Vegetarian Recipes

tasty vegetarian (& some seafood) recipes

A celebration of Europe #24b – Slovenia

January 24th, 2021 · No Comments

Bela Krajina bread

What better accompaniment to the Sauerkraut and bean stew below than this cumin and salt encrusted bread. This recipe is taken from the approved specification for Belokranjska pogaca with the recognised designation traditional speciality by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia of 28 October 2004 (324-25 / 01).

Lipoglav, Slovenia.

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A celebration of Europe #24a – Slovenia

January 24th, 2021 · No Comments

Sauerkraut & bean stew – Slovenian Jota

A short borderless drive south-west through Hungary we arrive in Slovenia, famished and in search of a hearty stew. With thanks to Louise for the tip, borne of many trips to her parents’ home country accompanied by Greg, the avowed eschewer of meat. The original Jota contains pork. No really.

Bled, Slovenia.

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A celebration of Europe #23 – Slovakia

January 19th, 2021 · No Comments

Domáce zemiakové lokše – Potato pancakes

Deciding to stay in the east, today we are off to the small mountainous landlocked Republic of Slovakia which, according to Wikipedia, is the world’s largest car producer per-capita.

Given our location and unwritten brief to avoid porcine products, this is necessarily a potato based recipe.

Popradské pleso, Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia.

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A celebration of Europe #22 – Romania

January 18th, 2021 · No Comments

Iahnie de fasole (Traditional bean stew)

We had a long train journey today, travelling from Europe’s most westerly country to its most eastern. That said, the scenery was beautiful, the trains modern and punctual, and the buffet car well stocked with cheese toasties.

I would take the description ‘stew’ with a pinch of salt (and possibly a twist of black pepper), as this recipe is essentially baked beans without the baking. Don’t let this modesty deter you.

Peles Castle, Romania.

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A celebration of Europe #21 – Portugal

January 16th, 2021 · No Comments

Cataplana

What better way to round up a Saturday than to head south west and spend the evening eating in Portugal, specifically the Algarve. We’ll assume that if you have come here in search of Cataplana (the recipe), you won’t be in possession of a Cataplana (a copper lidded pan traditionally used to cook said recipe). Worry not, you can easily substitute with your beloved Le Creuset casserole dish, or even dust off that rusty Wok crowding the back of the cupboard. So long as your chosen receptacle is large and fitted with a tight lid, all will be fine.

Now some fun facts: Portugal is highly placed in rankings of moral freedom, peacefulness, democracy, press freedom, stability, social progress, and prosperity.

Porto, Portugal.

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A celebration of Europe #20 – Poland

January 16th, 2021 · No Comments

Cheese and potato pierogi

And so we reached Friday night, traditional domain of a trip to the pub, chips for the child and a couple of jars of finest pilsner for her and him. That was in the olden days. Now we make our own entertainment; following a conversation on our walk to see the murmuration, it became apparent that the child was interested in trying out Trivial Pursuit. The joys of giving charades-style clues to impossible answers added a new dimension to the 1995 edition. And then I made pierogi which were just the thing for a Friday night.

The sixth largest economy in the European Union, Poland provides very high standards of living, safety and economic freedom, as well as free university education and a universal health care system in accordance with EU standards.

Warsaw Old Town, Poland.

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A celebration of Europe #19 – The Netherlands

January 15th, 2021 · No Comments

Spinaziestamppot met ei

It’s Thursday night, so time to visit the fifth happiest country in the world, The Netherlands. Incidentally, as I write this the entire Dutch government has just resigned because, as their PM stated, they were not up to standard. Admittedly they had wrongly accused 20,000 families of tax fraud, but step back for a moment and try to imagine Johnson and his cabinet of sociopathic schoolboys acting with such integrity? Of course not. 87,295 deaths and they don’t even blink.

The Netherlands ranks among the highest in international indexes of press freedom, economic freedom, human development and quality of life, as well as happiness.

Papiermolensluis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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A celebration of Europe #18 – Malta

January 14th, 2021 · No Comments

Stuffat tal-Qarnit – Octopus stew

Heading south to the Mediterranean we are off to Malta. It’s refreshing to be in a country with a coastline as now we can have a break from the root vegetables of the East and enjoy something altogether more fishy, or in this case, tentically.

