Vegetarian Recipes

tasty vegetarian (& some seafood) recipes

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 · 1 Comment

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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Crab and gruyère tart

July 9th, 2013 · No Comments

Waiting for a post from Yumblog is a lot like waiting for a bus. Nothing for six weeks and then two come along at once. There the similarities end, so hop on board and enjoy the ride. What’s that, you don’t have the correct change? Bugger off and walk then.

crab and gruyere tart

Got a dollar to spare? Why not use it to feed a fat American family.

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Puy lentils with Mozzarella and basil oil

July 9th, 2013 · No Comments

Apologies (again) for the blogging hiatus. We can offer no excuses other than an extended trip outside the country, a redundancy, a three year old who has gone slightly bonkers and the usual plagues of locusts, frogs and boils. Here by way of compensation is a tasty morsel ideal for an extended al fresco (it rhymes with Tesco) weekend lunch.

Puy lentils with Mozzarella and basil oil

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Griddled courgette salad with tasty breadcrumbs

May 31st, 2013 · No Comments

We started writing yumblog because (like most food bloggers) we wanted to give you dear reader, the opportunity to press your greasy nose against the window of our perfect world and enviously look in slack-jawed and drooling at our incomprehensibly magnificent lives. Yumblog Cottage is a haven of sunlit space, children’s laughter, crisp white linen, freshly cut flowers, beautiful friends uttering witty things you’d never understand and of course food so delicious it shows up the microwaved ready-meal you joylessly serve every evening to be the mechanically recovered calorific slop it is.

You’ll also be privileged to read detailed accounts on EVERY utterance, iterance and bowel movement of Yumblog Junior, our adorable and angelic three-year-old daughter who is of course far in advance of her dullard contempories and is always saying the most adorable and amusing things.

That said our motives are not entirely altruistic as we intend to use this blog as a means of entry to the cosy and elite inner sanctum of the London food blogger, there to be photographed at every dinner party, pop-up restaurant and hidden away ethnic eatery within chattering distance of Broadway Market. From there it is only a short leap of the imagination to a name check in every lazy Guardian article on the rise of the food blogger, a minor publishing deal with a book entitled something along the lines of ‘101 ways to boil an egg‘ followed by the holy grail of every vanity food writer … a brief grinning appearance in a restaurant scene on MasterChef.

Now get your nose off our window and read on.

Griddled courgette salad with tasty breadcrumbs

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Rosemary & garlic studded tuna in a tomato & caper sauce

May 19th, 2013 · No Comments

One of the meatier vegetarian dishes you’ll find here on Yumblog.

Rosemary & garlic studded tuna in a tomato & caper sauce

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Rhubarb fool

May 14th, 2013 · 7 Comments

If you were to apply the Stanford–Binet Intelligence Test to fruit-based desserts you’d find the Rhubarb fool sits somewhere between the Strawberry Simpleton and the Damson Dunce. Not the brightest confection in the bowl you understand, but possibly one of the tastiest.

Rhubarb fool

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Courgette & mint pizza

April 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Spinach, egg & parmesan pizza is like so yesterday. This is now our Friday evening pizza of choice.

Courgette & Mint Pizza

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Haricot bean & carrot soup

April 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

This could possibly be the last comforting soup of the season as summer has finally reached these parts and the Pennines are roasting under 40 degrees of searing Yorkshire sunshine. Evenings are now spent sitting in the dappled shade of Hebden Bridge olive groves, drinking ice-cold Albariño, and listening to the song of the cicadas high up on the parched scrubland of the Tops. From here until September there’ll be an unbroken stretch of relentless heat only occasionally relieved by an aromatic breeze wafting down the A646 from Mytholmroyd.

Haricot bean & carrot soup

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Spinach, egg & parmesan pizza

April 21st, 2013 · 2 Comments

Such is the toothsomeness of this pizza, it has now become a Friday evening regular here at Yumblog Cottage – along with six hasty after-work Stellas and a punch up* with rival food bloggers in the precinct. The recipe comes from the excellent ‘PolpoA Venetian cookbook (of Sorts)‘ by Russell Norman. If you want a copy you can buy it here at Waterstones and not here at Amazon.

Spinach, egg & parmesan pizza

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Paul Hollywood’s beer bread

April 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment

I like Paul Hollywood, I like beer and I like bread…

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Cheesy sweet potato & kale brunch

April 13th, 2013 · No Comments

As the snow fell on Yumblog Cottage thoughts turned to sledging and comfort food.

Cheesy sweet potato & kale brunch

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Rust in peace

April 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Click below for more from the Yumblog mixed tape.

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Calpis

April 7th, 2013 · 2 Comments

As a rule I tend to avoid drinks with the suffix pis, but this sounded so intriguing I had to give it a try.

Calpis by yumblog

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Paul Hollywood’s crusty bloomer

March 30th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Pleasant surprise permeated through the Yumblog household when the first viewing of ‘Paul Hollywood’s Bread’ turned out to be a relatively straightforward cookery programme. There was of course the now obligatory 5 minute introduction guaranteed to elicit shouts of “Get the fuck on with it” plus the adoption of Jamie Oliver’s technique of looking just left of the camera. In Jme’s case this makes him look low spectrum autistic, whilst Paul just looks shifty, as if he’s talking to you but looking at your wife’s tits. But perhaps this is for public health reasons… perhaps Paul’s eyes are so blue and piercing no mere mortal can look directly into them without first retreating behind the safety of a welding mask.

This recipe is from the first episode and has now become the white loaf of choice here at yumblog cottage.

