Recipes – vegan

Creamy chickpea, spinach and zucchini curry

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Last month, my youngest nephew celebrated his seventh birthday.  On the night before his birthday, his mom was putting him to bed and noticed that he seemed a little subdued.  She asked him what was wrong and he replied:  ”I’m sad because it’s my last night of being six”.  Mom responded: “But just think – […]

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Salsa verde with green tomatoes and the illusion of control

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In New York City, as in most cities throughout the world, there are thousands of traffic lights at intersections with pedestrian crossings, all fitted with buttons for pedestrians to press so that the light will go green for them.  Hour after hour, day in and day out,  tens of thousands of pedestrians do in fact […]

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Red lentil soup with harissa croutons

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“Life is a rollercoaster” warbled Ronan Keating – and despite not being a fan of boybands, and looking back at the past 10 days here at Cooksister HQ, I have to say that I think he had a point.  The Big Thunder Mountain experience started with a plunge into discovering that somebody I know is […]

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Easy homemade hummus with South African chakalaka spice – inspired by the 2013 McCormick Flavour Forecast

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Back in 2009 when I was writing a bi-weekly column for the Food24 website, I wrote a piece called The Shock of the New, all about a document called the Flavour Forecast brought out annually by American spice company McCormick (known as the ubiquitous Schwartz spices here in the UK). The Flavour Forecast is the result […]

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Farro and roasted vegetable salad – an Olympic dish

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    So… rumour has it that a certain Very Very Large Sporting Event is about to take place, virtually in my back yard here in London.  For almost 12 years we have lived in what most west-Londoners considered a distant and drab backwater of the capital (pretty much how most west-Londoners regard anything east […]

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Sautéed Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic, lemon & chilli

Thumbnail image for Sautéed Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic, lemon & chilli December 19, 2011

  One of the disadvantages of having our dining room in the conservatory at the back of the house is that there is no hiding your kitchen and your work-in-progress from your guests.  I am inevitably in the kitchen when guests arrive and they either pop in to say hi before returning to the lounge, or […]

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Jewelled couscous with pomegranate and almonds

Thumbnail image for Jewelled couscous with pomegranate and almonds January 14, 2011

One of my favourite books of all time is Tom Robbins’ Still Life With Woodpecker.  I remember a friend lending it to me, reading it, and being enchanted right from the start by Robbins’ quirky, memorable characters and poetic way with words.  Without giving the game away too much, the book asks the question “how do […]

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