And on the subject of Brexit (who mentioned Brexit – Ed), please read the beautifully poetic and sad opinion piece from Catrina Davies. Full article here, extract below:

Whichever side you think you’re on, in this new world system we’re all victims. Poorer, sadder, angrier, more isolated and more exploitable. The deadly incompetence displayed by the UK government during the coronavirus pandemic is a front. The truth is, they don’t care about us. We’re a captive market, a source of money they can funnel into the pockets of their friends, a plot device (the ‘will of the people’), and a mirror. From behind enemy lines, citizens are adversaries, cannon fodder, tools. They need us to buy their shit and to die for them, and they need to see their troubled, hollow, puffed-up, broken selves reflected in our disbelieving eyes.’

Valetta, Malta.

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A celebration of Europe #17 – Luxembourg

January 14th, 2021 · No Comments

Trout with Riesling wine

In contrast to yesterday’s simple snack, today we’re heading to Luxembourg for something a little more refined.

Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in Western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. As of 2020, Luxembourg citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 187 countries and territories, ranking the Luxembourgish passport fifth in the world, tied with Denmark and Spain.

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg.

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A celebration of Europe #16 – Lithuania

January 12th, 2021 · No Comments

Kepta duona – Fried bread with cheese

To be fair this ridiculously simple starter/bar snack may not be the best showcase for Lithuanian cuisine but apparently it’s a national institution and turns out to be very tasty to boot.

Lithuania is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy, a very high Human Development Index, a very high standard of living and favourable performance in metrics of civil liberties, press freedom, internet freedom, democratic governance and peacefulness.

Vilnius, Lithuania.

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A celebration of Europe #15 – Latvia

January 12th, 2021 · No Comments

Skabenu zupa – Sorrel soup

Obviously unless you have an allotment, sorrel is going to be a tricky ingredient to source. If this is the case, substitute with spinach and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Latvia is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy and ranks 39th in the Human Development Index. It performs favourably in measurements of civil liberties, press freedom, internet freedom, democratic governance, living standards, and peacefulness.

Riga, Latvia.

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A celebration of Europe #14 – Italy

January 11th, 2021 · No Comments

Pizza

Arguably an obvious choice. Undeniably a tasty one.

There was mild panic when a trip to Sainsburys was met with an empty shelf where the Mozzarella should have been. Hopefully this was down to an oversight by the manager rather than a consequence of Brexit, but it is too dismal to speculate. On the fruitless walk back along London Road my mind returned to a 2009 holiday to Sperlonga and the small shop in the old town which sold tubs of the softest, juiciest, ooziest Mozzarella we have ever tasted. In this country you’ll have to make do with what you can find in the supermarket – usually a solitary testicle floating in a liquid filled plastic sac.

Italy is considered to be one of the world’s most culturally and economically advanced countries, with the world’s eighth-largest economy (third in the European Union), sixth-largest national wealth and third-largest central bank gold reserve. It ranks very highly in life expectancy, quality of life, healthcare, and education.

Venice, Italy

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A celebration of Europe #13 – Ireland

January 10th, 2021 · No Comments

Boxty (bacstaí)

Friday evening was spent with our nearest EU neighbour, the Republic of Ireland. As a rule the week ends with a dinner which is quick and easy to make and has sufficient heft to soak up the evening’s drinking. Boxty ticks all those boxties.

Bullock Harbour, Dalkey, Ireland

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A celebration of Europe #12 – Hungary

January 9th, 2021 · No Comments

Hungarian mushroom soup (Magyaros gombaleves) with Pinched Noodles (Csipetke)

Bags packed, we’re off to Hungary for a bowl of noodled soup. For a relatively small country Hungary has many largest things: largest thermal water cave system and (second) largest thermal lake in the world, not forgetting the largest lake and largest natural grasslands in Europe.

Budapest, Hungary

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A celebration of Europe #11 – Germany

January 8th, 2021 · Comments Off on A celebration of Europe #11 – Germany

Flammkuchen

And so to our spiritual home, Germany. A country that seems to get most things right in the same way we don’t anymore.

In 2018 on a visit to Berlin we saw Scritti Politti at an event called ‘Goodbye UK – and Thank You for the Music‘, a celebration paying ‘homage to the extraordinary musical creativity that made the United Kingdom the world’s leading pop nation, alongside the US, in terms of music as well as thought, fashion, style and other concepts.‘ Although a great gig on the roof terrace of a brilliant venue, it was a bitter sweet event tainted by a profound sadness at the pointless self-destructive stupidity of Brexit. Turns out Europe thought we were cool, pragmatic, trustworthy and politically stable. Not any more. Cheers for that Tories.

Anyway, Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth-largest in the world. A global leader in several industrial, scientific and technological sectors, it is both the world’s third-largest exporter and importer of goods. It offers social security and a universal health care system, environmental protections, and a tuition-free university education.

It also does great baked goods and undeniably the best beer in the world.

