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Summery Vegetable Rigatoni

Summery Vegetable Rigatoni

When I was testing my vegan lasagne recipe, one component turned out particularly well: the tomato-lentil sauce in lieu of a meat ragu. I've adapted it into this vegetable pasta to give it more of a chance to shine.

I'm not just recycling recipes though, promise! I wanted to add courgettes and mushrooms, but [...]

Tagine of Butter Beans, Almonds and Prunes

Tagine of Butter Beans, Almonds and Prunes

This dish is very nostalgic for me. It's a veganised version of Julie Le Clerc's chicken tagine. My mum would regularly make big batches of it for weeknight dinners when I was old enough to appreciate good food. The flavour is so nostalgic to me that when I finally cracked the vegan version last week (after a few attempts...), I was worried I was enjoying it far more than anyone else. Thankfully [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]