Last time I was in Melbourne I stayed with my friend Bel. Bel has always been a great cook and has recently started look at ways to make her meaty dishes vego. Or, it may have just been because I was visiting, either way, win!
Bel’s stuffed zucchinis are usually made with mince meat. On this occasion we used vegetarian mince and added grated veggies. (more…)
My housemate loves making Asian salads. The combination of salty, sweet and spicy flavours are always well balanced and moreish. I have been inspired by her dishes, but until now too timid to have a go creating my own version.
Recently I headed out for lunch with a colleague, we were just picking up some take away. While waiting for her order I spotted a tasty looking carrot and noodle salad. Although I didn’t get it I was inspired by it.
This post is about my foray into Asian salad making. (more…)
One of the few pasta dishes I remember my mum making was spaghetti bolognaise. I have never been a big pasta eater, but spag bog is definitely one of my favourites perhaps because of the childhood memories.
This spag bog is vegetarian and made using mushroom mince, Quorn, instead of minced meat. It uses a combination of spices including smoked paprika and bay leaves to ensure a beautiful depth of flavour. (more…)
Dumplings are delicious, but they are a pain to make. Homemade dumplings are so good they are completely worth making! My favourite dumplings are shitake mushroom and tofu.
Making vegetarian dumplings is a bit of work, you have to finely chop all the ingredients, fry them in a pan with ginger, spring onion, and various sauces and then assemble the dumplings. For this reason I tend to make a big batch so that I only have to do it every few months.
The first time I made dumplings I invited a couple of friends over and my housemate Amrita got in on the action too. I HIGHLY recommend doing this. The more people there are the less you have to do! (more…)
Bargain hunting – finding a bargain can be great, but when it comes to food you usually need to buy other ingredients too. Not so, says my Aunt who recently came across bargain chicken drumsticks and decided to challenge herself to produce a dish using only the drumsticks and ingredients already in her kitchen. (more…)
I’m not really one for big daytime meals, especially at work. I am much more of a snacker. Whilst I try to create snacks that are tasty and healthy, I am usually inspired to cook snacks less by this and more by the need to use up excess vegetable or fruit in my kitchen. In this case it was sweet potato..
Most people are familiar with chilli con carne, a Mexican dish of mince meat, tomatoes and beans. Con carne is Spanish for with meat. As a herbivore, I decided to make chilli sin carne, or without meat.
My housemate’s reaction – this is amazing, I need to learn to make this shit. (more…)
Pastry in winter is amazing. Technically, it isn’t winter yet, but it sure feels like it in Canberra. The cold weather, leftover pastry (my housemate made quiche) and lots of veggies, some of which really needed to be used, was the inspiration for making Veggie Sausage Rolls. (more…)