Dinner Time

You will never be stuck for what to cook for dinner ever again!

Whether you crave pork, fish, tofu or lamb – there is something for everyone. I’m a firm believer in lowering my carbon footprint by eating more vegetarian meals, so there are plenty of those, and although I don’t have any food intolerances I have lots of friends who do so I cook my fair share of vegan and gluten free goodies too.

Crunchy crust kale pasta bake {vegan}

Posted on September 10, 2012

This dish had a working title of Green Mac ‘n Cheese and then in brackets – (the vegan addition) – right up until the last minute. When I realised it doesn’t actually have any cheese… because it’s vegan. Duh.

But Green Mac ‘n Cheese is a good name, don’t you think? If you don’t care to eat a vegan meal, then go right ahead and make this dish with cow’s milk and replace the crunchy crust with cheese – and then you can call it that.

If you are uniting with me today and eating vegan, then read on for an absolute stellar dish – yes, even if I do say so myself! (more…)

Easy vegan bean tacos {Meatless Monday}

Posted on August 27, 2012

I barely ever make tacos. Like, barely ever. The last time I made tacos was literally… I can’t remember! Maybe back in 2005. I don’t know.

They just don’t appeal to me. You know why? I feel like I’m not going to be satisfied by them. The crunchy shells just seem too flimsy and light to be a real meal.

But what about the toppings?!!! I hear you shout. Yes, I am a fan of guacamole. Yes, I am a fan of sour cream. A big fan. Sure, I like salsa, and lettuce, and spicy mince meat too. But tacos, to me, are nothing more than a snack. (more…)

Cauliflower and chickpea soup with dukkah

Posted on August 20, 2012

I’m one of those weird people that really enjoys giving themselves challenges – although it almost always works to my advantage. During exercise when I want to give up I mentally force my body to go harder and when I have an empty fridge, I feel more determined than ever to make something yummy out of nothing.

This particular day was grey, overcast and dull, and I craved soup. I decided to make a beige soup to match the weather. A soup that was beige in colour, but not beige in taste! Yes, it was a challenge indeed.

I poked around in the kitchen for bits and pieces that matched my brief. The fridge boasted a market fresh cauliflower and the pantry revealed tinned chickpeas. The bench top housed a recent gift – a packet of dukkah spice mix and then an idea was formed… (more…)

Slow cooker harissa roast beef

Posted on August 16, 2012

This recipe has only three ingredients and three steps. I almost didn’t post it here because it is embarrassingly simple.

But then I thought ‘hang on, plenty of people want super easy slow cooker dishes up their sleeve’. Am I right?

Today’s rant is more about the brilliance of slow cookers and how they can help you enjoy a roast beef meal in the middle of the week. Doesn’t that sound appealing? It’s such a rare occurrence to eat a roast dinner other than on a weekend due to time contraints and the old chestnut of ‘I just can’t be bothered’.

Thank you modern technology, once again I bow down to you. Slow cooker, I heart you. Big time. (more…)

Individual mushroom and goats feta quiches

Posted on August 13, 2012

Have you ever thought something was going to be easy, but then it wasn’t?

Well that’s me with these quiches, but don’t let that put you off! It was mainly me being stupid that made it more difficult than it needed to be.

I thought I would make it super easy for myself (and you) by using store-bought frozen shortcrust pastry, but then when I was ready to make them I had forgotten to defrost the pastry sheets. Then I was a little too hasty to separate the sheets and snapped a few. Then dropped them on the floor. (more…)

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