Category Archives: Vegetarian

Yoghurt and Mint Salad Dressing

Yoghurt and Mint Dressing (enough for a salad dressing for 6-8 people)

Ingredients

1 shallot finely diced

Juice of 1 small lemon (about 2 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons of chopped mint

2 tablespoons of chopped parsely

2chopped spring onions

1 cup full-fat plain yoghurt

2 crushed garlic cloves

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Salt and black pepper to taste

Method

This is super easy to make, mix everything together and it’s done! Keep in the refrigerator for up to a week and use as needed

This dressing is delicious over a green salad, with endives, sliced radishes and fresh fennel.

Jubus Crackers

These delicious crackers will sustain you for hours. They are tasty packed with seedy goodness. This quantity makes around 12 crackers.

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup of pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup of sesame

1/3 cup of sunflower seeds

3 tablespoons of poppy seeds

3 tablespoons of chia seeds

3 tablespoons whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoons of olive oil

3/4 cup of water (at room temperature)

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 375F

Mix the seeds, flour and salt together in a bowl. Add the oil and the water.  Mix together and leave for 10 minutes.

Press into the cookie cutter
Press into the cookie cutter

Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper or a silicon mat.

Using a cookie cutter and spatula, press enough mixture to make ¼ inch thick flattened cracker.

Repeat until all the mixture is used.

Repeat the process
Repeat the process

Cook for 15-20 minutes then carefully turn over the cracker to cook the other side for another 15- 20 minutes.

Once cool these sustaining crackers are good with butter and cheese, or just by themselves. Enjoy!

Chestnut and Wild Rice Pilaf

Ingredients

1/2 cup wild rice

1 cup brown basmati rice

5 stalks celery, narrow cut on bias

1 large onion, small diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme

1/2 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped

8-12  ounces boiled chestnuts, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Method

If using a rice cooker, soak wild rice in hot water for 30 minutes or longer. Add to brown basmati and cook. Otherwise cook the two types of rice separately, in which case there is no need to soak wild rice.

Cook the vegetables: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and onion and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are limp but still bright, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme, and cook a couple of minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.

Combine the vegetables, chestnuts, pistachios, fresh parsley and rice mixture. Serve and enjoy!

This is another delicious recipe from Tom’s repertoire of delicious food. Thank you to Tom for sharing it. I served it with hummus and harissa and it was incredibly scrumptious.

Almond Crust Pizza

Almond crust pizza for 2 people

Ingredients

3/4 cup of almond meal

1 large egg

Salt and black pepper

Optional herbs such as teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, sage or oregano

A tablespoon of olive oil

For the topping

1 onion chopped

2-4 cloves of garlic crushed

1 tablespoon tomato puree

2 tomatoes chopped

Salt and black pepper

Mozzarella or parmesan cheese

Method.

Pre-heat the oven to 325F. Mix together the crust ingredients in a bowl. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease it with some olive oil. Spread out the pizza crust mixture to about 8 inches in diameter and about ¼ inch thick. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile sauté the onions and garlic for about 10 minutes until they are soft, add tomato puree and cook for a few more minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes. Cook for another 5 minutes to soften up the tomatoes.

Then assemble the pizza with the tomato sauce, cheese as desired, and any other toppings of your choice.

Bake the pizza for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Photo credit: John Buss

 

No-added sugar Chia pudding for two

Ingredients
  •  1/2 cup full-fat plain yoghurt
  • Juice of ½ Meyer lemon or ½ orange
  • ¼ teaspoon of orange flower water
  • 2 chopped dates
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios

Mix together everything except the pistachios. Divide the pudding between 2 bowls. Top with chopped nuts and chill for 8 hours.

I make this in the morning after breakfast and it’s ready at dinnertime. It is a great recipe to play with using the mixture of yoghurt and chia as a base with the dates to bring sweetness. I have also made it with lime juice and some toasted coconut, or with a sprinkle of ground cardamom and without the citrus juice.

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