Vegetable and Almond Soup

This is a great soup for using up leftover raw vegetables at the end of the week. The addition of the ground almonds makes it rich and satisying. You can vary the veg you use depending on what you have but try to include some squash, sweet potato or parsnip as this adds to the…

Mushroom and Red Pepper Quiche

I love the smell of this baking in the oven. It is really delicious and equally good hot or cold. This is only the second vegan quiche I have made and I was pleased with the progress I have made since the first one. Like last time, I used a packet mix for the pastry…

Raw Mushroom and Pine Nut Salad

I stole this idea from Twelve Apostles restaurant in Berlin where I ate something similar last weekend. There it was made with rocket but I used a crispy Lollo Rossi lettuce instead. Pine nuts are expensive but they are really delicious and transform this salad to something quite special. Serves 4 Total Preparation and Cooking…

Spicy Carrot and Peanut Soup with Coconut Milk

It started to feel a little autumnal this morning and it was slightly chilly indoors, making me want to eat something warming. This soup has Asian influences but also reminds me of Africa where lots of peanuts are grown. This could be made with pumpkin, butternut squash or sweet potato, all of which would be…

Baba Ganoush with Pomegranate

When we lived in Cairo, Baba Ganoush was definitely my favourite Egyptian dish. I never could take to the Fuul Medames though. I love the silky, smoothness of this dip and the sweetness and crunchiness that the pomegranates add. Pomegranates have just started coming into the shops in Berlin now that the summer is over…

Homemade Baked Beans on Toast with Juicy Mushrooms

Us Brits love our baked beans. I have not made these for about 8 years and I was surprised how delicious they were. I was lucky to have a jar of molasses in the cupboard from my vegan Christmas pudding. It gives a great flavour but toucan use honey, of you eat it, or syrup…

Roasted Butternut Squash Samosas with a Peanut Sambal

I love freshly cooked samosas. The best veggie samosas I have ever eaten were in a petrol station in Mombasa, Kenya. An unlikely location for great food but that is often the case. Samosas need to be crispy but not fatty and have plenty of filling inside. I cook these in the oven rather than…

Roasted Corn and Butternut Squash Couscous Salad

Couscous can be very dull and you need to add a lot of flavour to make it into something wonderful. This dish has sweetness from both the squash and the corn plus bags of freshness from the mint and coriander. We like our food spicy so you can also add chill like I did to…

Spicy Red Pepper Hummus Filled Jackets and Fresh Corn

You cannot beat jacket potatoes baked in the oven. The microwave versions really are not the same. I roasted the corn and red pepper at the same time as well as some butternut squash for later to make it worth putting the oven on. Fresh corn is plentiful in Turkish grocery shops in Berlin at…

Roasted Corn and Pepper Salad with Black Beans

Yesterday, my friend Claudia gave me some fresh, green peppers of the pointy variety (like large chillis). We don’t have a special word for these in the UK. We had the peppers barbecued last night while sitting in her garden, under a huge walnut tree, in idyllic surroundings, yet right in the centre of Berlin….