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Black lentil dhal with beetroot/beet raita

Black lentil dhal with beetroot/beet raita

Perfect comfort food, this hearty dhal is similar to the classic Punjabi dal makhani, but uses green lentils instead of the more usual red kidney beans. The benefits…

Silvio Bukbardis August 16, 2021
ARANCINI EGGS

ARANCINI EGGS

This is a cross between Italian arancini (fried rice ball) and a meat-free version of the British Scotch egg, and came about when I had some leftover cooked risotto…

Silvio Bukbardis August 16, 2021
Salt-cured carrot lox on rye

Salt-cured carrot lox on rye

Who would have thought that carrots baked in a salt crust and then marinated would bear a resemblance to smoked salmon? Now, liquid smoke may sound a bit ‘Heston’,…

Silvio Bukbardis January 3, 2021
Tomato tarts with preserved lemon relish

Tomato tarts with preserved lemon relish

Super-easy and super-looking! Tomatoes are at their flavoursome best now, especially those allowed to ripen on the vine before picking. To keep things simple,…

Silvio Bukbardis June 16, 2020
Char-grilled courgettes on garlic toast  with parsley relish

Char-grilled courgettes on garlic toast with parsley relish

Char-grilling on a griddle/grill pan or barbecue does amazing things to veg, particularly summer courgettes/zucchini, peppers, aubergines/eggplants, onions and…

Silvio Bukbardis June 16, 2020
Shiitake, miso & smoked tofu ramen

Shiitake, miso & smoked tofu ramen

Dried mushrooms are a true asset in the vegetarian kitchen – a handful goes a long way in the flavour stakes, and they also keep for months. I buy large bags…

Silvio Bukbardis June 16, 2020
Green lentil, red leaf & beetroot with hazelnuts

Green lentil, red leaf & beetroot with hazelnuts

When buying raspberry vinegar opt for quality, if you can. The best ones are slightly syrupy in texture with a fragrant natural hint of raspberries that just lifts…

Silvio Bukbardis October 8, 2019
Slow-cooked onions with nut stuffing

Slow-cooked onions with nut stuffing

Slow cooking does wonderful things to onions, turning them sweet, succulent and mellow. Onions have anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting and anti-carcinogenic properties…

Silvio Bukbardis October 8, 2019
VIETNAMESE CRISPY TOFU & CASHEW SALAD

VIETNAMESE CRISPY TOFU & CASHEW SALAD

Sweet, sour, hot, spicy and salty, this vibrant salad includes all five elements that are fundamental to Vietnamese cooking. Vital, too, is the contrast in textures,…

Silvio Bukbardis February 11, 2019
FATTOUSH WITH SPICED ALMONDS

FATTOUSH WITH SPICED ALMONDS

This twist on the popular Lebanese salad is made with vibrant, crisp vegetables in an orangey pistachio oil dressing. Instead of the more usual addition of crisp…

Silvio Bukbardis February 11, 2019
MEXICAN PANZANELLA

MEXICAN PANZANELLA

This takes many of the features of the classic Tuscan panzanella salad and adapts them by adding a chipotle-infused dressing, red kidney beans and plenty of fresh…

Silvio Bukbardis February 11, 2019
OSSAU IRATY, ROAST ASPARAGUS & CROUTON SALAD

OSSAU IRATY, ROAST ASPARAGUS & CROUTON SALAD

Ossau iraty is a French semi-hard sheep’s cheese with a nutty taste and creamy texture that complements the earthy beetroot. Use Parmesan, Gruyere or Emmental,…

Silvio Bukbardis February 11, 2019
STUFFED TOMATOES WITH CRUSHED BEANS, MOZZARELLA & CHIMICHURRI

STUFFED TOMATOES WITH CRUSHED BEANS, MOZZARELLA & CHIMICHURRI

Chimichurri is an Argentinian herb and garlic sauce—somewhat like pesto with an edge. It adds a simple, vibrant bit of oomph to a dish. Burrata, often referred…

Silvio Bukbardis February 11, 2019
CAULIFLOWER COUSCOUS WITH POMEGRANATE

CAULIFLOWER COUSCOUS WITH POMEGRANATE

Cauliflower, when grated into fine grains, makes a surprisingly good and nutritious alternative to couscous, and is both low-carb and gluten-free. Pomegranate…

Silvio Bukbardis February 11, 2019
SPEEDY PAN PIZZAS

SPEEDY PAN PIZZAS

When asked what their favourite food is, most kids will say pizza. Shop-bought pizzas often don’t come up to scratch health-wise, but making your own using a…

Silvio Bukbardis February 11, 2019
SUMMER VEGETABLE SALAD WITH HERB MAYO

SUMMER VEGETABLE SALAD WITH HERB MAYO

Make the most of summer vegetables when in season with this pretty, vibrant side salad. The herb-infused homemade mayonnaise adds the final flourish! It’s delicious…

Silvio Bukbardis February 11, 2019