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Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

From Plenty More, Ottolenghi comes up with a cracker tomato salad with hints of the Middle East.

Who can go past a tomato salad in late summer or autumn when the tomatoes are the sweetest and juiciest? And to celebrate the arrival of Autumn and it’s change in colours, Ottolenghi has this cheery bright red salad that combines the sweetness of the tomatoes with the sour-sweetness of the pomegranates.

The salad is best made in Autumn when the pomegranates come into season.

You might want to try these dishes too: Bok Choy with Capers and Tomatoes, the Best Tomato Salad Recipe, Simple Salads from Elizabeth David, and Tomato Paella. We adore a simple tomato salad, and my mother’s German tomato and cucumber salad with cream. All of our Tomato Salads are here and here.

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Fig Salad with Almond Butter Dressing and Slivered Almonds

Autumn means Figs

As I write it is a quiet Autumn morning – the first day of Autumn and it feels peaceful.

Figs come into their own at this time. So delicate, I only bring 3 or 4 home with me at a time, and we eat them one at a time. A delicate thing needs delicate treatment.

For this salad, you can make your own nut butter, or purchase from a good providore or grocer.

Are you looking for fig recipes? You might like to try Figs with Rosewater and Almonds, Ganga’s Fig Salad, and Fig and Almond Salad. Browse all of the Fig recipes here. Find out how to make Nut Butters here.

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Tomato and Strawberry Salad with Basil, Balsamic and Parmesan

Another delicious tomato salad.

You can never have too many tomato salads, and this one too epitomises Summer.

You can browse all of our Tomato Salads here. You might like Hot Tomato Salad, Tomato and Peach Salad and Tomato and Pomegranate Salad. Browse all of our Salad recipes here and here. Explore our Strawberry recipes here and here.

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Sweet Potato Sabzi | Sweet Potato Poriyal

Sweet potatoes are a gorgeous Autumn vegetable that cries out to be part of your Autumn eating. Roasted, steamed, grilled or mashed, it is delicious change of season fare.

This dish is good to make from scratch, and also a perfect solution to the problem of left over roasted or steamed/boiled sweet potato. It briefly stirfries cooked sweet potato with spices.

You might like to browse other Sweet Potato dishes here and here. Or more Subzi recipes and more Poriyal recipes. Our Indian recipes are here and here. Or enjoy our Autumn collection here and here.

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Fennel and Apple Salad

Perfect for a healthy Autumn.

A salad for Autumn, crisp and fresh.

You might like to also try Fennel Salad with Fresh Prunes, Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella, or Fennel a la Grecque. Browse our Fennel Salad recipes, and all of the Fennel recipes here and here. Bittman Salads are here, and all of our Salad recipes are here and here.

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Obla Chaval | Simple Oven Finished Rice

A take on a traditional method of cooking rice.

This rice is a take on the traditional Indian wood-fire cooked rice and the rounded bottom, thin neck traditional pots of India. Sadly this is difficult to do in the modern home, so par cooking the rice and finishing it in the oven approximates it.

It is worth looking for Basmati Aged Rice. Your rice will be perfect and very unlike rice cooker rice.

You might also like to try our how to cook rice articles, especially Steamed Rice, and Absorption Method Rice. Browse our many rice recipes here and here. Or explore Yumana Devi’s Indian recipes.

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Eggplants, Garlic, Lemon, Rosemary and Salt | Marinated Eggplants for the BBQ or Indoor Grill

Late Summer and Autumn are the best times for BBQs.

As we launch into Autumn, every sunny day is precious. While the sun shines, marinate some eggplant and toss it on the grill for a smoky lunch with some BBQ’d onions, hot lentils and a salad.

You might also like to try other BBQ dishes, including Fennel on the BBQ, Baked Pears on the BBQ and Bananas on the BBQ. Browse our Eggplant recipes here and here.

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Farinata with Tomato, Onions and Cheese

A beautiful Italian snack

The use of chickpea flour for endless varieties of dishes fascinates me. Having made pudla again for lunch yesterday, I remembered that we hadn’t made farinata for a long time. It is great for a brunch with some salads.

