Vegetarian Recipes

tasty vegetarian (& some seafood) recipes

Gwydwr Nicholson – Prague 1939

May 17th, 2014 · 4 Comments

My grandmother ‘Nanan’ was born on 17th May 1914, she would have been 100 today. When going through her files a few years ago my mother found a few sheets of paper containing a typed up account of her experience of being in Prague in 1939 when the Germans arrived, I have reproduced the text in full below. She was 24 at the time. No need to editorialise.

THE GERMAN OCCUPATION OF PRAGUE

The relief at being at last able to put one’s thoughts into words, after having been bottled up in German Territory must be experienced to be understood. We experienced this relief upon our arrival at Basel from Prague, after our seventeen hours’ journey, and after five days in the occupied territory. One learns to appreciate the plight of the refugee, having been in much the same position for a short time.

Our first intimation of the occupation to come was on Tuesday, March 15, when in returning from the office shortly after 7pm we were struck, firstly by the number of people, and secondly by the atmosphere, which seemed electric. The main streets of the town were lined with police and loudspeakers mounted on poles were exhorting the crowds to preserve order. German supporters, very few in number, were provoking the people by wearing the hated white stockings and by waving Nazi emblems. Every now and then a scuffle would take place, ending by forced separation by the police. For the most part the crowds were sullen and they seemed rather dazed. Later in the same evening a parade of Germans took place through the town. They were greeted in silence, or by boo-ing. We were told on that evening in the restaurant that the Germans would soon be in Prague. Our informed, a Czech, said this in a half unbelieving manner, little knowing how right he was to be proved. All night the wireless continued to operate, and people congregated until late in the driving snow to obtain news.

Gwydwr Nicholson

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Baby octopus pasta with aubergine, tomato & chilli

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Pity the poor baby octopus, born a hatchling among a thousand siblings, each no larger than a pinhead and yet all filled with the innocent expectation of a future filled with fun, laughter and adventure. Then, just as they open their eyes and blink with wonder at the world around them, they are dredged into a giant net and hauled up to the surface and inevitable oblivion. A stark reminder to us all of the ephemeral nature of existence and the ultimate futility of believing in anything other than our own insignificance.

Still, tasty though.

Baby octopus pasta with aubergine, tomato & chilli

Interior detail of of our latest favouritest pub, Brighton Rocks Bar.

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Pasta with courgette, basil, parmesan and a beaten egg yolk

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

This is number seven in our occasional series ‘In search of the perfect pasta sauce’, and once again we have turned to our adopted Italian granny Marcella Hazan for inspiration. Thus far she’s rarely let us down.

Pasta with Courgette, basil, parmesan and a beaten egg yolk.

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Squid braised in red wine

March 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

One of the (myriad) advantages of leaving Hebden Bridge is we are no longer hostage to the weekly visit of ‘Paul the Fish’ with his stall of filleted fish and erratic Welsh mussels. Living in sunny Brighton we now have access to the full aquatic range of anything with scale, shell or tentacle which swims, crawls, drifts or slithers in the neighbouring ocean.

Along with cod cheeks, squid is now back on the menu.

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Baked aubergine with tahini yoghurt and coriander dressing

March 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

We have been doubly blessed since we moved here to sunny Brighton, for not only do we now have casual access to a Waitrose, but a mere 20 strides away on the opposite side of the street is the Taj grocer, a large independently owned store offering a cornucopia of (eastern) international ingredients the likes of which we’ve not seen since moving out of London. T’was here we got the aubergines, yoghurt and coriander for this recipe … if the Taj gave away a free Guardian to loyalty card holders, there’d almost be no reason to cross the road.

Baked aubergine with tahini yoghurt and corriander dressing

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Fried egg, avocado and chilli tacos

March 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Want to start your weekend with a lime zest and a chilli zing? Then look no further than this curious and surprisingly delicious Mexican inspired egg-based brunch. Arriba! Arriba! Andale! Andale!

Fried egg, avocado and chilli tacos

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Cod cheeks with braised puy lentils and salsa verde

March 9th, 2014 · No Comments

I know what you’re thinking: “What the Fricking Frack are cod cheeks?” The answer (they’re the meaty jowls of the Gadus Morhua) begs the obvious supplementary question “…and where on earth do you expect me to get hold of those obscure little frackers?” The immediate reply is sorry, not even Waitrose stock them, so unless you can find yourself a very good Fishmonger or a friendly trawlerman, can’t help you. I suppose you could buy half a tonne of whole cod and extract the fishy chops yourself, but that could get expensive. That said, IF you do happen upon them, give them a go, they are really rather good.