Neuschwanstein castle, Germany

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A celebration of Europe #10 – France

January 7th, 2021 · No Comments

Galettes de pommes de terre (Grumbeerekiechle) au chevre chaud – Potato rosti topped with melted goat’s cheese

What better way to start a new year than a visit to France, specifically the heavily German influenced region of Alsace.

Colmar, Alsace, France.

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A celebration of Europe #9b – Finland

January 5th, 2021 · No Comments

Maatalon reikäleipä – ‘Farm hole bread’

And what better to soak up your Lohikeitto than this robust (and novelty shaped) rye bread.

Putkilahti, Finland

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A celebration of Europe #9a – Finland

January 5th, 2021 · No Comments

Lohikeitto – Salmon and potato soup

From Estonia we head north a little bit to Finland, a Nordic country located in Northern Europe. Finland shares land borders with Sweden to the west, Russia to the east, and Norway to the north.

Finland is a top performer in numerous metrics of national performance, including education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, quality of life and human development. In 2015, Finland was ranked first in the World Human Capital and the Press Freedom Index, as the most stable country in the world during 2011–2016 in the Fragile States Index, and second in the Global Gender Gap Report. It also ranked first on the World Happiness Report report for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Helsinki, Finland

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A celebration of Europe #8 – Estonia

January 5th, 2021 · No Comments

Seto Sibulapiirak – Seto onion pie

Today we are eating pie in Estonia, a country in Northern Europe which borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Including more than 1,500 islands, its diverse terrain spans rocky beaches, old-growth forest and many lakes. Estonian citizens receive universal health care, free education and the longest paid maternity leave in the OECD. It is one of the world’s most digitally-advanced societies and in 2005 became the first nation to hold elections over the internet.

Tallinn, Estonia

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A celebration of Europe #7 – Denmark

January 4th, 2021 · No Comments

Spandauer – Custard crowns

Denmark is a Scandinavian country comprising the Jutland Peninsula and numerous islands. It’s linked to nearby Sweden via the Öresund bridge. Denmark is considered to be one of the most economically and socially developed countries in the world. The country ranks as having the world’s highest social mobility, a high level of income equality and the lowest perceived level of corruption in the world.

Nyhavn, København, Denmark

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A celebration of Europe #6 – Czech Republic

January 2nd, 2021 · No Comments


Smažený sýr


The challenge Yumblog faces as a vegetarian/fish/seafood blog, is that many countries in Project EU lean towards a meat-centric and essentially pig-based diet. Added to this, fish dishes from landlocked countries invariably feature carp – a best-avoided flaccid, grainy creature which tastes of mud and has a texture not dissimilar to tripe.

On a 2009 visit to Prague (some photos here), this was the dish which featured heavily (and usually exclusively) as the vegetarian option.

The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. The Czech Republic is a developed country with an advanced, high income social market economy. It is a welfare state with a European social model, universal health care and tuition-free university education. It ranks as the 11th safest and most peaceful country and 32nd in democratic governance.

Prague, Czech Republic.

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A celebration of Europe #5 – Cyprus

January 1st, 2021 · No Comments

Rizogalo

After the main course, where better to have puds than 1,898 km away on the sun drenched Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Officially called the Republic of Cyprus (this is probably not the best forum for discussion of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), it is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. On 1 January 2008 it joined the Eurozone.

Sea caves, Cyprus.

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A celebration of Europe #4a – Croatia

January 1st, 2021 · No Comments

Škampi na buzaru

Our New Year’s Eve dinner found us straddling the 1,898 km between Croatia and Cyprus. Croatia served us the main course of these tasty prawns accompanied by a flat bread called Lepinja, and Cyprus a dessert of light and zesty rice pudding.

Croatia is classified by the World Bank as a high-income economy and ranks very high on the Human Development Index. The economy is dominated by the service and industrial sectors, agriculture and tourism. Croatia is ranked among the 20 most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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A celebration of Europe #4b – Croatia

December 31st, 2020 · No Comments

Croatian lepinja

To go with our Škampi na buzaru we made these delicious flatbreads. Unlike many of their ilk, these are baked in the oven rather than cooked on a griddle and the resulting puffs of bread are most pleasing. It’s an easy bread to make, imagine the joy of filling them with lunchtime morsels, ham and slaw, cheese and pickle, houmous, all the things. But on with the method.

Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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A celebration of Europe #3 – Bulgaria

December 31st, 2020 · No Comments

Banitsa

On the day Parliament voted through the Brexit deal with little or no scrutiny, shamefully aided by a whipped Labour Party, now is a good time to reflect that were you to have believed the spew of lies wretched up by the Leave campaign, our glorious Kingdom would now be overrun by Bulgarians, and Banitsa, no doubt garnished with chips and gravy, would be our national dish. (Three days in and you’re already remoaning about Brexit. Get over it! – Ed.)

