Shiozuke: Salted Cucumber With Kelp

Using salt to preserve food spans millenia. The earliest known records span back to 6000BC in an area around the Nile valley and Mesopotamia known as the fertile cresecent. Japan, however, has turned this process […]

Sour Lacto-Fermented Plums

Fermented salted ume boshi plums

Our second post on the subject of tsukemono, Japanese pickles, introduces you to the subject of lacto-fermentation. Umeboshi Soured ume plums are an absolute staple in Japan. The small, yellow fruit is part of the […]

Misozuke: Miso Pickled Vegetables

Tsukemono – The Japanese Art Of Pickling An intrinsic part of the Japanese way of eating, tsukemono pickles accompany most major meals. Salted, fermented, vinagered or exposed to a variety of micro-organisms from miso to […]

Roasted Tomato And Garlic Soup With Sautéed Figs

bowl of roasted Spanish tomato and garlic soup with butter sautéed figs,

Too late to make it to the supermarket yesterday I woke to just enough milk for coffee and no bread. Oat porridge, then, with rich, thick soya cream for Sunday breakfast: veganly delicious! StillI I […]

Pasta, Caccio E Pepe

spaguetti with caccio e pepe

I’m not a fan of eating large amounts of pasta on a regular basis. When in Italy, mostly in the north, I’m served pasta in quite modest amounts as a separate course before the main. […]

Sweet Potato, Broad Bean & Feta Tortilla

egg tortilla with sweet potato and broad beans

What distinguishes italian frittata from Spanish tortilla? The distinction is not a culinary but a historical one. The “open-faced” omelette most likely originated in Persia. It travelled to Spain where, with the addition of potatoes […]

Sugar-Free Almond Cookies

almod cookies recipe

These delicate beauties, made with just almond flour, butter, eggs and sugar or stevia are deliciously sweet, light and crisp and contribute a good bit of protein to round off a vegetarian / vegan meal

Paella

Mexican paella

What makes a rice dish paella? The original Valencian recipe starts by sautéing chicken and rabbit. What hope for veggies? Luckily there are infinite varieties of authentic paellas ranging from squid ink to artichokes and […]

Easy Aubergine Pickle

aubergines for sweet pickle

If you like your recipes quick and simple but tasting great here’s a variation of the previous recipe. Just for you

Sweet Aubergine Pickle

Sweet Aubergine Pickle

I’ve just finished my precious jar of brinjal pickle from London. Trouble is it was so packed full of sugar I only dared enjoy it very occasionally with a morsel of cheese. Now that I […]