Vegetarian Recipes

tasty vegetarian (& some seafood) recipes

Entries Tagged as 'Starter'

Potted Mackerel

December 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Take one Guardian Weekend magazine and one quandary about what to feed Archaeologist T. Realise that multiple small dishes that can be dipped into at a fixed pace are just the thing. Go to the market and buy fish. The market being a fish stall on Roman Road just round the corner, these fish were […]

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Tags: Fish · Side Dish · Snack · Starter

Potted Cheese

December 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

As with the mackerel, so with the cheese. It was in the same Fearnley-Whittingstall spread* as the potted mackerel and required cheese, butter and a splash of vin rouge or some vine-based glug, thereby having all the markings of a winner about it. The man himself suggested you play with the recipe and use whichever […]

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Tags: cheese · Snack · Starter · unusual foods

Review: Abel & Cole Gorgonzola Dolce

October 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

If you follow the link you’ll discover this young Gorgonzola came to us from Sardinia via Acton. Roasted Tomato and Gorgonzola Tarts with Balsamic Vinegar Caramel

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Tags: Baking · cheese · Main Course · Reviews · Side Dish · Snack · Starter · Vegetarian

Savoury Rhubarb Soup

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments

I know what you are thinking. Rhubarb soup? Savoury rhubarb soup? Never heard of that before. Sounds intriguing. Could be tasty. Could be unpleasant. Could be a toxic coupling of sour fruit and salty meaty water. Must get some rhubarb and give it a go. Well that’s what I thought anyway. Besides, the recipe was […]

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Tags: Main Course · Soup · Starter · unusual foods · Vegetarian

Roasted Vegetable Terrine

May 28th, 2009 · No Comments

This layered jellified curiosity comes from Gregg (Beefy beefy mushrooms) Wallace’s book ‘VEG!!!‘. The exclamation marks are mine of course.

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Cucumber Soup No.2 with Wasabi Pea Relish

May 10th, 2009 · No Comments

As you might have guessed, I got a job lot of cucumbers from the market – three eye-wateringly large shafts of Cucumis Sativus for a credit crunching quid. Unlike the previous version, this soup is entirely prepared in the blender and requires no cooking – just a blender.

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Tags: Soup · Starter · Vegetarian

Cucumber Soup No.1

May 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Funny how you wake up one morning and decide that the thing you want to do most in the world (ever) is to make cucumber soup. Maybe it’s a form of neurosis that all food bloggers share and perhaps writing these blogs is a therapeutic, legal and relatively harmless outlet for our collective obsession. Who […]

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Tags: Soup · Starter · Vegetarian

Griddled Spring Onions with Harissa

May 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Here’s a simple spicy little snack/starter from Gregg ‘beefy beefy mushrooms’ Wallace.

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Lemon Dhal Soup

February 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

It’s MasterChef final week, yeah. Such a shame that the nice Greek guy was dumped last Thursday as he was our favourite, we actively liked him. Now it’s down to the young one, the posh one and the beardy baldy cry baby one who sounds like Tony Blair. The posho is bound to win, but […]

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Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

February 21st, 2009 · 3 Comments

… or cauliflower cheese in liquid form. A perfect winter warmer for the snowiest (and therefore the most exciting) day in 18 years.

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Tags: cheese · Soup · Starter · Vegetarian

Onion Soup

January 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

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Tags: Main Course · Rant · Soup · Starter · Vegetarian

Honeyed Tomato Soup

January 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Phwaaar! Great flavour combinations. You’ve got the sweetness of the tomatoes, then an explosion of fragrant basil, finishing with the floral kiss of honey. Yes, MASTERCHEF!! has returned to our screens. Actually this is a delicious and unusual dish. If you can only summon the enthusiasm to cook one thing this year, make sure it […]

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Tags: Soup · Starter · Vegetarian

Potato and Oatmeal Soup

December 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

What could be more comforting and warming than soup? Porridge perhaps. So why not combine the two and make this silky smooth winter treat. Remember to take a photograph before you eat all the soup

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September 13th, 2008 · No Comments

