Panzanella

Panzanella

What is it about the combination of bread and tomatoes that I like so much? I realised I have two recipes that use the combo already – bruschette and salmorejo – which surprised me: if pressed for an answer, I'd have said that my favourite cuisine is from somewhere in Asia, and nowhere near the Mediterranean.

Bizarrely, I think what makes panzanella so compellingly delicious is [...]

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. [...]