Cod cheeks with braised puy lentils and salsa verdi

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Bream steamed with celery, ginger & preserved plums

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Hi all. Sorry about the recent lack of activity, but we have both been banged up in the nick for 8 long years. Did you miss us? The following recipe was a great favourite with the lags on D-wing.

bream

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Nids de Monsieur Fouineur

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Turning once again to the esteemed ‘Livre de Cuisine des Monsieurs Hommes’ in search of culinary inspiration, Yumblog Junior chanced upon this complex and controversial confection from disgraced chef de cuisine and one time enfant terrible, Monsieur Fouineur. Hounded by the tabloids and plagued by rumours of espionage and peeping tomfoolery, this once great pâtissier never achieved the same levels of success or respect as his three contemporaries, Monsieurs Petit, Gelée and Drôle. We here at Yumblog believe it is time to put Monsieur Fouineur’s nids back on the table.

Mr Nosey's Nests

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Crappuccino

January 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Hello again dear reader(s). Sorry about the woeful lack of posts recently but we have been busy upping sticks yet again and moving back down south to Brighton by the sea. Normal yumblogging will be resuming soonish, but in the meantime here is an infographic what I done did to illustrate an as yet unwritten yuckblog on instant ‘cappuccino’. Hope you all had a good Christmas.

Crappuccino

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Mr Muddle’s Melting Moments

November 2nd, 2013 · 7 Comments

“Oh Pater, dearest…” exclaimed Yumblog Junior from her preferred leather winged Bergere situated in the Soft Play and Cigar Lounge of The Junior Carlton Club, “It says here in the esteemed ‘Livre de Cuisine des Monsieurs Hommes’ that Chef Marcel Muddle has created the most divine cornflake encrusted Petits Beurres which evidently are the talk of Parisian society! Oh Pater dearest, can we bake some forthwith, can we, can we?” And so starts a typical day here at Yumblog Cottage …

Mr Muddle's Melting Moments

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MasterChef the Professionals is back!!!!

October 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments

November 4th, 8:30pm, BBC2.

masterchef photolove

> Click here to read the full MasterChef Photolove story

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Pumpkin three ways

October 28th, 2013 · No Comments

There are only 3 shopping days left until Hallowe’en, so why not hot foot it down to your nearest pumpkinorium, grab yourself the largest Cucurbita pepo you can carry and drag it back to the kitchen table, there to prepare it not once, not twice, but thrice-wise as prescribed below – ensouped, seedled and carved.

Pumpkin three ways

Pumpkin Soup & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Roasted sweet potato and carrot soup

October 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

I’m always reluctant to write up a recipe for soup as it seems far too simple to warrant a post and possibly risks insulting your no doubt exemplary culinary skills dear reader(s). After all, your average soup is usually just a few veg zhuzhed up in olive oil or butter, simmered for 20 mins in stock and liquidised to the requisite soupy soup consistency. There again, most of you mucky lot come here by mistake searching for photos of Nigella in the nuddy, leaving disappointed and frustrated a bare 11 seconds later… so why should I care what you think? Soup it is then.

Roasted sweet potato and carrot soup

Roasted sweet potato and carrot soup

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Spaghetti with green tomatoes & herbs

October 21st, 2013 · No Comments

As much as I love to cook, sometimes it’s a welcome treat to prepare a meal which requires little more effort than a nifty flip of the switch on the Magimix.

Spaghetti with green tomatoes & herbs

Spaghetti with green tomatoes & herbs

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Filoncino

October 21st, 2013 · No Comments

… or an Italian version of a baguette. Not to be confused with the French Stick – the English version of the baguette which is 24 inches of pale bendy disappointment and about as authentic as Peckham Spring Water.

Filoncino

Filoncino

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Sweetcorn chowder

October 9th, 2013 · 2 Comments

A monthly review of this site’s stats shows that in your endless and futile search for all that is novel and inconsequential, on average you lot spend only 11 fleeting and no doubt twitchy seconds reading Yumblog. For fuck’s sake, dear readers, you’re a capricious bunch … sometimes I wonder why we bother.

…8, 9, 10, 11, time’s up … now bugger off to somewhere more edifying.

