Thursday, 23 November 2017

PASTA in under 15 mins



LUNCH/SUPPER under 15 minutes

FRESH PASTA
Hi and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen and this week we have lunch/supper dishes in under 15 mins. We all have days when we are too busy to spend hours in the kitchen or maybe want a quick meal before we go out in the evening. Fresh pasta is ideal on these occasions with a cooking time of only 3 to 5 minutes. Most supermarkets will sell fresh pasta in their chilled foods compartments and once home store it in the fridge. It will last 2 or 3 weeks if unopened. Here are our suggestions for a quick meal.

 


INGREDIENTS
500g pack of fresh pasta (try penne or tagliatelle) (serves 4 to 6 people)

Fresh Herbs

Grated Cheese (Parmesan or Mature Cheddar). Do not use Mozarella as it will become elastic.

Cherry Tomatoes

Jar Pesto

Fresh cooked Peas (1 cup)

Fresh cooked Broad Beans (1 mug)

Olive Oil to drizzle over


METHOD
Bring a large saucepan of boiling water to the boil, add pasta and cook for 3 to 5 mins. Drain in a colander. Return pasta to the saucepan. Add one or two of the above ingredients. eg Fresh basil leaves and cherry tomatoes: or a tablespoon of pesto with broad beans or peas.

Drizzle olive oil over pasta then serve immediately and add grated cheese.

If you have more time, try fried courgettes or fried mushrooms. Stir into drained pasta, add black pepper and salt to taste.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

PEPPERONATA SAUCE





 


PEPPERONATA SAUCE
 
Hi and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen.

This week we have a taste of Italy - Pepperonata Sauce. This sauce is made with all those wonderful Mediterranean vegetables and is delicious served with anything.

 


INGREDIENTS
3 Large Peppers (one yellow, one red, one green)

1 Onion

2 Cloves Garlic

500g Fresh Chopped Tomatoes

4 tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt & Black Pepper

 


METHOD
Slice peppers into narrow strips. Chop the onion and garlic. Chop the fresh tomatoes.

Gently fry onions, add garlic. Add sliced peppers to pan and stir, and cook gently for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the tomatoes and stir. Cook very gently for 30 minutes until the sauce becomes thick and the vegetables are broken down. Stir during this process. If the sauce becomes too thick or sticks to the pan, add more Olive Oil.

Serve this sauce with pasta, with Quiche, veggie escallops or even veggie burgers.You decide!




 
 







 
 



Wednesday, 1 November 2017

TAGINE VEGGIE




TAGINE

Welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen and this week we have a recipe from North Africa, Morocco, for our recipe this week - "Vegetable Tagine". It is a lovely spicy dish, with the addition of fruit which is typically Moroccan. "Tagine" is the name of the pot it is cooked in and most of you won't have one but any earthenware pot or casserole dish with lid will serve the same purpose. Even if it rains, you will have sunshine on your plate.


MOROCCAN VEGETABLE TAGINE
serves 4 to 6


 

INGREDIENTS
350 to 400g QUORN CHICKEN STYLE PIECES

400g TIN CHOPPED TOMATOES

6 DRIED APRICOTS or 6 PRUNES (you decide)

500ml Vegetable Stock (GREEN OXO)

1 Large Onion (chopped)

2 or 3 Cloves Garlic (chopped finely)

LEMON (Juice of one half lemon)

30g Black or Green Olives

3 tablespoons of Olive Oil (or vegetable oil)

1 teaspoon Cumin

one half teaspoon Turmeric

Fresh Coriander leaves or Parsley to garnish

Salt & Pepper to taste


METHOD
In a large saucepan heat olive oil, fry onion, garlic and Quorn pieces, add Turmeric and Cumin, add lemon juice. Stir. Add Tin Chopped Tomatoes and Vegetable Stock. Stir and bring to boil. Cut apricots in half and add these, together with olives. Taste and add salt & black pepper. Transfer to a casserole dish, cook in oven for about 45 minutes. GAS MARK 4 180C 350F

Remove from oven and decorate with coriander leaves (or parsley).

Serve with Couscous or if you prefer, boiled rice.

Couscous is easy to prepare. Simply empty couscous into bowl, add boiling water to cover and leave until water is absorbed. Stir, add lemon juice, salt and pepper.

This would go down very well with a glass of wine or, if you prefer, beer.


Monday, 9 October 2017

MINESTRONI SOUP




 

MINESTRONE SOUP
Hi and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. This week our recipe is for another Italian classic - Minestrone Soup. The most delicious Minestrone Soup I tasted was many years ago in a small Italian cafe tucked away behind Covent Garden. Covent Garden was London's fruit and vegetable market, opening around 1670, but today Covent Garden is famous for its restaurants, large central piazza, shops, fashionable boutiques and night life. Our Minestrone will, of course, be made with Vegetable Stock.

MINESTRONE SOUP

(serves 6 to 8)


INGREDIENTS
225g/8oz Can Red Kidney Beans (drained)

1 Large Onion (chopped)

2 Cloves Garlic (crushed)

4 small carrots (finely chopped)

2 stalks celery (chopped)

Quarter small cabbage (sliced)

1 tablespoon Tomato Puree

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

100g/4 oz) Macaroni

100g/4oz Frozen Peas

3 Pints Vegetable Stock (use Green Oxo or cubes of your choice)

1 teaspoon dried Basil (or Oregano)

Salt and Black Pepper


METHOD
Heat the oil in a very large saucepan. Gently fry the onion, add garlic and celery. Add all the vegetables except the Red Kidney Beans and Peas which will be added later. Add stock and stir thoroughly. Stir in tomato puree, add herbs and salt and black pepper. Bring to the boil, stir, then simmer for 20 minutes.

