Aubergines are one of my favourite vegetables. They are a great choice for vegetarians, as they soak up any flavour or spice that you add to them. I normally use them in my Italian-inspired Aubergine Parmigiana. But this time I wanted to try something different. When I was a meat-eater, I used to enjoy miso-glazed salmon, super healthy and full of flavour. It was one of my favourite dishes, and so naturally I wanted to find a vegetarian friendly version! Enter the humble aubergine…
OK so I think I have found the ultimate comfort food… Creamy, cheesy polenta. How have I not had this before? We are going away in a couple of weeks and so I am trying to use up stuff in my cupboards. I have had a bag of polenta at the back of my cupboard for a while, and I thought today would be a great day to make a savoury dish with it! I have always used it in cakes and so this was my first venture into savoury territory. It was a good venture!
So I have been a bit quiet on the old blog front recently – this is because I was gallivanting around in Poland, in a lovely town called Bydgoszcz. Some good friends of mine got married and so we headed over there for a fun-packed few days! After our shocking lack of summer here in the UK, I was really happy to arrive in Poland and find that it was gloriously sunny and warm!
Freshly baked bread must be one of the nicest smells in the world. Baking bread from scratch is also one of the most satisfying things in the world. I feel like, if you can master the art of bread making you are winning at life.
So this is a new type of blog post for me! I love reading and I have a bit of an obsession with collecting cookbooks. I have actually run out of room to keep them! My lovely fiance has taken to building me shelves to store them all! Soon I think we will need a bigger house… I am a self-taught cook, and I love how each of the books I own, has taught me different things.
There are some recipes in life that are simple, require little work or ingredients and are yet immensely rewarding. This fried rice recipe is one of them – at least for me! This is my go-to dish if I am cooking supper for one. It is a great way to use up left-over vegetables and left-over cooked rice.
So when most people are hung over – they crave a fry up. But not me. No. When I am hung over, which rarely happens – but when it does the world basically ends, I crave fluffy, steamed Chinese buns. These dumplings are also known as bao. In Malaysia we call them pao. I love them. They can come with sweet or savoury fillings. And they taste DELICIOUS.
So the Great British Bake Off returned to our screens last week! Eep! I was one of the millions of people who eagerly tuned in for the first episode of the popular show. It is great to have it back on our screens. I think any program that encourages people to get back in the kitchen is a great thing!
Portobello mushrooms are actually one of my favourite things. Ever. They are so flavoursome and they make the perfect base for this recipe! I actually use three different mushrooms in this recipe. Some may call it overkill, I call it heaven. Before I became vegetarian I used to think of mushrooms as quite bland. I didn’t dislike them, but they weren’t my vegetable of choice. Now we always keep a massive punnet of mushrooms in our fridge at all times and our spice cupboard ALWAYS contains some form of dried mushrooms – normally porcini.
So I am incredibly excited because last week I received an early birthday present – a stunning Candy Apple Artisan Kitchenaid. I’m seriously in awe of this beautiful mixer. Every year when the Great British Bakeoff is on, I basically drool with jealousy – so you can only imagine how bloody excited I was when I found one in my living room! Continue reading “Coconut Sugar Cookies”