Japanese inspired carrot salad

This salad is great alone, with other salads, at a barbecue as an alternative to boring coleslaw, and to make lunch look like more than sandwiches. It’s spicy, tangy, sweet and savoury. All good things. It takes 5 minutes to make.  Ingredients 4 large carrots 2 spring onions 2 tbsp raisins 1 chilli (I used…

Smoked paprika, sweet potato and red lentil soup

The popularity of soup is growing in our house.  They are (on average) very low fat, flexible to what you have available, warming, quick to serve once made (and, quick to make IMO). The place where I had fallen down in the past is not having 2 or 3 main flavours, and confusing the soups…

TLT (Tofu, Lettuce, Tomato)

This really does rival the BLT when done properly.  People often ask if I miss bacon, and I don’t, in any way, even the smell has lost its power; however, as a concept, this sandwich is foundational in the history of sandwiches.  I would serve this up to the most ardent of meat eaters. The…

Ultimate dal

An easy staple. Dal happens at least once a week in our house. Over the last two and a half years, we’ve made our share of dals. From the BBC recipes, to vegrecipesofindia ones to cookbook ones, to ones claiming to be like restaurant tarka dal, from Gujarati dals to Pakistani dals – the is…

Raw Asian tofu salad

Jamie Oliver does something similar with beef.  The image I’ve used here is from when I made a lazy version of this.  The dressing is the DON.  This is fresh, crunchy, spicy, tangy, sweet and a great lunch of dinner.  If you don’t have all the veg, don’t worry about it, use something else, or…

Caribbean Tortilla Cups

These are a very easy light lunch that I’d recommend to anyone! You need a cupcake/muffin tin. Ingredients 6 wholemeal tortillas (or white ones) 1 large ripe avocado*, cubed 1 large ripe mango, cubed 1 red pepper, diced 1 green pepper, diced Half a red onion, chopped finely 1 scotch bonnet chilli (or other hot…

Right here, right now: Pea and Thai basil soup

I cannot cope with wasted food.  I think it is terrible, and soup has saved the day many times over.  It’s also a thing of beauty, because unlike many dishes, soup genuinely brings all the flavours of the ingredients together, so you can make something quite special, in my opinion.  The main plus on soup…

Tofu Tom Kha

When we were travelling, this was a favourite.  It is very easy to make, and granted, you might not have all the ingredients on hand, but some of them can be kept in stock once you’ve got them. Tom Kha is an aromatic coconut soup, although, I think it’s more like an aromatic curry.  It…

Not-eggy bread!

I imagined this last night and I made it this morning, and it WORKED.  I had my doubts, but it was so satisfying.  I believe this dish goes by many names, including french toast, pan perdu, and the British eggy bread.  I served it the sweet way, as I thought it would work best with…

Tofu Katsu Curry

Again, sorry about the photo. That is Yo!Sushi’s tofu katsu curry. Turns out I ate mine before I photographed it.  This is easier than you might think, with plenty of options available.  If you don’t know Katsu curry, it has 3 main elements, a crispy panko-breaded ‘cutlet’ (often chicken or pork, but more and more…

Rainbow Salad

Hi, I’m British and I’m bad at making salads.  Admit it.  I did, and now I’m actually very good at it, but only because I’ve thought about it, long and hard, and I don’t think any item on the table should be invited to the party like a weird cousin, ‘just because we thought we…

Tofu tikka masala 

This is surprisingly easy, and the sauce will definitely freeze.  In the picture, the Tofu Tikka Masala is at the back, and in the foreground is a tarka dal with crispy fried onions. This recipe uses a firm tofu, such as Clearspring or Cauldron.  Get your tofu out as early as you can, drain the…