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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 [...]

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 [...]

Spiral Seeded Protein Bread

Spiral Seeded Protein Bread

Hey there! I'm really excited to share this recipe with you today. I haven't seen anything similar elsewhere on the web, and so am actually quite proud of it.

The concept of 'spiral protein bread' may seem strange. Let me explain how I arrived at it. As a vegan, I sometimes have to think a little further about how to get protein into my diet. (Non-vegans out there, don't jump to conclusions!- there are numerous easy vegan protein sources). Now then, I love bread. I really do. Putting two and two together, I started my mission to find a way to get some decent protein into my bread [...]