Now add the Macaroni, red kidney beans and cooked peas. Bring back to boil.

Simmer for about 10 minutes until the Macaroni is tender.

Serve hot with grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Serve with wholemeal rolls or bread.

Real comfort food for a cold Autumn night.

Monday, 25 September 2017

ITALIAN BEAN SOUP



ITALIAN BEAN SOUP WITH PASTA
Hi, and welcome to the Vegetarian Kitchen. Autumn is here, in all its glory and if you are lucky enough to have a park near you take a walk and see all the glowing colours - red, orange. gold and brown and after a walk what is more warming than soup. . Bean soups are very popular in Italy and this is one of my favourites. Of course the Italian cook would use dried beans, which would be soaked overnight, and then cooked the next day but we see nothing wrong with using tinned beans.

ITALIAN BEAN SOUP WITH PASTA

SERVES 6




INGREDIENTS
400g (drained weight 240g) tin Black Eye Beans

400g tin chopped tomatoes

1 onion chopped

3 cloves Garlic chopped or crushed

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 litre vegetable stock (made with OXO Green or stock cube of your choice)

80g of tiny pasta shapes (eg shells)

Half teaspoon dried Oregano

Salt & Black Pepper

Grated Parmesan

 


METHOD
Heat the oil in a large saucepan, gently fry the onion, add garlic, cook for a few minutes to soften. Add the tomatoes and stir, add stock, oregano and salt and black pepper. Bring to boil.

Add the black eye beans and pasta and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.

ENJOY!

Friday, 18 August 2017

SUMMER MEZE




 



SUMMER MEZE

MEZE
 
Hi and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. Forget the barbecues and instead invite your friends to a meze. Meze, a selection of dips, pitta bread and olives, is originally from the Middle East, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. Meze can also be a huge feast with up to 40 dishes served. So it is great for any kind of celebration. We will give you ideas for a small Meze, very good served with drinks if you have friends round. Also we will give you recipes for a feast.

 


SMALL MEZE
Houmus dip (chick pea dip)

Tahini (sesame seed dip))

Pitta Bread

Black and green olives

Raw vegetables such as sliced carrots in sticks, celery, cauliflower which can be dipped instead of bread.

Simply arrange each dip in individual bowls, also the olives in separate bowls, and provide plenty of hot Pitta Bread cut into slices.

Most dips are available at supermarkets so no need to make your own.


LARGE MEZE
A large Meze is for a party, or any gathering, in fact any celebration. It really is food for sharing.

Houmous Dip

Tahini Dip

Pitta Bread

Black and Green Olives

 

MOUSAKA - Recipe in Vegetarian Kitchen

SPINACH QUICHE - Recipe supplied

PILAF (rice dish) Recipe supplied

SALAD NICOISE Recipe supplied

GREEN SALAD

All these recipes are here in our Vegetarian Kitchen and you decide which to include. A meze should be set out on a table, buffet style, so guests can help themselves. If you are lucky enough to have a large table then it will look great. All dishes can be made in advance so all you have to do is assemble the food.

Provide wine, beer or cold drinks to accompany the food. Have a great celebration!

 

Saturday, 15 July 2017




COURGETTES
Hi, and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. This week our recipes are for all the gardeners out there who may have too many courgettes. We have some in our own garden so we know they are ready for eating. Here are three delicious recipes for courgettes, quick and easy to prepare. Courgettes can also be sliced thinly and used in a stir-fry.


1. COURGETTE FRITTERS
INGREDIENTS
6 Courgettes

3 oz Plain Flour

300ml (1/2 pint) water

Salt & pepper to taste

Oil for frying

Parsley for garnish


METHOD
Cut the courgettes into 2in sticks.

Make the batter, put the flour into a bowl, add water and beat to a smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper. Dip the courgettes and coat with batter. Heat oil in frying pan until very hot. Fry courgettes for about 3-5 mins until crisp and brown. Arrange on serving plate and garnish with parsley.

 


2.COURGETTES SAUTE' WITH BASIL
INGREDIENTS

4 Courgettes

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 clove Garlic (crushed or chopped)

1 teaspoon dried Basil or 1 tablespoon Fresh Basil chopped

1 Green OXO veg. stock cube

1/2 pint water

salt & pepper to taste

 


METHOD
Wash courgettes, cut into thin rounds. Make up stock. Heat olive oil in a saucepan,

add garlic and fry gently, toss in all the courgettes, stir well and fry without browning,

then add basil, stir thoroughly. Add stock, stir again. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt & pepper.

 


3. COURGETTES A LA GRECQUE
INGREDIENTS

4 Courgettes

1 small onion (chopped)

2 Cloves Garlic (crushed or chopped)

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1 teaspoon oregano

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 wineglass dry white wine (or 1 wineglass water)

fresh Coriander or Parsley to garnish

salt & pepper

METHOD

Cut the courgettes into rounds. Heat the oil in a saucepan (or frying pan with lid) saute the onion and garlic gently, add courgettes, stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add the glass of wine, tomato puree, oregano and salt &pepper. Mix well and bring to boil. Put on the lid and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley or Coriander. Serve.

NOTE

These dishes can be served hot or cold, with rice or salad or as an additional vegetable.

ENJOY the fruits of your labour!