Sweetcorn chowder

Sweetcorn chowder

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Romanesco with paccheri

October 9th, 2013 · No Comments

Obviously when I first eyed a display of Romanesco at the local veg market I mused how the inflorescence had an approximate self-similar character, with the branched meristems making a logarithmic spiral and how it approximated a natural fractal with each bud composed of a series of smaller buds, all arranged in yet another logarithmic spiral. (I don’t need to tell you, dear reader, that this self-similar pattern continues at several smaller levels). I pondered how this arrangement is only an approximation of a fractal since the pattern would eventually terminate when the feature size became sufficiently small. I could only wonder at the fibonacci number of this recursive helical arrangement of cones.

Then I got to thinking about how tasty it might be for my teatime.

romanesco

Romanesco with paccheri

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Baked green tomatoes at the Yumblog Cafe

September 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Despite your average British tomato being a Dutch grown, prematurely picked, under-ripe, woolly, anaemic, flavourless, blemish-free and over-chilled orb of disappointment, it’s still hard to get a genuine green tomato in this country… unless of course you live in Yorkshire and grow your own, in which case they’ll ALL be green from lack of sunlight. So when I found a bag of (I assume intentionally) green tomatoes on our local veg stall, I couldn’t resist. As we tend to eschew the deep fat frier, we decided upon the baked rather than the more traditional fried offering.

And very tasty it was too.

Baked Green Tomatoes

Baked green tomatoes

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By the way…

October 12th, 2013 · No Comments

…if anyone is interested I have a new folio site here.

Now gis a job!

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Stuffed marrow

September 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments

Don’t roll your eyes, I know what you’re thinking, “Stuffed marrow? When it comes to vegetarian misery, it’s up there with the brown rice and kidney bean salad …or anything involving couscous or a that stalwart of the ‘vegetarian option’, the butternut squash”. Relax, this is like no other marrow you’ve stuffed before, and as well as being very tasty it is a great way to use up that mutated elephantine courgette which has been neglected too long and embarked on an invasion of the neighbour’s garden in search of lebensraum.

stuffed marrow

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Spiced carrot soup with harissa

August 20th, 2013 · No Comments

Matt the Cat loved this soup (once we’d given her a spoon).

Spiced carrot soup with harissa

Spiced carrot soup with harissa

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Borsch #2

August 13th, 2013 · 2 Comments

It’s been a while since we’ve borsched a beetroot so when the Hebden Twins paid a brief visit the other morning and dropped off among other home-grown things, these handsome fellows, we knew exactly what to do with them.

Borsch #2

Borsch

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Authentic(ish) warm German potato salad

September 30th, 2013 · No Comments

The (ish) is there because to be properly Deutsche this should of course contain in some part or many a piggy porcine element, and if our experience of eating out in Berlin is anything to go by, a solitary pineapple chunk.

Warm German Potato Salad

Well you know what potato salad looks like, and it doesn’t photograph pretty, so here is some graffiti from Berlin instead.

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Roasted pepper pasta sauce

August 11th, 2013 · No Comments

The day started with two itinerant cows and ended with a trip back in time to 1978. In between there was a misfuelling which led to three spontaneous guests for dinner. We served them pasta with this simple and deceptively delicious roasted pepper sauce.

Roasted pepper pasta sauce

Roasted pepper pasta sauce

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Phew …

August 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment

10 posts in 3 days, I’m off to lie down in a darkened room. How about writing a few comments when you visit … it’s what we live for.

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Tuna steak with peas, broad beans & spinach

August 1st, 2013 · 3 Comments

The beauty of this dish is you can do most of the prep work in advance and spend the afternoon in the pub. Not obligatory you understand, but highly recommended.

Tuna steak with peas, broad beans & spinach

Tuna steak with peas, broad beans & spinach

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Roasted tomato vinaigrette

July 31st, 2013 · No Comments

…not to be confused with a Vinegaroon which is an ugly and menacing fucker you definitely wouldn’t want to share the dinner table with.

If you are short of time AND have been lucky enough to get hold of some juicy ripe flavoursome tomatoes (i.e. you live outside the UK) you can skip the whole 1½ – 2 hours slow roasting thing and simply liquidise your toms before straining through a sieve.

Tomato vinaigrette

Roasted tomato vinaigrette

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Strained yoghurt (labneh #2)

July 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Like the yoghurt, this is our second posting for Labneh and also like the yoghurt this uses a simpler Valentine Warner-inspired process.

