I’m pretty sure cauliflower pakoras are a tried-and-tested staple of at least some Indian kitchens, but I’d never tried these before I made them myself, and it was really just one of those kitchen experiments that turned out to be worth sharing… 😉 Cauliflower, as it turns out, makes the best pakoras – the texture … Continue reading Cauliflower pakoras
I came up with these one day because I was just craving something fresh and light, but snacky not salady… A quick rummage through the cupboards revealed rice paper for making cold rolls, and the fridge yielded the fresh, crisp veg that sets off the crunchy, spicy, fragrant peanutty filling. If it’s a warm, sunny … Continue reading Peanutty Thai-inspired cold rolls
Every now and then, a selection of nibbly tapas-style dishes is exactly what hits the spot. This selection is a few of my favourite things, or, at least, a few of my favourite tapas. Serve this selection with freshly-baked good quality bread, and you’ll be glad you chose the good stuff to set this off. … Continue reading A few of my favourite things (tapas selection)
Now these truffles aren’t like any chocolate confection you’d get from a fancy-pants chocolatier… but I call them truffles because they have a truffle-like texture, and they’re sweet and chocolatey. Need any more convincing? They’re practically a health-kick, thanks to the fact that the sweetness comes from dried fruit, not sugar. And that also means … Continue reading Raw chocolate truffles
As it’s my birthday, I’d like to celebrate with a wee drinkie… and what better wee drinkie than a cocktail hour? Here are a few of my favourites – I’ve included only cocktails where I’ve come up with my own recipe, or a riff off an old favourite…. 😉 Margarita: I love margaritas because they’re … Continue reading Cocktail hour!
Crispy, crunchy cassava chips… perfect with dip! For those occasions when you want a moreish and surprisingly healthy home-made snack and not a store-bought processed one, cassava chips come to the rescue. I love these with any kind of dip (avocado dip, spicy peanut dip, and especially charred corn salsa), or as a nice crunchy accompaniment … Continue reading Cassava chips
Nam prik means chilli paste in Thai, literally translated as “spicy water”. Nam prik ong is a chilli paste from northern Thailand made traditionally with tomatoes and ground pork. My version substitutes ground tempeh for the pork, and I think it works great as a meat-free substitute. Nam prik ong, like any Thai chilli paste, … Continue reading Nam prik ong (tomato chilli paste)