Surprise Tatin: Potato Tatin from Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi | Surprise Tartin | Winter | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Vegetarian | Tart

I love Ottolenghi’s food. If I am not cooking Indian, the style of his vegetarian dishes is compatible with my style. For a few holidays, I stayed just down the road from his Islington cafe/restaurant, and oh boy the food was good.

Recently I was driven to make his Surprise Tatin, which is an upside down potato tart. I have to admit that it is both tasty and visually amazing.

Ottolenghi | Surprise Tartin | Winter | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Vegetarian | Tart

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Charred Tomatoes: How to

Doilies | Charred Tomatoes | Winter | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Vegetarian |Salads

Charring tomatoes gives a flavour boost and adds a slight smokiness to the tomatoes without having them collapse.

Simple to do, the tomatoes are a great addition to salads, hot roasted vegetable salads, soups and on their own as a side dish.

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Spicy Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup: A Recipe

Spicy Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Winter | Soups| Vegetarian

I do recommend this soup. The roasting highlights the flavours, and it is a great soup for Autumn and Winter.

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Garlic Soup, for Cold Wintery Weather. A Recipe

Garlic Soup | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Winter| Vegetarian

I am reading a great book, called Human Values, Volume 1. I love the “Volume 1″ part of the title because, although there is no Volume 2 as yet, it suggests that there are so many human values that perhaps a dozen or more volumes might be in the making.

The book is an exploration of Indian/Hindu values by delving into the Vedas and Parana literature to tease out the subtleties of various human values such as compassion, purity, non-violence, steadfastness etc. The book deals with the ethical issues of human values, such as, in what circumstances is it Ok to tell a lie. While not providing answers it does illuminate what the literature has to say.

It is a beautiful treatise from someone who has studied the Vedas for decades. It deepens one’s understanding of what are our everyday aims for living.

Garlic Soup

Feel that vampires are on the loose? Is it a full moon? Or do you just feel like a touch of Spain tonight? Is it extra cold where you are? Whatever, cook Garlic Soup for no reason at all.

Garlic Soup | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Winter| Vegetarian

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Smashed Chickpeas with Broccoli and Dukkah: A quick salad (if you pre-cook)

Smashed Chickpeas with Broccoli and Dukkah | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Autumn | Salads

The cookbook that I am featuring at the moment is Community, Salad Recipes from Arthur’s Kitchen. Great food is on every page. The salads do take a bit of pre-planning and time to prepare, but are worth it, and I always make enough to last for lunches and quick dinners.

Smashed Chickpeas with Broccoli and Dukkah | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Autumn | Salads

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In Season Early Winter: What to Cook

Seasonal Cooking for Early Winter Fruit and Veg | A Life (Time) of Cooking

What is in season where you are? Here it is slowly shedding the coat of Autumn and the chilly mornings and evenings are slipping in.

The Greengrocer’s shelves are changing, fruit is disappearing, and winter vegetables arriving. What could you be cooking?

Here are some suggestions for fruits and vegetables in season in early winter, from apples and pears to broccoli, pumpkin and parsnips — and much more. Continue reading

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