Monday, 27 June 2011

Two ways with chick peas - Harira and Gumbo

In the past few days I've cooked with tinned chickpeas twice and both have been delicious meals. The first, Harira, was adapted from this recipe from Good Food by Allegra McEvedy. The second, Gumbo, was adapted from A Vegan Taste of the Caribbean. In both cases I just used what I had and sped things up a bit. I only took a picture of the Harira!

Fry a chopped onion in some spray then add a tin of tomatoes, about 200ml of stock and 50g basmati rice. Simmer for 10 mins then add a tin each of drained chickpeas and green lentils, the juice of a lemon, a pinch of saffron and a couple of tsp of harissa. Bring back to the boil, add loads of chopped parsley and wilt in some spinach. Serve when the rice is cooked through.

Onion, chilli, pepper, celery – all diced and fried in spray oil. Then add 150g frozen (or fresh if you can get it) okra, 60g corn, a tin of chopped toms, a tin of chickpeas and about 200ml stock. 2 bay leaves, a tsp each of parsley and thyme and a good glug of hot sauce. Simmer for about 15 mins. Makes loads!

Saturday, 18 June 2011


I wish this dish had a more attractive name lol! But it looks, tastes and smells amazing!
1 onion, diced
6 clvoes of garlic, roughly chopped
400g potato, chunked and par boiled for 10 mins
1 aubergine and 2 red peppers, chunked
A good bunch of flat leaf parsley
2 tins chopped toms
5tsp olive oil (didn't measure it, was likely less)

Place all veg in a big roasting dish cover with parsley then the tomatoes and then drizzle with oil. Cover and bake for about an hour and a half, stirring once if you can.

I thought this would serve three but it makes two me-sized portions!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Edinburgh food #3

On Monday we had lunch at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn St which is entirely veggie/vegan. I was hugely impressed! I had a medium spud with veggie haggis and sweet pickle and it was amazingly good. They do a whole range of fillings as well as pitas and sarnies and delicious cakes too. YUM!

Edinburgh food #2

Sunday night dinner at the wonderful David Bann!
 Thai fritters w banana chutney and plum sauce - most of us had these!

 Asparagus and poached egg

 Smoked mushroom tortellini w watercress soup


 Blue cheese souffle thing w polenta

 Aubergine stuffed with puy lentils w mash and puff pastry and the best gravy ever!

 Udon noodle stir fry

 Chilli crepe w chocolate sauce

 Plate which was NOT licked clean but could have been if not in public!

 Chocolate-coated ginger and lime ice cream w orange drizzle cake

 Filo basket w fruit and vegan ice cream

 Rhubarb cheesecake

Edinburgh food #1

Home from a fantastic weekend in Edinburgh and have loads of foodie pics to share. These first ones are from Henderson's, where we ate on Friday night.


 Mezze again

 Soup with flatbread and baba ghanoush

 Garlic bread (the future!)

 Nut burger

 Nut burger again



 Haggis w clapshot

 Curry again

 Three cakes


 Frozen cheesecake

Cherry pie