So today (obviously) we are off to Bulgaria – a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing a Black Sea coastline, mountainous interior and many rivers including the Danube. A cultural melting pot of Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, it has a rich heritage of dance, music, costume and crafts.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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A celebration of Europe #2 – Belgium

December 30th, 2020 · No Comments

Waterzooi

Unfortunately Andrew the Fishmonger was closed today so we were forced to resort to the Sainsbury’s chiller cabinet of vacuum-packed disappointment. As I picked over the hermetically sealed packets of sweaty fillets I couldn’t help but recall the magnificent fresh fish departments of Spanish supermarkets. Anything with a gill, tenticle, sucker or shell that had ever swum, slithered or drifted through the ocean displayed in tiers of crushed ice with pride and precision. Memories of the section dedicated entirely to crustaceans graded in size from shrimp to lobster faded as I tossed my pack of Nicaraguan farmed prawns into the basket and headed for the self-service checkout.

But we’ll save Spain for sometime in January as today we are off to Belgium – one of the six founding countries of the European Union and ranked one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world.

This is not the exact dish, but it is similar looking.

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A celebration of Europe #1 – Austria

December 29th, 2020 · No Comments

Spätzle

We thought we’d end the year and start the new with a celebration of the 28 27 members of the European Union. Each day we’ll be serving a meal from a different EU member state, striving for the authentic and traditional and avoiding the cliched – and to make it unnecessarily complicated, doing it in alphabetical order.

Today we’ll be heading to a landlocked East Alpine country in the southern part of Central Europe – Austria.

Hallstatt, Austria

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Laugeneck

December 29th, 2020 · No Comments

Along with the pretzel pre-injected with butter, the Laugeneck has been one of the more innovative baked-goods finds from our many visits to the bakeries of Berlin. This triangle of loveliness is essentially a cunning hybrid of croissant and pretzel, taking the chewy butteriness of the former and encasing it in the salty crunch of the latter.

Unusually for Yumblog, this recipe comes with a skill level warning of ‘tricky’, so as well as the method below, we have included a video tutorial found on YouTube.

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Tuscan cannellini bean & cavolo nero soup

July 1st, 2020 · No Comments

If you are the impulsive sort who starts cooking a dish before fully reading the method, and then 10 minutes before your planned meal time come across the instruction ‘marinade for a fortnight’, then please read the recipe below thoroughly as it contains not only ‘simmer for two hours‘ but also ‘soak overnight‘. That said, forewarned is forearmed, and planning ahead will be rewarded with this particularly toothsome and satisfying hearty soup.

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Cheese and Branston Pickle puffs

May 29th, 2020 · No Comments

As a rule I scroll past any sponsored content appearing in my Facebook timelime (unless of course it’s from Boots in which case I write an angry comment telling them to stop ripping off the NHS and pay their fucking taxes, or Dyson when I inform them Henrys are better, and pay their fucking taxes), however when a Branston* Pickle advert showed up with this simple recipe for cheesy puffs it looked too tasty to ignore. These puffy little packages of tangy goodness looked like they would be the perfect accompaniment to an early Saturday evening lockdown lager.

* Obviously if the advert had been from ‘Branson’ pickle, I would have told him to stop suing the NHS, cease the tiresome pretence of being a maverick hippy and start paying his fucking taxes.

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Lettuce risotto

May 29th, 2020 · No Comments

When a succession of veg boxes leaves you with a cumulative glut of lettuces, you come to the realisation that there is only so much you can eat in traditional salad form, and cooking seems to be limited to braised side dishes, either solo or avec pois. But worry not dear reader(s) for there is hope (especially if like me you impulse grabbed a kilo of arborio rice at the beginning of  lockdown when it looked like we were all going to starve), in the form of this fresh, unusual (in a nice way), bright green (again, in a nice way) lettuce risotto.

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Parsnip, potato and apple soup

May 16th, 2020 · 3 Comments

We here at Yumblog Villas are always reluctant to post soups (upload, not mail) as they are so simple we fear you might be insulted dear reader(s) and flounce off in one of your famed over-dramatic strops. However, lockdown lends itself to the desire for something comforting and warming and besides we had all the right ingredients in the form of a large bendy parsnip, a wrinkled apple and a slightly sprouting potato.

