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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 [...]

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 [...]