Pomegranate Molasses & Tahini Breakfast Bowl

Pomegranate Molasses & Tahini Breakfast Bowl

A long time ago a friend made me a simple bowl of yogurt and apricots for breakfast, all topped with a mysterious-looking syrup. It was rust brown in colour, fairly viscous and tasted of so many different things I had to know what it was. The answer: a combination of tahini and pomegranate molasses, inspired by her recent trip to Morocco.

Pomegranate molasses are similar to sugar cane molasses (aka treacle) in that [...]

Garibaldi Biscuits (Currant Cookies)

Garibaldi Biscuits (Currant Cookies)

Growing up, I knew these biscuits as 'squashed flies'. According to Wikipedia they also go by fly sandwiches, flies' graveyards and dead fly biscuits. It's only now I realise that the name is not very vegan. They are nicknamed so for the flattened currants inside the biscuit. The currants poke out of the sides, especially visible pre-bake through the translucent dough, as if a whole colony of flies had been collectively swatted. No, not a very vegan nickname at all!

As with a lot of childhood treats, I then went years without having one [...]

Israeli Stuffed Tomatoes & Courgettes

Israeli Stuffed Tomatoes & Courgettes

What country, at a guess, would you say has the highest percentage of vegans? I'll tell you. The answer is Israel, with a 5% vegan population. Most people I asked, including myself, were surprised by this answer.

I stumbled upon this fact in a rather roundabout fashion. My favourite Youtube channel, So You're Dating A Vegan, had influential Israeli food writer and critic Ori Shavit on their show, making an intriguing vegan version of Middle-Eastern favourite shakshuka. The video led me to Shavit's TED talk in which she outlines why [...]

Jackfruit Caesar Salad

Jackfruit Caesar Salad

Have you heard of jackfruit? If you're vegan and spend any time on Instagram, it’s likely you have. For the uninitiated, though, a quick run-down on the fruit: it's large. Really large. It can weigh up to 35kg (80lbs) and measure half a meter (20 inches) across. It's the national fruit of Bangladesh. I didn't know countries have national fruits, but there you go. I’ve checked and England doesn’t have a national fruit. I think it should be the strawberry. Yeah. Strawberry. [...]

Caramelised Vegetable Bruschette

Caramelised Vegetable Bruschette

My Mum came back from Italy recently. With lots of olive oil. And different types, too. Rather naively, it hadn’t occurred to me that, not only does olive oil vary in age and pressing – virgin, extra-virgin, etc –, but there are also many varieties of olive used which contribute to the oil's varying flavour profile. For example, Leccino olives are used to produce a mild, banana-y flavour while Coratina are used for intense, fruity, bitter notes.

I even found out that olive oil can be tasted like wine. Warm a small amount in a wine glass by cupping the bottom in one hand and covering the top with the other, give it a swirl [...]