Apple, parsnip and potato soup

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(Gazan) Sailors’ salad

April 27th, 2020 · No Comments

Readers would be forgiven for assuming a salad favoured by weather worn salty old seadogs would more than likely contain something fishy, seafoody or otherwise scaly/tenticaly/crustacean(y), but they would be wrong … very wrong in fact, as this dish could be enjoyed by even the most devout and fervent hessian-clad vegan. I could go as far as to say this will, in all likeliness, be the tastiest vegan meal you have ever tasted, although of course that culinary bar has been set very low.

This (modified) recipe is lifted from a much used and tahini splattered cookery book called ‘The Gaza Kitchen‘ – a compendium of wonderfully simple and consistently tasty traditional Palestinian cuisine, peppered throughout with moving tales of a stolen homeland and imposed poverty.

As I said before, our expensive camera was stolen from the 1st class restaurant car of the Orient Express as we steamed through the dusty outskirts of Constantinople, so this stock photo serves to just provide an inkling.

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(WW2) Chocolate Oatcakes

April 10th, 2020 · No Comments

The study topic for Yumblog Junior this term is The Great Patriotic War (aka WW2) and one of her assignments was to prepare and cook something authentic circa homefront 1939–1945. Eschewing the Mock Fish Cakes, Potato Floddies and Reconstituted Egg on Toast, she opted for something which, at least at first glance, promised contemporary chocolatey sweetness.

(WW2) Chocolate Oatcakes

As I said before, our expensive camera was stolen from under our seat on the Trans Siberian Railway, so this is a stock photo of an approximation of a resemblance of a likeness of a Chocolate Oatcake.

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Leek Carbonara

April 9th, 2020 · 4 Comments

As I had to line up outside the greengrocers in a long socially-spaced covid queue for over twenty minutes to buy, among other things, these three handsome leeks, I thought they should (in true Masterchef style) be made the ‘star of the dish’.

This is a modified, and in my ‘umble opinion, much improved Jme Oliver recipe.

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Marmite spirals

April 6th, 2020 · No Comments

Yumblog Junior rarely gets involved in the cooking process, preferring instead to be the slightly ungrateful and generally underwhelmed recipient of a parent-prepared meal. However pandemics, close proximity, home education and a lot of time to kill, means times are a changing and she’ll be sharing her parents’ enthusiasm for the kitchen whether she likes it or not.

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Packaging-free Muesli

March 21st, 2020 · No Comments

This recipe, such as it is, is based on the ingredients listed on the side of a box of Aldi meusli – the no brand, no frills, no nonsense, no dessicated coconut, budget Swiss-style, German engineered breakfast of choice here at Yumblog Villas. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a lefty bubble like the People’s Republic of Brighton (Hello comrades in Stroud, Hebden Bridge, Totnes, etc.) you’ll no doubt have access to at least one shop eager to sell you dry goods sans packaging. If that’s the case, take full advantage and make this packaging-free muesli.

muesli

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Moisturiser

March 3rd, 2020 · No Comments

Ok, so eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that this isn’t technically food, however, it is a recipe of sorts and uses completely benign and edible ingredients. Besides, once we’ve negotiated our glorious no-deal Brexit and the only food available in the shops is powdered egg and chlorinated luncheon meat, we could easily find ourselves rooting around in the bathroom cabinet looking for something to feed the kids. So what better than this calorific emollient which will not only fill your poor kiddiwinks’ tiny rumbling tummies*, but will also give them a radiant hydrated complexion to boot.

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Kefir

February 10th, 2018 · 3 Comments

‘So what precisely is kefir?’ I don’t hear you ask. Well according to the top boffins here at Laboratoires Yumblog, kefir is a scientifically proven magic drink packed full of friendly bacteria so affable they’ll transform your stomach into a fragrant wonderland of probiotic loveliness. ‘Hmm, sounds interesting’ you quizzically reply, ‘but by what devilish witchcraft does one contrive this unholy catholicon?’

It couldn’t be easier – scroll down past the books and milk bottle, click ‘Read more’, utter your favourite incantation, click your heels together three times and prepare to enter the mystical world of kefir.

kefir

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Potato, Leek and Gruyère tart

January 17th, 2018 · No Comments

As the result of a Christmas spent in France hosted by, among others, Jean-Pierre the moustachioed turophile, we had pretty much vowed to stay away from cheese for long into the new year. That was until, in an idle moment, we happened across this tempting Potato, Leek and Gruyère tart from the ever reliable and inspirational Gourmet Traveller website.

Be forewarned, this is a fairly lengthy and involved dish, so read the recipe through a couple times before starting, plan your own timetable, turn on 6Music, open a bottle of red and set aside a Saturday afternoon.

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