A family gathering in Suffolk this weekend meant I was able to plunder my sister’s vegetable patch and return home with a binbags worth of wonderful homegrown produce. Along with a variety of beans, carrots and onions, my swag consisted of several kilos of beetroot as big as your face. The obvious thing to do […]

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Tags: Main Course · Russian · Soup · Starter · Vegetarian

Minestrone Soup

September 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

As 10 CC once said: “Life is a minestrone wrapped up in Parma ham/cheese. Death is an old D’Artagnan, suspenders in deep freeze”. Or something like that. Purple Podded Peas from Gwydwr’s garden

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Tags: cheese · Main Course · Soup · Starter · Vegetarian

Parmesan Custards with Anchovy Toasts

July 28th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Blogger-D was lucky enough to have a free work jolly to Le Café Anglais last Christmas and said the food was some of the best she’d ever tasted. Blogger-R unfortunately has yet to be offered such a generous perk and so has had to content himself with making this – Rowley Leigh’s ‘signature’ dish of […]

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Tags: cheese · Eggs · Fish · Starter

Garlic Soup with Harissa

July 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Two days after the end of our holiday, British Airways very generously and efficiently returned our luggage. We celebrated with a bowl of Yotam Ottolenghi garlic soup. Britain’s favourite soup.

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Almond & Grape Gazpacho

June 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

We’ve gone cold soup crazy this month. This particular variety is based on the classic Ajo Blanco but with the cheeky addition of cucumber and watercress.

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Tags: Main Course · Soup · Starter · Tapas · unusual foods · Vegetarian

Avocado Gazpacho

June 12th, 2008 · No Comments

What could herald the arrival of summer more than a big bowl of cold soup. Wasps perhaps. Or possibly sharing the big bowl of cold soup with a wasp. A wasp in shorts. Anyway, if you’ve bothered to read the posts below, you’ll know I am intimately familiar with the red, tomato-based gazpacho, however, up […]

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Tags: Bread · Main Course · Outdoors · Soup · Starter · Tapas · Vegetarian

Radish & Apple Salad

June 9th, 2008 · No Comments

The yumblog balcony cottage garden celebrated its first harvest this week – a dozen juicy, crunchy, peppery radishes. There’s a little-known double-barrelled bloke called Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who has a similar, albeit more modest operation to ours, so we thought we’d give him a little free publicity and try out one of his recipes.

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Tags: salad · Starter · Vegetarian


June 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Summer reluctantly and briefly visited the UK this weekend, and so as a gesture of thanks to the mighty sun god Ra we held up this delicious offering – the first gazpacho of the cold soup season.

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Tags: Bread · Main Course · Outdoors · salad · Soup · Starter · Tapas · Vegetarian

Stinging Nettle Soup

May 27th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve always liked the idea of free food, and cooking a meal with ingredients foraged from nature’s bountiful larder holds a romantic and atavistic appeal. Sadly Bethnal Green doesn’t offer many opportunities for living off the land. You’ll struggle to find a morel growing among the KFC cartons and general crap along the Mile End […]

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Tags: foraged · Soup · Starter · unusual foods · Vegetarian

Seared Squid with Roasted Pepper Sauce

May 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

There were scenes of mild peril when I got my squid tubes home and discovered they were not, as I had assumed, empty, but in fact contained tentacles and all sorts of other body parts. Blogger-D had to step in and perform some deft and discrete fishmongery to remove the offending bits of cephalopod. Pathetic […]

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Tags: Fish · Main Course · Starter

Chilli Prawns with Aioli

March 30th, 2008 · No Comments

The weekend started with a nostalgic ‘The Only Ones‘ gig at Koko, and ended with a boozy tapas extravaganza of which this was the main attraction. Between the two the sun shone on Bethnal Green, a traveler returned and Thunderbirds Were Go.

