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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 [...]

Doenjang jjigae (Hearty Korean Soup)

Doenjang jjigae (Hearty Korean Soup)

On my forays into Korean cuisine, I've noticed a few ingredients cropping up time and again. Dried kelp, a type of seaweed, is frequently added at the beginning of dishes to make a broth with sea-flavours. It is also one half of the common Korean stock dashi. Gochujang and gochugaru, Korean chilli paste and flakes respectively, are both regularly used. And then there's doenjang: a fermented soy-bean paste. It is intensely savoury [...]

Mushroom Ragu with creamy polenta

Mushroom Ragu with creamy polenta

One of the first dishes I made when I cut out meat from my diet was this braised mushroom ragu by Jules from The Stone Soup. Her sciencey approach appealed to me, and I was drawn in by the idea of a really slow-cooked meal that emulated cooking meat.

Today's recipe is my version of the above dish. Although I adored Jules' recipe - rich, concentrated, intense - I did feel there was room for improvement: both flavour-wise and for practicality [...]

Cajun Split Pea & Sweet Potato Stew

Cajun Split Pea & Sweet Potato Stew

This is real just-fill-me-up-and-satisfy me food. It would be absolutely perfect to come home to now the days are getting darker and colder. I had it once after a long, rainy dog walk which was perfect. 

Post-exercise it's probably a fitness instructor's dream. Yellow split peas are full of goodness - low-fat, high-protein, high-fibre - while sweet potato is a vitamin powerhouse [...]