Paul Hollywood's Bloomer

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Happy Easter from Yumblog

March 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Regular reader(s) will probably be aware that every year at this time we here at Yumblog experience a visitation from the son of God ‘His Royal Highness Jesus H Christ’ in the form of the appearance of his divine fizzog on various household items. Imagine how delighted we were this Easter when the King of Glory deigned to make his Princely presence known through the crayons of our very own Yumblog Junior.

Happy Easter from Yumblog

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Mozzarella Pizzaiola

March 19th, 2013 · 5 Comments

Sometimes I wonder why we bother. We try our best to make this blog an edifying and sophisticated experience, but a glance at our site stats shows that the top three search queries which brought you here today were ‘Soft porn’, ‘Chicken pox’ and ‘Dairylea Lunchables’. You’re a weird and mucky bunch.

Incidentally, anyone browsing for the 12th most popular search query, ‘lawson nigella sex tape’, the link is here.

Now go away and never darken these hallowed portals again.

Mozzarella Pizzaiola

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Carta di musica (with rosemary oil)

March 10th, 2013 · 2 Comments

This recipe does require the use of a pasta maker so you’ll need to have a rummage around in your cupboard of only-used-once things. There it is next to the Ken Hom wok set … to the left of the Jamie Oliver Flava Shaker … and behind everything you ever bought from the Lakeland catalogue.

Carta di musica (with rosemary oil)

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Borlotti beans & savoy cabbage with rosemary breadcrumbs

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Look, everyone I have an iPad Mini. In fact as I write this I’m on the morming commute steaming through the Calder Valley aboard the Northern Rail Executive Express. For those of you not in the know, the Northern Rail Executive Express is a sleek luxuriously upholstered silver bullet from the future which flashes silently and smoothly between Leeds and Manchester at speeds in excess of 550 mph. It has never been delayed or cancelled, is most reasonably priced and at this time of the day the buffet car serves croissants which would put a Parisian patisserie to shame.

For those of you in the know, the Northern Rail Executive Express is a seemingly random collection of tired, cramped, mismatched rolling stock which reluctantly and tardily trundles between the two hubs of major employment in the area. At peak hours it smells of whatever is currently blocking the toilet combined with the acrid perfume pumped out to mask the smell of whatever it is currently blocking the toilet. Off peak this heady Air de Toilette is invariably accompanied by the fragrance of joylessly consumed fried food. In my experience evening passengers not dining on the train are more than likely to be engaged in some level of drunken romantic entanglement – ranging from oral slobbering to vigorous and prolonged finger-fucking. Peasants the lot of you.

So here is some peasant food. Enjoy.

Borlotti beans & savoy cabbage with rosemary breadcrumbs

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Rosemary infused oil

March 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Now sit up straight, hands on desks and pay attention for what I am about to tell you is very important. This rosemary-infused oil is going to feature quite heavily in many up and coming and no doubt mouthwatering posts so it’s imperative you set aside the 10 minutes required to make it. Consider it homework.

Rosemary infused oil

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Marmalade

February 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Strolling through the orangery here at Yumblog Hall it became clear we were going to have a glut of oranges again this season. A bumper crop no doubt thanks to both the skill of old Mr Fothergill the head gardener, and the relentless sunshine and arid terroir of West Yorkshire. We decided to use some of this surplus to make marmalade as not only would it make a welcome addition to the yumblog breakfast table, but could also be jarred up, over-packaged, branded as Mrs Bloggings Traditional Hand-Crafted Artisan Olde English Chunky Orange Country Preserve and sold in our ‘Farm’ shop for a price so shocking we only dare reveal it at the checkout.

marmalade

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Spicy roast parsnip soup

February 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stop right there ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Instead of going to the inconsiderable effort of making the dish below, why not pop on over to the Campbell’s website and follow one of their ‘sensational’ recipes for homemade soup. Or if you are feeling more adventurous and have a pound of  chicken slurry, a tin of their soup and some pineapple chunks at hand, give this challenging melange a go.

Spicy roast parsnip soup

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Baked spinach & eggs with parmesan, basil & tomato toasts

February 11th, 2013 · No Comments

Depending on the time of day, this dish makes a great brunch, brinner, brea, brupper or supfast.

Baked spinach & eggs with parmesan, basil & tomato toasts

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Butter bean and kale winter soup with cheese toasties

February 6th, 2013 · No Comments

My how times have changed. When we first started this blog we had to write a post longhand on a sheet of A4 and send it in a stamped-addressed envelope to our ISP. He would in turn fax a carbon copy up to internet where a conveyor belt would take it to the code processing plant to be forged into massive cast iron HTML monoliths – some h1 tags could be up to 10 foot tall and weigh nigh on 70 tons. Once annealed, polished and elaborately engraved they were taken by locomotive to the website there to be hoisted by steam crane onto their respective concrete foundations. A speech, the smash of a Champagne bottle, an uproarious ‘Huzzah’ from the crowd, and the new web page was launched.

These days we simply think a post to the inboard computer of our hover-car and before you can say ‘protein pill’ it’s published on every web page in the universe.

Butter bean and kale winter soup with cheese toasties

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Chocolatey syrupy cornflake cakes

February 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

The plan was to make these with yumblog junior as part of a constructive and educational day of middle class parent/toddler fun. Despite initial enthusiasm and impatient requests of ‘cam i make cakes now?’, once the ingredients were assembled and all sharp objects removed from easy reach, the sprog decided she had more important things to do and her time would be better spent fidgeting on the sofa half watching ‘Stewart Little’. So I made these all on my tod.

Chocolate cornflakes cakes

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