Strained yoghurt

Labneh – strained yoghurt

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Yoghurt #2

July 31st, 2013 · No Comments

It was way back in May 2009 when we first wrote a post on homemade yoghurt – that was 218 miles, 4 houses, 2 floods and one small child ago. I am ashamed to say the whole knit-your-own yoghurt thing was a short lived fad due no doubt to this early technique requiring thermometers, sterilised jars, a Bunsen burner and if memory serves me, a Van de Graaff generator. Fortunately Yoghurt #2 is a much more straightforward and nonchalant affair needing little more in the way of specialist equipment than a simple timing device and a wooden spoon. Also, being a recipe from Valentine Warner, it has the welcome addition of cream for extra, well creaminess.

yoghurt

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Flat bread

July 30th, 2013 · No Comments

There are as many varieties of flat breads as there are varieties of Heinz products, or indeed bi-pedal humanoid aliens living amongst us – 57*. I can’t vouch for all of them, but this particular variant is tried, tested, easy to make, and very tasty.

We laced ours with cumin although you could of course flavour yours with whatever spice takes your fancy or indeed leave plain.

Flat bread

*Facts true at time of publishing.

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Celebrity Masterchef

July 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Don’t forget, tonight, 20:00, BBC1, Celebrity Masterchef. While you’re waiting why not revisit this touching Masterchef photolove story.

Celebrity Masterchef

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Chocolate digestives

July 29th, 2013 · 3 Comments

If you would like to keep a fidgety child amused for an hour AND at the end of it have something tasty to dunk in your tea, this could well be the recipe for you. If you don’t have a child of your own don’t worry, you could always rent one … we hire ours out for £20 an hour (one change of clothes included).

Chocolate digestives

Chocolate digestives

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Prawns with samphire

July 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Such is the fast turnaround of this post I still have a piece of samphire lodged between my teeth and a prawn juice stain on my t-shirt.

Prawns with samphire

Prawns with samphire

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(Chilled) courgette & pea soup with goat’s cheese toasts

July 27th, 2013 · No Comments

Sun turns to grey, grey turns to wet and wet heralds the first flood alert for, ooh days. Time to get nostalgic about those long balmy Yorkshire summer evenings sitting on the white-washed terraza under ancient gnarled trees, their branches heavy with succulent ripe Barm Cakes still warm from the day’s sun. It was on one such evening when we served this delicious, refreshing chilled soup as we watched the golden sunset explode over Knob Bottom Cragg.

Courgette & pea soup with goats cheese toasts

Courgette & pea soup with goat’s cheese toasts

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Chocolate salami

July 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment

How about something unusual and tasty which requires the minimum amount of preparation and no cooking? You’d be a fool not to.

Another recipe from the infallible Polpo Venetian cookbook.

Chocolate salami

Chocolate salami

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BBQ swordfish steaks with chermoula

July 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Summer has eventually arrived in the UK. It has even managed to reluctantly drag itself all the way up to Yorkshire where, tripping over Stoodley Pike and tumbling down the hill it collapsed bloody and exhausted in our very own back yard. In fact one afternoon it was so balmy I was able to pop out down to the One Stop Shop wearing only one cardigan under my kagoule.

Summer in these there parts brings with it two inevitables – barbeques and midges. We enjoyed this recipe at the former whilst sitting in an angry cloud of the latter.

BBQ swordfish steaks with chermoula

BBQ swordfish steaks with chermoula

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Royal baby photo exclusive

July 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

We here at Yumblog are delighted and honoured to be able to exclusively showcase the first ever photograph of the Royal baby, His Exalted Highness Prince Jayden Kayden Riley Tyler Windsor.

The Royal baby

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Cuttlefish balls in tomato sauce

July 12th, 2013 · No Comments

I know, I know, you weren’t even aware cuttlefish had balls. Perhaps they do, perhaps they don’t. For all I know they might ride the ocean currents with their magnificent jewels swinging low and proud beneath them. Perhaps the entire aquatic world stares with slack-jawed envy as they swim by with their pendulous plums dragging along the seabed. Like I said, I don’t know, but whatever our particular cuttlefish’s gonadular architecture you can rest assured they were efficiently and unceremoniously hacked off by the fishmonger.

cuttlefish balls

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Moroccan chickpea stew with fried egg brik & cucumber salad

July 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Now that interesting looking critter below is called a brik and is essentially an egg dropped into the middle of a sheet of filo which is then wrapped up and shallow fried. It comes accompanied by a spicy chickpea curry and a refreshing cucumber and coriander salad. Service not included. Not only is this a dainty dish to set before the King, but is also extremely economical as it comes from the Guardians ‘Recipes for under £5′ feature. And what can you get for a fiver these days? Quite a lot it seems.

Moroccan chickpea stew with fried egg brik

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