The toppings for farinata are endless and only limited by your imagination. The key is to avoid juicy toppings. Today we added olive paste to the batter and topped the farinata with cheese.

You might also like to make Simple Farinata, and Farinata “Pizza”. Browse all of our Farinata recipes here. Or explore our Italian recipes here and here. We have other Chickpea Flour recipes here and here.

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Simple Delicious Chickpea Salad

I love to make this with chickpeas hot from the pan, but can be made with a can of chickpeas too.

There is something very special about chickpeas hot from the pan, drizzled with olive oil, and only then sprinkled with salt and some lemon (not lime) juice squeezed over. The hot chickpeas release their aroma to the olive oil and the olive oil its aroma to the chickpeas. It is quite special.

My favourite way of cooking chickpeas is on the slow cooker setting of my rice cooker. Set it for 9 hours or so, and then let it sit on the Warm setting for several hours. There is no need to be precise with a slow cooker – but be sure it is a “slow” cooker, not just a “bit slower than normal” cooker. I have one of those too, in my cupboard, used occasionally.

You might also like to try Smashed Chickpeas with Broccoli and Dukkah, Chickpea Sundal (Indian Salad), or Dal Makhani. Browse all of the Chickpea recipes here and here. Explore the Bittman Salads or all of the Salad recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Autumn recipes here and here.

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Figs with Rosewater and Almonds

A precious gentle sweet dessert.

Figs are one of the most special fruit. This simple dessert combines flavours that go so well with them – rosewater, honey and almonds.

You might also want to see Fig and Almond Salad,  and Ganga’s Fig Salad. Browse all of the Fig recipes here. Our Dessert Recipes are here and here.

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Cherry Tomatoes with Soy Dressing

An Asian twist on a Tomato Salad

Quick to make, this salad is perfect even for a mid morning snack on a warm day. Great for picnics, easily transportable and very delicious.

You might like to browse Bittman Salads, Tomato Salads, or the complete Salad collection here and here. Or perhaps it is Tomatoes (and here) that you are after.

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Seasonal Cooking: Breads and Pasta for Late Spring Living

Inspiration for Late Spring Healthy Living

While the weather might be warming, some substance is still needed. The preference is for it to be lighter rather than have the Winter’s heaviness.

Enjoy some Carbohydrate inspiration for Late spring weather. You can also browse Soup and Snack Recipes for Late Spring, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Salad and Vegetable Dishes, Drinks and Sweets, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Spring. Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking: | 15 Tips, Hints and How To’s for Late Spring

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Help in the Kitchen for Late Spring with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

Enjoy some Tip and Hints for Late spring weather. You can also browse Indian Deliciousness for Late Spring, Breads and Pasta, Soup and Snack RecipesSalad and Vegetable Dishes, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, for Late Spring. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | 20 Tips, Hints and How To’s for Late Autumn

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Help in the Kitchen for Late Autumn with tips and hints for cooking this season’s foods.

Enjoy some Helpful inspiration for Late Autumn weather. You can also browse S0up Recipes for Late Autumn, Indian Deliciousness, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Salad and Vegetable Dishes, and Teas and Sweets for Late Autumn.

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Seasonal Cooking | 7 Drinks and 8 Sweet Things for Delicious Late Spring Days

Late Spring Inspiration for Healthy Living

Hot teas give way to cooling drinks and yoghurt, and sweet desserts play a transitioning role between the cooler weather and Summer. In the promise of heat, a cooling drink and a sweet snack are most welcome.

Enjoy some Drinks and Desserts for Late spring weather. You can also browse Indian Deliciousness for Late Spring, Breads and Pasta, Soup and Snack RecipesSalad and Vegetable Dishes, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Spring. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | 4 Teas and 7 Sweet Things for Delicious Late Autumn Days

Inspiration for healthy Late Autumn Living

Hot teas, often milky, and sweet desserts come more to the forefront in the cooler weather.  In the cool of the late evening, a tea and a sweet snack are most welcome.

Enjoy some Sweet Inspiration for Late Autumn weather. You can also browse S0up Recipes for Late Autumn, Indian Deliciousness, Goodies, Grains and Lentils, Salad and Vegetable Dishes for Late Autumn, and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Autumn.

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