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Bel’s Stuffed Zucchini

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…)

Asian Beetroot Salad

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…)

Spaghetti Bolognaise

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…)

Delicious Dumplings

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…)

Healthy Hearty Veggie Soup

Winter means soup. As a child my mum use to spend the weekend making big batches of soup. She spent days making her own chicken and ham hock stocks and kept us warm during the cold winter months.

This vegetable soup on the other hand only takes 30 minutes to cook and will fill you nutrients. Perfect to keep a cold at bay or to recover from too much partying! (more…)

Veggie sausage rolls

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…)