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 [...]

Spinach & Beetroot Bagels

Spinach & Beetroot Bagels

I bought some bagel moulds recently. I know. I'd never heard of them before either. 

They look like silicon witches hats on which you spear your final risen dough to create a ring shape, let it rise, boil and finally bake, all on the mould. This is all besides the point though, which is that the bagel moulds came with an equally bizarre booklet full of questionable translations and unfortunate recipe suggestions. 

However, something in the booklet caught my eye. A luminous green bagel pictured as a variation on their standard bagel recipe [...]

Vegan Lasagne

Vegan Lasagne

You have to make this recipe. My family and I were all stunned how good it tastes. It's light but satisfying – minus the trillion calories that come with traditional lasagne. And absolutely perfect for a large family meal, a dinner party or the week's meal-prep: it freezes well and can be divided into 6 neat portions ready to be heated up or guzzled down straight from the fridge. 

I nearly misspelt the title of this recipe. Lasagne or Lasagna?  [...]