingredients Serves 4 1 medium butternut squash 1 large onion, peeled and diced 3 cloves garlic, minced a dash of olive oil 1 small handful fresh sage leaves 500g pasta 50g pumpkin seeds good quality hard cheese , grated for the top salt and pepper to taste ______________________________________________________   Pre heat the oven to 200C/fan …

Homemade Organic Tomato Ketchup

This summer has produced a fabulous amount of tomatoes in my greenhouse. We have been eating fresh organic tomatoes in our salads all summer long. But about 3 weeks ago, I just couldn’t keep up with the bumper crop, so I took to slow roasting my tom’s at 50 degrees for 2 hours in the oven with garlic and olive oil, and then freezing them for sauce later on in the year. We ate tomato pasta…tomato tarts..and finally I also made two large batches of tomato ketchup, one yellow and a classic red. And they are amazing! This homemade tomato ketchup recipe is sweet, tangy and very aromatic. Adding star anise, cloves and fennel seeds makes this ketchup sit in a league of its own. Since making this delicious condiment, I’ve been looking for excuses to make all kinds of breakfast eggs, just so we can have more of this wonder sauce! And of course you can add it to veggie burgers, hot dogs and other things too. But it is best served over eggs, with …

Anna Banana Breakfast Smoothy

It has been unusually hot here in Scotland, and I’m loving every minute of it! Im soaking it all up, as I know what a rare thing it is to have consecutive hot days up here. With warmer weather comes different food cravings, and one of them the past few days has been smoothies. I’m the kind of person who likes to feel full after a meal, so the idea of having a smoothy for breakfast hasn’t always appealed. However if you add oats to the recipe, its a whole different ball game, and a filling one at that. This recipe is full of filling and tasty ingredients such as lemon curd, cashew nuts and ginger. These smoothies are best served in the garden, or on a sunny balcony, but if you are high up in a flat, throw open the windows and sit on the sill and make the most of the gift this summer has been. _______________________________________________________ Banana and Peach Smoothy serves 4 Ingredients  200ml rachels organic vanilla yoghurt 100ml lemon curd 400ml organic soya …

Upside Down Beetroot and Chive Flower Salad

  During the summer time, my go to food is usually a salad of some sort. I love the fresh, crunchy textures you get from a raw salad and I find the flavour combinations are endless with all the abundance of seasonal fruit and veg available in June/July. I like a substantial salad, one that is filling and textured. I don’t like to feel that I need to fill up on bread when having a salad, so I like to incorporate loads of high fibre veg as well as seeds and sprouts. This salad is no ordinary salad, it’s an Up-Side Down Salad! That’s right, it’s the wrong way up! It is really fun to put together, and it looks impressive. Once tried, you’ll probably serve all your salads up side down! I decorated my dome shaped treat with chive flowers that I got at my local farm shop. They were giving away the beautiful purple flowers as little gifts to their costumers. Something that I thought was a lovely gesture. If you have any …

New Potatoes with Spring Vegetables and Honey Lemon Dressing

New Scottish potatoes have hit the shelves in the shops recently. Potatoes that I assume are grown in poly tunnels, in order to get a head start on the short Scottish season. But I’ve still got a few months to wait yet, before my own seed potatoes are ready out in my garden. So until I can dig up some fresh tatties of my own, here is a new potato recipe to tie you over with. It’s really good served with fish, as the sweet and sour dressing really adds bite to the otherwise delicate flavours of spring vegetables. ____________________________________________________________________________________ 500g new baby potatoes 3 small carrots, halved lengthways 1 leek, chopped For the dressing: ½ lemon, zested and juiced 1 tsp dijon mustard 2 garlic cloves, crushed 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp honey a few pepper corns, roughly crushed ____________________________________________________________________________________ Boil the potatoes in a pan of water for 10 min, then add the carrots and leek, simmer for a further 5 min, until the potatoes are tender. Meanwhile make the …