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Tags: Main Course · Seafood · Starter · Tapas

Asparagus Soup

March 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

The British asparagus season starts on 30th April and ends just eight short weeks later on 25th June, midnight – roughly. Fortunately it must be in season somewhere else in the world at the moment as the shops are awash with the stuff at £1.50 a bunch. Generally I prefer it as nature intended, au […]

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Courgette & Feta Cakes with a Dill Yoghurt Sauce

March 16th, 2008 · No Comments

WARNING: In order to prepare this dish you’ll have to master the subtle art of crumbling feta cheese. But don’t worry, if you find this daunting and would like guidance, there is a website to help you. If you need help with grating the courgette or holding a spoon then I’m afraid you’re on your […]

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Tags: cheese · Main Course · Starter · Vegetarian

Cauliflower Soup with Red Pepper Ginger Sauce

March 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Cauliflowers are very much in at the moment. Plus, like snow flakes, crystals, mountain ranges, lightning, river networks, pulmonary vessels and broccoli, they are a fine example of fractal geometry in nature. So when you’re cooking this remember to keep in mind D = Log N(L) divided by the log of 1 over L. Enjoy.

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Parsley Soup

March 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

My fellow blogger recently bought me ‘Roast Chicken and Other Stories’ by Simon Hopkinson. Voted the ‘most useful cookbook of all time’ by somebody or other, it’s a superb book which is not only packed with inspirational recipes, but also makes excellent bedtime reading. It doesn’t have any photographs (usually a prerequisite for any cookbook), […]

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Pimientos de Padron

February 28th, 2008 · 9 Comments

I love these little beasties. Fried and salted and accompanied by a cold tube of Cruzcampo. Tradition and statistics dictate that 29 out of 30 are mild and sweet with the remaining rogue being hot and fiery. I’ve never seen them sold in this country before but have recently discovered them tucked away on a […]

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Tags: Starter · Tapas · unusual foods · Vegetarian

Spicy Lentil & Coconut Soup

January 28th, 2008 · No Comments

A naked Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on the cover and a long and unnecessary interview with David ‘Call me Dave’ Cameron on the inside. This month’s Observer Food Monthly had one cock too many.

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Tuna & Tomato Empanadillas

January 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I had the yen to make some Cornish pasties, but not having all the necessary ingredients and not wanting to brave the ugly madness that is Bethnal Green on a Saturday afternoon to get them, I made these instead.

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Tags: Baking · Brunch · Fish · Starter

Sushi – Maki-Zushi

January 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Find a Yo! Sushi…walk through door…sit down…grab nearest thing on conveyor belt…shove in mouth – what could be quicker? Certainly not making your own. However…

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Tags: Japanese · Main Course · Starter

Minted Pea & Lettuce Soup

January 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Happy New Year. It’s 2008 and it looks like the year ahead is going to be shit.

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Tags: Soup · Starter · Vegetarian

Celeriac & Chestnut Soup

November 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments

This one goes out to VJ ‘Mr Prudence‘ – anarchist, transphormetic blogger, psychic geographer, algorithmic obsessive and occasional ActionScript guru. The other day he confessed he was in possession of a celeriac and asked what he could possibly do with it. I’m afraid my advice was a dismissive “either mash it or chuck it in […]

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Spicy Lentil Soup

November 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Now there’s a thing. If you go to you just get a crappy illustration of ‘Lenny the Lentil’ and an email link, doesn’t seem to have been registered, and is the blog site of a senior network engineer called Robert Lister. I mention this only because I can’t think of an introduction […]

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Butternut Squash ravioli with Sage Butter

October 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The butternut squash is the king of all the squashes, and right now it is squash season. So if you are feeling adventurous, have an afternoon to spare, and want to try something tasty then give this recipe a go.

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Stilton and Cider Soup with Goat’s Cheese Toasts

October 28th, 2007 · No Comments

If your local shop permits I advise a decent cider for this recipe – so put that White Lightning back on the park bench and try something tasty like this Henney’s Frome Valley Dry Cider.

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Garlic Soup

October 21st, 2007 · 2 Comments

Try to get hold of large, plump garlic for this recipe. I always buy mine from market stalls which tend to sell bags of six for a quid. These are far superior to the over-priced, dry, miserable, mean-spirited, walnut-sized, dull 25 watt bulbs they sell in supermarkets.

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Carrot Soup with Ginger & Honey

October 10th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Being the middle-class ponces we are, it is only natural that we should take delivery of an Abel & Cole organic vegetable box once a week. Carrots have featured fairly heavily of late and as a result we have developed quite a backlog of the things.

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